CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (AUGUST 2020)
After almost six months away from the studio we are excited to be counting down the days to the start of the new academic year. Our third term of last year was a digital affair and our students were an inspiration to the staff for adapting and working so hard, especially through these challenging times.
We are excited to be approaching the new term with the concept of welcoming our students back to the studio. As a School we have worked hard to create a safe environment, following the government guidance, which has resulted in many changes within the studios as well as some alterations to how we will be delivering our courses, to ensure the safety of all.
Creating Our ‘New Normal’
It is essential that changes are made to ensure the safety of all. These changes follow the most up to date guidelines and best practice, all to be reviewed regularly and constantly monitored by staff. Where possible we will continue with our planned course delivery, however some adaptations will need to be made, especially considering contact work and pas de deux, until we are able to return to working without social distancing in place.
Other alterations include;
Staggering timetable, so not all students arrive and leave at the same time, thus limiting high volume traffic and congestion in the corridors and communal areas
Additional breakroom areas have been created so students have more space when not in the studio to relax whilst feeling safe
Extending our working week, in line with our partner university, to six days to reduce the number of students working in the studios throughout the week.
Daily temperature checks for Students and Staff.
Regular Student and Staff training to ensure all are aware of the risks, the mitigations in place to keep our community safe, as well as welcoming feedback from our student body.
Allocated studio space per student to provide a safe area to work and train. Students will also be allocated additional storage space within each studio to keep their own personal items safe and sanitised
Enhanced cleaning procedures, following guidelines, to ensure a safe and sanitised space. In addition, cleaning stations have been added to all studios, breakrooms and changing rooms, so that everyone can work together to keep all areas sanitised after use
Hand sanitiser is available throughout the studios, breakrooms and entrance/exit with signage to remind all to use throughout the day
Additional signage around the studios, including COVID safety posters, COVID symptom awareness posters and other NHS/Public Heath England/Government literature to ensure all are aware of the potential risks and what we as a community can do to keep everyone safe
The School has issued all students with detailed guidance regarding the amendments and expectations specific to our studio, school and courses following advice from Government, Public Health England and World Health Organisation. Any changes to this guidance will be disseminated to all students via email. The School has also supplied students with guidance and advice about best practice whilst living in student accommodation, to ensure a safe place to live for all students.
University of West London – UWLflex
Where possible we will hope to host as many of our classes as normal, with safety measures in place. However, there may be times where this is not possible. As a School we have adopted UWLflex from our partner university, University of West London.
The concept of UWLflex is that classes can still take place, using an online portal and digital software supplied by our partner university, as well as live streaming to ensure that we can maintain a high quality of education, even through potential challenging times.
In line with most large-scale events, the University of West London regrettably took the decision to cancel its July graduation ceremonies planned for 30 and 31 July at Twickenham Stadium. However, UWL will still be holding a formal graduation event for all students graduating this year.
At this graduation event, students will be able to wear graduation gowns, have formal photographs taken, collect their degrees and do so in front of family, friends and wider University community.
We ask all our students, staff and visitors to keep up to date with not only our policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 but also the latest health and government guidance.
The latest government guidance can be found by following the link below,
Any questions regarding our COVID-19 safety polices and procedures, changes made to our studio complex and our courses, or any other matter are to be made to our School Administrator, Julie Phayre via email, Julie.Phayre@BTUKschool.com.