First up we need to say a heartfelt thanks to all of you that have stayed dancing with SCD the whole time or have joined during this crazy period. THANK YOU.
You continuing to dance with us and to pay for your place has meant that SCD can keep going.
Sure we've got some debts to figure out but our whole aim was to keep momentum and to keep everyone connecting through dance. We've done it - together!
As per the current Government 'roadmap' we can reopen the studios on Monday 19th April. Gov guidelines state that gyms / dance studios can open from 12th April but only when students are back at school. In Sutton schools return on the 19th so we can fling the doors back open then.
We currently understand that adult classes will need to wait 1 more month before they can begin again in the studios.
SCDTV [online class streaming] continues all the time regardless to ensure we are as accessible as possible.
We have some exciting changes coming to our timetable for April and May so book in now to join SCD and get your place guaranteed!
SCD only exists for the good of our community.
We are a non profit organisation and everyone on the SCD Team knows living our values as an organisation is critical.
Since March 2020 we've tried to support our broad membership base by keeping people dancing and connecting. Keeping going through these unique times has been one way we've tried to show how we care about everyone's health.
SCD puts people's health and wellbeing above everything else. This includes physical, emotional and social health and thats why we are now opening our studios again from 7th September so we can continue to increase our wellbeing together.
Covid-19 is a serious issue of our times and so we've launched the SCD 7 steps shown above as a positive and common sense guide to how we can work safely together.
As well as this simple 7 step approach we've updated our terms and conditions to include specific Covid-19 details and every member is required to read and sign the updated agreement as part of the online registration process.
When you visit the studios you will see more hand sanitisers than ever, improved hygeine facilities in the studios and toilets and you will also find us trying to ensure everyone feels as relaxed and welcome as ever. Please note that we have sadly had to limit our Wait and Create area and general seating as we can only have limited numbers of people gathering in our communal areas. As per point 1 on our guidance everyone is required to wear a mask unless dancing in a studio - except for children under 11 years of age.
If you have concerns, further questions or any suggestions you wish to make please drop us a line at email@example.com
We are very pleased to say that the SCD Studios will be open again from Thursday 3rd December at 09.00.
We can't wait to see you all back in person again although we've still loved dancing with you online during lockdown 2.0!
Here are the headlines from us, read below for more of the detail!
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We've all of course just been living through another challenging lockdown and we are so happy to have seen so many of you online again and heard how you've been enjoying the online classes together. We realise that some of us find it harder than others to get into things online but its been great at least keeping in touch and seeing you move!
As you probably know by now, London - including Sutton - has been placed in 'Tier 2'.
In relation to dance classes this means we can do everything we were doing before lockdown 2.0 when the tier system had originally started.
WHY CAN WE SAFELY REOPEN?
We can reopen the studios again for a number of reasons;
CHRISTMAS WITH SCD
When we reopen the studios from Thursday 3rd December our timetable returns to how it was pre lockdown v2.0 with all of your classes running as normal. We will revert to that previous timetable through our account system so your place is resumed automatically in your original class. We will activate this change on Wednesday by 9pm so you will then see your classes on your portal. To remind yourselves of your original class times please see the timetable on our website from Tuesday.
We want to do everything possible - with you wonderful people - to ensure Christmas is a really special time together.
Classes will run until and including Saturday 19th December at which point SCDTV will remain open online including new pre recorded classes to keep you moving throughout Christmas. We will then return to the studios on Monday 4th January 2021 - with all of us hoping and praying for a brilliant and healthy 2021!
Even better news is that we will be having a Massive Christmas Party [online] on Saturday 19th December at 6pm. This will be our biggest online party ever including all kinds of exciting things we will start telling you about from next week! Save the date.
Thanks for reading this extra bit.
See you soon!
We just wanted to reassure you that following this week's news that London will be rated as 'HIGH' level alert from Saturday 17th October,, all our SCD studio classes keep going.
As ever, you can of course choose to join your class from home via our SCDTV streaming instead of coming to the studios - just let us know in advance please so we can book you in.
For simplicity just remember that in relation to all Covid-19 Government guidelines SCD is classed the same as a gym and we are able to run classes for both adults and children. We are actually safer than a gym as we don't share equipment between sweaty adults!
We remain open safely as;
1) Are recognised as a Covid-19 secure business premises,
2) Have enough space for all dancers,
3) Fully use our commercial grade air ventilation systems AND
4) Because we have our own 7 step Covid-19 policy (based on our risk assessment) which you are all following - thank you!
5) Operate NHS track and trace AND our own 'check in' process
* Its also because if we can keep operating safely (backed by our insurers and professional body One Dance UK), its recognised how brilliant and important dance is for our mental and physical wellbeing.
Our own risk assessment is continually under review to ensure we do everything to keep everyone safe and happily #DANCINGFORGOOD
1. HOW DOES THE TIER SYSTEM AFFECT SCD's ABILITY TO OPERATE?
In tier 1, we may continue as normal. In tier 2 and 3 (or medium, high, very high) all under 18 activities are exempt from the ban on households meeting indoors.
In tier 1 and 2 (medium and high) over 18 activity is allowed so long as we are a COVID secure business. We are. In tier 3 over 18 exercise activity is also allowed, so adult dance classes may continue.
HOWEVER, in Liverpool and other TIER 3 (very high) locations, councils have the option to take additional precautions which include closing indoor fitness and exercise. This WILL affect adult classes, so we will always ensure we are tuned into any further changes from the London Borough of Sutton Council team.
2. HOW DOES THE ‘RULE OF SIX’ (RULE OF 6) AFFECT US?
It doesn’t. As a COVID SECURE business the rule of 6 does not affect us. Children, as we know, must be in small, consistent groups of no more than 15. Adults, however, arrive as 1 from a household, enter socially distant, do the class socially distant and leave socially distant. If you can ensure no mixing between households, you continue to be COVID secure. In tier 1 it means you can have a friendly meet up with six of you, and stand chatting, but no more than this. In tier 2 and 3, this means that you can’t stand around chatting, they must be there for a purpose.
This affects how we manage people waiting at SCD so please listen out for our further guidance on this.
3. HOW MANY CHILDREN CAN WE HAVE IN A CLASS AT SCD?
We are now only allowed to be open if we follow 'Out Of School Setting' guidance.
“Providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, breakfast or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children are now able to open for both outdoor and indoor provision provided that they follow the protective measures set out by government in this guidance.” – Out of School Setting Guidance
We may have up to 15 students in a class reliant on the fact that we:
1. Have enough space to socially distance all students and adults
2. Have enough space in line with Gym Ventilation guidelines
SCD meets all of these criteria.
4. DO WE HAVE TO DISPLAY THE NHS QR CHECK IN CODE?
As we rent our space from the Landlords (owners of St Nics shopping centre) it is actually their responsibility to display it. But of course we also take this seriously. We ask everyone to now scan the QR code and to also check in with our own app.
WE WOULD NOT NEED TO DISPLAY IT if we didn't let let parents enter, because our registers and check in details are enough.
5. WHAT IF AN SCD STUDENT (ANY AGE) HAS A POSITIVE RESULT?
The student or their family must notify us and then SCD must contact Public Health England if the student was last at SCD less that 48 hours before symptoms started, or if we want further advice as a precautionary measure if the child developed symptoms over a longer period of time. We must tell the Public Health our safeguards and infection control measures and allow them to decide if our staff/students need to be informed or made to self-isolate.
6. AN SCD PARENT/ RELATIVE/ HOUSEHOLD MEMBER OF A STUDENT HAS COVID-19. WHAT DO WE DO?
If the person who attended SCD, such a child, is not displaying symptoms or tested negative, we do not need to do anything apart from make sure that student is isolating along with their household and not attending. If that person remains healthy, we do not need to do anything as we are considered a secondary contact. If the person who attended develops symptoms, or tests positive, please refer to question 5.
7. A CHILD HAS BEEN SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL. CAN THEY COME TO SCD?
No. They have been told to isolate and must do so until the end of their isolation period.
8. A CHILD’S SIBLING HAS BEEN SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL TO ISOLATE. CAN THEY COME TO SCD?
Yes. Only the child who has been told to isolate has to isolate. Other household members can continue to not isolate if the child remains healthy.
9. SOMEONE WHO HAS ATTENDED NOW HAS SYMPTOMS AND IS AWAITING A TEST RESULT. WHAT DO WE DO?
If someone who has come to SCD has SYMPTOMS, but no positive test, we do have to do anything until we know the results of the test. Obviously, the child with symptoms cannot attend while awaiting the results. If it is positive, please refer to question 5.
10. CAN DIFFERENT TIER LEVELS TRAVEL TO SCD?
Yes. Only in tier 3 is it not advised to travel to different levels, but there are exemptions for those accessing ‘youth services’.
*Tier 2 upwards are advised to avoid sharing cars
Clearly these are challenging and often confusing times. The key issue remains to be open, honest and take a common sense approach.
This all relies upon our partnership together with you as we will clearly need each other's patience whilst we get through this.
Thank you for your feedback, ideas and for helping us to keep everyone as safe and happy as possible.
RELEVANT EXTERNAL LINKS
1) SCD's professional bodies guidance