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CORONAVIRUS PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

HYGIENE / EFFECTIVE INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does or have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate, do not attend our classes.

  • cleaning hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered

  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often than usual using standard products, such as detergents and bleach

  • minimising contact as much as possible and ensuring groups do not mix

  • the majority of staff in OOSS will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. However we will ensure PPE is worn if a child displays coronavirus symptoms.

  • all students will be asked to sanitise their hands before entering the building.

  • hand sanitiser will be available throughout in school and students are encouraged to wash their hands at regular intervals.

  • surfaces such as door handles will be wiped down regularly.

SOCIAL DISTANCING WITHIN DRAMA CLUBS

  • as per the new guidelines, a maximum of 15 children from any school can take part in extra-curricular activities.

  • children will be given their own island to encourage social distancing.

  • teachers will maintain social distancing throughout the class

  • no hand holding or physical contact throughout the class.

PROVISION

  • whilst working indoors, we will ensure there is suitable ventilation and there is clear signage to prevent overcrowding.

  • limiting the number of children using a designated toilet at one time.

  • children, young people, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, MUST NOT enter our setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) (following the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection).

  • we will encourage parents to avoid using public transport to get to your setting. Ideally, they should walk or cycle where possible or use a private vehicle (provided they are only travelling with those from within their household).

  • to reduce contact between parents and carers when dropping off and picking up their children.

  • allocated entrances and exits for collecting your children.

  • Parents cannot gather at entrance gates or doors.

  • We will make sure parents and young people are aware of recommendations on transport to and from education or childcare setting (including avoiding peak times).  Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers.

FAQ FOR PARENTS

Will my child need to wear a mask?

No, your child will be in a bubble of no more than 15 students and will not mix with any other children. Masks must be worn if you travel on public transport, we recommend walking or cycling to school.

Will your staff wear masks and PPE?

Staff will wear masks/visors during classes. Government guidance published on 20th August 2020 states:

The majority of staff in OOSS will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases:

  • children, young people and learners whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way

  • PPE should be worn if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

How should I collect my child?

Following your booking, you will be given instructions on where to collect your child. If you are running late, please let us know.

 

Will there be singing, shouting or chanting during your classes?

Rehearsals for the October 2021 musical will take place in the downstairs studio following the latest guidance for singing in groups. Other classes will not contain singing for now.

LEARN | ENGAGE | DEVELOP | INSPIRE

UNIT 12, LINEVA HOUSE, MILNER STREET, WARRINGTON, WA5 1AD

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