Announcement 16th July 2020: New Academic Year
Now that the government guidance on returning to schools in September has been published, I am writing to outline our approach to the next academic year.
Our general approach is to ensure we can continue to teach as many students as we can. We are working with schools and teachers to return to face-to-face activities in a safe manner as soon as we able. In the meantime, we will be continuing to register online teaching until we can return to teaching in schools and other venues.
As you know, this is a fast-moving situation, and so we are talking to each school we work with individually to ascertain the best and safest way we can return. We have set the following criteria for our return to schools:
- The school allows us to return and we are able to comply with their COVID-19 risk assessment criteria.
- We have undertaken our own risk assessment of the school and their arrangements for instrumental and vocal teaching and are satisfied that it is safe to return to the school.
- We are able to provide a workable timetable for the teacher(s) going into that school.
We are currently developing our own comprehensive COVID-19 guidance, which will be published on our website before the start of the new school year.
If you have already been enjoying our online tuition and would like to continue in the Autumn term, please contact our excellent Customer Services team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to start online tuition in the Autumn term, you can register from Monday 20th July via our website: https://www.kent-music.com/music-lessons/
Applications for Financial Assistance for the academic year 2020/21 will be accepted via our Kent Music web page https://www.kent-music.com/financial-assistance/ from Monday 20th July 2020.
I am sure you will appreciate that we are unable at the current time to say how and when we will be re-opening our music centres. Each music centre will be assessed on a venue-by-venue basis using the criteria set out above. We will maintain regular communication with music centre members, with the aim of opening them as soon as we can but only when it is safe to do so. We are currently looking into extending our online ensembles programme in the autumn and will communicate separately about this.
We are planning our 2020-21 County Group courses and Kent Music Summer School on the basis that they will be going ahead as normal. Dates and schedules will be available as soon as venues can be confirmed. Please contact Valerie Cordina at email@example.com if you would like a County Group audition arranged. Auditions may be virtual in the first instance until face-to-face can be safely arranged. It will not be necessary to audition twice – either virtual or face-to-face will be sufficient.
Our over-riding priority is to keep our teachers and students safe and so please be assured that we will not be putting students and teachers back into schools unless we have done everything we can to ensure they will be learning and working in a safe environment.
We have excellent channels of communication with schools throughout the county and will continue to work with them closely over the coming months.
Meanwhile if you have any further questions please refer to the FAQs detailed below. If you have further questions you can contact our excellent customer services team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye out for new developments and announcements on our website, and via our monthly newsletter and social media:
I want to express thanks from myself and the entire Kent Music team for all your continued and enthusiastic support during this difficult time. We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and keeping well, and we will keep you updated as new information is available.
The government guidance for full opening in schools can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools