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Thursday 19th March 2020
MESSAGE TO PARENTS/STUDENTS
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary unpredictable and unprecedented times.
Following the government’s announcement yesterday that schools will close at the end of the day on Friday 20th March, our face to face teaching across all areas in schools will also cease at this time. We have already postponed all direct debit payments until further notice so there is no need to cancel your payments. Funds will not be taken from your account for the Summer Term.
We have already suspended all activities at the various Calderdale Music Trust Music Centres and direct debit payments for these have also been suspended.
Our preference would be to refund all lessons for the remaining time before the Easter break and any payments already made for the Summer Term. As a gesture of good will, we would also like to refund the cost of all lessons and ensemble rehearsals that have taken place from Monday 9th March 2020. If you do not wish to receive a refund at this time, please let us know. Alternatively a credit can be placed on your account and your fees for the autumn term reduced. Our admin team will be in touch over the next few weeks to request your bank details in order to issue refunds.
We are currently exploring a range of options to aid our pupils in their musical journeys throughout this unexpected scenario such as live video streaming lessons and interactive YouTube sessions. Safeguarding remains our highest priority and there are some factors that need to be addressed in temporarily moving to these new and emerging technologies. As soon as we have more details and information on these we will let you know.
Schools are currently in the process of putting their provision together for vulnerable children and key worker’s children. As yet, this will not involve any musical provision from Calderdale Music Trust but if this situation changes, we will inform the relevant parents as soon as we know.
The office accommodation at Heath Campus is now closed until further notice, however, the team are all continuing to work from home and are contactable by the usual office telephone number 01422 303060 and by email [email protected].uk
Amidst all of this challenge and uncertainty, I am pleased to say that we have taken the decision to suspend hire charges on all instruments with immediate effect. This will continue until at least July 2021. Please see the instrument hire agreement or contact us for more details.
Once again, thank you for your continued support and understanding during this very worrying and challenging time. We will continue to follow the guidance of the government and Public Health England and update you as often as we can, particularly regarding the situation after the Easter break which at the moment remains very much an unknown.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice of the government and Public Health England and take good care of yourselves and those close to you.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
CLOSURE OF HEATH CAMPUS, HALIFAX
We remain committed to following guidance issued by the government and Public Health England. At this moment in time, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel all lessons and ensembles at the Heath Campus with effect from today 18 March 2020 and for the remainder of this term. Summer term provision will be reviewed based on further guidance. More information for parents will follow by email.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Please note that music lessons at the Halifax Music Centre (Heath Campus) have been cancelled today, Tuesday 17th March and tomorrow Wednesday 18th March.
Lessons will continue in school unless you have been informed otherwise by your school or by the Calderdale Music Trust.
More information will follow.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Please contact your exam board directly for information re cancellations
Friday 13th March 2020
Following the Government announcements yesterday we are considering ways in which we can support the delay of the COVID-19 virus spreading.
The following events will be postponed:
Mayor’s Spring Concert (Friday 20th March, Halifax Town Hall)
Battle of the Roses (Sunday 22nd March, Mytholmroyd Community Centre)
Halifax Music Centre Ensembles Concert (Tuesday 31st March, Savile Park School)
Soloists Concert (Tuesday 5th May, Mount Zion Church)
Music lessons and rehearsals in schools and at the Halifax Music Centre (Heath Campus) will continue unless we are advised otherwise by Public Health England.
For more information about COVID-19 please click the following NHS link: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19