COVID-19 Workshop Guidance
Helping us all to stay safe.
As communities around the world are struggling with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to reach out and address concerns about the virus and the steps we are taking in our workshops to continue our focus on keeping people safe and healthy.
Our number one priority is the safety of our practitioners, and the students and staff we work with at the schools and venues we visit across the country. Working with children means we have always followed strict hygiene protocols. We have reinforced these in line with the latest government guidelines.
1. Available Workshop Themes:
We are currently offering a reduced selection of workshop themes. This is to ensure the safety of our practitioners and your staff and students during the session. The workshops we are currently offering have been adapted to allow our practitioners to practice social distancing and keep prop handling to a minimum.
The following workshop themes are available to book:
“A Handy Guide to Survive the Stone Age”
“Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Tour”
“Ancient Greece: Hero Training”
“How to be a Viking God”
"Finding Father Christmas"
We're working hard to amend the following workshop themes in the hope that we can bring them back safely to you later in 2021:
“Anglo-Saxon Training Camp”
"Boudica: Life in Roman Britain"
We apologise that our Keystage 1 and other costume character themes are currently unavailable to book. We are hoping to bring them back to you as soon as possible.
Please check back for further updates or get in touch for further information.
2. Bubble Groups:
Currently, we are only able to run sessions with students or classes in “bubble” groups.
We regret that we cannot currently 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. Failure to inform us of your student social distancing policy prior to our attendance at your school may result in a shorter session run time or session cancellation. You may still be charged.
If 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.
3. 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.
We regret that we will have to cancel your booking with us in the event that your school/venue location or our location in Lancaster moves into Tier 3 or Tier 4* on the Government’s COVID-19 Tier system, if the new Tier effects the date of our workshop with you. 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. You will not be charged until we have attended your school to run the workshop. Please see point 5. Tier Alterations, below.
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 in good time and our practitioners attend your school to run the workshop.
If you had a workshop booked with us after February 2020 and had to cancel it due to Covid-19 school closures, please get in touch with us ASAP to arrange a new date for your workshop. We will do our very best to organise a new date that best suits your requirements. You will not be charged until we have attended your school to run the workshop.
4. Travel & Accommodation:
We regret that we cannot currently take bookings for schools or venues in locations that are beyond a two-hour travel distance from our offices in Lancaster. We apologise for this inconvenience and hope that when restrictions on travel and overnight accommodation venues lift, we can open this distance out to reach more locations.
5. Tier Alterations:
Imagining History is based in Lancaster, Lancashire. Please be aware that our location is currently categorised under Tier 4 of the Government COVID-19 Tier System.
We can supply workshops to your school/venue when both our location (Lancaster) and the location of your school/venue are categorised as Tier 1 or Tier 2*.
We regret that we will have to cancel your booking with us in the event that your school/venue location or our location (Lancaster) moves into Tier 3 or Tier 4*, effecting the date of our workshop with you. 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. You will not be charged until we have attended your school to run the workshop.
If you have a workshop booked with us but your school/venue location moves from Tier 1 or Tier 2 into Tier 3 or Tier 4*, and is likely to stay in that category for the date of our workshop with you, please let us know as soon as possible.
*This is subject to changes made by the government to the guidance regarding their Tier system.
Our Visit To Your School:
1. 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. Our practitioners will wear face coverings at all times when attending your school.
During our workshops, a small number of the participants may handle props. We will ensure that any prop handling is kept to a minimum and that no more than one participant interacts with each individual prop. These props will be laid out prior to the workshop to ensure no cross-contamination from our practitioners. On the rare occasion that more than one participant must interact with a single prop, we will ensure it is thoroughly cleaned prior to each student interacting with it.
We recommend that all workshop participants wash their hands before and after attending the session.
2. Face Coverings:
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.
3. Social Distancing:
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 wear face coverings at all times when 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 are closely monitoring the situation to make sure we are taking all precautions to protect our audiences and practitioners alike. We will regularly re-assess and update this policy in line with the current government guidelines so make sure to check back for updates.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Laura & Adrian
The Imagining History Team
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Latest update: 05/01/2021