Policies

COVID Protocols

  • The lobby is closed.  Only students may enter the academy.

  • Parents should conduct all communication via phone or email.

  • Masks are required at all times indoors when not eating/drinking (Illinois guidelines for youth sport require mask wearing during classes effective August 15, 2020).   If masks are required by local health officials or government guidelines, students will be required to wear masks, or elect to participate virtually.

  • Students must arrived dressed in dance attire (dressing rooms are closed). 

  • A small dance bag containing dance shoes, water bottle, and personal hand sanitizer must be brought to each class. 

  • Temperature will be taken upon arrival with an inferred thermometer. Temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to remain at the academy.

  • Hand washing or hand sanitizer is required before entering the classroom.

  • COVID Protocols will be adjusted as local health department and government authorities alter their recommendations.

  • Watch this video to learn what to expect.

TRAVEL

At this time we strongly discourage any non-essential travel both domestically and internationally.  If you must travel, please avoid traveling to any areas that are currently highly impacted by the virus.  Classes missed due to travel or restrictions may be attended virtually, or made up virtually. 

Travel Restrictions:  We are following the Chicago Travel Order.   Under the order, travelers entering or returning from "states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases" will need to quarantine "for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state." 

  • Students and staff who have traveled to the states indicated should not return to LoMastro in person, until 14 days have passed since their last contact in the identified state, and will take their classes virtually. "A state will be designated if it has a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average”. 

  • Learn more and see the list of all states and their numbers, which may help you decide on non-essential travel: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

  • The travel restriction applies to the student themselves, travel of a parent/sibling does not effect the students ability to attend class.  This is the current advice of the Lake County Health Department.

TUITION:

  • Tuition is payable in advance and must accompany the registration form. A payment plan is available; please inquire if you are interested. Returned checks are subject to a $30 fee. Tuition is non-refundable. Withdrawals received at least 10 business days prior to the class start date will receive a credit for future classes (a withdrawal form must be completed). A credit of tuition for medical reasons will be considered only when accompanied by a letter from a physician. If we cancel a class due to low enrollment, a refund will be granted. Tuition listed on the registration form applies to all classes, unless “special tuition” is indicated. See the enrollment page for further details.

  • A 4% surcharge will be added to payment via credit/debit cards.  This fee will be applied to all types of cards. It does not apply to ACH/Electronic Check transactions, if you wish to enter ACH/Electronic Check you may do so updating your payment method.  

 

ATTENDANCE / ILLNESS

  • All absences must be reported to the academy prior to the absence. Students exceeding 3 absences per 1/2 season may be asked to withdraw from the program and/or recital without refund. Participating virtually is equivalent to participating in-person.  Consistent attendance is imperative to the successful training of all students. Students may miss only if she/he has a valid excuse. 

  • Students must remain home if exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and the parent must immediately notify LoMastro Performing Arts Academy of the reason for the absence.   

  • Students must remain home if any member of their household (parents, siblings, etc) is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and the parent must immediately notify LoMastro Performing Arts Academy of the reason for the absence.    

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent must immediately notify LoMastro Performing Arts Academy.

  • If any member of a student's household (parents, siblings, etc) tests positive for COVID-19, the parent must immediately notify LoMastro Performing Arts Academy.  The students must remain home for 14-days.

MAKE-UP CLASSES:

  • During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we cannot accommodate in-person make-up classes.  Classes may be made up virtually.  Virtual make-up classes must be scheduled at least 24-hours in advance. 

  • Pre-COVID Policy: Missed dance classes may be made up in a class at the equivalent level or lower, in the same discipline. Classes not made up within one month of the absence will be forfeited. Students must sign the make-up log at the desk.


TARDINESS:

  • Classes begin on time. Late admittance to a class is at the teacher’s discretion. For their safety, your child will not be able to participate in class if they arrive more than 15 minutes late. They will, however, be able to observe the class. Tardy students are asked to enter the studio between exercises.

COMMUNICATION:

  • We utilize email as our main source of communication. It is the parents’ responsibility to provide a valid email address and read all email communication.

 


DRESS CODE:

  • All students are expected to adhere to the dress code (see class listing). Female students' hair must be secured in a bun or ponytail for all classes. A bun (with hairnet and bobby pins or snood) is required for ballet. No jewelry is allowed. Leotard color must match those in our boutique. Students not dressed and/or groomed appropriately may be asked to observe class. Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors.

 

FOOD & DRINK:

  • No candy, gum, or food are allowed in the studios. Water is the only beverage students are allowed to drink at the academy. Students may bring a bottle of water to class. No cups are allowed in the cubbies or classrooms.

 

FACILITY ETIQUETTE:

  • Students should be escorted to and from the building by an adult. Our Lobby is closed due to the COVID-19 guidelines.  

  • All classes are drop-off only.  Our lobby is closed.

  • Street shoes should never be worn in the classrooms.

  • Children are not permitted in the classrooms without a teacher.

  • Pre-COVID Policy: If you have siblings with you, please keep them at your side, as our facility is not set up to accommodate unsupervised children. Running, jumping, and climbing on the furniture or cubbies is forbidden. Noise in the lobby should be kept to a minimum to respect an appropriate learning environment.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER:

  • If in-person classes are cancelled due to weather, a message will be posted on the LPAA phone line one hour prior to the class start time. Please call the academy or check the website for updates if weather is bad.  Classes will take place virtually.  

 

CLASS PLACEMENT / ADVANCEMENT:

  • Our faculty meets regularly to discuss the students’ progress and placement. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex. Students will be constantly evaluated throughout the season on their mastery of skills/technique specific to each level in our curriculum. The first few weeks are used for assessment to ensure the proper class and level placement of each child. All decisions regarding class placement are made by the faculty with your child’s best interest in mind. Advancement is based on mastery of skills/technique within each level (most students will spend 1-2 years in each level). Letters containing pre-approved class levels for the following season will be emailed at the culmination of each school year. Advancement in our Early Childhood Division is age based. Please contact the director if you have questions or concerns about your child’s placement.

 

SUBSTITUTES:

  • Occasionally a substitute is needed due to a teacher’s professional duties, illness, etc. Whenever possible, substitutes are hired from our existing faculty. When this is impossible, substitute teachers are professional colleagues of the teacher. In either case, substitutes are briefed on the class syllabus, so that the progression of study can go on uninterrupted.  

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • All programs must have a minimum enrollment of 6. If a program has low enrollment, the program may be cancelled one week prior to the program start date.

ANNUAL RECITAL:

  • Recital may take place virtually or in-person, pending current guidelines.

  • Parents and relatives of all LPAA students will enjoy watching their children dance and sing in our professional annual recital held in May/June. Our Recitals feature all Dance classes and Dance Company. Participation is optional for all enrolled students ages 3-19. Recitals are separated by age and level. All rehearsals are mandatory. Participation in the recital is assumed and parents are responsible for costume fees, due November 1st. Costume fees will be automatically charged on November 1st, (see “Auto Pay” on the registration form). Parents must notify the academy in writing if their child does not wish to participate in the Recital prior to November 1st to avoid being charged costume fees.

  • Costume fees are non-refundable.

  • Parents are responsible for reading, understanding, and adhering to all policies and procedures in the Recital Handbook.  

  • Recital Dress Rehearsal is mandatory without exception.  If a child is absent from Dress Rehearsal he/she will not be allowed to perform in the Recital.  Dress Rehearsal dates are listed on the calendar page.  Specific times will be available no later than April 1.