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Coronavirus Update

Current status: All our classes are currently running as normal.

We at the SD are keeping a close eye on the advice of the World Health Organisation and the UK’s authorities and at this time, as long as we all continue to impose sensible measures in regard to respiratory illnesses, we can continue with our sessions as planned. Should this change at any point we will inform you.

We kindly ask all parents to continue to follow a common-sense approach at this time; in exactly the same way you have been doing throughout the flu-season.

Please do not attend classes if you or your child/ren feel unwell and in particular if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, fever and breathing problems.

At classes:

Please ensure hands are washed (with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds) prior to and after each class. This also applies to children and parents in the waiting area/play room please.

Hand gels should only be used if soap and water is not available and should also be rubbed thoroughly into the hands for 20 seconds.

We recommend teaching your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue (which should be immediately thrown away) rather than their hands. Hands should be washed immediately afterwards.

Our venues are also doing all they can to keep as clean and disinfected as possible for our dancers.

General guidelines from the local health authority:

If you have recently visited any of the affected areas (China, South Korea, Iran, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and parts of Italy), have reason to believe you have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19 or indeed if you are worried in any way you are advised to call NHS 111 (7 days a week, 24 hours).

If you have reason to believe you may have COVID-19 do not go direct to the doctor or hospital but call NHS 111 in advance (available 24 hours).

Our aim is to work together to do our best to keep everyone healthy whilst still creating a normal and happy environment for the children. Let’s sprinkle fairy dust, not germs (or panic).

For up to date information on the coronavirus situation see here:

WHO (in English – advise to read this for helpful advice on protective measures)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The following website is specific to the UK and has clear and concise information in regard to ‘what you need to know’: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

A short message from Children’s BBC ‘Operation Ouch’ doctors to help children (and parents) that may be worrying:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366?fbclid=IwAR3uaAEGIt9C668QYe8IW8C3nZVgnRUHjguXHC-S1iCTdtFmacSaKNEWCEs