In consideration of the opportunity to participate in the Riverside Performing Arts' Dance, Music, Theatre class(es), private lessons and/or Preschool made available through Riverside Performing Arts, herein referred to as "RPA," I agree as follows:
1. I understand and acknowledge that participation in Dance, Music, Theatre class(es), private lessons and/or Preschool at RPA may be dangerous and may involve risks which include, but are not limited to, bodily injury, partial or total disability, paralysis and death. I also understand and acknowledge that the social and economic losses or damages which can result from those risks and dangers can be severe and that not all such risks and dangers may be known or reasonably foreseeable at this time. I accept the responsibility for losses or damages resulting from all such risks and dangers involved in participation in Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School at RPA.
2. I agree to take appropriate precautions for my own safety and that of others when participating in the program and further agree that, before participating I will inspect the facilities and equipment to be used and will, if I believe anything is unsafe, immediately advise a staff member at RPA of that unsafe condition(s) and will refuse to participate.
3. I hereby release, waive and discharge RPA, its director, instructors and employees from all liability to me and to my conservators, guardians or other legal representatives, assigns, heirs and next of kin for any and all claims, demands, losses or damages on account of any injury, death or damage to property, arising out of my participation in Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Preschool whether on RPA premises or elsewhere, including transportation of myself and/or my child to and from those venues.
4. If competing or performing in an offsite event or venue, I assume responsibility for transportation of myself and/or my child(ren) to and from these events or venues.
5. I also hereby agree to indemnify and to hold harmless from any claim or demand on account of injury or damage which I may suffer as a result of participation in Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School RPA and all other persons mentioned in Paragraph 3.
6. I understand that this release, waiver and agreement to indemnify and hold harmless includes, but is not limited to, damages which are caused, or alleged to caused, in whole or in part by the negligence of RPA and the individuals listed in Paragraph 3.
I have read the above agreement of release and waiver of liability and understand that by signing it I have given up substantial rights. I sign this agreement voluntarily.
I am the parent or legal guardian of the participant listed in my accounts registration, who is either myself or is under the age of 18 years, and who wishes to participate in Riverside Performing Arts' Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School. In consideration of Riverside Performing Arts' allowing myself or my child to participate in Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School I hereby agree to indemnify Riverside Performing Arts and all other persons described in Paragraph 3 above, and to hold each and all of them harmless from any claim or demand on account of injury to or damage suffered by my child as a result of participation in Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School whether on Riverside Performing Arts premises or elsewhere.
I acknowledge it is my responsibility to deliver my child(ren) to the program and to pick up my child(ren) promptly upon the scheduled conclusion of Dance, Music and/or Theatre class(es), private lessons or Pre-School. If competing or performing in an offsite event or venue, I assume responsibility for transportation of myself and/or my child(ren) to and from those events and/or venues.
This agreement includes, but is not limited to, claims or demands on account of injury or damage caused or allegedly caused by the negligence of Riverside Performing Arts or any of the individuals listed in Paragraph 3. By clicking "I agree" I understand that this represents my electronic signature on this date.
Registration is based on first come, first served. Pre-registration is REQUIRED before the 1st day of class for all classes. There is an annual non-refundable $35 registration fee per student or $50 per family due at the time of registration. *Registration fee does NOT apply to winter camps, summer classes or summer camps. We are a progressive academy, meaning we do not start classes over every trimester. However, we do add some new classes throughout the year. While you are not obligated to remain a student for the entire year, when you enroll, you enroll for the entire year.
When registering online, your personal information will be confidential and every effort has been made to ensure your financial information will be secure. Once you have entered your credit/debit card number you will not be charged until we have approved your registration. From then on, your card will be automatically charged per month or per year depending on what frequency you chose. We do not accept checks with the exception of cashier checks.
There is an annual registration fee of $75/student or $125/family for Preschool. There is an annual registration fee of $100/student or $150/family for Kindergarten. This and the first month's tuition are required to hold your child's spot in preschool and are non-refundable.
Everyone is required to follow RPA's studio etiquette. There is no running, climbing or general horseplay allowed in the studio. Children may not be left unattended anywhere in the building. Students may not enter the dance rooms without a teacher. Please do not use the office to make phone calls. This is very distracting for the office staff. Please remove street shoes before entering the dance rooms. Those who cannot abide by these rules will be asked to leave.
All students are expected to follow Riverside Performing Arts' dress code (Please see Class Attire). A student that is not appropriately dressed for class will be asked to observe for that day. *NO STREET SHOES ARE ALLOWED ON DANCE FLOORS.
All class attendance is tracked by the instructor and administration. Attendance is taken at the beginning of every class or lesson. All students are expected to arrive on time for class in the proper attire and their hair up in the appropriate style. If the student is too young to handle this on his or her own, we ask that the parent help with this responsibility. If a student is ill, he or she is expected to stay home. If a student is injured and would like to observe class, then he or she may do so. If the student cannot attend class, please notify RPA via email at email@example.com as soon as possible. Make-ups are offered as a courtesy on a case by case basis.
Coming to class on time is important so as not to disrupt the lesson. In addition, a student who misses the warm-up may become injured. Students who arrive late may be asked to observe class that day. If your child is late to class, please wait in the observation room until the teacher has asked the child to enter class. This is to keep the other students from being distracted.
Student Pick Up:
Parents or legal guardians must be ready to pick up their children as soon as possible after class has adjourned. $1.00/minute will be charged for late pick-ups. RPA staff is not liable or responsible for watching your children.
Supervision of Children:
CHILDREN MAY NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED ANYWHERE WITH IN RIVERSIDE PERFORMING ARTS.
Do not leave a sibling in the waiting room while the other sibling dances unless you plan to stay and observe as well.
Holiday Closures and Inclement Weather
Riverside Performing Arts does NOT follow the Vancouver School District schedule for holiday closures. Please call or check our website if you are unsure if RPA is closed. If RPA is closed due to inclement weather RPA will make no adjustment to tuition.
You may choose to pay per month or per year. The monthly rate is the same regardless of the number of weeks in a month. When paying for the entire school year, you'll receive a discount.
Monthly tuition will be charged to your credit or debit card on file the 1st or the 2nd of each month.
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Late fees: A charge of $5 per week will be added to all late payments.
Refunds and/or credits are not given for missed classes due to illness, conflicting schedules or unwillingness to participate.
Please inform the office, not the teacher, of any classes dropped or added. Those paying per month must submit a "DROP/CHANGE/ADD" form by the 15th of the previous month. Those paying per year must submit a "DROP/CHANGE/ADD" on August 15th. If you do not fill out the "DROP/CHANGE/ADD" form by the due dates listed above, your account will be billed and your credit/debit card will be charged for the next month or trimester and refunds and/or credits will not be issued. There are no refunds for the registration fee. In addition, after a costume has been ordered and paid for you will not receive a refund.
SUMMER: Refunds or credits for summer camps or classes are not given after June 1st.
WINTER CAMPS: Refunds or credits for winter camps are not given after December 1st.
A "DROP/CHANGE/ADD" form is due the 1 of the previous month if you chose to remove your child from Riverside Performing Arts' Preschool/Kindergarten. If you do not fill out the "DROP/CHANGE/ADD" form by the 1st of the previous month, your account will be billed and your credit/debit card will be charged for the next month's tuition and refunds and/or credits will not be issued. There are no refunds for the registration fee. First month's tuition is non-refundable.
Inappropriate and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students, who cannot display appropriate classroom behavior, will be asked to observe class that day. Cell phones must be turned off before entering the classroom.
Parents with students who require assistance in the bathroom are REQUIRED to stay at RPA during their child's entire class. Parents are the only ones permitted to take their child into the bathroom. Staff and other parents may not take a student to the bathroom. To prevent disruption, please have your child use the bathroom BEFORE class.
Preschool Bathroom Policy
All students must be potty trained by the first day of school. Please provide your child with an extra set of clothing in case of accidents.
Dance, theatre and music lessons, like sports activities, require practice outside of the classroom. It is very important that students take their lesson seriously and come to their next lesson prepared. This will help the student grow and keep the class progressing.
Lost and Found
Please remember to check the Lost and Found box frequently. We donate items from the lost and found box to goodwill during Winter Break, Spring Break, and at the end of the year. Riverside Performing Arts is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Please leave all valuables at home.
We perform 3 to 4 times per year in the community. Although it is not required to perform, we welcome all students in our performances. A costume will need to be purchased in order to perform. We chose costumes that are inexpensive and usually can be worn again. Winter Holiday Recital costume fee is due the last week of September. Spring Recital costume fee is due the last week of February. The average cost of a costume is $40-$60. Those with past due accounts may not perform.
Eligibility for Make-up classes or private lessons: All make-up requests must be emailed to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If students are unable to attend a scheduled group or private lesson, one-week written notice is required to be eligible for a make-up lesson. If one-week notice is not given, students will forfeit money paid for that lesson and a make-up lesson will not be offered. If a student is unable to attend a group lesson due to illness, please give written notice and request a list of available make up classes from email@example.com
Group Classes: If a student misses a group class and is eligible for a make-up, they may request to attend a similar class to make up for the missed lesson. Make-ups are to be made up within 4 weeks of the missed class. There are no make-ups for illness.
Private Lessons: If a student cannot attend a scheduled private lesson due to illness, written notice before 12:00 PM is required in order to schedule a makeup lesson with the same instructor. Make-up classes will be one to one instruction with the original instructor from the cancelled lesson only. Once a student is given the date and time for their make-up, if the student does not confirm in writing within 3 days their intent to attend the makeup the private lesson, the make-up lesson will not be held and any tuition for the said lesson will be forfeited. If a student misses a make-up lesson, there will be no additional make-ups, credits or refunds.
Group or Private lesson cancellations by RPA: If an instructor or RPA cancels a class or private lesson, a make-up class will be held within 4 weeks. The make-up class date and time will be communicated to the student(s) in writing within 4 days of the cancelled class. If a class or private lesson is cancelled by the instructor or RPA and a make-up is not offered to the student(s), the student's account will be credited for the canceled class or private lesson.
Preschool: Due to the nature of these classes, make-ups and adjustments to tuition for cancelled or missed classes are not available.
RPA strives to maintain a positive learning environment where students, families, teachers, and staff are treated with respect and where they respect the personal rights and property of others. All staff members are expected to meet key standards of work performance: achieving committed goals, meeting deadlines, having a positive effect on others, and continuously seeking ways to enhance and improve the school. Students and families are expected to contribute likewise to create the most effective educational environment possible.
Failure to follow these guidelines could result in the following:
Denial of services
Suspension of services
Denial of credits or refunds
Reporting of Incidents:
RPA encourages all students to report harassment or bullying incidents to their instructor. Incidents can be reported anonymously, confidentiality or non-confidentially via the RPA Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying (HIB) Incident Reporting Form. Some cases will be escalated to the executive director, artistic director or their designee based on severity. RPA will take immediate action to investigate complaints of harassment and will take steps to stop it and prevent it from occurring in the future including denial of service or suspension of service without refund. Witnesses to harassment or bullying are responsible to report the behavior immediately to a instructor or administrator. RPA administration will follow up with all filed complaints.
RPA is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from inappropriate behavior and harassment. Inappropriate behavior includes the following:
Insults or attacks of any kind against another person.
Use of obscene, degrading, or profane language.
Harassment, continually posting unwelcomed messages to another person, or use of threats.
Posting material that is obscene or defamatory or that is intended to annoy, harass, or intimidate another person. This includes distributing spam mail, chain e-mail, viruses, or other intentionally destructive content.
Knowingly and intentionally reporting or giving false or misleading information, either oral or written, which may injure another person's character or reputation or disrupt the orderly process of RPA
Intentionally destroying, damaging, defacing, or stealing records or property (whether physical or electronic) owned by RPA, staff or its patrons.
Exhibiting lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior and/or activity, either in person or online.
Possession, sale, distribution, or use of controlled substances, including alcohol at any school-sponsored event.
Possession of knives, firearms, lighters, explosives, or any other object used or construed as a weapon.
Any conduct that disrupts the education process in any environment related to the education process, including but not limited to in person and online.
Harassment, intimidation or bullying
Any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act that:
Physically harms a member of the RPA community or damages the community member's property;
Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the RPA.
RPA Students are expected to be responsible representatives of RPA at all times, whether online, at an in-person RPA event, or "off-site" - meaning outside of RPA activities.
RPA reserves the right to address in conference with staff and students and their families whose off-site interactions have impacted the on-site community.
RPA reserves the right to refuse service to anyone based on behavior in direct violation of the RPA code of conduct.
RPA Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying (HIB) Incident Reporting Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eF1xUFolpsJ3QocZ7VwKP8815C3GBawK9oZbTZfZA78/edit?usp=sharing
For complete details about RPA's Anti Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NffGmP9XbadYsa0y_cuwMPcnORe-2bmNaBxzh61QH9Y/edit?usp=sharing
For complete details about RPA's Procedure - Prohibition of Harassment Intimidation and Bullying please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ACgfckCpr3HVLhCRDbTuIYtbbhWf42dzFWGgZ5CN4ro/edit?usp=sharing