Message to Families RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Message to Families RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Thursday, March 5 2020

Dear PNB School

What we know about the
COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and we want to keep our families and
clients updated on PNB School’s operation and cleaning procedures. PNB remains
committed to keeping our students and families’ health and well-being a top

We continue to monitor
the situation and are tracking guidance from the Washington Department of
Health and the Centers for Disease Control. The Washington State Department of
Health is the lead agency in public health crisis situations in our state.

Currently classes are
continuing as normal at both the Phelps Center and the Francia Russell Center.
If there is a district-wide school closure for Seattle Public Schools the
Phelps Center will cancel classes. If there is a district-wide school closure
for Bellevue Public Schools the Francia Russell Center will cancel classes. PNB
School will not be issuing any refunds for classes missed. Missed classes will
be excused, please contact the school and let us know if your student will miss
class. Please use your best personal judgement when deciding whether to keep
your student home from class and contact the School if your family has been
exposed to COVID-19. If you are unsure whether you should keep your student
home from school, please read these guidelines here.

PNB’s janitorial staff
remains focused on maintaining a clean school environment with special
attention to high use areas. Our janitorial staff uses sanitizing products at
all times and have added vigilance to cleaning procedures, especially in our
high-risk areas; door handles, light switches, faucet handles, stair bannisters
and similar high-touch locations. Additionally, faculty are being diligent
about wiping down barres and studio surfaces with disinfecting wipes after every
class. Hand sanitizers are also readily available for student, staff, and
parent use at both schools. We recommend students have their own hand sanitizer
readily available if possible.

In order to best
minimize the possible spread of germs in our buildings, we recommend that
parents/guardians drop their students off for class and that siblings and
parents/guardians do not wait in the school’s common areas if possible.

To help stay healthy, the Centers for
Disease Control recommend:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use
    alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in
    trash, wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and

We will update you with any additional
information or guidance that we receive.



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