I know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many issues emotionally, financially, and on personal levels. I hope that all of you and your families have stayed safe during these times.
You may have heard that Governor DeWine has given the “OK” to re-open our type of business as of May 26th. My staff and I have been working hard to be ready to re-open Dragon E’s starting June 1st at our Westerville location for students from both of our locations.
Classes will be different for a little while as we work through this pandemic. My hope with this plan is to build confidence that we are training as safely as possible, reduce the chance of spread, and continue to keep Dragon E’s operating. I believe as long we follow these protocols and work through this situation we can eventually get back to running classes on a more normal basis.
My highest concern for everyone, Student, Parent and Staff, is safety.
Our re-opening plan is as follows:
Everyone that comes into the building will have their temperature checked.
No one can enter the building if they are sick (cold, cough, sneezing, etc.)
Everyone will be required to wear a mask.
There will be NO CONTACT between the student and the Instructor.
There will be at least two Instructors in the building each night.
We will be holding 30-minute classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 pm. These will be similar to a private, one-on-one session.
There are three zones of training with a min of a 6-foot distance between them. Students will need to stay in this taped off area during their training time.
There will be some equipment in each zone for the student to train on. Equipment and floor will be wiped and disinfected between class sessions.
There will be a maximum of three Students training at one time. The exception would be a pair of family members that can train together within their restricted space.
Each student can have only one parent/guardian with them in the building during their session. This will help maintain social distancing. Only a few chairs remain in the waiting area.
No siblings/non-students in the waiting area and no lingering after class – the toys have been removed, cleaned and put away.
We are Setmore online scheduling to assist us with this. (Everyone will need to schedule their time – link will be on our website and Facebook page)
The cost of each 30-minute session will be $25 with some discount for multiple family members.
Consideration of fee structured online classes is being considered, demand will dictate the use of these. In-person instruction will still give the most value to the student.
We will continually evaluate our class structure and provide updates on changes/additions as the state of Ohio restrictions change.
I know this is very different then we are accustomed to, but we train as Martial Artists to be able to adapt and survive! I am counting on all of you to help us get through this difficult time.
Senior Chief Master Mitch Ellis
and Instructor Staff
Dragon E's & Master Ellis in the News
Master Ellis preparing for the Asian Festival
- The Columbus Dispatch
Master Ellis being interviewed by Jarid Smalley for the the "Austism Speaks" special on NBC4i
Master Ellis and Instructor Mary McNitt at 10TV for the "I Dare Dom" live broadcast
Master Ellis at the Asian Festival
ABC-6/FOX-28 Sports Director Clay Hall reports.