Requirements of Instructors

Studio Cleaning and Sanitisation 

 

Additional cleaning procedures have been introduced to help reduce the risk of transmission between asymptomatic persons.  These are in addition to and supersede any previously agreed contractual cleaning requirements. 

 

Definitions 

Cleaning is the removal of soiling, whether visible or invisible, from a surface  

Sanitising is the reduction of bacteria/viral matter and germs  

Disinfection is the removal of bacteria/viral matter and germs  

 

You can sanitise a surface without necessarily cleaning it first, or indeed you can have one product or process which does both (e.g. your Dettol spray at home). But you cannot disinfect without thoroughly cleaning first, so not every all-in-one process will necessarily work. 

 

To ensure that germs are removed, you first need to have a thoroughly clean surface which means the studios must be cleaned more regularly  

  • The studios will be deep cleaned before reopening  
  • Any equipment / belongings that are not required in the studio must be collected by the owner to make this process easier. Items will be stored for 1 week then disposed of.
  • Instructors should not store anything that is not required at the studio without prior permission of the studio owner 

 

Daily Cleans

  • The studio and equipment are cleaned and disinfected each day, This clean will be done after every class and also after the last use of the day with no exceptions .
  • If Hannah is not around then the last instructor in the studio each day is responsible for carrying out the end of day checks and clean
  • It is mandatory for cleaning to be completed in line with this policy – failure to do so will be classed as gross misconductt.
  • All communal use areas, surfaces  and/or equipment that may have been touched by someone in the studio (this includes but is not limited to, floor, sofas, bathroom, poles, door handles/ areas where you push the door (inside and out), fridges, taps. Kettle) must be cleaned and disinfected 
  • Non aerial equipment – all surfaces must be cleaned, dried and then wiped down with the provided anti bacterial cleaner and have no signs of visible dirt 
  • Non fabric Pole and aerial equipment: is to be cleaned, dried and then wiped down with the antibacterial / disinfectant spray provided 
  • Fabric covered / made equipment is to be derigged and placed into laundry baskets without any metal rigging attached ready to be washed ( if hannah is away you may be asked to wash the items full instructions will be given)
  • You must attend a starting work meeting  complete the online quiz and keep upto date with the latest cleaning instructions from the Pink Kitten Office
  • Bins must be emptied daily or when full  
  • If you are unable to complete this clean for any reason you must notify the office immediately
  • The daily cleaning and safety checklist must be completed after each disinfection/clean  

 

Before and After Classes 

  • All equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use – no exceptions including but not limited to: poles, hoops, strops, carabiners, safety mats.  To clean, you should remove all visible dirt (pole grip etc ) first, dry with paper towel and then wipe down with the antibacterial/ disinfectant products provided. They should be left wet for a minimum of 5 minutes for the disinfection process to take place.
  • Studio floors should be fully mopped between classes.
  • Poles will be cleaned with the disinfectant spray provided.  The students may be asked to perform a final alcohol clean at the end of the class.  
  • Fabric Pole Towels must be used for one class only and changed after each lesson finishes – a bag will be provided for soiled towels. Students should be asked to drop these in the bag after class. Students must use the towels we provide not their own due to cross contamination.
  • The toilet must be wiped down with disinfectant wipes (provided) after each use by the person using it.  Ie: Seat, seat lid  flush 
  • Please ensure students are reminded NOT to flush the cleaning wiped down the loo or you will be dealing with a toilet blockage as well!
  • It is mandatory for cleaning to be completed in line with this policy – failure to do so will be classed as gross misconduct 

 

Weekly Clean 

  • In addition to the daily cleaning a weekly deep clean of each studio will be carried out  
  • All communal use areas, surfaces  and/or equipment that may be touched by someone in the studio  – floor, sofas, bathroom, poles, mirrors, door handles/ areas where you push the door (inside and out), fridges, taps. Kettle, fans , window sills all surfaces, sinks, etc.  will be cleaned and disinfected 
  • Non aerial equipment – all surfaces must be cleaned, dried and then wiped down with the provided anti bacterial cleaner and have no signs of visible dirt 
  • Non fabric Pole and aerial equipment: is to be cleaned, dried and then wiped down with the antibacterial / disinfectant spray provided 
  • Fabric covered / made equipment that is not washable is to be sprayed with the disinfectant / anti bacterial spray provided  
  • It is mandatory for cleaning to be completed in line with this policy – failure to do so will be classed as gross misconduct.

 

Cleaning products and PPE 

  • Cleaning products will be provided by the Studio 
  • Cleaning PPE will be provided by the Studio 

Instructors must notify the Pink Kitten Office when any product is running low 

 

Gloves

  • We advise that where possible that gloves should be worn when cleaning any equipment.  
  • Gloves are worn to protect the skin from harsh chemicals and are not protection from the virus. 
  • Gloves must be changed at least once a day or if damaged (unless disposable in which case they should be disposed of after each use) 
  • When putting on your gloves please make sure you wash your hands before and after.  
  • Do not share any gloves. 
  • Make sure that gloves are placed in the bin once finished with.  
  • Avoid touching your face whilst wearing gloves.  

 

Masks  

  • Masks should be worn when cleaning this is to protect your lungs from harsh chemicals in any disinfectants
  • Masks must be changed if wet. 
  • When putting on your mask please make sure you wash your hands before and after.  
  • Do not share any masks.  
  • Make sure that masks are placed in the bin once used or washed if reusable before reusing 

 

Teaching For Pink Kitten

 

Certifications/ First Aid 

  • All instructors must have completed a prevent COVID 19 training course and infection control COVID-19 course
  • All instructors must have up to date first aid certificates, or if this has elapsed due to the current pandemic, an online first aid certification.   NB: Instructors must take their full Emergency First Aid at work, within 12 weeks of courses becoming available should they only hold the online certification 
  • A copy of the pass certificates must be provided to the studio.  
  • Instructors may decline to have their certificates displayed in the studios by letting the studio office know

 

Arriving at the building 

Our Studios are in a communal building where we share access and stairwells with other businesses. 

We are in talks with the building owner about increased cleaning of communal stairwells and facilities and touch points but while this is underway please try and help keep the areas as tidy as possible.  

We have added extra time between classes for cleaning and to reduce the risk of students and instructors leaving and entering the building at the same time and will have our studio doors and the door open for both ventilation and to reduce the surfaces you need to touch. 

However, as the communal areas are out of our control we would request  that you take additional care entering and exiting the building and take the following precautions 

  • When entering and leaving the building staff must stay 2 metres apart or 1 meter with mitigations 
  • Please arrive at least 15 mins before your first class
  • Students have been asked not to arrive more than 5 minutes prior to their class 
  • Try to avoid touching anything unnecessarily in the communal stairwell 
  • If you need to pass anyone on the stairs, allow them to move by you whilst you maintain your distance on the landing  
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds on arrival in the studio and dry them with disposable towels
  • Hand Sanitiser will also be provided at the entrance to each studio  

 

Teaching Classes 

 

Student Sickness 

  • Any student who appears to be sick ( even if mildly )must not be admitted to class 
  • If any student having attended the studio alerts the instructor that they have symptoms or COVID 19, the instructor must notify the office immediately.  The studio must be closed immediately and a Deep Clean conducted.  The studio may not reopen until this has been completed and confirmed with Hannah.  Hannah will notify the relevant authorities as per the current government guidelines.

 

Class Sizes 

 

  • Based on ventilation guidance,for fitness a maximum of 1 person per 100sqft people may be in each studio at any one time. Currently with social distancing and equipment available this means 7  in studio X, 8  in studio 2, and 8 in studio 1. However, to maintain social distancing class sizes will be limited to 7 in studio 2, 6 in studio x and 6 in studio 1.  This applies to private lessons as well as group classes 
  • Each participant will have their own pole, hoop or silks – this includes the instructor 

 

Class Etiquette and Hygiene 

  • You must wash and/or sanitise your hands on arrival for a minimum of 20 seconds and after each class /or at anytime that they have needed to come into contact with another person in the studio 
  • Everyone must sign in and out of the studio, providing contact details in line with Track and Trace requirements.  Student registers MUST be done at the beginning of class no guessing. Any other visitors to the space should be recorded on our track and trace document. This will be kept for a maximum of 21 days and securely disposed of after this time.  
  • No spectators are allowed (unless you are  teaching children) 
  • When instructing / in the studio you must stay 2 meters apart from any other occupant or 1m with mitigations. 
  • Windows and doors should always be open for ventilation.
  • In line with COVID ventilation requirements, No fans may be used.
  • Music must be kept at a low level to avoid unnecessary shouting 
  • To maintain social distancing, we strongly recommend that you lesson plan for classes that do not need spotting – Students should be encouraged to work on regressions and strength, lines and combos 
  • No sharing of grip aid
  • Class participants should be directed to wash their hands on arrival, make use of the facilities and make their way immediately to their allocated pole / hoop/Silk. All belongings should be kept with the customer  in their black box 
  • The communal sofas are not to be used by students 
  • Signage and/or floor markings will be put in place to encourage a 2 metre distance where it is feasible.  For Pole classes, students should be asked to remain in the area surrounding their pole
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout the studio. Instructors should make these known to students during the pre class announcements and encourage them to use them frequently  Instructors must remind students of the requirements for social distancing at the start of each lesson and that they will need to wipe down the toilet should they use it and the poles at the end of class 
  • Towels must be used for one class only and changed after each lesson finishes – a bag will be provided for soiled towels. Students should be asked to drop these in the bag after class 
  • After cool down instructors must ask the class participants to clean their pole, get changed and leave immediately (respecting social distancing wherever possible) 
  • All equipment used must be re cleaned once the class have left by the instructor 
  • Anything left behind (bottles etc.) must be disposed of by the instructor  
  • To enable instructors to wipe down all equipment used after each class and  to allow customers to arrive and leave safely  there will be a break of at least 20 minutes between all classes. This will be reviewed in line with  the first week trial
  • Instructors must continue to practice social distancing when taking breaks / training 

 

 

Social Distancing Exceptions 

Pink Kitten Dance School Ltd understand that there will be times where it is not possible to follow the 2m social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity. On these occasions, 1m distance with mitigation is acceptable.  

 

Mitigations include:  

  • Staff and clients working side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face if possible. (eg rigging) 
  • When demonstrating on the pole nearest the door in studio 1, ask all class members to stand back – do not use the pole to demonstrate when the pole nearest to it is in use.  
  • Moves such as SuperMan and Layouts should be performed facing away from the pole next to the student 
  • If students want to purchase drinks or merchandise, the instructor should take these to the student to stop unnecessary contact
  • Any merchandise tried on and not purchased must be put aside for 24 hours before being put back out 
  • Face Masks where spotting is required at minimum by the instructor but also by the student where possible.

 

Spotting 

Pink Kitten lessons should be pre planned and not involve tricks that require spotting.  Spotting will be reserved for safety only.  We may revisit this as guidance is developed. Instructors must plan their lessons with appropriate regressions and progressions to reduce the amount of spotting that may be needed. 

  • Spotting should only be done if the risk of safety is higher than the risk of Covid 19.ie –  If this is to save a client from falling or injury. This is termed as a rescue spot  
  • If you are teaching classes where spotting is needed it must be explained to the student first that you will be in close contact with them and they must agree to this 
  • Masks must be worn by both parties in classes where spotting is needed or if you intend to come closer than 2 meters from the student. Once removed the mask must not be reused.
  • Hands must be sanitised before and after any contact with a student.

 

SIckness and time off  

  • Instructors should only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating. You must notify the office  immediately if you are unable to work 
  • Instructors must contact the office as soon as they become aware that they are unable to work to allow for cover to be arranged. There may be the option to take your class online
  • It may be necessary to share data concerning the instructor’s  health with the public health authority and other members of  staff  and customers as we are obligated to protect the health and safety of all instructors and customers.  
  • If you need time off to look after someone you must contact the office and let us know as soon as you can so that cover can be arranged 

 

Tests  

  • When tests are available, we may request all instructors to have a test and notify us of the results.  

 

Track and Trace 

  • Pink Kitten Dance School are required to take the following information and store it for 21 days – name, home phone number, mobile number, date and times of entry and exit for all persons attending the studio 
  • It may be necessary to share data concerning your health with the public health authority and other members of staff and customers as we are obligated to protect the health and safety of all staff and customers.  

 

 

Health Advice within the workplace 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, Pink Kitten Dance School always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. 
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

Pink Kitten Dance School  will be supplying hand wash and hand sanitiser for use whilst you are in the studio.

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