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Code of Conduct

For all students and parents/guardians at Siegeris Dance.

The aim of Siegeris Dance is to ensure that all students experience dance in a fun, friendly, positive and safe environment. In order to achieve this, please take note of the following guidelines. We would like to stress that these points are of great importance in assuring the wellbeing of all students in the Dance School.

Rules and Regulations

Customer Incidents

SD staff will not tolerate any aggressive or abusive behaviour from our customers. All customer incidents will be reported and investigated accordingly. Any customer with three of more incidents reported within any given term may result in being asked to leave the school.

Punctuality

It is vital that students arrive in good time. If students are late for class they may miss important information and impede the learning of others.

Attendance

Regular attendance is extremely important. If students do not attend on a regular basis then the development of the class and the individual student will be affected. Exam students’ attendance will be monitored as they prepare for their examinations and assessments and students who fail to attend classes and additional lessons may be withdrawn.

Discipline

Pupils are expected to behave in an orderly, civilised and well-mannered way and to show respect to their teachers when attending the Dance School. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations may be result in withdrawal from the Dance School.

Uniform

It is extremely important that students come to classes dressed in full Dance School uniform in order to be able to work correctly and safely in class and present a neat and elegant appearance. We ask that all students make a concerted effort to come to class wearing a bun or headband for shorter hair.

Changing

Students should only get changed in the designated changing areas.

Personal Property

Students should make sure that they keep their valuable personal items with them at all times. Siegeris Dance regrets that we cannot be held responsible if items go missing.

Remuneration and Fees

As per the Dance School Terms and Conditions; fees must be paid before the student’s first class of each term. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from Dance School classes.

Data Protection Policy

SD staff members are not at liberty to enter into conversation with or disclose any information relating to other Dance School students. Student’s information is confidential and retained by the Dance School in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.

Health and Safety

  • It is essential that students are in the right place at the right time – if students are late for class they may miss vital information and will impede the learning of others and place themselves at risk of injury
    should they miss the warm up section of the class.
  • It is important that students always keep themselves warm between classes in order to protect against injury.
  • Students should drink plenty of water and ensure they keep their energy levels up by eating a healthy snack in between classes.
  • If students hurt themselves in class or feel unwell at any point, they should tell their teacher or member of staff immediately.
  • SD hire studio space from community centres and schools, these are a work place and respect must be given to all staff on the premises.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises.
  • No games are permitted in the car parks or outside areas of the premises
  • Parents/guardians are asked to drive carefully when dropping off and collecting their children from classes.
  • Children’s scooters, skate boards and roller skates must not be ridden anywhere inside the building or around the car park.
  • Parents, guardians and visitors should familiarise themselves with the nearest fire exit.
  • Teachers will direct class to the nearest fire exit and meeting point in the event of fire alarm activation. The fire evacuation procedure is posted on signage around all studios.
  • Please ensure that fire exits are kept clear at all times.

Online Classes – Safety Code of Conduct
Policy Updated: 14th April 2020

For our online dance classes we will be using Zoom (a video conferencing platform) and Facebook Live (a live broadcasting platform).

Siegeris Dance (SD) wants to ensure our pupils are kept safe when using online platforms to support their development and dance training and therefore we need to ensure all participants, responsible adults/carers/parents (where participants are under 18) and teachers follow a code of conduct.

What we are doing
All online classes will be hosted by the SD official Zoom and/or Facebook account only. If you receive an invitation from anyone other than info@siegerisdance.com, Miss Charlotte for Adult Jazz and/or Jennifer Siegeris for one-on-one sessions,, please check with us via email to info@siegerisdance.com if this is an official link.

All Zoom classes will have a password, which will only be issued to our participating teachers and pupils.

On entry to Zoom you will be placed in the online waiting room. We will only allow entry to the online classroom to those that have registered.

Classes are open to currently registered pupils only; the links and login details will only be sent out to registered members.

The teacher will be pinned to be the main picture at all times.

To ensure the classes run smoothly the teacher will be in control of the audio of all participants.

We will ensure the space being used to teach is tidy and appropriate to be seen by participants. However, if you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable please report this to info@siegerisdance.com as soon as possible.

We will never record sessions where the children appear on screen. Recording would only be of the teacher in order to share with the pupils for further practice. During any such recording we would never reveal personal details about those pupils taking part. If a participant unmutes themselves and as a result ends up being recorded this section will be edited out and fully deleted before sharing further.

During the sessions it may be necessary to use pupils’ first names to offer corrections, ask questions etc. but no further personal details will be used.

Any music or material shared during the session will be appropriate to the class and pupils in it.

Classes will be run following our usual standards and ethics – teachers will use appropriate language and be dressed appropriately for the class they are teaching.

We aim to run classes as we would in the studio and therefore our own families/housemates should not be present during the sessions. Should a family member need something urgently it may be necessary to pause the session or cover the camera – any time lost will be made up at the end of the session or at the next one.

If our classes are interrupted in any way that the teacher/host feels is inappropriate or puts our pupils at risk we will end the session immediately. The Designated Safeguarding Officer will be immediately informed and they will follow up directly with those participants involved and report as necessary to the relevant authorities.

Sessions ending in this manner will be made up.

We want children and parents to feel as comfortable as possible throughout their online classes. However, sometimes lags, internet connection issues and/or visual/auditory quality can affect the running of the class. Therefore if participants have any questions or need anything going over after the session has ended, please do not hesitate to contact info@siegerisdance.com, who will in turn pass your query to the teacher as appropriate.

What we ask of you
On receipt of your Zoom invitation please make a note of the ID and password (you should only need the ID if you are not using the direct link). Do not share this information further or reveal the password to anyone else.

Only adults should operate the device and Zoom/Facebook app where possible. Where parents consent to older pupils taking charge of the session themselves, please ensure they also understand and agree to adhere to the rules below.

Pupils under the age of 16 should be supervised or have a parent on standby at all times. Please encourage younger pupils to join in the whole session – it is much easier to become distracted and want to go off and play or get a drink when they are in their own home and we cannot hold their hands.

Older pupils, please show your teachers respect by listening and paying attention throughout the session.

Please ensure when entering the Zoom waiting room the participant’s first name only (no surnames) appears on the name tag – this is so we only allow entry to enrolled pupils and to avoid any inappropriate ‘nicknames’ being visible to other members. If you prefer to use your own name, then please inform info prior to the class so we know who to let into the classroom.

Leave audio on when entering the classroom. After this we kindly ask you to allow the teacher only to control the audio; to ensure the class runs smoothly. If you have a question please raise your hand and only unmute yourself if the teacher does not respond quickly enough.

Please leave video on throughout the class so we can ensure pupils are participating safely.

Remember that everyone in the group can see into each other’s space (though they should mostly be looking at the teacher’s screen!) Therefore ensure your space is tidy and nothing inappropriate is in view.

Pupils should be dressed appropriately for the session – we recommend wearing your dance uniform as normal. Shoes should be appropriate to the flooring being used.

Please ensure every member of your household is aware that a live session is taking place and that they too are dressed and acting appropriately if they need to walk through the dance space.

Ensure participants have a drink close by to avoid having to disrupt a lesson to get one or call to a parent.

While online do not give out any personal information and likewise ensure nothing showing personal data is lying in view (i.e. a bank statement, bank card, personal details, etc.).

Always ensure you have logged out properly at the end of each session.

If you are concerned or upset about anything you see or any messages you receive as a result of these online sessions, please report all incidents to Mrs Jennifer Siegeris (Designated Safeguarding Officer).

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Whilst it is unlikely our sessions will be hacked it is important to remember that any online platform poses a certain risk. We must therefore work together to follow this code of conduct and allow our participants to use the internet responsibly and safely.

By taking part in our Facebook / Zoom classes you/your children acknowledge the risks and agree to abide by the code of conduct set out above with the understanding that these rules are in place for the safety of our pupils and families.

Stay safe.

Mrs Jennifer & The Siegeris Dance Team