After a long lockdown, we are pleased to be returning to schools in April. We plan to offer both in-school and virtual workshops for the rest of the school year.
Where Things Stand
Most of our teachers started receiving their vaccinations in March. We have also asked our staff to undertake twice-weekly Covid testing. With these precautions in place, we feel we have reduced risks enough to make a return to schools feasible for all involved.
We also continue to follow government guidelines for cleaning our kits — we are allowing at least 48 hours decontamination between visits. (Please be aware our availability may be reduced due to the need to “rest” kits, or because a few of our teachers are still awaiting vaccinations.)
Although we are taking all precautions, we recognise schools may not be comfortable with outside visitors the rest of this school year. If your school leadership is wary of guests, please consider booking one of our Covid-secure virtual workshops. We currently offer ten topics – the full list is elsewhere on the blog – and we have four more in production:
- Mayans (new topic!)
- Stone Age to Iron Age (new topic!)
As we have throughout the pandemic, we are waiving all cancellation fees for bookings lost to coronavirus closures. If your bubble or school closes due to coronavirus, we would hope to work with you to reschedule to the first feasible date. But we will understand if the school needs to cancel.
Regrettably, we will need to apply cancellation fees as normal this school year for non-coronavirus-related cancellations, but it is our hope to continue to be flexible and reasonable considering the risks still prevalent in the UK.
In line with government guidance, our office staff are still working from home as much as possible — office hours are currently limited and irregular. Please contact us via e-mail or our enquiry form and we would be happy to help you with your bookings or answer any questions. As we are working from home, please be patient if there is a lag in our response times.
We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support schools have shown us this year. Many of you have reached out with words of encouragement, hoping we would again return to your schools. We are incredibly grateful.
Thank you for your understanding this year. This space will be updated as the guidelines for schools and the coronavirus situation continue to change.
We hope you, your families and your school communities stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Updated Thursday 8th April 2021