Covid-19 Policy & Procedures

We are planning to return to Pathways on 5th Sept 2020.  Due to strict government guidance relating to Out of school Settings (OOSS) we need to make temporary changes to the way we operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This Policy outlines these changes for how TDA will run safely for our students, parents, Pathways Centre and teachers.

 

The following procedures relate to face to face teaching at Pathways.  Should there be either a localised or national lockdown then TDA will revert to ZOOM teaching.  We are confident that this will be a smooth transition due to its success in the Summer Term 2020.

 

To create this policy and operational procedures we have used the following government guidance

 

  • Protective measures for out-of-school settings (OOSS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

  • Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

  • Guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • NHS guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

We will continue to review and update these procedures in line with the relevant government guidance.  Please check for updates.

 

Temporary Changes During COVID-19

 

Group Classes (Saturday & Thursday)

Class Sizes

 

  • Current Guidance (OOSS) states that we can have no more than 15 in a group (bubble).  Therefore as most of our classes are above this number the only way we can teach face to face is by splitting each class into 2 bubbles.  This will mean that we need to spread across 2 rooms.  Once guidance changes to allow more in a bubble then we will look to return to just using one room per group.

  • Bubbles will remain the same every week and across all three disciplines ensuring that contact is limited as much as possible.  Teachers may swap between bubbles but on an alternate week basis.

  • We are limiting new student intake in September 2020 in order to protect Class sizes for our current students.

 

Social Distancing

Arrival and Departure

 

  • We must ensure social distancing on arrival and departure.  We have devised a one way system using all 3 entrances to Pathways which will ensure that there is no cross over between students and parents.  We have also drawn up a one way system within the building which ensures that bubbles are kept completely separate at all times as children move from one class to another.

  • We will operate slightly staggered arrival and departure times to keep bubbles apart.  Parents will be advised of these times by email and in the resources section of the website prior to classes commencing in Sept.

  • On arrival and departure we will have signs showing parents where to queue for their child.  We will mark the start of the social distancing queue with chalk so that they can see how far to stand apart.

  • A designated student teacher will greet each student on arrival where they will be asked to sanitise their hands and progress straight to class.

  • Class finish times will be staggered to enable teachers to clean all touch points in each room between classes.

 

During Class

 

  • Best Practise will be to maintain social distance of 1-2 metres in all classes.

  • We will use Latex Sports Spots to mark out places for dance classes that we will clean between classes and remove at the end of each day.

  • Children will be shown to their designated spot in Dance where they must remain for the duration of the class or unless instructed to move by the teacher.

  • Students will be given a designated area to place their belongings/ water bottle.

  • Students will be asked to Sanitise their hands as they enter each class room.

  • Windows will be opened where possible to aid ventilation.

 

Singing

 

The Guidance on singing is continually changing.  Currently the guidance for OOSS is that singing must only take place in small groups of no more than 15 and singers must be socially distanced, back to back or all facing in the same direction.  For the time being Musical Theatre Classes will work on a variety of disciplines which will be very useful for our students to develop including:

 

  • Singing (not loudly)

  • Music Skills

  • Acting Through Song

  • Reading Music

  • Techniques

  • Musical Theatre Studies

 

Cleaning and PPE

 

There will be a 1 in 1 out policy in all toilets.  Each facility will have Antibacterial wipes/ spray in place and all students/ teachers will be asked to clean all touch points with a wipe on leaving the facility.

 

At the end of each class all touch points in the room will be wiped down.

 

Health and Safety

 

All parents will be made aware of our COVID-19 procedures.  These will include:

 

  • No parents allowed in the building.

  • Socially distanced queues for arrival and departure.

  • At the current time we will not be temperature testing children on arrival in accordance with school policies.  Should government guidance strongly recommend this we will put this measure into place.

  • Parents will all sign a student update form confirming that they have read, understood and will abide by our COVID-19 policy and providing up to date contact details to enable Track and Trace.

  • Nobody should come to class who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results or if they or anyone in their household have been advised to self-isolate.

  • All students to wear shoes at all times.

  • No coats to be brought into the building

  • Students must only use their own water bottles and they must be named or they will be discarded if left behind.

  • Teachers will have no physical contact with students during classes.  Physical contact will only be allowed when administering first aid.

  • Until further notice no props or costumes will be used.

  • Paperwork will be limited.

  • Anyone found breaching guidelines will be asked to leave.

  • Any students who have a break between their classes will have to leave the building and return at their allocated arrival time for the next class.

  • There will be no waiting room for Parents or Students until Further Notice.

  • The use of masks will not be compulsory unless government guidelines are in force, however you may choose to wear one if it helps you feel safer to do so.

  • We will follow the governments Catch it, Bin it, Kill it guidance.  If a student or teacher uses a tissue they must dispose of it into the rubbish bin and then wash their hands.

  • We must minimise food brought into the Pathways Centre. 

  • Students who take 2 classes or less are not permitted to bring food into the Pathways Centre unless medically required. 

  • Students who take 3 adjacent classes may bring a small snack in a lunch box.  They must place the packaging into the lunch box and take this home for disposal.

  • Students who have a gap between classes must leave the building and eat during this break.

  • Students who attend OnStage may bring one snack in a lunch box.  They must place the packaging into the lunch box and take this home for disposal

 

Administering First Aid

 

  • Debbie, Louise, Ellie, Phoebie, Lauren & Matt are all trained First Aiders.

  • We will only operate First Aid when necessary.

  • PPE in accordance with government guidelines will be worn.

 

Procedure for when a student develops symptoms of COVID-19

 

  • If a student develops symptoms during class they will be moved to Pathways Covid-19 first aid room by a designated first aider and a parent will be called to collect them as soon as possible.

  • The students temperature may be taken and recorded using a non-contact thermometer

  • The current NHS guidance specifies that if you get symptoms of coronavirus more than once you must self-isolate.

  • The student must remain at home and self-isolate for the amount of time specified by the government at the time. 

  • They should request a test and if this is found to be positive contact TDA who will speak to relevant departments to ascertain whether further action needs to be taken regarding the self-isolation of that students class bubble.

  • If the test is negative they can return to class as soon as applicable and anyone in the bubble self-isolating can end their self isolation

  • An Individual student is self-isolating will be able to join the class via zoom as long as we have 24 hours notice and the internet signal at Pathways allows.  We will not be able to refund fees for missed lessons under any circumstances.

 

Procedure for when a Teacher develops symptoms of COVID-19

 

  • The teacher must remain at home and self-isolate for the amount of time specified by the government at that time. 

  • They should request a test and if this is found to be positive contact TDA who will speak to relevant departments to ascertain whether further action needs to be taken regarding the self-isolation of that students class bubble.

  • If the test is negative they can return to class as soon as applicable and anyone in the bubble self-isolating can end their self isolation.

 

If a Teacher cannot take a class at Pathways for any reason one of the following will happen:

 

  • Teacher is self isolating but students do not need to = Either a substitute teacher will teach the class or the teacher will teach the class Via ZOOM from their home to Pathways where a DBS checked assistant will be responsible for the students.

  • Teacher and Bubble have to self-isolate = Teacher and Student to take part in classes via ZOOM from their home.

 

This document was reviewed and updated on 21/08/2020

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