Good bye Covid... our plan for 2021
23rd February 2021
Yesterday's government announcement of the easing of lockdown restrictions means that we've been able to re-schedule many of our workshop and course dates for 2021. It feels rather brave - but it goes without saying that we are all rather pleased to be back in action!
Our AMUSF upholstery diploma courses will be the first to start, resuming on 8th March in line with school re-openings. The good news for all those involved is that we are looking to graduate in July... only a little bit later than originally intended.
From the middle of April, we will be able to start offering shorter courses in both upholstery and lampshade making skills. With so much catching up to do, most have brand new dates - and we have made sure that we run at least one of each workshop this year. Please do have a look at dates on our pages, which are now up to date.
And THANK YOU to everyone who has been in touch over the past few weeks. Your cheery support has been fantastic, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back over the coming months.
See you soon,
Keeping us safe - our Covid-19 Safety Policy
We are very lucky to have a large and spacious workroom as our main teaching space. To make sure that we can keep you safe, we have spaced workbenches so that students can work 2m apart. Other changes we have put in place while the coronavirus policies continue include:
• All high-use surfaces such as counter tops, door handles, light switches and taps are being appropriately cleaned daily.
• Cloth towels have been replaced with paper towels.
• Hand washing soap and hand sanitising gel and tissues are available for use.
• All workbenches are positioned so that students can work 2m apart. Where at all possible tutors and students should keep this distance. In narrow areas such as doorways and walkways, students are requested not to cluster but to leave space between people.
• All students must use their own tools etc. This includes smaller items such as pins, skewers etc, as well as larger hand tools.
Note: School hand tools will be supplied ONLY to students on leisure classes. These tools will be cleaned using appropriate methods at the end of the working day to keep them safe for the next user.
• Face masks must be worn in the workroom at times when students are gathered together. When working independently at the workbenches they can be removed.
• No students or tutor may attend a class if coughing or showing signs of illness.
• Hands must be washed on arrival and departure into the workroom, and frequently in between.
• Any student who falls ill with coronavirus-like symptoms in the days following a class is requested to let the school know by email.
• The Covid-19 safety policies put an increased strain on tutors. Now more than ever, it is important that students arrive in good time for each class, and leave on time, having left their work areas clean and swept.
• And finally, it is important that we all continue to enjoy classes, be considerate and communicate kindly.
Stay safe and see you soon.