Covid -19 info

This page is designed to give advice on the policy’s and measures SMS is putting in place to help parents and pupils to get back to music making. It will be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops. SMS is continuing to follow government guidelines and is subject to Solihull Councils risk assessment. Solihull Music Service Risk Assessment this is for daytime lessons during the school day. We also have a Risk Assessment for our 1 to 1 lessons after school at SMS.

Saturday Music Centre Update 24th October 2020
We have submitted our Risk Assessment and recovery proposal to Solihull MBC and are we are now waiting for the outcome. If we are able to start back next half term please can parents/pupils be aware of this:

There is an accompanying animation that can be useful for pupils who need to wear face coverings here

New guidance September 14th 2020

Music Mark have shared their thoughts on the guidance which is flying around Whitehall, especially in light of the new plan of limited contact inside and out to just 6 in England. 

There is some useful information here:  Music Unlocked guidance. 

As you may be aware, there are many different pieces of guidance from the English government which may apply to your work (and all of these listed below have been updated recently so if you’ve not taken a look in the last couple of weeks please don’t assume the guidance is the same as before!):

School guidance

Guidance for Special Schools

Out of School Hours Guidance

DCMS guidance for performing arts

HE Guidance

FE Guidance

Early Years Guidance

General COVID-19 guidance updated in line with the new measures being put in place.

We know that this can make things confusing and we are here to try and help!

For most of our Schools, parents and pupils the key documents to read are the schools guidance – for activity within the school day – and the out of school hours (OOSS) guidance which is for after school and weekend activities such as ensembles, music centres etc. For some of you of course other guidance will be useful.

New guidance September 3rd 2020:

Government advice was updated on Friday ( very similar to DCM) advice. That can be found here:
There is also further guidance here:
I have also attached a copy of our draft risk assessment which will be updated over the next few weeks as things settle down.

There is also some great advice that has been collated by music Mark: which gives brilliant guidance and advice.