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Coronavirus Guidance

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

We are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of our members, examiners, students and staff. We continue to follow the advice from the government and are monitoring the situation closely.

This page, the three subpages and the information on them follows official government advice and will be reviewed and updated as necessary (last updated on 27/03/2020).

A message from our Chief ExecutiveGinny Brown

This is very unsettling and worrying time for everyone and we are all having to adapt swiftly to the changing situation. I am conscious that some decisions will have a significant financial impact on your business and that you will be looking for ways to ensure that your business survives and continues to thrive.
It’s vital that we all keep positive and we will continue to be here to help you engage with your students (and staff).
The Society is working hard to develop plans and guidance to support you during the weeks ahead. We will be sure to keep you regularly updated, so please look out for our email communications over the coming weeks and keep checking in to these webpages which will include practical advice and information.
We were pleased that, on Thursday 27 March, the UK Government announced much needed support for freelancers. We hope this will provide some comfort and reassurance for those who are self-employed. Check the Financial & Business Services Support section for more information.
If you have experience of teaching online, or have ideas about how we can support our members and would like to share your experiences and ideas, please do  contact us via your Faculty Coordinator.
Please be assured that we will be here to support you over the coming months and I am confident that together we can rise to this challenge.
I hope you all remain well and send you my very best wishes.
Ginny Brown
Chief Executive

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
While the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is not qualified to provide guidance beyond what the government has issued here is a round-up of useful sites.

NHS Guidance and Health Advice
The NHS website provides information on what the coronavirus is, what the risks are and how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus, including advice on staying at home.

COVID-19 UK Government Guidance 
Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus.

Guidance for Educational Establishments
This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding COVID-19

Travel Advice
For the latest government advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


How does this effect the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing?

Paul Street, London Headquarters
For the past week staff have been transitioning to remote working and at the end of the day on Friday 20 March the building closed. All staff are now set up to work from home and, whilst we will continue to man switchboard remotely, the easiest way to contact us will be via email.

Your contact list:

UK Examinations  ukdanceteachers@istd.org
International Examinations InternationalTeachers@istd.org
Online Learning totara@istd.org
Higher Education Inquiries hqualifications@istd.org
Online mandatory Tutor Training tutortraining@istd.org
International Course Inquiries intcourses@istd.org
Teachers' Courses cbookings@istd.org 
Customer Service & Quality Assurance  csqa@istd.org 
Membership membership@istd.org
Marketing marketing@istd.org
Dance Directorate events@istd.org
Shop sales@istd.org
Finance Finance@istd.org

Events and Examinations
As a result of the government advice on 16 March to increase social distancing, avoid gatherings and to work from home where possible, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone all examinations, teacher courses and student events from Monday 23 March 2020 for a 12 week period. Refunds will be provided for teachers’ courses, student events and examinations. You will be contacted about these separately.

Shop Services
Due to the closure of the building our shop will be unable to process new orders.
If you have already placed an order - We will dispatch your item as soon as possible after regaining access to the on-site shop. Alternatively we can cancel your order and offer you a full refund. Apologies for the inconvenience and please do let us know which you would prefer. Email us on sales@istd.org

Support for You and Your Business

No matter how big or small your business is, we are here to support you through the months ahead.

As many of you are business owners, you will be concerned about the impact of the social distancing measures on your business. The recent budget announced a package of measures and support to individuals and businesses during this period.
For more information on some of the measures announced download this overview or visit the gov.uk website.

We've collated some useful information & resources in order to support your work during this time. Click on the buttons below to reach the relevant information.

Online Learning & Using Syllabus Material Finance & Business Services Support
Industry News & Useful Resources Imperial Benevolent Fund

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