WMA – COVID Guidance

The following guidance applies to everyone attending the Wandsworth Music Academy.

Although all legal restrictions were removed in July, we remain conscious of the risks associated with COVID and continue to take appropriate measures to help mitigate against the risk of transmission.

Do not attend WMA if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a temperature higher than 37.8
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You must not attend if you have tested positive or been contacted by NHS test and trace and told to self-isolate.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

they are fully vaccinated; they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months; they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial; they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. You must not attend WMA while you wait for the result of your PCR test.

Lateral Flow Testing

Wandsworth Music staff are requested to take a LFT prior to attending the Academy (this will be reviewed at the end of September).

Secondary aged WMA pupils are not be expected to undertake additional LFT’s to those they are already undertaking in school.

Arrival & collection arrangements for pupils and parents

Parking – In order to be mindful of our neighbours around Burntwood School, we would encourage you to travel to the Academy by foot or bike where possible. If travelling by car please ensure you park legally and considerately. Please do not park on the zig-zag lines outside the main entrance on Burntwood road, or in front of any driveways

Secondary aged pupils – In order to help us limit the number of people on site, secondary aged pupils (Year 7+) are requested to arrive and leave the site alone. As per our usual terms it is assumed that all secondary aged pupils have permission to travel independently unless we have been informed otherwise. Where parents need to collect secondary aged pupils we request that you arrange a meeting point at a safe distance from the school site.

Primary aged pupils – Only 1 parent/ guardian per family will be allowed to enter the school site to drop off and/or collect primary aged pupils. Parents should drop their child/ren at the Wandsworth Music reception area.

After drop-off parents are request to leave the school site. At this time no parents will be able to wait on site, however these arrangements will be reviewed as the term progresses.

Please note that primary aged pupils can only leave alone if we have received written permission.

Arrivals

  • Please plan to arrive on site 10 minutes before your first lesson.
  • No parents will be allowed inside any buildings under any circumstances. After drop off, we ask that all parents leave the school site. Thank you for your cooperation in this.
  • We politely request that parents continue to where face coverings when entering the school premises for registration and collection (unless you are medically exempt).
  • On arrival all pupils should sanitise their hands before entering the teaching spaces

During the lessons

  • Ventilation – We will prioritise good ventilation of teaching spaces – where possible windows and doors will be kept open to ensure good ventilation (please ensure appropriate clothing is worn during colder months).
  • Brass players must not empty water keys onto the floor. Paper towels will be provided and it is the players responsibility to dispose of this at the end of the session.
  • Wind and brass players should continue to use a cloth bell cover* 
  • Distancing – Although social distancing is no longer required, we will (where practical) have more space between pupils than usual for singing, wind and brass lessons.
  • Where practical the WM tutor is advised to distance from pupils in large group lessons for wind, brass and vocal (ideally 2 metres).
  • Volume levels – Loud playing (for wind, brass, singing) will be discouraged. Pupils and staff should also avoid raising voices/ shouting.

*Wandsworth Music will provide bell coverings for wind and brass instruments. The cover will be provided to the pupil free of charge and it is the responsibility of the pupil/ parent to bring this each week. Coverings should be machine washed each week. If bell covers are lost a replacement will be charged for.

Face coverings

Although face coverings are no longer legally required, it remains a sensible precaution to wear face coverings in certain circumstances (for example when moving around corridors or crowded and congested areas)

What to bring

  • Instrument – please ensure the instrument is clearly labelled with your name. You must not share your instrument with another person. Brass and Wind players should ensure that their instruments are cleaned regularly.
  • Face covering – we recommend wearing these when walking round buildings during change overs.
  • Bell covers – for wind and brass players.
  • Music Stand – all orchestra members are requested to bring their own music stand for rehearsals. 
  • Sheet Music – all pupils should print their own music and bring it to every rehearsal.
  • Labelled Water bottle – water fountains are not in use and we cannot provide any drinking water on site.
  • Hand sanitiser – although hand sanitiser will be available in all teaching spaces we request that all pupils and staff bring their own supply to help maintain enhanced hygiene.
  • Instrument accessories – Please bring a pencil and rubber. You should also ensure you have spare strings, reeds, valve oil etc as required for your instrument.

After the sessions

  • Pupils must take all personal belongings with them.
  • Pupils must dispose of any waste in the bins – for example paper towels/ broken reeds/ strings etc.
  • It is assumed that Senior Academy pupils (Year 7+) will leave the site unaccompanied.
  • Primary aged pupils will be returned to their appropriate adult by the main gate of Burntwood School, unless written permission has been received for independent travel .
  • All pupils and parents should leave the site as soon as their sessions are finished.

Feeling unwell during the session

If you feel unwell during the session you must alert the tutor as soon as possible. Our first aider will isolate the pupil and call parents to arrange immediate collection.

Emergency contacts:

Saturdays

  • Jenny Long: 07767 670611
  • John Kilshaw: 07966 426345

Wednesdays

  • Chris Spreadbury: 07929 018729