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.

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 from September 2020:

  • “Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Tour”

  • “A Handy Guide to Survive the Stone Age”

  • “How to be a Viking God”

The following workshop themes are available to book in 2021:

  • “Anglo-Saxon Training Camp”

  • “Ancient Greece: Hero Training”

We apologise that our Keystage 1 and costume character themes are currently unavailable to book. We hope to bring them back to you as soon as possible.

Please check back for further updates or get in touch for further information.

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.

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.

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. 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 is ideal.

 

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.

Please ensure that the workshop space is large enough for the participants to move around the space during drama activities - an assembly or sports hall is preferable. It is important to note that responsibility for the Health & Safety of the students remains with school staff at all times throughout the session.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy

In the event that you need to cancel the workshop due to school or venue closures, 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 or 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 had a workshop booked with us between February and July 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.

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.

 

Kind regards,

 

Laura & Adrian

The Imagining History Team



For more information, contact info@imagininghistory.co.uk

Latest update: 15/09/2020

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