I’m Evelyn Shaw, founder of Next Stage Theatre School, a drama teacher and actor from Naas. With a BA in Drama Studies, MA in Musical Theatre and 12 years teaching experience, I set up Next Stage in 2018 to provide affordable performing arts training based around confidence building and fun!
COVID-19 Terms and Conditions, Policies and Proceedures
Evelyn Purcell is the Covid-19 Workplace Compliance Officer for Next Stage Theatre School.
All students who are old enough should be dropped off and picked up from the car park. A staff member will be waiting to receive students and will ensure all hands are sanitised or washed as they arrive.
If a child needs to be walked into the venue by a parent, they should ensure social distancing with other staff / students is maintained and limit the amount of time spent in the venue.
Parents are asked to pay online through bank transfer or by Paypal, and not to use cash. They are also asked fill out and return Google Form sent by Evelyn before entering the venue.
Teachers should use their own pens, speakers, water bottles etc during classes and camps.
Teachers will have signed a Return to Work Declaration prior to commencing classes or camps.
Signage relating to hand washing, hand sanitising, social distancing will be displayed clearly in our venues.
Our camp and class rules will heavily involve guidelines on social distancing, cleaning the toilets and only using their own personal items.
Students should use their own water bottle, lunchbox etc, with strictly no sharing allowed. Students are not permitted to bring extra toys etc to camp / class. Where possible, they should also bring their own hand sanitiser for their personal use only.
Students will have a chair allocated to them for the duration of their time at camp / class, which will be labelled with their name. This is only to be used by that particular student to avoid cross-contamination.
Social distancing foam floor markers will be in place in all class-time, showing students where to stand, sit, dance, sing etc, to maintain social distancing. These will be set out by teachers prior to students’ arrival.
Helping with shoes and jackets: we understand that some small children need assistance with putting on jackets, bags, and shoes. When doing this, teachers will wear mask (as social distancing cannot be maintained) and limit the time it takes to perform this task.
There will be a teacher area marked on the floor, so that teachers can breathe, direct, drink water, change music, etc without students within 2 metres.
Bathroom: there will be disinfectant outside of toilets. In venues, where social distancing cannot be maintained in the bathroom area, only 1 student may use the facilities at a time. Our teaching assistant will disinfect the sink, toilet and flush for our age 4-7s after use. Our age 8-14 students will be asked to do this themselves and will be monitored to make sure it is done correctly.
At least one bathroom will be allocated for teachers’ use only.
Twice daily, as per government guidelines, the teaching areas will be cleaned thoroughly.
If a student looks unwell, we will have laser thermometers on hand to check temperatures. If a student needs to be picked up, they will be waiting in the lobby with a teaching assistant (with social distancing in place of course) isolated away from other students and staff. We, of course, will walk them out.
Parents are asked to please keep any student home if they are sick, have or had fever in last 48 hours, anyone in home is sick etc. We will send anyone home who does not feel well.
At the end of each day at camp or classes, the teachers will wipe down all surfaces (doorknobs, door handles, light-switches, desk, etc) and re-spray the bathrooms. Each day the teaching areas will be thoroughly cleaned.
It goes without saying that unfortunately hugs, high fives and other physical contact between children and staff are not permitted.
Summer Stage camps in 2021 will, unfortunately, not have end-of-week performances for parents.
Next Stage is not responsible for any child who becomes sick while attending a camp or class.
Next Stage is not responsible for any child left unsupervised after class time.
Next Stage has the right to change dates and venues when necessary.
In the event of Level 3 restrictions or higher, Next Stage has the right to move classes online for the period of the restrictions.
Next Stage has the right to dismiss children whose behaviour is adversely affecting other participants.
Photographs and videos may be taken for promotional use.
A confirmation text or email will be sent as proof of booking.
Customers’ contact details will only be used by Next Stage and Summer Stage, and will be added to the mailing list.