That was hilarious trying to put those screens up. But we are so impressed by the visibility.
Ignore the filming lights, I have an online class this weekend, so those big black softbox lights will be moved for class. The filming mounts will also be moved to the other side of my table and will point at the table only for your privacy. So let's talk about some of the changes made to the room.
We now have suspended screens in the school. With two more mobile screens arriving asap.
The room is now set up for only four students (although one class will have five as two are related), so the mats are on the table to show where people can safely sit. There is also a gap between tables to allow students to move around easier. We have also moved the sink to the end of this gap on the left hand side of the room.
These were planned for the summer term, but that, like everything else, was a little different, so, we now have lovely washable and still comfy chairs.
You are welcome to bring your own cushion if you would prefer, but we can't safely provide soft furnishings for the time being.
The classes are dual - both in person and via zoom, so there is now a screen behind me so that I can also project the zoom spotlight video onto the screen making it easier for you to see details without having to leave your seat. Much safer. This is a trial to see if it helps, so any feedback would be greatly received.
The zoom recordings are uploaded onto the website to the password protected class pages. Don't forget to make a note of the password for your class even if you are an in person student so that you can refer to the recordings whenever you need them.
The premises are kept beautifully clean. There is loads of guidance around the building. Including distancing spots on the floor, screens at reception, hand sanitiser, and for the bathroom - there is a one person at a time policy.
Can I request that students only use the Reception, school room and bathroom. There is no need to visit any other part of the building (kitchen included) to help us all stay safe. The building is shared by a number of businesses but we remain in our own premises.
Teas and Coffees
For the time being, I am requesting that you bring your own flask to reduce risk.
Please can you bring your preferred choice to class. (Those exempt not included)
Now for the important bit.
The building rule is that anyone with symptoms is not allowed in the building for any reason. By entering, you declare that you do not have any symptoms. If you have had a test and sent away for results, we request that you wait for those results (and that you are clear) before you enter the building.
You won't miss class because you can still watch the zoom class instead, whether at the time, or later on via the password protected class pages.
So, that is the school room info, I can't wait to see you all, whether online or via zoom.
Classes start back from Tuesday morning the 8th September
(Monday sessions start the week after)
Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
See you then!