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RYDA: Risk Assessment (COVID-19)

Venue: Catmose College Sports Centre (Stevenage Leisure), Oakham.


Hazard Description Consequences Level of Risk Who is at Risk Controls Responsible
Spread of COVID-19 Spread of Virus Medium/High (dependant on R rate) All Users Thorough COVID-19 procedure in place to minimise risk of infection including the use of small groups of up to 18


At Catmose Sports Centre, dance studio capacity will be limited to 14 people in total plus the instructor and Sports Court capacity will be a maximum of 18 people plus the instructor to allow for 2m social distancing.


Queuing system in place.


1.       FOR STUDENTS THAT DO NOT ATTEND CATMOSE COLLEGE OR ARE RETURNING HAVING LEFT SCHOOL FOR THE DAY – Students and one parent to line up outside the building to the left of the entrance doors and around the building in the direction of the pool building. Students to be collected and taken through to the space as a group


2.       FOR CATMOSE COLLEGE STUDENTS COMING TO RYDA STRAIGHT FROM SCHOOL – Students will be collected from downstairs changing rooms as a group to be taken to the space together


No parents/carers allowed on site;


Hands to be sanitised on entry to the building.


No bags, only water bottles to be allowed into the venue.  These will be placed at distance to one another around the edge of the space.


Spaces to be marked out on the floor in tape or with sticky floor markers prior to each session – used for students throughout the class with the exception of drinks breaks.


End of class, all students to be led back to the entrance as a group – to include any students staying for the following session.  No students to be left unattended in studio or sports hall.  Year 6 and under to be seen to a parent on exit outside of the building


With the exception of Catmose School students changing rooms will not be in use, toilet facilities will be available.

Toilet trips to be managed by additional member of staff for students in year 4 and under.


Catmose Students to change in changing rooms downstairs.  Belongings can be left in changing room at own risk.  Use of lockers encouraged.  No belongings to be taken to any other part of the building.


RYDA staff trained in COVID-19 procedure to ensure safeguards are in place


No one with COVID-19 or suffering symptoms allowed on site


Before and after use, RYDA will clean contact points (door handles and barres if used) with antibacterial wipes. These wipes contain isopropyl alcohol, gylcerin, parfum, propylene glycol, benzalkanium chloride, citric acid, EDTA. Other cleaning to be arranged by Stevenage Leisure.


To keep indoor spaces well ventilated- air conditioning will be required in studios


15 minutes down time between classes to reduce congestion of parents picking up, managed entrance and exit of students effectively and to help air quality and ventilation


Any equipment bought in and used by RYDA will be for one group alone, or thoroughly cleaned between groups by staff


Track and trace system in operation so that any potential cases can be isolated immediately.  Details of all those in attendance to be forwarded to Stevenage Leisure by email following sessions

All staff, students and their parents/guardians
Users not following COVID-19 Procedure Spread of Virus Low All Users All our team fully briefed on new ‘rules’ we must follow both before joining and upon arrival at site


Checks made by RYDA and Stevenage Leisure that we are following procedures safely and if not following procedures RYDA may be asked to leave premises


We will use appropriate signage and child-friendly posters and images which remind students of new procedures (i.e. catch it, kill it, bin it. Social distancing. Hand washing etc)


Individual assessments and monitored ‘trials’ for any children with individual support needs that may result in breaking social distancing (i.e. potentially violent children and SEND students)


All staff, students and their parents/guardians
Spread of COVID-19 through Physical Activity including dance and high-energy games Spread of Virus Medium/High (dependant on R rate) All Users Adhering to government gym guidance.  Check total capacity in sports hall with Stevenage Leisure.


Increased Social distancing measures implemented (2m+) – via floor markings or mitigate risk by using masks, bubbles or screens.


Maximum capacity in space based on size – 14 plus instructor in Studio, 18 plus instructor on court in the sports hall.


Regular rest and water breaks controlling students heart rates and breathing

Use of air conditioning to ensure room is already well ventilated


Rest times for air to settle between classes


Staff and Management
Spread of COVID-19 through Drama Activity/Shouting Spread of Virus Medium/High (dependant on R rate) All Users Government advice to avoid all activity that increases speaking voice above a normal volume


Games that result in excessive volume increase from children will not be included for the time being


Teachers who must project to teach must do so outside (dance) or if indoors must increase social distancing and ensure space is well ventilated


Children constantly reminded not to raise voices. Students who need behaviour management in this may be asked to leave class.


Staff and Management
First Aid, Medical or Isolation Spread of Virus Medium All Users PPE to be worn if social distancing must be reduced to provide first aid or medical intervention


Staff member chaperoning any student needed to be isolated must socially distance and wear PPE


RYDA Staff upto date with COVID specific training, safeguarding and first aid certificates.  Fully equipped with PPE and first aid supplies in case of any medical treatment being administered.


Any incidents on site to be reported to Stevenage Leisure and documented accordingly.


Staff and Management
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