Brighton & Hove Dance Academy
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES INCLUDING PRECAUTIONS TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
We want to reassure parents and class attendees that we are paying utmost care and attention to Government and industry guidelines when delivery of in-person classes recommences from September 2020. We have communicated with each of the venues we use to devise strategies to respect social distancing, to assure ourselves of their revised cleaning schedules and to keep everybody as safe as possible. Where possible, different doors will be used to enter and exit the building. Parents and students will receive information specific to their venue in the Autumn newsletter sent to each registered pupil.
Pupils should arrive wherever possible already changed under their outer wear to avoid over crowding in changing rooms which will be out of use except for the toilets and hand basins. They will be asked to wash hands before entering the studio while keeping as far apart as is practical and queuing if necessary rather than sharing a basin. Hand sanitiser will be provided for use at the beginning and end of each class. Classes will be strictly limited in size to avoid too many people sharing the space and will finish five minutes early to allow time for the barres and any contact points such as light switches to be wiped down and sprayed. At the one venue that does not have two doors, pupils will be required to wear face masks until they are in the studio and have changed shoes.
Unfortunately it will not be possible for parents to remain in the studio or building. We ask for your understanding during this time and hope you will be able to meet children who require collecting at the exit doors.
Pupils will be asked to leave any bags and belongings in different areas of the studio so that they do not all crowd together at the end of class. Windows will be tilted/ opened where possible to improve air flow.
During classes pupils will be assigned a space at the barre and in the centre where that is relevant. Younger children will not be encouraged, as previously, to hold hands to form a circle and touch will be avoided as we maintain a certain distance from each other. Training will be undertaken with staff to devise alternative strategies for working with younger children.
Any class attendee who displays symptoms of illness will be isolated from the rest of the class and the parents will be contacted if this concerns a child. Please ensure that we have up-to-date contact details, in particular phone numbers for you. We rely on pupils or their parents to report to us any suspected case of illness; if the familiar symptoms are displayed you will be asked to stay home and other class members who attended a recent class with that pupil will be informed.
The designated Safeguarding lead is the Principal of the school, Victoria Arnett.
During the Covid-19 crisis the paragraphs below concerning Physical Contact and Changing Rooms Protocol are suspended.
CODE OF PRACTICE
The following practices are in place to reassure parents and carers that children in our care are safe:
– Teachers and guest teachers have an up-to-date DBS Disclosure.
– The school has public liability insurance that is renewed each year.
– Teachers have Registered teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dance and undertake training courses to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and their professional development is advanced.
Safeguarding refers to practice that ensures the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
It is about creating an environment where the welfare of children and young people is actively promoted, helping them to achieve their potential and ensuring that they are safe and adequately cared for.
Work has been undertaken to keep abreast of current principles of child protection, or safeguarding, including an awareness of the four categories of abuse and of the legal obligation to be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and to report significant concern about pupils to the child protection agencies.
Priority is given to establishing an atmosphere where children feel secure and not threatened by bullying from other children.
CODE OF CONDUCT
High standards of behaviour are expected of all pupils to encourage discipline and respect for others. This includes listening attentively and avoiding disturbing the learning and concentration of others, arriving on time for class and regular attendance. Children who consistently misbehave in class may be asked to leave the group.
In the course of teaching dance it is necessary at times to touch pupils to adjust posture or to correct a position. This is in accordance with standard practice that avoids touching sensitive parts of the body. A pupil who feels uncomfortable with being touched may approach the teacher in confidence and ask her/him not to do so in future. Physical contact with young children (under six) is necessary when holding hands in order to form a circle which helps focus attention and ensures all children can see the teacher and be seen, or for comfort if they slip and fall.
CHANGING ROOMS PROTOCOL
Male parents and carers should use the male changing room when helping change their children into dance clothing and equally female parents and carers should use the female changing room.
Personal information is limited to that which you fill out on the registration form when enrolling. This includes: names of pupil and the parent or guardian filling out the form, the pupil’s date of birth, the address, telephone numbers, email address and voluntary information on any medical condition that might affect the pupil and his/her physicality.
You are asked to sign that you have read and taken note of the Terms & Conditions as printed in the timetable and to sign and date the form.
This information is never shared with third parties and is not used for direct marketing.
The name and address (but not the email address) are also stored on an electronic database for the purpose of administration and issuing invoices. This is password protected and only used by the School Principal.
The information is kept for a reasonable period of time after the contract ends and a pupil leaves the school and then paper forms are destroyed.
You may enquire at any time to see a copy of your personal information held by the school.
Written permission from parents and carers will always be sought before an image of a pupil is used for marketing or for the school website.