CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

MTSD will ensure that:-

The lines of communication remain open between teaching staff and parents/guardians – any concerns in relation to child protection will be brought to attention, treated seriously and handled sensitively.

Students are not discriminated against based on religion, race, background, age, gender, sexuality, medical condition or disability.

All health and safety regulations are adhered to while a student is in the school’s care.

All teaching staff hold appropriate insurance and DBS/CRB certificates.

A student who displays offensive and/or disruptive language or behaviour will be excluded for the safety and protection of other members.

Dance instruction is safe, well planned and up to date incorporating an age appropriate “warm up” and “cool down” where necessary to prevent injury.

A register of attendance, a list of names and emergency contact numbers and important medical information on students is kept.

Young students do not leave the premises without their parent/guardian or other authorised adult.

Physical corrections are carried out carefully and sensitively.

Parents are reminded that:-


MTSD is responsible for the students care within the boundaries of the hall where classes take place. We are not responsible for students in the changing room or elsewhere on the premises. During dress rehearsals and shows at the Amey Theatre, MTSD is responsible for children once they have signed in at the door and remain so until they sign out and exit the building.

On enrolling your child, a registration form must be completed giving up to date information on contact details and medical conditions. MTSD needs to be informed in writing if any of these details change.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment 

DATE CARRIED OUT: 22/07/20

 

COLLATED BY: Selina Marsh (Principal)

 

ACTIVITY: Dance tuition for students aged 4-18

 

LOCATION: Larkmead School Dance Studio

DATE TO BE REVIEWED: Week prior to 07/09/20 and then on a continual weekly basis

 

RISK: THE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 BETWEEN STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

THE FOLLOWING RISK MITIGATION MEASURES ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT ADVICE SPECIFIC TO INDOOR SPORTS VENUES AND OUT OF SCHOOL SETTINGS FOR CHILDREN.

 

1. TRAVELLING TO / ARRIVING AT THE STUDIO
a. Families advised to avoid travelling to studio on public transport.
b. Minimise travelling to the studio with people outside of your household/support bubble in one vehicle.
c. Only one parent/guardian to accompany their child to class. Other children/siblings are not permitted to enter (but may be part of the queue outside).
d. Families/individuals to arrive no more than 5 mins before the class is due to start.
e. Entry will be via the main front doors only.
f. Socially distanced queue to be formed at 1-2m intervals on the external ramp and out into playground, assisted by floor markings. If wet weather, the queue may be partially formed at intervals through the corridor.
g. The changing rooms will not be in use at any time – students to arrive in dance kit (bags, coats and other items may be stored inside the studio at 1-2m intervals).
h. Parents are reminded that they are responsible for their children at all times outside of the studio and should follow guidelines closely.
i. Students to arrive with their own water in sealed bottle – not to be refilled.
j. Only the disabled toilet will be in operation to allow full control of hygiene. See 2d, 2e, 3i and 3l for further information on toilet procedures.
k. No person may enter the building if they or any member of their household or social bubble have any of the following symptoms:-
*New and continuous cough
*High temperature
*Loss or change in sense of taste or smell
If this is the case, they are informed to self-isolate for 10 days and receive a COVID-19 test. Other members of their household/support bubble informed to self-isolate for 14 days (to be reviewed according to government guidan
ce)

 

TO ENSURE THE ABOVE MEASURES ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED MTSD WILL: -
1. Communicate and remind all clients of all arrival policies regularly via email.
2. Display clear signage at the venue regarding social distancing, arrival times, good hygiene practices and       COVID-19 symptoms.
3. Block off the changing room and additional toilet entrances with tape and signage.
4. Use floor markings for the queue at 1-2m intervals.
5. Direct teaching assistant and/or a parent volunteer to observe activity in the corridor and ensure guidelines are adhered to. Training to be given to those with this responsibility.

 

 

 

2. IN BETWEEN CLASSES
a. A one-way travel system will be in operation – students will enter the studio from the corridor and exit and/or be collected by parents from the fire doors at the opposite end of the studio.
b. Hand sanitiser to be provided for every student on entry and exit.
c. All touch points to be disinfected including ballet barres, door handles, light switches and chairs in the corridor.
d. The one operational toilet and sink to be disinfected with sanitising spray.
e. Check performed on the toilet to ensure adequate supply of paper towels, soap and toilet paper.
f. If not already, all windows and doors to be opened to ensure good ventilation inside the studio.

 

TO ENSURE THE ABOVE MEASURES ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED MTSD WILL: -
1. Communicate clearly by email that students are to be collected from the fire doors and respectfully ask that parents/guardians are ON TIME to pick up their child.
2. Regularly check and replace stock of cleaning products and hand sanitiser.
3. Provide training and protective gloves to teaching assistants if they are directed to undertake cleaning duties.
4. Implement a 5-minute changeover period in between classes to allow the one-way system to operate effectively and allow time to perform hygiene checks.
5. Make clear to students/families that they are only to enter the studio when permitted.


 

 

 

3. DURING CLASSES
a. Once students enter the class, a maximum of 5 parents only are permitted to wait in the front section of the lobby on allocated seats which must not be moved. Other parents will be informed to wait either outside or in their cars.
b. Students to be briefed on the rules to maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices during the class. This will be delivered in a clear but child-friendly manner to protect against anxiety and maintain a positive atmosphere.
c. A 2m social distance to be always maintained, using floor markings where necessary – no partner work or contact.
d. No props or objects to be used.
e. Side-to-side working will be implemented rather than face to face.
f. Teacher and teaching assistant to avoid situations where voices are raised.
g. Teacher and teaching assistant to maintain maximum social distance greater than 2m where possible and not use “hands on” technique to correct placing.
h. Doors and windows to be propped open if safe to do so to allow good ventilation. Air conditioning unit will not be in operation.
i. Teaching assistant to accompany younger children to toilet (remaining outside of the cubicle itself) to encourage and check thorough hand washing. Good handwashing procedure poster also to be displayed in the toilet.
j. Until further notice, open classes with spectators at the end of term will not be taking place.
k. In an emergency, first aid will be given using appropriate mitigating factors e.g. wearing gloves and a face shield and handwashing after the event. Social distance does not have to be observed. CPR only to be delivered by chest compressions and not rescue breaths.
l. Any child displaying symptoms during a class will be isolated in a corner of the studio. If they need to use the toilet, they will be directed to one of the extra toilets not in general use which will then be shut down and disinfected before anyone else is permitted to use it. Parents will be contacted to come and collect the child ASAP.
m. Government advice currently states that the benefits of using face coverings are weak and the effect is likely to be very small. It is not a replacement for good hygiene and social distancing which remain the most effective in terms of managing risk. Face coverings may inhibit breathing and should not be worn during exercise.

 

TO ENSURE THE ABOVE MEASURES ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED MTSD WILL: -
1. Use clear signage indicating how many parents are permitted to wait in the lobby.
2. Adjust teaching styles to reflect new safety measures.
3. Provide training to teaching assistant on all policies outlined during classes.
4. Ensure first aid knowledge is up to date and first aid kit well stocked, including a contactless thermometer.
5. Communicate via email the importance of parents being easily contactable by phone during classes if their child is showing symptoms and needs to be collected early.
6. Review government advice on the use of face coverings regularly and update policies if necessary.

 

 

 

 

4. IF A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 IS REPORTED
a. A precise register of attendance for all sessions to be kept in order to assist the government with Track and Trace.
b. Parents/guardians instructed to inform MTSD if a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19.
c. MTSD to react swiftly and appropriately if contacted either by Track and Trace representatives or a parent/guardian regarding a confirmed case and follow official government advice on temporary full closure or part closure.

 

TO ENSURE THE ABOVE MEASURES ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED MTSD WILL: -
1. Retain records of attendance throughout the term.
2. Communicate clearly with clients via email regarding the reporting of a confirmed case.
3. Communicate clearly with clients and Larkmead staff via email if MTSD is advised to temporarily close as a result of a confirmed case.

 

5. ADDITIONAL MEASURES
a. Classes to be kept to a maximum of 15 students.
b. All documents such as letters and invoices to be emailed rather than handed out in hard copy format.
c. MTSD’s policy on safeguarding and well-being to be reviewed in respect of potential harm caused to children and young people as a result of the pandemic.
d. Larkmead School to undertake a full clean before and after MTSD’s hire each day.

PHOTOGRAGHY AND VIDEO POLICY

There is an option to allow photos/videos at end of term displays and shows on our registration form. Only images and videos that are accompanied with a signed parental consent form will be used as publicity on the school website or social media.
Any footage taken in an end of term open class, must be of their child only and must not be uploaded to any social media sites.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION POLICY

Any personal data that MTSD holds is kept on a protected computer system and securely stored paper files, which where
necessary are confidentially shredded. Your information is not shared with any third party with the exception of the ISTD, in the event
that your child is entered for an examination (name and date of birth only). MTSD will continue to review how data is protected.

COMPLAINT POLICY

We are always happy to receive feedback and welcome parents input. Email is the preferred method of contact as time between classes is so short. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly and smoothly as possible.

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

MTSD will ensure that:-

A risk assessment is conducted and regularly reviewed.
Measures are taken to liaise with Larkmead School and reduce any potential hazards.
Appropriate control of risks to health and safety are taken when they arise unexpectedly during a class.
Teaching staff are equipped with a first aid bag, are first aid trained and act accordingly in an emergency.
Emphasis is put on safe dance practice when teaching.

EVACUATION POLICY

FIRE ALARM

On hearing a low pitched pulsing siren:-

1. Selina will gather all students/parents who are inside the studio, in the changing rooms and in the waiting room. Do not collect belongings.

2. We will exit through the main doors and proceed across the playground, through the green security gates and assemble on the field beyond the gates. (should the fire be at the front of the building, we will exit through the fire doors at the back of the studio).

3. A register will be taken and all members accounted for.

4. The Duty Manager and emergency services will be contacted.

5. We will then await further instruction.

 

 

INTRUDER ALARM (fast pulsing screeching)

LOCKDOWN ALARM (single high pitched whine)

On hearing either of these alarms:-

If outside on the playground, come inside the Dance Studio immediately. Selina will lock everybody inside the building. The Duty Manager will be contacted and we will await further instruction.

Thank you.

Tel – 07970 860671

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