DROP OFF & PICK UP
At the start of class:
- Parents are asked to drop children off at the door and remain outside unless absolutely necessary.
- On entry students will have to ring the doorbell and then sanitise their hands.
- They will be ‘buzzed in’ and should PUSH the door to open.
- Students should arrive ready for class (As far as possible, weather permitting) and bring with them the appropriate dance shoes, a named drink and any dance equipment required.
- The changing room facilities are limited, and as such, parents will no longer be able to use the area as a waiting room.
- Students will drop off bags, coats and shoes in the changing room and bring only shoes and their drink in to the studios.
At the end of class:
- Students will collect their belongings, be escorted out and handed over to parents one at a time.
- Please wait within sight so that teachers can call students forward promptly.
CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD
The Guidance previously stated that "Parents and carers should not be allowed into the setting unless this is essential, and children should be dropped off and collected at the door if possible."
However, we understand that small children may become distressed if this is enforced especially after such a long break from classes. Teachers will be meeting students at the door and parents are encouraged to work towards leaving them at this point. Where this is not possible, we ask parents to follow our guidelines as outlined in the remainder of this policy.
In addition, because it is challenging to reduce contact between young children, regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, objects and toys, as well as handwashing, are particularly important. The use of soft toys and toys with intricate parts or that are otherwise hard to clean will now be reintroduced on a rota basis between classes to allow for cleaning and/or quarantine periods between uses.
STUDENTS UNDERTAKING A TRIAL CLASS
Students undertaking a trial class will be subject to the same procedures as everyone else.
In addition, parents are asked to consider leaving students in our care and waiting outside. However, we understand that this may be distressing for new students. Where parents must enter the building we ask that they follow our guidelines (including the use of face coverings) as outlined in the remainder of this policy.
All trial classes are subject to a space in class being available as well as suitable safety measures being applied. Should there not be a safe way to trial a particular class, new students will be placed on a waiting list or offered an alternative.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN CLASS
Although the nationwide guidance for Social Distancing has been withdrawn we will continue to observe some sensible measure to protect students, staff and parents.
- Students will be allocated a space at the barre or in the centre.
- Students should stay as close to their allocated space as possible.
- The room will be well ventilated
- Students engaging in little travelling steps will be well spaced whilst queuing and dancing.
- Physical intervention for the purposes of correct technique will be used only when other methods of demonstration have not been effective or when incorrect technique is dangerous.
- When physical intervention is necessary, teachers will sanitise hands before and after.
- Children, young people or learners who require first aid should continue to receive care in the same way. No additional PPE is needed because of coronavirus (COVID-19) for anyone who does not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
FACE COVERINGS WITHIN THE BUILDING
The current guidance states that from 19 July 2021, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings in indoor settings or on public transport.
Lifting restrictions does not mean the risks from COVID-19 have disappeared, but at this new phase of the pandemic response we are moving to an approach that enables personal risk-based judgments.
While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us.
We expect and recommend that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
You should use your judgement in deciding where you should wear one. Businesses, including transport operators, can also ask their employees and customers to wear face coverings. You should check with operators of services, venues, and settings that you use.
To minimise the need for parents to enter the building we have made all information available through the members area of our website.
Please check the documents and links available here before entering the building to ask questions. There is also a facility to update your information make payments via the website.
Additionally, within the inner foyer of the building there is a post box for any correspondence or cash. Please place any money into a clearly marked envelope.
According to guidance equipment use is allowed, as long as they are cleaned regularly.
- We will continue to use minimal equipment in class.
- Students will be allocated an item and it will be cleaned afterwards.