Dear Parents, Students and Families,
I would like to thank you for all your support and understanding during this uncertain time. I am sure everyone is a little unsettled at what is happening right now. Our lives have been shaken overnight with clubs, after school activities, gatherings, work and schools, shows and competitions being closed/restricted, leaving us feeling hopeless and frustrated.
I am making decisions daily based on delivering dance lessons at Bristol Ballet School inline with the current government advice. Some venues have asked me to postpone services for the time being, whereas others are happy for us to continue until there is a mandatory decision to close. With that being said, I have a duty of care to ensure that all my students are safe and well in class. The reality is health and safety is more important to me. I don’t want anyone to be put at risk.
Therefore this morning, I have made the difficult decision to close the doors at Bristol Ballet School from today 18th March 2020 until further notice. I am sorry - I have not taken this decision lightly and am deeply disheartened. This is all very new and very uncertain, I will remain as always as open with you as possible.
I have plans in place already to create an exciting online learning platform allowing our students and parents to remain interactive with me and assistant teachers. This will be offered via Zoom.
I will also be able to continue with 1-1 and small group dance lessons (max 3 students), on the basis you and your child have no symptoms and are fit to attend.
I will send out an email by 21 March covering issues such as term fees, exams and term dates. Remaining classes currently paid for will be offered to participants via online lessons. We can also look at offering alternate dates later in the year to cover any physical time missed in class.
I have always felt supported by the wonderful parents at Bristol Ballet School and I appreciate you all have your own upcoming worries due to the events which are currently unfolding.
I am available if anyone has any queries,
Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see everyone back on the dance floor soon.
Best Wishes and Stay safe. X
Bristol Ballet School
The World Health Organisation has now characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic and the risk level to the UK has been raised from moderate to high.
This guidance follows official government advice and will be reviewed and updated as necessary (last updated on 17 March).
At this stage, the Government is not closing schools. The advice is as follows:
We would ask that everyone arriving on the premises at BBS washes their hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water before going into class or waiting in reception. We will continue to spray surfaces which may carry the virus. We encourage the use of hand sanitiser.
Should anyone experience a new dry cough or temperature, please stay at home for 7 days. You are most contagious for the first 4 days. You do not need to be tested should your symptoms remain mild and do not need to contact 111. Only if you become concerned about worsening symptoms do you need to call 111 or contact your GP for advice. Please use the internet for advice on the NHS site.
I am asking parents and students to bring their own water bottles; we will not be handing out cups of water during lessons. You can still of course buy water or juice on the premises in the cafe at H&BCC.
We need to minimise student contact; therefore we will not be using hands on corrections during lessons and will be discouraging any body contact until further notice.
We love our dancers and love getting hugs from them but unfortunately at this time for everyones well-being, we will not be giving out hugs.
We will not be using any props during lesson time or any equipment that is difficult to clean. We will continue to use our ballet barres and ensure after every use they are washed down with antibacterial wipes.
All of our lessons will continue as normal, however if local schools are to close Bristol Ballet School will also close during the suggested timeframe.
Please keep an eye on email and our social media page in case the advice changes or classes need to be cancelled due to staff sickness.
If the school should close; I am in the process or working on pre recorded classes on a private you tube video link or a live class using zoom.
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As a community, we really need to support one another during this difficult time.
Many thanks for your full co-operation in advance. Hygiene is our greatest protection, lets keep our dancers safe.
Bristol Ballet School