Lightfoot School of Dancing
Covid19 Risk Assessment
- Informing parents and dancers of guidance about visiting the premises prior to and at the point of arrival (including information on websites, individual letters and in entrance ways).
- Providing handwashing stations (bathrooms) and encouraging dancers to wash their hands regularly. All dancers will be asked to bring their own hand sanitizer with them each lesson.
- Signage to ensure workers, staff and customers are aware of the need to avoid contact throughout a facility.
- Fixing doors open that can be safely left open where feasible (noting ventilation requirements).
- Where possible, reducing the need to open other objects, for example lockers, storage compartments, by ensuring all students bring everything they need with them each lesson, and take all personal items home.
- Avoid paperwork being transferred by enabling such processes as bookings, forms, etc. through online channels.
Manage capacity and overcrowding:
- Conducting a specific risk assessment for each facility and the proposed activities to identify:
- The number of customers that can reasonably follow social distancing within the facility, taking into account total space, equipment as well as likely constraints
- Additional needs of any customers with physical disabilities
- Encourage attendees to arrive at the facility in their dance kit and where possible to travel home to change/shower.
- Limiting the number of customers in the facility overall and in any particular congestion areas, for example doorways between outside and inside spaces.
- Enabling a timetable system or to manage demand, so that no more than the desired number of customers and staff are in the building at any one time.
- Identifying workers/volunteers as designated supervisors for each area of the facility to ensure social distancing measures are being adhered to by customers.
- Managing occupancy levels and changeover by reducing class sizes and amending timetabling
- Classes staying the same each week, ensure numbers are known ahead of each lesson.
Moving in, out and through facilities:
- Using signage such as ground markings or being creative with other objects to mark out required social distance to allow controlled flows of people.
- Reducing congestion, by having a one way system. Different doors for entering the building and one for exiting. Reducing the chance of different classes crossing paths.
- Managing queues for each lesson by asking all parents and dancers to wait outside socially distanced until it is their time. Not to arrive early and if they have arrived early to wait in their cars if it is raining or cold.
- Ensuring any changes to entries, exit and queue management take into account reasonable adjustments for those who need them, including disabled customers. For example, maintaining pedestrian and parking access for disabled customers.
- Using outside premises for queuing where available and safe, for example the car park without removing use of accessible car parking spaces for disabled users. Cobbled area at the back of the building and gated area at the front of the building, both away from cars and the public.
- Working with your local authority or landlord to take into account the impact of your processes, including queues, on public spaces such as high streets and public car parks.
Contact while using facilities:
- Suspending or modifying activities that are not permitted or cannot be undertaken without contravening social distancing guidelines within available facilities. Such as dancing with partners.
- Where possible, adapting and enabling spaces to facilitate appropriate social distancing, including government guided spacing markings on the floor at points of assembly including entrances, foyers and reception spaces:
– Dance will be affected, floor marking defining required spacing per individual will be provided ensuring social distancing at all times.
- Avoiding use of shared objects, no dancer will share any object with another.
- All dancers will have to bring their own filled water bottle and will be unable to share with others.
- All dance routines will be altered to ensure social distancing at all times
- Dancers will be given the same personal space each week ensuring no confusion and more effective social distancing.
Guardians & children:
- Chaperones to children may wait outside premises / dance studio in a socially distant manner or in their car unless the child has special needs. (at this time we have no child needing a chaperone needing to stay, if this changes we will put measures in place to ensure all children are still safe)
- Ensuring parents follow government guidance for social gatherings and maintain social distancing whilst dropping off and picking up their child. (All parents will need to digitally sign that have read and understood this risk assessment before having their child dance)
- Reminding parents who are accompanied by children that are not dancing they are responsible for supervising them at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines.
- When a child is being collected or dropped off we are permitting only one parent/carer per child for social distancing purposes.
- We will be encouraging all questions between teacher and parent to happen after dance hours, to happen through text or phone call. Reducing the amount of time parents spend around each other.
Providing and explaining available guidance:
- Providing clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene to people both before arrival and on arrival, through signage and visual aids and on our website.
- Creating social distancing chaperones to demonstrate social distancing guidelines to parents. We will ask all parents to become chaperones, and remind others of social distancing when needed. As well as helping each other with new drop off/ pick up schemes whilst they wait for or with their children at dancing.
- Our risk assessment will be on our website to allow everyone to read it whenever they want to ensure they feel confident and able to follow the new guidelines.
- All parents will need to digitally sign the document agreeing they have read, understood and are willing to adhere to the new steps put in place to keep dancers safe.
Dancing only at hired times;
- Only those associated with dancing will be allowed in the dance studio during the scheduled dancing times.
- All door handles will be wiped down before and after dancing upon the dance teacher entering and exiting the facility, to ensure the safety of all hall hirers.
- All doorways will be left unblocked by objects and persons ensuring no crowding, and to keep dancers and parents safe when entering and leaving the facility.
- Any other hirers of the hall are not permitted to enter the hall until their scheduled time and shall not block door ways while waiting to enter.
- Any change of timetable will be given to Gill (committee) in advance to ensure this can happen safely.
- No one may enter the kitchen cupboard assigned to dancing, as objects inside will have been cleaned for the safety of all dancers, teachers, volunteers and parents. If needed due to the kitchen being closed, dance teacher will find somewhere else to safely store speaker and dancing gear.
- At the moment it is government advised not to wear face coverings for children and or those who are exercising. We will be keeping a social distance at all times so we will not be expecting dances to wear them. However parents may supply face coverings if they feel happier doing so.
- However we encourage any vulnerable parent to wear face coverings on drop off and pick up (outside). Only dancers will be allowed inside.
Before each lesson
Make sure you have all the things you need so you don’t have to leave after entering.
- Dance shoes
- Dance costume
- Hand sanitizer
- Knowledge of the new social distancing rules
- Filled water bottle
- Empty bladder (meaning less chance of needing the bathroom) Only one person at a time will be allowed to use the bathroom, but we encourage older children to wait until they are home.
- If Paying (fees in LABELLED envelope that can be dropped into box to ensure social distancing is followed) Payment will be needed the first lesson of every term.
- If you have a temperature or cough, please make your teacher aware and do not turn up to dancing for 14 days from the first symptom. Unless government guidelines change.
- Dance routines have been changed to allow social distancing.
- Only those who are family members or in bubbles will be allowed to dance together.
- All dancers will have to stay in their allotted area throughout the dance session.
- Hand sanitizer will be needed to be used after bathroom usage.
- If anyone is in need of first aid only the teacher will be in contact and the teacher will wear gloves, mask and keep social distance when possible.
- We encourage that dancers only bring the essentials with them to dancing as there will be no storage areas.
- If changes occur we will make all dancers and parents aware through our whatsapp thread and our website.
- After safety our main focus is still fun, we are aware lots of children will be nervous and anxious after such a long time without social interaction such as school. Therefore we will make sure all dancers are encouraged to have fun, join in and build self confidence as always.
- Markings will be in the dance studio to allow dancers to dance freely without worrying about social distancing, as they will know without hesitation where it is safe and where it is not.
Track and Trace
All dance students who have taken part in each lesson will be tracked to ensure we are aware of everyone who came dancing and when they came dancing. Lightfoot School of Dancing already has students’ contact phone numbers and is therefore able to contact anyone if required. The easiest way to track who has been in each lesson will be a photo in the middle of class showing who was in attendance and where they were standing (in their own socially distanced square)
Entrance and Exit Guide
As stated before there will be a one way system in place. Please only drop your child off at the front of the building ensuring to queue at a social distance and keep inside the fenced area away from the path and main road. Only when class is about to start will the teacher ask ONLY dancers to enter one at a time and at a social distance into their own square. We ask all dancers to sanitize their hands before entering and only to bring in the things they need.
When picking up your children queue on the cobblestone area at the back of the building away from any cars and at a social distance, not blocking the staired area where children will be exiting from one at a time and only when their parent is visible to the teacher. Older children will be able to leave without parents being there if they are walking home or walking to a car in the car park as usual, but we will still get them to leave one by one through the back entrance of the building. All dancers will need to take all of their personal belongings with them and sanitize their hands on exiting.