JUST A REMINDER FOR ALL STUDENTS THAT WE NOW ASK YOU TO WEAR A MASK AT THE WORKSHOP IF YOU ARE ABLE TO.
We have carried out a risk assessment to identify the controls required to open safely:
The risk assessment is assessed and updated to meet the changing situation and to comply with government guidelines. The risk assessment informs our covid safe plan, copies of which are available on request.
For students attending daytime services: We have worked closely with commissioners to put in place a common ‘student contract’ informing students of both theirs and our obligations and commitments in safely managing the workshops.
People shielding: Students and staff shielding follow the guidelines on returning unless it is agreed by a health professional for attendance to be in their best interest. Staff members shielding have the option of working remotely providing resources and online tutorials. Staff or volunteers in this category have the option, if felt by them to be in their best interest, to attend the workshop with the risk being understood.
Infection control and distancing: The workshops are kept clear to allow for optimum use of floor area, good social distancing and efficient cleaning. Workstations are placed 2m apart with each workshop having space for two small groups of students. Teaching staff and students stay in one workshop throughout the day. Entrances and exits have been changed and some areas of the building have restricted access.
Additional cleaning of all high contact areas takes place throughout the day, transitioning through in preparation for evening class workshops when running.
Workshop areas have dedicated cleaning stations. Staff are well informed on infection control, the correct use of PPE and management of social distancing with continuous support being given to students to remain safe during this time. This is aided with covid awareness signage throughout the building.
Clinical standard masks - these are provided by the company and are required to be worn by all staff and visitors. Students are also asked to wear masks or face-shields when able.
Tests: All staff onsite do weekly PCR tests with additional LFT tests for as long as we are directed to by the local authority.
Vaccine: We aim for and encourage all staff to take up the vaccine.