A1 Dance Members Information pertaining to changes made to protect against transmission of Covid-19.
There are several different sets of regulations we need to follow to safely re-open & be Covid-19 secure.
You can be assured we have taken all the action required to work within the guidelines & adhere to the restrictions due to Covid-19. Our students safety is our paramount concern & we will be regularly checking for any changes to the government guidelines. We will regularly review the guidance & advise you of any changes we make.
 
When should you isolate & when can you return to A1 Dance see here

Please read the information below & revisit as needed.

You will be informed of any changes as necessary.

 
To keep yourself & others safe parents & students need to be aware of the changes we've made:
 

Tips to help keep yourself & others safe

I’m sure you will be aware of most of these but please read through them to comply with our
risk assessment for Covid-19.

 

In advance of the class

  • Please have a chat with your child about how it is important to stay distanced from others.

  • Show them how to always cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crook of their elbow.

  • Practice how to properly wash or sanitize their hands.

  • Make sure you keep abreast of any changes to the rules set out by the government, the venue or A1 Dance.

  • Please pay fees directly into the bank as per your invoice, or in the Trial Period a minimum of 24hrs before class.

  • Make sure any uniform has been washed & any shoes or equipment cleaned.

  • Dancers should arrive at class 'Dressed Ready to Dance' with just a top layer to remove when they arrive, our joggers & hoodies are ideal for this!

 

Ready to set off for class

  • Try not to bring unnecessary belongings with you.

  • Thoroughly wash & dry hands prior to leaving home.

  • Have hand sanitizer & clean tissues with you (please provide these for your child).

  • Take particular care if travelling on public transport or car sharing abide by the current government guidelines, wear a Face covering / Mask & keep your distance.

  • Avoid arriving too early.

  • Have a Face covering / Mask in case you need to queue. You will need one to enter the building.

  • See parking & drop off & pick up one way system at Hope Corner

 

Arriving at the Venue

  • Please adhere to social distancing requirements according to government guidelines & building signage if you need to queue & wear a face covering / mask, parents should not come to the door without..

  • Like many other out of school providers we will now be operating as drop & go, you are welcome to wait in the car park.

  • Doors at Hope Corner will be locked until a few minutes before class, a member of staff will greet Dancers at the main door, at present parents are not allowed in the building unless invited (you will need a face covering / mask to do so).

  • Anyone entering must sanitize their hands before going through the double doors, sanitizer will be available but please provide some & tissues to take into class.

  • Temperature will be checked.

  • For the younger children, please have their dance shoes to hand, you may be asked to put their shoes on & take their coat with you, a quick 'see you later' & away (at Hope Corner follow the pavement & round to the car park. - If absolutely necessary we have permission to invite you to enter with your child but you must sanitize your hands & avoiding touching anything & then leave via the fire escape.)

  • We will be providing plastic boxes for any personal items Dancers have to bring in, e.g. their dance bags, drinks, sanitizer, tissues & masks. The boxes will be sanitized between each use. Smaller items will be placed on a sanitized floor spot. Please bring as little as possible into class.

  • All staff, parents / guardians & students must abide by all instructions in the building, hand hygiene, distancing, use of facilities etc. At Hope Corner only the disabled toilet will be in use. At Castlefields the disabled toilet near the Main Hall should be used.

  • Practice good respiratory hygiene, try & have a clean tissue on your person ready to catch a cough or sneeze, bin it & wash / sanitize hands as soon as possible. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze tight into the bend of your elbow.

  • Adults MUST wear a Face Covering / Mask queuing & inside the building (law from 8th August 2020)*.

 

Entering & during the class

  • Follow the arrows on the floor. We will use colourful child friendly feet to direct younger Dancers to & around the studio.

  • Dancer's should leave a space between their belongings & someone else’s.

  • *Currently it’s your choice whether to wear a Face Covering / Mask while dancing but Face Coverings / Masks MUST be worn elsewhere inside the building from age 11yrs (law from 8th August 2020).

  • Dancers will be placed at a minimum 2m from each other & will be instructed on how to stay safely distanced. We will be following all the relevant guidelines.

  • If a teacher should need to break the 2m rule they will adopt all possible hygiene measures & use of masks etc.

  • Dancers will be ask to sanitize their hands before & after using any equipment & before & after any floor work. 

  • No partner work will be under taken at present.

  • We will endeavour to make the class as normal as possible within the restrictions.

  • As soon as class finishes the Dancers will leave & should be collected at the fire exit. 
    Parents should not enter unless invited & should wear a face covering / mask while waiting on the footpath (
    as per the map). Please do not come up the ramp to the fire exit unless asked to, so distancing can be maintained.

  • Please leave immediately you have collected your child to avoid meeting other group 'bubbles'.

 

Teacher has been advised by management that;

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the main entrance & at stations throughout the building.

  • Only the disabled toilet nearest the main hall should be used until further notice.

  • Everyone should avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces.

  • Extra cleaning will be undertaken between each user group & frequent cleaning of high risk areas such as handles, toilet facilities etc.

  • Any participant in an A1 Dance class acting in disregard of the rules will be asked to leave.

 
 
 

Amended Timetable

When viewing the amended Timetable please be aware we had to decide whether to do our best to have all the A1 Dancers back with shorter studio classes, or only allow around half the dancers to come back in to studio classes. We feel we've done our absolute best to accommodate everyone with very few having to change their day or class. 

 

Hope Corner, like many schools doesn't feel able to hire out at the moment (upstairs only) which has resulted in our usual hours being severely cut, at a time when we required extra time as we've had to split some of the younger classes to keep to the lower capacity & have appropriate social distancing, & also allow extra time for cleaning in between each bubble.

Consider that when amending the Timetable we had to:

  • Minimise the number of people in the building at any one time by using the government rules on maximum occupancy of each venue allowing a minimum of 100sqft per person.

  • Apply social distancing measures which meant planning classes to have a minimum of a 2m x 2m 'box' per person in the studio.

  • Keep to fixed group 'bubbles' with a maximum of 15 students (some of our dancers are in several different groups which has been somewhat challenging to manage!).

  • Reduce numbers in some of the lower classes to allow only half the usual amount of dancers in.

  • Add extra time for us to clean in between each bubble.

  • Add extra time so one bubble can leave the building before the next bubble is allowed in.

The resulting changes have meant our costs have increased by nearly 30%. We are doing our utmost to avoid increasing class fees at this time.

 

See Timetable

Because of the way we've had to split some of the classes, there are actually spaces available where there wouldn't normally have been. If your A1 Dancer is interested in adding any classes please let us know asap.