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POLICIES & PROCEDURES

ADD/DROP CLASS PROCEDURE:
If a dancer chooses to add or drop a class either as a result of schedule conflict or teacher recommendation, an e-mail must be sent with all pertinent information regarding the class/day/time of the class drop or class add.

FOR CLASSES DROPPED:
Tuition changes will be reflected in the month or trimester following receipt of the email. The email must be sent by the 27th of the month prior to the change request.  Once your request has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email that will include your updated tuition payment amount for the next installment. If a student drops a class for any reason, it is the family’s responsibility to pay their current tuition in full for the month or trimester that the email was received and encourage their child to complete the current month or trimester of scheduled classes. No tuition deductions, refunds, transfers, or adjustments will be made for dropped classes.

FOR CLASSES ADDED:
Tuition changes will be pro-rated for the remainder of the current month or trimester if the student wishes to participate in the added class(es) immediately.

MISSED CLASSES - MAKE-UP POLICY:
If you so choose, your child may attend a make-up class whenever he/she misses class due to illness, outside appointments, snow closings, etc. or when the student is participating in a Brandywine Ballet dress rehearsal and/or performance. Make-up classes may be taken in any other class of his/her level or a class level below. No formal notification of make-up classes is necessary. It is the responsibility of each family to keep track of classes missed if they so choose. Make-up classes may be taken before or after the missed class. No deductions in monthly or trimester will be made for classes missed for any reason. This policy is strictly enforced for both the West Chester and Lionville studios.

RECITAL PARTICIPATION POLICY:
Students may participate in the Student Recital ONLY if accounts are current. This includes tuition, late fees, and all costs associated with the Student Recital. June tuition (for recital participants only) is due by June 1 – prior to the start of all scheduled recital rehearsals Students will not be allowed to participate in any Studio Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals or the Recital, if June tuition is not paid in full by June 1.


GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL: 
Every Dance Center student is expected to behave in a disciplined, responsible and courteous manner when on school grounds as well as dress appropriately and neatly for class. Any use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products will not be tolerated on school grounds. The school director reserve the right to suspend or expel any student, at any time, whose attitude, offensive language, class appearance, class attendance, payment record, and the like, is judged unsatisfactory. Any consistently disruptive or inappropriate behavior as listed above, will be grounds for dismissal. As a result, all tuition and/or recital monies paid to The Dance Center on behalf of said discharged student will be forfeited. Parents/Guardians will also respect the rules of The Dance Center and abide by driving slow and cautious around the building, park only in designated parking spaces, and refrain from any rude or aggressive behavior toward any other Dance Center family member or faculty member. If a problem arises, immediate notification to the school director should be reported.


SCHOOL CLOSINGS:
In the event of snow or inclement weather, The Dance Center usually follows the West Chester and Downingtown School District when determining to close the school. These decisions are made for the safety of our students and teachers. Students are entitled to a make-up class on another day in the same level or lower level class, if they so choose. No deductions of tuition may be made for inclement weather. See MISSED CLASSES – MAKE-UP POLICY for full details.

DROP OFF POLICY/LATE PICK UP POLICY:
Students must arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to class time. The School is not responsible for any student who is dropped off early or not picked up in a timely manner. Please be considerate: if your child attends the last class of the evening; please arrive early to pick up your child so the school may close as scheduled. Students must be picked up on time. If an emergency occurs hindering timely pick up, please notify the office. After l5 minutes past the end of scheduled class, a $20 fee will be charged every half hour. Again, the studio is NOT responsible for children who are not picked up on time.

SAFETY INFORMATION:
It is a violation of local ordinance as well as a safety hazard to stop at the curb in front of the studio and sit and wait for your child. Please park in designated spaces and walk your child inside the studio. For the safety of our children, the speed limit is 5 mph around the building and ONE WAY traffic around the building by using the left entrance of the Business Park off Westtown Road and continuing clock-wise around the building.