Music is Back!

After weeks of work and discussions, we are delighted to announce that our plan for the office to return, daytime lessons in schools and 1 to 1 lessons to recommence were signed off by the Solihull Council Covid Recovery Team on Friday.
This means that we will be returning to teaching pupils week starting 5th October where it is safe to do so.
This will require patience and understanding as we learn to adapt to the current situation.

Daytime lessons:
SMS staff will start delivering PPA, WCET and 1 to 1 and small group lessons. SMS staff will be subject to both our own SMS RA and the RA of the school they are teaching in.

1 to 1 Lessons
SMS will have a phased return to 1 to 1 lessons at Lyndon School starting on October 5th. This is subject to SMS RA and in discussion with Lyndon school.
Please be aware that our RA may have to adapt as we start teaching.
Process for 1 to 1 lessons:
1) Parents will need to drop pupils off. Parents will not be allowed on the school premises
2) For the first lesson pupils, will be greeted by a member of the SMS team and taken to their large classroom for their lesson.
3) Pupils will access their lesson via a one way system. When entering the building pupils will be guided through the double doors and follow a one way system to their room. When finishing the lesson pupils will exit the building using the SMS corridor.
4) Please follow the guidance that is displayed and use the NHS QR code on the front doors.
5) Pupils can use the school toilets but please remember to wash your hands before and after use.

Office staff return:
We are phasing our office staff return so they can deal with any queries that arise due our return to work. There are clear expectations when you wish to visit the office that can be found here as part of the office RA. Please be aware that the office will not be fully operational as we cannot have all the office team in at once due to social distancing guidelines. Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding around this.

Phase 2 and 3.
We will be working on plans to restart SMC (Saturday Music Centre – Phase 2) and SMS weekly ensembles (Phase 3). But as I am sure you will appreciate with Solihull under local restrictions and this area of our work requiring mixing bubbles from different schools this will take time and involve careful planning before we can present it to Solihull Councils Covid Recovery Team. However we are mindful that the pupils deserve and need a musical ensemble offer and we work very hard to achieve this.

We very much look forward to seeing you all over the coming weeks