Terms & Policies

 

CORRESPONDENCES

In order to avoid cutting into valuable class time, parents must refrain from speaking to the teachers during regular class hours. All questions and inquiries must be submitted in the form of an E-MAIL to:

info@icsballet.org (General Inquiries)

theprimaryacademy@icsballet.org (For Primary Academy parents)

If you wish to meet with any member of the artistic staff in-person, parents are expected to submit a request for an appointment via the school e-mail address listed above. Please indicate the purpose of the meeting and time frames that would work best for you. Based on availability, ICSB will put forth its best effort to accommodate and schedule a specific day and time for the desired meeting.

CLEANLINESS

It is expected that dancers demonstrate cleanliness as a top priority. Dancers must leave the Ballet School space and common areas (including bathrooms) in neat and agreeable condition for use by the other neighboring business and their clients. Empty food & drink containers, bobby pins, hairnets, toe tape and other refuse must either be thrown away or taken out of the school to be discarded later. In extreme circumstances, severe disregard of this may result in the dismissal of the responsible party at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

UNTIMELY ATTENDANCE

Dancers must arrive no earlier than THIRTY (30) MINUTES prior to the beginning of the student’s first scheduled class. The facility will open to students 30 minutes before classes are scheduled to begin unless scheduled for a private lesson. Dancers who arrive earlier than this will be asked to exit the space until the appropriate time to enter the space for class. Students must also exit the school within a reasonable time frame upon dismissal of their final class for the day. General loitering or idle chatter after class will not be tolerated, unless waiting for a scheduled meeting with a faculty member after class.

FACILITY

  • ICSB is not responsible for lost or stolen articles within or near the school facilities.
  • Running, horseplay or loud talking is not allowed when classes are in session. If waiting for a student in the front area, ICSB asks that the conversation volume be held to a minimum. Guests acting in a manner that distracts our students will be asked to leave the facility.
  • No food or drink (other than water) is allowed within the actual dance studios themselves. All waste is to be promptly discarded in the appropriate trash receptacles available throughout the school facilities.
  • Parents are asked to pick up their children promptly at the end of class. No dancer is to leave the school building until their designated ride arrives. If late, an ICSB faculty member will wait with the student  for 10 minutes after class before their designated ride arrives (if staff member is available).
  • Students must be covered in street clothes at all times when entering and exiting the school facilities. 

PARENTS

  • Parents are asked to wait outside until your dancer’s class has concluded due to limited space. ICSB asks that no parent go beyond the front area when classes are in session as it is distracting to the students and teachers. Parents will have the opportunity to observe class towards the end of the year during periodically scheduled class observation days.
  • Parents who bring siblings of dancers to the studio must control their child while within the facility.

LATENESS

  • Any dancer who is tardy to class after the music has started must wait for the music to stop before entering the studio. 
  • If a dancer is going to be more than 15 minutes late to class due to heavy afternoon traffic, ICSB should be notified by calling or texting the office phone at (404) 405-3988.

CLASS AND STUDIO ETIQUETTE

Etiquette for the ballet class is rooted in common courtesy and social consideration. By nature, a proper ballet class must embody due respect for the instructor. This implies such courtesies as not slouching at the barre while the Instructor sets a combination, not speaking out of turn, beginning and ending a classroom exercise in a sustained poised position of readiness, and curtsying or bowing to the Instructor at the end of class. In order for your dancer to progress and acquire discipline, they are expected to be in the classroom prepared to begin at the designated time. 

From the moment a student enters the facility until they leave for the day, ICSB students are expected to be practicing constantly. The artistic staff highly values work-ethic outside of the classroom and will carefully observe all students in consideration for the following school year.

Attention to these disciplines carries over and adds clarity and precision to a student’s class work:

  • Demonstrate appreciation of corrections by working to fix them as soon as they are given.
  • Instructors will be treated with due respect at all times.
  • Students will respect all other students, including the property of other students.
  • No sitting during class, unless injured and given permission to sit out and take notes.
  • There will be no gum or candy in class.
  • Mirrors will not be touched for any reason.
  • There will be no talking at any time in class unless asked to respond verbally by the instructor.
  • Dancers may not be dismissed from class without the permission of the instructor.
  • Dancers may not show any kind of disruptive behavior while in class, waiting for class, or leaving the studio.
  • Dancers and/or parents may not block studio doors, the hallway or other passageways at any time.
  • Dancer will respect all ICSB property in the studio. Dancers are not allowed to operate any equipment without the instructor’s explicit permission.
  • Dancers will come to class prepared according to the dress code and have a positive "ready-to-learn" attitude. This includes making sure that the students have worked on the corrections from the day before and remember all combinations before entering the classroom.

CELLPHONES AND CAMERAS

ICSB understands the importance of maintaining communication with family members in the event of an emergency. Smartphones and cellphones will be kept in a basket until the end of the day, unless necessary to the student for completing schoolwork or for medical reasons. Social media use is not permitted within the facility. Calls to parents can be made from the office phone.

To the extent that your cell phone has a camera or recording capability, those features may not be used at any time in class (unless used to remember combinations or as a study tool), dressing rooms, bathrooms, rehearsal facilities, or theaters where ICSB performs. If you are found to be using a photographic or recording device in violation of this policy, the device may be confiscated and returned to your parent or guardian and you may be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

COMMUNICATION AND SLANDER

ICSB has a zero-tolerance rule for dysfunctional and harmful behaviors, such as GOSSIP, BIAS AND SLANDER, as they all create a negative environment. Follow the Golden Rule (or Ethics of Reciprocity) of treating others as one would like others to treat oneself. Keep your personal biases to yourself. We all bring different values and backgrounds to the ballet. We need to concentrate on our commonality and respect our differences. Slandering anyone is unacceptable, especially an adult parent or guardian slandering a student. Anyone unable to adhere to this policy may be asked to leave the school or performance venue.

DISCRIMINATION-FREE ENVIRONMENT

In order to provide equal opportunities to all students, artistic decisions at ICSB are based on merit, technique and ability. ICSB does not discriminate in opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic trait, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Any students or parents with questions or concerns about any type of purported discrimination at ICSB are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Artistic Director. Students and parents can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination, or found to be retaliating against someone for making or supporting a complaint of discrimination, will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from ICSB.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE

ICSB is committed to providing a drug-free, healthful, and safe environment for its students, faculty and staff. While on ICSB’s premises and while affiliated with ICSB off of ICSB’s premises, you may not use, possess, distribute, sell, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Any student found to be in violation of this policy, including providing drugs or alcohol to another student, may be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Controlled items such as pocket knives, weapons, or sexually explicit material are prohibited at all times on ICSB’s premises or any theaters where ICSB performs. Any student found to be in possession of such items may be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

SMOKE-FREE ZONE

In accordance with Georgia law, ICSB facilities are all smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in ICSB’s studios, offices, or anywhere where ICSB operates or performs. Further, in conjunction with state law that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or use tobacco, smoking is prohibited for all students under the age of 18 whether within or outside of ICSB’s facilities. Willful disregard of this policy will result in immediate disciplinary action.

UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT

ICSB is committed to providing an educational environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and conduct that can be considered harassing, coercive, or disruptive, including sexual harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, genetic trait, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated. ICSB’s policy is one of ZERO TOLERANCE.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser or of the opposite sex. It could be behavior among students or involving ICSB faculty, staff or third parties on our premises. The following is a partial list of examples which may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Unwanted sexual advances. 
  • Offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors. 
  • Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances. 
  • Verbal conduct that includes making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes. 
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, or suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations.
  • Physical conduct that includes inappropriate touching, assaulting, or impeding or blocking movements.

It is no defense to violations of this policy that the victim consented to or acquiesced in the behavior. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to take appropriate measures within their individual authority to prevent violations of this policy.

ICSB asks any student who experiences or witnesses sexual or other unlawful harassment – whether of themselves, a fellow student or parent, or an employee – to report it immediately to the appropriate person(s) according to the reporting hierarchy. Students (and their parents) may raise concerns, make reports and participate in investigations without fear of reprisal or retaliation.

ICSB will attempt to quickly and discreetly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and to protect the confidentiality of those involved to the greatest extent possible. Students (and their parents) who utilize this procedure for lodging a complaint will be promptly informed of the outcome of any investigation upon its completion.

Anyone found to have engaged in sexual or other unlawful harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the school or termination of employment. Likewise, anyone found to have retaliated against a student for complain-ing about sexual or other unlawful harassment, or participating in an investigation about such harassment, will also be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the school or termination of employment.

NOTE: This policy applies specifically to actions of a sexual nature or based on a person’s protected characteristics, such as race and ethnicity. This policy shall NOT be deemed violated where a faculty member corrects a dancer’s posture or alignment, or appropriate partnering is taking place between two students or a student and a faculty member. Ballet teaching and training requires a hands-on approach and is done in the presence of the class.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

In cases of behavior deemed inappropriate by faculty or staff, the employee has the obligation to notify the Artistic Director. The parent/legal guardian will be notified of the behavior problem and the corrective measures taken. In the case of suspension, the parent/guardian will be notified in writing and will be required to attend a conference with the student and the school prior to re-admission. The parent/legal guardian shall be held liable for all damages caused by a student.

Because every act of misbehavior cannot be anticipated, the Artistic Director may be required to make a judgment in handling certain acts of misconduct not covered in the behavior code. Once reported, the Artistic Director will decide the appropriate sanction for the behavior in question. ONCE THIS IS DECIDED, THE INCIDENT WILL BE CONSIDERED CLOSED. No tuition which has already been paid will be reimbursed during the time in which discipline is being observed.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The International City School of Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the aforementioned qualities or characteristics in its recruitment and admission of students, educational policies, scholarship programs, and the operation of any of its school-administered programs.