When Covid-19 first sent us into lockdown, we adapted our lessons and groups and moved online. As a result, we are now are able to easily transition between in-person and online formats as government regulations require.
During lockdown, our online sessions have helped keep people socially connected and have also been a source of strength for those who are self-isolating, shielding or wary of meet-ups in person.
We’ve received great feedback from our pupils of all ages. Children have highlighted the excitement of seeing and playing with their friends online (while their parents have expressed relief in seeing their children occupied and engaged in a structured activity!) Our adult pupils have welcomed the opportunity of some social contact as well as much needed escapism and fun. We created the The Dramatis Online Stage (a YouTube account) as a way of showcasing what our pupils got up to during their online sessions.
In-Person classes and workshops (for Youth Drama)
As from 12th April 2021, when in-person classes are allowed for Youth groups, we will:
*Ensure class sizes are a maximum of 15 people
*Ensure that entering the building for the start and end of lessons is staggered (to lessen the risk at entrance pinch points)
*Make use of outdoor space where possible
*Keep a register of pupils (in line with Track and Trace requirements)
*Encourage the wearing of masks when entering and exiting the building (this is not required for under 10’s)
*Adhere to social distancing: 2 metre guidelines within the classroom are marked out with red spots on the floor.
*Provide hand sanitiser to pupils on arrival and departure of class
*Work with all our venue partners to ensure they maintain the agreed cleaning regime
*Immediately isolate and send home any pupils who show symptoms of COVID-19 during class. Parents of children in that class will be informed and directed to NHS services for further guidance.
Our Covid-19 policy has been developed with advice and support from National Youth Agency. As per guidelines, we were able to return to in-person classes for our Youth Drama programme in April 2021. Our Adult Drama programme will remain online until all restrictions are lifted.