The safety, health, happiness and wellbeing of our students is always our primary concern.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Take Flight Academy has been working with Arts Safety Management, to ensure we are following up to date Government guidance in relation to the pandemic and that all TF classes are appropriately “risk assessed” with the correct anti-virus measures in place.
This information is intended to assist with the continued smooth and safe running of Take Flight Academy’s Saturday School, After School Musical Theatre and After School Acting classes. All details are correct as of the date at the bottom of this page. As Government guidance changes, updates may be necessary, as the situation with the pandemic continues to unfold.
With the success of the vaccine roll out, we have seen the lifting of Government Covid-19 restrictions, including for the “Out of School Activity Sector”, that TF is part of. As guidance currently stands, we are no longer required to teach in “bubbles” or maintain 1m+ social distancing in our classes. However, we will be continuing to employ, a number of important precautions to ensure a safe environment for our students, parents and staff and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at our classes.
We are extremely proud of how our student, staff and parent community have risen to the challenges of these difficult times and despite all the necessary changes, we have striven to maintain the high-quality teaching and passion for performing that Take Flight Academy is famous for, whilst providing some much-needed joy along the way!
Leanne Panni & Stevie Tate-Bauer
Please do look out for our communications (via email and WhatsApp) as they may contain important updates which are essential for the smooth running and safety of everyone in and around the Academy.
If a student, parent/carer or anyone in the household is unwell or shows symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste and smell), they are NOT to attend our classes and should self-isolate and get tested ASAP. With the Delta Covid variant, symptoms can include hay-fever/cold/flu-like symptoms, such as headache/runny nose and/or sickness/diarrhoea. As we head into the autumn and winter months, with more sickness around in general, please test your child for Covid-19 if you are in any doubt over the symptoms they are displaying.
What happens if there’s a positive Covid-19 case in my child’s TF class?
Revised Government guidance states that it is no longer necessary for TF to ask whole groups to isolate if we receive notification of a positive case of Covid-19. In this instance, students within the same group as the positive child will be encouraged to check their Covid-19 status through the available testing methods and follow the necessary next steps and self-isolate, if positive.
Infection Control Measures
Arrivals and Departures
- The current system of staggered start and finish times will be maintained to lessen the contact between groups
- Parents/carers should drop off/pick up outside the class site and must not enter the building
- Parents/carers can now be invited in for planned shows and performances and in this instance the wearing of a face-covering, whilst not compulsory, is strongly encouraged
- Students will be asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival on site
- Students should arrive dressed and ready for their classes. Footwear/clothing should not be removed within the building, with the exception of cold-weather costs/hoodies etc
- The wearing of a face covering by students 12+ and TF staff, in communal areas such as corridors, toilets etc is now a matter of personal choice
- All students must have their own named drinks bottle, snacks, pen/pencil, note pad and folder. The sharing of items is discouraged
- Mandatory, regular sanitising will take place of all areas/surfaces between sessions
- No touch door policy, windows and doors will be held open in all active spaces, to increase ventilation, wherever safely possible.
- Visual anti-virus reminders/signage will be displayed throughout the venue
- Hand sanitiser, tissues and anti-septic wipes available in every studio
- The regular sanitisation of hands will be encouraged and the use of the slogan ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’
- Anyone becoming ill whilst at our classes will be held in a designated isolation space and sent home at the earliest opportunity. If Covid-19 is suspected, please get your child tested and inform us ASAP if the result is positive
Concern at the start of the pandemic over the inclusion of singing and vocal projection in dance and drama school settings, due to the possibility of “aerosol production” leading to a greater risk of Covid-19 infection, has been shown to be unfounded, through scientific study. Government guidance states that we can safely include the discipline of singing in our classes. However, we continue to adopt a cautious approach, with the following additional safety precautions in place:
- For students working with other individuals, positioning side-to-side or back-to-back to avoiding singing face-to-face
- Suspended small group singing lessons to be reinstated for the autumn “Technical Term” only from September 2021
You can rest assured that during this time of special Covid-19 measures, Take Flight Academy is continuing to maintain high standards of staffing with DBS checks, First Aid provision and Safeguarding in place. Evacuation procedures remain unchanged during the pandemic.
Whilst the need for lockdowns has lessened considerably since the vaccine roll-out, it is still the case that a Government directed National Lockdown, in which non-essential businesses are forced to close, or a serious Covid-19 related health issue within the TF community, will mean classes moving online for a period of time, until it is deemed safe to return to the studios. Therefore, a commitment made to TF classes is, for the time-being, still made on a “blended-learning” basis.
A video example of our online classes provided during Lockdown 2.0 is available below: