Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for Trinity Laban students, staff and visitors
Page last updated: 07 October 2020
Trinity Laban has taken precautionary measures to safeguard our community and the wider public. This requires some important changes to our operations. Please read this information carefully.
In accordance with UK government guidance, we fully re-opened the Trinity Laban buildings in September. Teaching in term 1 is a combination of in-person and virtual methods to ensure that we can adhere to UK social distancing measures, which are anticipated to last for some time. We are already very used to integrating our teaching, and see some great opportunity ahead as we use our knowledge to help our students to become an adaptable, digitally literate artists.
We are taking all relevant measures to maintain hygiene, and are working carefully to ensure that our buildings are used in a way that can enable social distancing.
Performance is an integral part of our programmes. Until it is safe to re-open our large performance spaces, we will find ways of presenting work digitally or at small scale, building up across the year as social distancing is lifted. If you haven’t yet checked out the incredible range of digital performance that we’ve produced over the last few months, please do.
We are working closely with the Trinity Laban Student Union to ensure student life will be as rich and active as ever.
We will help our international students and staff navigate a safe return to the UK, and we are staying up-to-date with government expectations on quarantine and other entry requirements in order to support them.
To keep us all safe, we have introduced a host of measures to protect us in this COVID-19 environment, some of which are listed below. These measures follow Government and industry-specific safe practice recommendations and will continue to be developed over the summer and throughout the autumn as things change.
- Welcome stations are in place in all buildings, recording entry to the building, undertaking mandatory temperature checks and advising on and checking for Covid-19 symptoms.
- Face masks should be worn at all times travelling to and from the buildings and within the buildings as advised.
- Appropriate distancing measures are to be observed by everyone at all times.
- Teaching spaces including dance studios and practice rooms are subject to enhanced cleaning protocols.
- Thorough regular hand sanitising and hand washing is required of all staff and students. Hand sanitisers is available throughout all buildings.
- Measures are in place to limit the numbers in our buildings at any one time and to manage the flow of people around our spaces, including such measures as one-way systems.
- Access to facilities such as changing rooms and toilets are subject to safety guidance.
- Students and staff are expected to exert personal responsibility in compliance towards the safety of all concerned at all times.
Changes to learning & teaching
Our timetable has been restructured to prioritise student and staff safety alongside effective delivery of the programmes.
- It allows for the time required for:
- Hygiene measures in classrooms and practice rooms at KCC and rehearsal spaces at Blackheath Halls.
- Cleaning dance studios between groups at Laurie Grove, Blackheath Halls and Laban.
- It assists with the flow of the number of students in all our buildings at any one time.
- Learning is blended, with programmes delivered through a combination of virtual and in person modes.
- In person class sizes are smaller. Music and Musical Theatre are working in smaller groups, and Dance students are grouped in bubbles.
You are welcome to read detailed plans about the return to our buildings, as well as understand how we have assessed the current risks to our community.
Sources of information
For information on what Coronavirus is and how to keep yourself and others safe, visit the Government’s website and/or the following websites:
- Public Health England (PHE)
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
- UCAS Coronavirus updates hub
- Office for Students
We appreciate you may have some questions around the current situation and hope the following FAQs can help provide answers.
All performances, rehearsals and masterclasses from now until further notice have been cancelled or delayed until we can reschedule them. All customers with existing ticket bookings have been contacted directly.
Our sites are closed to visitors.
Learning & Participation
Our Take Part activities have reopened and are being delivered in a combination of in-person and virtual methods to ensure that we can adhere to UK social distancing measures.
For term 1, the Dance Centre for Advanced Training and Adult Dance Classes are being delivered in smaller groups in our studios. Read more about the measures we have in place to keep everyone dancing safely. We continue our work within Schools and are delivering Children’s Creative Dance Classes, Youth Dance Classes, Inspired Not Tired sessions and Dance for Health Classes digitally this term.
Junior Trinity is delivering its full curriculum each week with a blended approach. String Time and Band Time students are on site in designated areas for all classes and lessons. Main Programme students are in three separate groups, each group on site for face to face teaching every three weeks, with the two weeks taking place online. GCSE and A Level students are receiving a blend of online and face to face teaching. Schools concerts are performed live and being streamed to schools across the UK. Animate Orchestra and jazz taster days are taking place in smaller numbers adhering to social distancing on site.
The Inspired not Tired older adults programme and health classes continue to be delivered online, with posted creative packs and regular phone check ins being maintained with those who aren’t able to access online groups. We continue to deliver an online Professional Development programme with more events and opportunities becoming available throughout the year.
For more info, contact L&PEnquiries@trinitylaban.ac.uk