Communication, Safety, Covid-19 Protocol, & Class Observation


Important announcements, reminders and newsletters are sent out via email so it is very important that students keep Heartbeat updated on any changes to their email addresses and to set up their email to accept Heartbeat’s communication. When applicable, notices will also be posted on Heartbeat’s website: and on the Heartbeat Performing Arts Center Facebook page. These notices include newsletters, special announcements such as class cancellation due to bad weather, show rehearsals, costume information, etc.

From time to time, information is disseminated by hard-copy directly to each student. Parents of young students should regularly check their child’s dance bag for these notices which may include costume order forms and new class schedules.


  • Bad weather class cancellation notices will appear on Heartbeat’s voicemail (952-432-7833) and Facebook page (Heartbeat Performing Arts Center) by 3:00pm the day of the weather emergency. If in doubt, students and teachers are asked to call Heartbeat to hear the recorded message before they attempt to travel to the studio. If a weather emergency happens after classes have started, students will call their parents for an early pick up.
  • Heartbeat’s student drop off and pick up policy requires parents or chaperones of younger students to walk their children into the building before class and meet them in Heartbeats lobby to walk them out to their cars after class. It is incredibly unsafe for young children to dart out of Heartbeat’s building into a parking lot full of cars. Parents are asked to make sure their children know this procedure.
  • Class behavior education requires that students practice the etiquette of being respectful to each other and to their teachers. Key to this is refraining from talking during class, turning off cell phones, no food or beverage brought into the classroom, arriving on time, wearing proper attire, and coming to class with a positive attitude ready to learn.

Heartbeat holds safety in the studio as a high priority. Students exhibiting disrespectful or unsafe behavior will be asked to sit down and observe the remainder of the class. In some cases, a meeting with the student and parent will be scheduled.

Covid-19 Protocol: Because We Care About You

Due to the lingering and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, Heartbeat’s policy will remain fluid to be in sync with advisement from the CDC, MDH, and ISD 196. On a regular basis, Heartbeat will continue sanitizing studio rooms and all public areas. Students are encouraged to wear face masks, but if a student is vaccinated and/or has natural immunity, face masks are optional. Based on changes made by the CDC, MDH, and ISD 196, there may be times where regardless of vaccination or natural immunity status, all students will be required to wear a mask. Heartbeat will notify students when someone in their class has tested positive for COVID. In a timely manner, Heartbeat will email all students updates in its COVID policy.

Class Observation

Due to COVID-19, class observation is temporarily discontinued until further notice. The exception would be for students age 3 – 5 who may have separation anxiety or need help in the restroom. One parent or guardian per child will be allowed to observe their child’s classes in these circumstances.