E-mail sent out 2-25-21 To all HSDA Families-
I just had a long talk with Angela Dalton of the Anaheim City Code Enforcement Department.
The regulations for dance schools in the purple tier call for outdoor classes only, and as such are not allowed to be teaching inside the facility. This is all of Orange County, not just Anaheim.
California does not have state police to enforce it, unfortunately. The city will issue citations if they receive official complaints. It's up to each individual business to make their own decision. That means it all depends on each individual studio owners values and ethics to be open or not.
I'm hearing lots of studios are fully open, and have been some time. I will make my own decisions on when the school re-opens. I will not file a complaint to the city about them- I'll let them keep company with their conscience.
From what I'm hearing and reading, the county could easily move into the red tier in the next week or so. When that happens, I will adjust my classes according to the "HSDA Tier" system (on the website). It will take a week to set up the hybrid schedule.
Perhaps these other studios just have families that put a bit less importance on their kids safety, maybe it's the studio owners. That's not within my sphere of influence, so I'll focus my energies on what's inside that sphere: You, and your school. BTW: Just over 50% of you will be waiting longer, which explains the transition on the HSDA Tier sheet.
For the private lessons, I use common sense. Watch the video clip: https://youtu.be/3qqOsfRGUJY
The safety of every person entering the school is my first concern. Physical safety in classes for the last 4 decades, plus COVID safety right now.
Yes, I'm sure all studios have been hard hit financially- the HSDA is definitely on that list. Those of you that know me also know that I've never done this for the almighty dollar, and I'm not about to start now. The "studio" is an address, with mirrors, barres and (nice) dance floors. The "school" is people: You.
I'd like to hear from all of you about this. Your opinions are appreciated and needed to help me make the best decisions.
Thanks for reading- Be patient, and be safe, Mr. H