Principal - Candice Morton-Smart

Bristol Ballet School 

03 August 2020

 

Dear parents/guardians,

Bristol Ballet School is reopening in September 2020. I can't wait to welcome you back, I have missed you all greatly!

Before we return to in-person dance lessons, I want to start by setting out and explaining carefully the new government guidelines that I have put in place in order to deliver dance lessons safely. It is essential that parents/guardians have read these and are on board to ensure everyone adheres to our new Policy and Procedures. In the days that follow I will be sending out our new Timetable that accommodates these new guidelines and all the information you need on how to secure your child's placement with us for the October Term.

 

New Covid - 19 Health and Safety Policy and Procedures

 

 

Guidelines and Safe Practice for returning to in-person dance lessons

There is now a separate entrance and exit to our lower and upper school. Henbury and Brentry Community Centre and St Matthias where we hold our dance lessons. This will be clearly marked by sign posts outside of each building (ENTRANCE/DROP OFF, EXIT/COLLECTION). A one way system has been put in place so that traffic flows more easily, to minimise person-to-person contact and to speed up getting students in and out of the facility.

 

Clear pathways will be established and marked through the inside and outside of the buildings. For protective measures please review all signage to ease navigation and finding places. A teaching assistant or member of staff will be at hand to accompany younger students to ensure they follow spacing and other protective measures.

 

Whenever possible, parents and other visitors should not enter the building. We request that parents drop off their children at the entrance door to the building and do not open internal areas for waiting parents or family members. Please ensure appropriate social distancing is in place.  

 

Drop Off and Collection Procedures

 

Parents/guardians are requested to drop students at the entrance to the building, safely before leaving. A teacher or member of staff will be waiting there. Students should be directed not to arrive too early but in a timely manner and wait outside until instructions have been given that it is safe to enter. Following the lesson students will be safely directed to the exit of the building (collection point).

 

Arrive at your allocated lesson time and not before. Early arrivals will be required to wait outside.

 

There will be no parent observation of lessons.

 

Reduced number of shared facilities. Dressing room and Cafe areas will be closed to students and parents.

 

All students should arrive dressed and ready for class in their dance uniform. Any tasks that can be done at home or in the car should be( hair, dressing, make up, etc.) Dancers should not wear their dance shoes outside, dance shoes should be put on immediately before entering the studio and removed immediately after class.  

 

Reduced Timetable

Reduced studio capacity to increase space between students based on World Health Organisation guidelines and adhere to 2 metre distancing. Getting in and out of lessons will take longer, we have reduced each lesson length by 10mins to ensure cleaning can take place and students can enter and exit the building safely. Class numbers will be reduced to 12 at our lower school and 15 at our upper school so that students are able to adhere to the 2m rule.

 

We will not be holding trial lessons during our Autumn Term. You can still enroll with the school, you will be given a fixed group/bubble for the start of Autumn Term.  

Students will have an allocated time and day to attend their lesson within a bubble/group of 12 or 15 dancers. Once we have fixed groups/bubbles they cannot be changed or swapped throughout the term. 

Our baby ballet lessons will be suspended for the time being, we will only be offering places from age 3+ (Pre-primary upwards). In reality younger students will not be able to follow social distancing guidelines. I have given this much serious thought to the age ranges that we will be successfully able to work with. This is not permanent as soon as its possible I will reintroduce these lessons. 

If you intend to enrol your child for the Autumn Term please think responsibly about whether or not they can be left for an entire lesson, we do not want children or parents to be distressed. 

Our Cleaning Procedures

Increased sanitising of surfaces in communal areas such as floors, door handles, toilet, sink areas. Sanitising of all studio floors regularly and providing disinfectant wipes for students to use before and after use of studios.

 

Increased ventilation. We will be opening doors and windows frequently so that there is a maximum through flow of air. 

 

Availability of hand soap at sinks and hand sanitiser in studio and other areas. Both antibacterial hand soap and sanitiser will be suitable for children and readily available. We recommend children to bring along their own hand sanitiser to reduce contact with our dispensers, and to avoid possible allergic reactions. They will be located by the entrance and exit, in toilets and the dance studios. On arrival and before departing students will need to wash their hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds or use hand sanitiser. 

 

No eating, food or drinks on site please. Only bottled water, which is not to be shared. There are no tea or coffee making facilities or regular/communal seating available for the time being.

 

All administrative procedures will now be online (billing, payments, communications etc). Where class payments are required, only direct debit or PAYPAL will be accepted. 

Updated Terms and Conditions

 

Policy for refunds and credits for loss of classes in case of infections or forced closer 

 

If a class is cancelled due to the sickness of the student, teacher, extreme weather, a health epidemic or any other unforeseen event, then we will try to reschedule the class. This may be on a different day and time from when originally scheduled, and might involve an extension to the term time dates. No refunds will be given in this case. In the event that we are unable to reschedule the class a refund will be issued in the form of an account credit to be used towards future invoices.

 

Please follow the instructions on hygiene and social distancing as displayed around the building to keep yourself and everyone safe. By attending lessons at BBS you agree to abide by these rules.

 

 

STUDIO USE RULES

 

Laying down the ground rules. 

The children will have missed their friends and teachers so will be excited to see one another after such a long time To make it fun and less scary I have thought of a fun way to greet one another without hugging. I wanted to share this with parents so you can carefully explain this to your child before we start back.

 

Bristol Ballet School Logo is three dancers with her leg extended to the side(a la seconde ballet position). As pictured below. 

Covid-19 Health Declaration

How are you feeling today?

Two or three students can greet one another by performing this move and touching ballet shoes together - it's easy to remember, creative, stays within the 2 m rule and its fun!  

 

We have implemented a 10 min change over time in between each lesson to allow cleaning in the studios after each use. This is not for early access.

 

Markers in place. Ballet Barres will be clearly marked with tape for spacing to allow dancers required separation. For centre practice the floor will be marketed to allow a 2 metre square space per student with rubber floor circles. These will also be placed at the sides of the studio for dancers waiting. Each circle will be named after ballet positions to make it fun and easier for the students to remember (this will be their own designated spot/position for the whole term). This is something the children are used to so will not be something they have to learn.

 

Students are advised to bring only essential items with them. Water bottles should be clearly marked with students name.

 

There are cleaning products provided in each studio - please use them on all surfaces you touch - including ballet barres, pianos and floor. This is to help protect our you and teachers. Please throw away the disposable towels in the marked Covid19 bins.

 

Keep 2 metres distance, using studio floor markings.

 

Cover your mouth with a tissue (or the upper inside of your arm if you have no tissue to hand) to cough or sneeze, and throw used tissues in the Covid 19 bins. Use hand sanitiser immediately afterwards. 

 

For students with consecutive lessons; It is the responsibility of the teacher of the class to allow adequate time for students to vacate the studio, and wipe any areas that may have been touched using the provided cleaning materials before their next lesson.

 

Allow for extra time for getting in and out of the building.

 

As a student and visitor to Bristol Ballet School, you agree to take full responsibility for your personal health, hygiene and assuring the safety of others in attendance, including high risk participants.

 

We strongly advise that those deemed as high risk to avoid attending in-person lessons at the studios for the time being.

 

Attending is at your own risk and all visitors must wear masks and gloves at all times in communal areas, and wipe surfaces using the products provided, as described above.

 

COVID 19 GUIDELINES

 

Students, visitors and assistant teachers who are unwell with following symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) should not attend lessons at Bristol Ballet School. If you have any of the following symptoms DO NOT enter the building.

 

Please note that we have the right to refuse entry to anyone if you have Covid19 symptoms.

A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.

 

A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Stay at home and self isolate for 14 days.

 

If you have symptoms and have a lesson with us, please contact the school as soon as possible.

 

If you have recently travelled or come back abroad, please self isolate for 14 days before attending the studios.

 

We are continuously reviewing our procedures and will do everything we can to accommodate and meet your own requirements.

For any questions or concerns please email bristolballetschool@gmail.com or call 07889686214

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Official UK Government advice

 

Visit the following links for official UK government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

Overview – -Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

See the latest NHS guidance on coronavirus for the current situation in the UK and abroad.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) has also produced general advice on preparing for foreign travel and how everyone can reduce the spread of respiratory viruses.

Trusted Sources of information

Please stay informed by visiting the Government’s website and the following websites:

  • NHS

  • Public Health England (PHE)

  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

As a community, we really need to support one another during this difficult time. 

 

Many thanks for your full cooperation in advance. Hygiene is our greatest protection, lets keep our dancers safe. 

 

Many Thanks, 

Principal 

Miss Candice 

 

Bristol Ballet School

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