COVID-19 Workshop Guidance
Helping us all to stay safe.
From the 19th July 2021, the Government moves into Step 4 of their Roadmap out of Lockdown plan. This includes the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions that affect our workshops and how they are run, including social distancing, face coverings, “bubble” groups and restrictions on travel.
As a result of this, from the 19th July 2021, we will no longer be running workshops with COVID-19 procedures in place, unless you would like us to do so.
We would like to reassure you that the safety of our practitioners and the students and staff we work with at schools and venues across the country is still our number one priority. Working with children means we follow strict hygiene protocols – we always have and we always will.
The easing of restrictions means we can all work towards a new sense of normality. But of course, if you would like us to go back to any of the COVID-19 government regulations, such as wearing face coverings or social distancing, just let us know and we’d be happy to do so.
Please read the guidance below to see what restrictions have lifted in our workshops and how this might affect your booking.
1. Available Workshop Themes:
We’re delighted to announce that from the 19th July 2021, all of our workshop themes are back and available to book. Our workshops will no longer include COVID-19 adaptations or procedures unless you ask us to include them.
However, if you would like to book a workshop that still includes COVID-19 procedures, this option is still available to you.
A selection of our popular workshop themes are still available with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. These workshops include changes to activities to reduce prop handling and to allow our practitioners to social distance.
The following workshops are available to book with COVID-19 procedures in place:
“A Handy Guide to Survive the Stone Age”
“Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Tour”
“Ancient Greece: Hero Training”
“How to be a Viking God – Meet the Viking Skalds”
Please note: These workshops are not automatically provided with COVID-19 procedures in place. If you would like our practitioners to include our COVID-19 procedures in your workshop, please let us know when you make your booking. We cannot guarantee that these adaptations can be put in place if we are not informed prior to the date of your booking.
Please see information in italics below for further details of what our COVID-19 procedures include.
Our other workshop themes, including our Keystage 1 themes, bespoke themes and “How to Launch a Viking Raid” theme, cannot be booked with COVID-19 procedures in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
2. Bubble Groups:
With the elimination of the “bubble” group regulations, our workshops can now be performed to mixed groups of students who are not in a “bubble” together.
If your school is still functioning with “bubble” groups and you require a workshop for more than one “bubble” group, we can run more than one session to keep the groups separate. These can be scheduled at a reduced running time to keep costs down if required.
Please note that we still cannot run workshops with students who are socially distancing from each other. This is because our workshops are drama based and often include segments where all of the workshop participants move around the space or work together in small groups.
3. COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:
There have been no changes made to our COVID-19 Cancellation Policy.
In the event that you need to cancel the workshop due to school/venue closures or isolation of a “bubble” group, we will endeavour to arrange a new date to visit your school or venue and run the session when it is safe to do so. Likewise, if our practitioners cannot visit your school/venue due to illness, we will inform you as soon as possible and rearrange your workshop to the soonest available date (following government guidelines on isolation periods). You will not be charged until we have attended your school to run the workshop.
If you need to cancel your workshop with us, please let us know as soon as possible. You will still be charged if you have not informed us of the cancellation before the date of the workshop and/or our practitioners attend your school to run the workshop.
4. Travel & Accommodation:
Now that restrictions on travel and overnight accommodation venues have lifted, we can open our travel distance out to reach more locations. Please contact us for a quote.
Our Visit To Your School:
1. Hand Wash Protocol:
There have been no changes made to our hand wash protocol.
Our practitioners will wash their hands on arrival at your school or venue and on frequent occasions throughout their visit with you. Please ensure you inform our practitioners of the location of bathrooms or hand wash facilities on their arrival. All of our practitioners are supplied with hand sanitiser gel for use when required.
We recommend that all workshop participants wash their hands before and after attending the session.
Hand sanitiser gel will continue to be available for use by students, staff and practitioners during the workshop if required.
2. Prop Handling:
Due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we can now re-introduce activities with more student prop interaction. We can assure you that all props will be thoroughly cleaned prior to each workshop.
Students are recommended to wash or sanitise their hands after interacting with props.
If you book a workshop including COVID-19 procedures, we will ensure that any prop handling by students is kept to a minimum. These props will be thoroughly cleaned and laid out prior to the workshop to ensure no cross-contamination from our practitioners.
3. Face Coverings:
With the rules on wearing face coverings being lifted, from the 19th July 2021, our practitioners will no longer wear face coverings when visiting your school and running the workshop.
Please let us know if you still have a face covering policy in place at your school. Our practitioners will continue to have face coverings with them and will be more than happy to wear one should you require it.
If you book a workshop including COVID-19 procedures, our practitioners will wear face coverings at all times when attending your school, except for when taking refreshments. Face coverings will include masks or visors.
4. Social Distancing:
From the 19th July 2021, our practitioners will no longer socially distance from staff and students whilst attending your school.
Please let us know if you still have a social distancing policy in place at your school. If you would like our practitioners to social distance at any time whilst attending your school, they will be happy to do so.
Our practitioners will still allocate a “stage” space for performance and an “audience” space for the participants to sit in and perform group activities.
If you book a workshop including COVID-19 procedures, our practitioners will endeavour to observe strict social distancing of at least 1 metre from staff and students whilst attending your school.
Our practitioners will divide the workshop space into sections using floor markers to aid social distancing. They will allocate a “stage” space for performance and an “audience” space for the participants to sit in and perform group activities. The “stage” space will also be split into sections, with a central section designated solely for student use when volunteers are chosen for demonstrations and roleplay.
Please ensure the workshop space is large enough to include the above set up, with space for two practitioners and at least one participant to stand in front of the remainder of the group at least 1 metre apart from each other. A school hall or sports hall is ideal.
It is important to note that responsibility for the Health & Safety of the students remains with school staff at all times throughout the session.
We will regularly re-assess and update this policy in line with any changes made to government guidelines.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Laura & Adrian
The Imagining History Team
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest update: 19/07/2021