In light of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s recent announcement about a second month long lockdown from 4 November 2020, Yorkshire College of Music and Drama held a management meeting on Monday 2 November to discuss what this means for the College and to agree our next steps.
Lessons will move online with immediate effect
On Friday 6 November 2020, College Principal, Tim Knight along with Trustees made the decision to cease all face-to-face music and singing tuition. This is in response to the latest government and Musicians Union guidance.
This means all music and singing tuition will now move online with immediate effect until January 2021 when the College reopens in the New Year.
We strongly believe this is the right decision because our primary commitment is, and has always been, to keep our staff, students and visitors safe during these unprecedented times.
Exams will still go ahead
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and London College of Music (LCM) are holding student exams at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama during November and December. Exams will not be affected – these will still go ahead as planned. The Boards are extremely confident about the measures we have in place including a separate entrance and exit to eliminate crossover of people. We are delighted for our region’s examinees after many were left disappointed when exams were cancelled in spring.
Complying with government guidelines in July 2020
When the College reopened in July following the first national lockdown, we complied with government advice on managing the risk of Covid-19:-
- In July 2020, the College was able to reopen with carefully considered social distancing measures.
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared this with staff.
- We produced a ‘Covid-19’ safe video featuring Tim Knight, Principal. This was shared on our website and via social media channels. The video aimed to reassure our current cohort of students, private groups who use our facilities and potential audiences about the steps we have taken to keep everyone safe.
- We have adhered to the safe distance messages with clear signage throughout our College.
- We have provided cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in line with government guidance.
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help our staff to work in a Covid-19 safe workplace or from home.
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the College. Where we cannot maintain a 2m distance we have done everything we can to maintain a 1m distance.
- We have put in place protective screens in our administration office and singing rooms to manage the potential transmission risk.