As we head back to our venue at Marchmont St Giles for our next term of face-to-face classes/rehearsals, we have worked closely with them, while following the government rules to set out a clear plan for our return, that puts the safety of our students and tutors at the forefront.

Entrance and Exits

We have worked closely with the venue to create a footfall plan for all our classes. This means that each scheduled SJM class has a clear entrance & exit plan. We have noted below the Entrance and Exit for each class. Each student should not enter the building until instructed to by a member of the SJM Team. One rule set by the venue is that parents are not to enter the building at any time. Drop off and Pick Up should happen outside the assigned door, with social distancing rules in place. 

SJM: Entrance/ Exit Plan

Hand sanitising

All students entering the building will be asked to hand sanitise. We are working within government rules to eliminate the spread of the virus at every opportunity. Our products have been purchased from Edinburgh based company: Pristine Hygiene. Please check out their website if you wish to check ingredients. In the event that your child has a known allergy to any of the ingredients, we ask that you provide your own hand sanitiser. Please note that Marchmont St Giles also use Pristine Hygiene for their wall mounted hand sanitiser units.


Each space used will be allocated a bathroom. In some instances this may a unisex bathroom that is used for all. We will ask students to make sure the bathrooms are left in a clean and tidy manner. Our Covid-19 Officer will aim to check and clean bathrooms throughout class sessions.

Washroom Floorplan

If your child becomes ill

If your child is ill with covid symptoms: simply do not attend class/rehearsals. We will aim to provide missed information on the sessions, but it is more important to us, to the rest of the group, and for your child to not attend. 

If your child becomes ill and contracts covid 19 symptoms after an SJM sessions then we ask that you contact the NHS right away. They will provide the best advice, support and care. In the event that your child is confirmed to have contracted covid, then the NHS Track & Trace Service will be informed via your medical team and we will happily work with them and follow their advice.


We know that we are approaching cold and flu session, and the symptoms of this are different from covid. However, we ask if your child is generally feeling unwell (cold and flu related), that they do not attend classes/rehearsals. You must contact us to advise and keep a clear line of communication with the SJM Team.


Track & Trace

All students who have signed up for our classes, have provided their full contact details at the time of booking. In the event that the NHS Track and Track Service requires that information, SJM will provide the information sent in via our online booking form.

Printing and Handouts

Each cast member will be required to have a script throughout rehearsals (and we may have other handouts we want to give out) - this will be sent out via email 5 days prior to the next class/rehearsal. This gives you the opportunity to print off for yourselves. Note that those unable to print need to contact the SJM team with 72 hours notice so they can print.

We have no problems printing for each student, but due to the government guidance, we are offering students the chance to print at home and limit the possibility of cross contamination.

Where possible our team will not use paper/printed materials. 


Regional and Local Lock-down

In the event that there is a regional lock-down in Scotland, or a local lock-down within Edinburgh, all our classes/rehearsals shall move online to a secured network. Notice will be given to each student and full information sent out. We previously did this during the lock-down pre-summer and it was a great success.

This is not our ideal situation and not something we wish to do, but it is our back-up plan in the event that we cannot operate in our venue.

Any scheduled performances that are unable to take place face-to-face, will be rescheduled. 


Covid-19 Officer

We have assigned a Covid-19 Officer for all classes starting up at SJM. This will be in place, at least, until the October break. The job of the Covid-19 Officer is to offer support to the tutors, to make sure the venue is clean prior/post class/rehearsal. They will do toilet checks and offer support to students. The aim is for them to give support and reassurance to any SJM family members that are in the building over SJM time.

COVID 19 Officer roles have been assigned to director, Stephen. 


Risk Assessment

Before returning it is mandatory for any establishment to compile a new covid-19 related risk assessment. This should be separate from any other risk assessments and specific to covid-19. We have worked with the venue to agree and create a risk assessment that considers many possibilities and offers support and guidance while identifying any risks. This document will be updated and reviewed frequently. We encourage any families to offer feedback as we continue to put the safety of our SJM FAMILY first.

SJM: Covid-19 Risk Assessment September 2020

Class A/D Blue Ent/Exit        Side Building of Church      Class B Red/D Red Ent/Exit  Class B Blue/C Ent/Exit