Following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education, we’ve worked hard to adapt our classes to meet the latest government guidelines while making sure that we have kept all the fun and benefits.
Changes we are making for September 2020
These are some of the changes that we will be making:-
- Introducing a temporary timetable with staggered start and finish times;
- We will check all staff and student temperatures on the way in using a scan thermometer. Anyone with a red display will not be able to come into the studios;
- Our studios will become “no parent zones”. We’ll do a face-to-face handover at the main doors, meaning that parents won’t need to congregate in a waiting area but can socially distance in the fresh air;
- There will be a one way system in operation throughout the building;
- Registration and payment will be electronic, eliminating the need for physical signing or handing over of payments;
- Children will be allocated their own special ‘island’ to use as their space for the sessions positioned at the required social distance from others;
- There will be no contact or direct hand-holding activities;
- When entering or leaving the room, the teachers will ensure that the children are at the required social distance;
- We will be limiting / restricting numbers in all of our classes in line with guidelines;
- We will increase ventilation in studios keeping large windows open during classes;
- Our studios will have an increased cleaning programme but we’ll also be armed with disinfectant spray to refresh surfaces before, during and after each class;
- Any performances will be streamed live online to allow friends and family to watch via ZOOM.
- Children will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the building;
- Hand sanitizer will be available at all times and hand washing will take place at regular intervals;
- Surfaces will be regularly wiped down including frequently used areas like door handles.
Food and drinks
- As normal, children must bring their own water bottle;
- No food will be allowed into studios;
- Children must leave the studios at the end of each session.
Clothing and bags
- Parents will be asked to take any coats or bags home once they have dropped off their child;
- Props and costumes will not be shared.
Medication and first aid
- Staff will wear protective equipment to administer first aid.
What if a student has to self-isolate?
We will be issuing class online class codes so providing students who are self-isolating are well and able to do so, they can join their normal class via Zoom.
What happens if there is another national lockdown or a local lockdown?
We are designing all of our classes with a further lockdown in mind:
- All classes will be set-up to transfer to digital if necessary;
- We are designing our inspirations and lessons plans to work both face to face and online;
- If there is another lockdown we will switch all of our classes online to Zoom.
What about those students with high risk family members?
For those who are avoiding any contact outside of their school activities, there will be the opportunity to:-
- join classes online via Zoom;
- we will be installing TV screens and a camera in each studio so that you can see us and we can see you;
- rejoin us for face to face classes once social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Singing is currently regarded as a high risk activity for COVID-19. Will these classes run in September?
Yes, we will continue to offer singing classes. However, for now, all singing classes will be delivered online via You Tube or ZOOM.
Why is it now necessary to book classes online?
We are limiting all non-essential contact. This means that for now our studios will be a non-parent zone. All administration / registration and payments will need to be done online. We cannot accept cash or cheque.
Which classes should my son/daughter take?
We will be writing to all students with a recommendation of which classes they should take (based on previously taken classes).