Attendance Policy: There is no penalty for an absence however; it is in the best interest of the student to attend all classes. We ask that you communicate with your child’s teacher about any future absences you may know about or any previous absences, so a makeup class can be arranged (for YMCA Program).
MakeUp Policy (ONLY FOR YMCA PROGRAM): In the event of an absence your child is allowed to makeup a class within the same quarter. Students may only make up the same style and level class or level lower. You are welcomed and encouraged to travel to different YMCA branches. Please email CDC.firstname.lastname@example.org notify CDC Staff of the day and location you would like to makeup.
Refund Policy: CDC has a no refund policy. There will be no refunds for any missed classes, class cancellations due to weather, nor children who choose not to participate.
Performance Policy: It is at the discretion of the teacher to determine if the student will or will not be able to perform in any performances. Any child who misses more than half the program’s duration will not be able to participate in a performance/ studio demonstration.
Class Cancellation: Notification regarding class cancellation due to weather will be announced through your school or through parent portal email. No money will be returned for class cancellations. Please note our makeup policy.
Crying Child Policy: We will work with you and your child to achieve success in bringing happy dancers into the classroom without mom. This is a gradual process for most babies. From our previous experience a crying child can create a domino effect, therefore we will escort all crying babies out of the room or ask them not to enter until they are comfortable in doing so. Any crying child will need to wait outside the classroom with their parent/guardian, watching in the window until they feel confident to come back in. Sometimes it takes our little dancers a couple of weeks to warmup. Before the first day of class we ask that you speak to your child about any fears they may have and assure them that you be able to see them through the window. We will not actively invite parents to come into the room but if you think your child will have greater success by your walking them in than we understand.
YMCA House rules (only for ymca program)
FACILITY ● Respect the space.
○ Do not allow children to touch or play with any exercise equipment
○ Pick up after yourself; throw away all trash
○ No pets are allowed in the space
○ If you have misplaced an item please check YMCA Lost and Found at the front desk of each branch.
Items only stay in their lost and found for 2 weeks.
PICK UP/ DROP OFF ● Children must ALWAYS be supervised.
○ Please watch your child before class and while entering the dance room.
● Beginning of Class:
○ Students are not permitted to enter the dance studio until the teacher is present. If you arrive early, allow teachers to get set up for the class. They will open the doors 5 minutes prior to class starting.
○ If you are running late please enter the room with discretion as to not interrupt the flow of the class.
○ In the event that you are 15 minutes late or more your child is still welcome to join but will be ask to sit and observe class. They will have missed warmup which is essential to participating, but can still absorb information while observing.
● After Class:
○ Please come inside the YMCA facility to pickup your child. Students are not permitted to exit the YMCA facility on their own.
○ The teacher will open the door and watch each child go to their parent/guardian
○ Please inform your teacher ahead of time if someone else other than a parent/guardian will be picking up your child.
○ If you are not outside the room directly at the end of class, students will be asked to to wait with the teacher either inside the studio (if there is another class) or in the lobby with the teacher. Please be on time!
○ If there is not a class immediately following, teachers will wait up to 5 minutes after your child’s class.
Student Code of Conduct
CDC after school programming should demonstrate high standards of ethics and promote the development of good character and other important life skills. The highest potential of dance is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing integrity with honor according to five core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and caring. This Code applies to all students involved in CDC after-school programming. Students must also adhere to the Code of Conduct and attendance policies at their specific school’s site. TRUSTWORTHINESS
Trustworthiness — be worthy of trust in all I do.
Integrity — live up to high ideals of ethics and always pursue honor; do what’s right even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.
Honesty — live and compete honorably; don’t lie, cheat, steal or engage in any other dishonest conduct.
Reliability — fulfill commitments; do what I say I will do; be on time to classes and performances.
Loyalty — be loyal to my school and classmates; put the class above personal glory.
Respect — treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other students.
Class — live and dance with class; be a good team player; compliment and encourage extraordinary performance, show sincere respect.
Disrespectful Conduct — don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or dance itself.
Respect Teachers — treat Dance Teachers with respect; don’t complain about or argue with teachers or their decisions during or after a class or performance. Do not speak while the Teacher is talking.
Role-Modeling — Remember, participation in dance is a privilege, I am expected to represent my school, teachers, and CDC with honor, in and out of the classroom. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself as a positive role model. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the school administration.
Self-Control — exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
Healthy Lifestyle — safeguard your health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Integrity — commit yourselves to class by focusing on directions and the exercises and combinations at hand.
FAIRNESS: Be Fair — live up to high standards of fair play; be open-minded; always be willing to listen and learn. CARING
Concern for Others — demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to myself or others.
Classmates — help promote the well-being of classmates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to an adult.
Health and Wellness house rules
Carolina Dance Collaborative’s staff and volunteers will follow the same guidelines as our students. We will encourage parents and other adults in the community to do the same throughout our programming. Nutrition and Health Policies Food:
Students will be served fruits and vegetables 3-5 days a week for CDC summer camps. If sites do not offer healthy alternatives, CDC will ask after-school/summer camp partners to provide these options or ask students to bring these healthy options from home. Meals will not be provided during summer camps and/or snacks for yearlong after-school partners.
In the case of a celebration (i.e. birthday or holiday), parents are allowed to bring outside food but are asked to bring healthy alternatives (fruits,veggies, low-fat/non-fat diary products, low-fat salty snacks) rather than high calorie, high sugar desserts.
Staff is not allowed to bring outside food during summer camp hours into the facility, but is encouraged to eat the same snacks provided to the students or something equally or more healthy in front of the children
Food is not used as a way to reward or encourage positive behavior or performance within our program and is enforced to our staff.
As a mobile company, vending machines change from location to location. Although, if they are present, students will not be allowed to use them during summer camp or after school hours.
Students will be provided with ample opportunity to hydrate their bodies with water.
Water, free of charge, is always available for the students.
Staff is required to drink water or something equal or more healthy in front of the students.
Nutrition education will be provided to summer camp students (from the Catch Units) three times a week during snack time for all CDC camps. Nutrition education will also be incorporated for partnering after-school programs as instructors will discus with their students how they can fuel their bodies to be stronger dancers.
Nutrition education will be provided to summer camp and after-school parents through emails and monthly newsletters.
Front line staff will be educated about nutrition guidelines and educational resources through Livewell Networking and Boost Professional Development, prepping for nutrition education lessons, and/or reading CATCH Kids Club resources.
Physical Activity and Wellness Policies
All students will participate in physical activity 90% of the time they are in the program.
All students will be seated for no more than 30 minutes at a time during summer camp activities. Students will not be seated during after school programming unless they are asked to do so in order to observe a group perform.
Parents and the community will receive physical activity tips throughout performances and monthly newsletters throughout the year.
Staff will continue to be educated concerning dance/movement techniques, elements, and activities through teacher training, curriculum development, and other resources throughout the year.
Tobacco usage is prohibited
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To engage the Carolinas with quality dance education through community driven collaborations.