I was talking to our musical theatre director, Teri-Lynn Friesen about what to do when kids are sick. It was helpful to get her perspective, as so many times it is not clear whether to miss class or to attend.
Certainly, the severity of the illness is a factor. Someone with a high fever who is sleeping most of the time or absolutely energy-less is different from someone with a sore throat or a stuffed nose.
Another factor is the amount of material being learned every class and the imminence of performance. For musical theatre, especially this year, every class counts; so Teri-Lynn went so far as to say, “Even if you’ve got a pail with you, come to class”. It’s just that important. Classes leading up to a show are similar. That being said, there is always grace and understanding for every decision.
If you’re worried about spreading germs, realize that the teachers are not. They typically would rather you are there to observe and mark choreography than completely miss class. Again, parents need to make that call, and if a student will be absent, make a call to Masterworks (986-5617) to notify the teacher. A voice message is fine.
Injuries are another concern. Generally, students are encouraged to come and watch or participate within their ability. Always tell your teacher of any injuries before the class begins. Note that dancers who repeatedly sit out due to illness or injury may be marked absent (any students with more than eight absences in a year will be asked not to participate in recital).
Other policies to note: proper preparation and behavior are expected, including being on time, being respectful, wearing proper attire, and paying attention during class. Please remove watches and jewellery (leave at home if possible). Students who
have to be reminded repeatedly to come prepared will be asked to sit out and may
be marked absent.
It’s good to know these things as a parent, and be reminded of them now and then. May you all stay healthy and free from injury and enjoy your classes!