COVID-19 & MTA

18th March 2020 update:
Student and staff welfare is our main priority; as such all after-school and Saturday classes have now been moved online (from 23rd March).
Please contact the office to arrange access to these.

Our Easter holiday courses are still open for booking, as it is still our intention to run them to facilitate necessary childcare. We will follow advice from the UK Government and public Health England/NHS.

Statement from our Board of Trustees

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I am writing  to you on behalf of the MTA Board of Trustees to let you know the position regarding future classes. Our first priority is the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school.

Following on from the PM’s press conference yesterday afternoon, with his particular reference to Londoners needing to “avoid all unnecessary social contact” we have taken the decision to:

Cancel all classes until Monday 23rd March (after which they will be provided online). 
We are also cancelling our annual showcase at the Michael Croft theatre scheduled for the 4th April 2010.

MTA hope, dependent on Government advice  to be able to run normal classes again by our summer term (which begins on the 27th April) and we are still planning to run our holiday courses. The holiday courses might enable those who are not able to work from home some respite (including medical professionals) and we are mindful of this. 

With regard to the showcase, we know how disappointed your children will be and how hard they have worked. We shall certainly try to rearrange this for a later date and shall arrange refunds during the coming week to those who have already booked tickets. 

This decision has not been taken lightly; the Board of Trustees and MTA Management have been in regular contact. As a small charity we rely on our income from classes and shows to support the organisation and we have responsibilities to staff and freelance teachers. We consider that at this moment it would be unwise for us to carry on as normal.

However, It’s not all doom and gloom!

From Monday 23rd March we will be holding ONLINE VIDEO CLASSES.

The format of these will be sent to you in due course and they can be accessed through any laptop/tablet or smartphone with internet connection. We hope to see you all through our webcams soon!

We know these are strange and uncertain times, and we thank your cooperation and understanding.

With kind regards and every good wish to you all,

Marian Cleary

Montage Theatre Arts

COVID-19 PROCEEDURE

We have decided to post this in full to demonstrate the commitment we have in safeguarding every member of the MTA family.

COVID-19 PROCEEDURE

PURPOSE AND STATEMENT:

PURPOSE AND STATEMENT:

MTA is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, staff and volunteers and will continue to follow the advice of the UK Government, NHS, Public Health England and our local Health Protection Team.

The current (summarised) advice is:

  • Educational settings are remaining open until further notice
  • Anyone who is showing symptoms of a cough and/or fever are to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Anyone with confirmed COVID-19 are to self-isolate for 14 days
  • People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an educational setting or work until 14 days after they return.
  • People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.

 

While MTA remains able to function and provide classes and workshops we intend to do so.

GENERAL NOTES:
  1. MTA will no longer provide waiting rooms on site. Children must be dropped off to, and collected from, MTA Staff on entry point (gate/door)
  2. Anyone displaying any symptoms including:
    i) a fever
    ii) a cough
    will be admitted to site
  3. To encourage social distancing, children will be separated into small groups and no physical touch will be allowed between students/teachers or volunteers.
  4. Site Managers and teachers will follow the below procedure to ensure they are minimising the possible spread of COVID-19
SITE MANAGEMENT:

Site managers must ensure they have the current disinfectant spray/wipes before every session, or purchase some with petty cash.

All site management staff must immediately wash their hands for the prescribed 20 second period upon arrival at site.

Site Managers then must use disinfectant spray/wipes to clean any high contact points, including (but not limited to):

  • Door Handles
  • Sinks, Taps and hand dryers
  • Bannisters
  • Equipment used in class

Site managers must also check the quantity of soap and paper towels in bathrooms and contact premises if supplies are low.

Site manager must ensure the prominent display of hygiene posters (“catch it, kill it, bin it” and hand washing diagrams).

Upon arrival at site, site managers must ask all attendees (and parents) to wash their hands.

Between each class, site managers must ensure teachers and volunteers are leaving classrooms to wash their hands. This may involve chaperoning children in the classroom while awaiting teachers return.

Site Managers must also wash their hands at regular intervals, no less than between each class or student group. This includes while moving between classes to supervise.

Site Managers must also wash their hands before/after eating.

Between each class site managers must again use disinfectant spray/wipes to clean any high contact points, including (but not limited to):

  • Door Handles
  • Sinks & Taps
  • Bannisters
  • Equipment used in class

Site Managers are expected to ventilate classes as much as possible, including opening doors and windows to encourage air flow.

Site Managers are expected to follow other NHS guidelines to avoid spreading the virus including washing hands before/after eating and reporting any potential symptoms/confirmed diagnoses to the office as a matter of urgency.

TEACHER/VOLUNTEER PROCEDURE:

All teachers and volunteers must immediately wash their hands for the prescribed 20 second period upon arrival at site. They must also do this between every class.

Site managers will assist with the supervision of children during this period, please wait in your class until relief comes. Should a site manager not come into class, please use the site number to contact them, do not forego hand washing.

Teachers and volunteers are expected to assist site managers with student handwashing between lessons, particularly at Saturday School.

Teachers are asked not to conduct any exercises that encourages touch between students. This includes (but not limited to):

  • When travelling across the floor (i.e. hand holding)
  • Choreography that includes partner work
  • Drama games/direction involving physical contact

Teachers must use space thoughtfully, spreading children for exercises across the space as much as possible.

Teachers and Volunteers are expected to follow other NHS guidelines to avoid spreading the virus including washing hands before/after eating and reporting any potential symptoms/confirmed diagnoses to the office as a matter of urgency.

OFFICE PROCEDURE:

Office staff must stay in regular contact with venues to ensure their opening and current COVID-19 situation (including any confirmed cases who have been present at the building during non-MTA operational hours).

Office staff will send, at minimum, weekly emails to update parents of MTA’s current stance with regards to COVID-19 including how we are helping the spread of infection and more general helpful links and information from UK Govt./NHS/Public Health England.

All high contact points in office must be disinfected at the beginning and end of each day. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Computers (keyboards, mouse and power/screen buttons)
  • Kettle and refreshment equipment
  • Door handles
  • Keys
  • Filing cabinets
  • Printer

Office staff are expected to follow other NHS guidelines to avoid spreading the virus including washing hands regularly and before/after eating. They are also expected to report any potential symptoms/confirmed diagnoses to the office as a matter of urgency.

 

PAYE staff will be entitled to sick pay as stated in their contract of employment.

IN THE EVENT A POSITIVE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS OF A STUDENT

Office staff must alert all parents of students who have attended the same class as the diagnosed.

Office staff must alert all parents of students who have attended the same day as the diagnosed.

Office staff must alert all other staff and volunteers who were present on the same day as the diagnosed.

These email alerts must not include any identifying data.

These emails must also include up-to date information regarding what to do if they suspect a student, or a member of their household is developing COVID-19 symptoms.

Office staff will also alert venue managers.

IN THE EVENT OF POSITIVE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS OF A TEACHER/VOLUNTEER/ON SITE STAFF

Office staff must alert all parents of students who were present at the same class as the diagnosed.

Office staff must alert all parents of students who were present the same day as the diagnosed.

Office staff must alert all other staff and volunteers who were present on the same day as the diagnosed.

These email alerts must not include any identifying data, without the diagnosed’s permission.

These emails must also include up-to date information regarding what to do if they suspect they, or a member of their household is developing COVID-19 symptoms.

Office staff will also alert venue managers.

IN THE EVENT OF POSITIVE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS OF OFFICE STAFF

Other office staff must alert all staff the diagnosed has come into contact with.

These email alerts must not include any identifying data, without the diagnosed’s permission.

These emails must also include up-to date information regarding what to do if they suspect they, or a member of their household is developing COVID-19 symptoms.

Office staff will also alert venue managers.