Coronavirus Update, as of Monday 16th March
16th March 2020
The School remains open and we continue to follow all Public Health England guidance to individuals, organisations and specifically higher education bodies. However, we do recognise the seriousness of the Coronavirus situation specifically to our students and their families. In light of that, we have taken the following decisions:
- Classes will continue as normal this week (w/c 16 March), according to the School timetable, although all classes are voluntary. If any students are worried about the situation, they are not required to attend classes and we are available to talk to them either face to face or remotely if they so wish.
- The School will not be closing until we have any governmental guidance to do so, however normal classes and the School timetable will cease at the end of this week. The site and spaces will remain open for students to use (including the studios and gym), however this will be on an entirely voluntary basis. We are looking into the possibilities of digital training and teaching for some aspects of the curriculum.
- Further to our recent enhanced cleaning operations, we are adding extra cleaning sessions to the site, will take additional care to the cleaning of touchpoints including door handles and ballet barres.
- Staff will be working as normal, available either onsite or remotely at normal working hours.
- Rambert School’s EVOLVE performances (30th March – 3rd April) are postponed until later in the year. As of now, all other performances are planned to go ahead and we will be in touch if there are any changes.
- Please click here if you have a performance ticket, or take part in one of our classes and courses.
- If you have been contacted about auditions taking place this week, these are planned to go ahead as planned. Please proceed unless you hear otherwise from us.
We want to reiterate our acknowledgement of the serious and unprecedented nature of this time, but also to reiterate that our priority will always be our students’ wellbeing as well as their ongoing educations and dance training. In terms of the practicalities of any closures of the site, we will be led by the Public Health England guidance and remain open until the event that changes, but we hope in these steps we offer a balance between safeguarding our students health and concerns as well as staying open for them to use our space if they so desire. Our commitment to our students will always go well beyond their physical training – if any of them are worried, concerned, or have questions we will always be available to talk and if any of them needs a space to be in or to dance in for the foreseeable weeks we will do our utmost to provide that to them.
We encourage every individual to follow the Public Health England guidance on hand hygiene and what to do in the case of showing symptoms or being in contact with anyone who shows symptoms. Further to that we would encourage everyone to be aware of the advice being given about social distancing (limiting the amount of people we spend time in close vicinity with on a day to day basis).
This change to the activity of the School is for the foreseeable time, and we will update online, on social media, and directly with our students if and when there are changes to this.