Information on COVID-19

Latest update: 19th August 2020

We hope that everyone is well and adjusting to our new ‘normal’.

The government has announced that from Friday 15th August 2020, close contact beauty services are now allowed to take place, with the provision that staff must wear a mask as well as a safety visor:

“Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services – including front of the face treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials from August 15 under new guidance… The Government has also confirmed today that all staff offering close contact services, including hairdressers, should now wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face. This will help protect the customer and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.”

We are therefore enforcing this across The London School of Beauty and Make-Up, ensuring that all students must bring their own mask and visor to wear during class, except in the case that they are exempt from doing so. This is in-line with new government guidance and must be adhered to, to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you and stay safe,

The LSBM Team x

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Update: 24th July 2020

We hope that everyone is well, adjusting to the new norms of face masks and social distancing.

A few weeks ago, the government announced that Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars, and tattoo studios can reopen safely from Monday 13 July. We have now been open for 4 working days, with social distancing measures in place. The full government announcement, including what treatments are not allowed before 1st August, such as facial treatments including facial massage, brow tinting, and brow shaping, can be found here.

We have now begun resuming our large variety of classes in line with the announcements, enforcing new social distancing and mask-wearing policies around the school both inside and outside the classroom to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

Courses that have resumed and new course dates, with the next new course beginning on 22nd August, will adhere to all government guidelines and safe practices, with added social distance measures to ensure the safety of everyone at The London School of Beauty and Make-Up.

The LSBM Salon will remain closed until a scheduled opening in September, with strict guidelines in place for treatments set in place, our Salon’s scheduled opening is to ensure that all students on our courses and clients are able to adhere to these.

More information will be posted in the coming weeks regarding the opening of LSBM Salon.

Regarding classes, LSBM has now introduced the following policies

  • Classes will run from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and theory will be taught via Zoom and practical will be completed in school.
  • All students are required to wear PPE and uniform at all times during classes.
  • Students should have separate clothing for the journey to the school and separate clothing/footwear to change into for the classes. 
  • Students should arrive at the school wearing a face mask and gloves.
  • We will check temperatures on arrival and students will need to confirm the current state of health on our health check form, which will be completed weekly. 
  • We will provide gloves, aprons, and hand sanitiser/wipes for treatments.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are placed on each floor and in classrooms.
  • All students must use the stairs rather than the lift, the student canteen will be out of action for breaks, but students can stay in their classroom.
  • Students will be divided into two groups during practical classes for social distancing purposes.
  • Students will be paired into bubbles to reduce switching partners.
  • Classes will be returning with treatments/modules first that can be completed ie. nails, waxing. For treatments relating to the face, these will be left until last following the current guidance and will be looking to complete these on dummy heads or on models from their bubble at home if students cannot practice these treatments on each other by the time we get to these treatments. 
  • We are working with the different awarding bodies to implement any possible adaptations to assessments where required and possible.
  • The admin office will be running on a reduced team in school until September.

If anyone has any further questions regarding any of the above-mentioned points or any course enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are pleased to say that we are able to continue enabling students to study at The London School of Beauty & Make-Up, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Stay safe,

The LSBM Team x

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Update: 27th June 2020

We hope that you are staying safe and well during this time.

As you may be aware the prime minister, Boris Johnson gave a statement COVID-19 update in parliament on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. He announced measures to take place from the 4th July including:

  • Distancing rules to change. If it is not possible to stay 2 meters apart, you should maintain a distance of a minimum of 1 meter.
  • Some businesses in the hospitality industry to re-open e.g. hotels, restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, campsites, and caravan parks. They must follow safety guidelines.
  • Hairdressers will be able to reopen, as long as they take precautions.

Other close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open, but the PM said they would be able to open “as soon as we’re confident they can operate safely”.

These include:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor gyms
  • Spas and salons
  • Swimming pools
  • Indoor soft play areas

The PM is due to review this over the next few weeks.

This leaves our school opening date in the air. While FE (further education) colleges are allowed to open, follow social distancing, and practice on beauty dolls only, private beauty schools fall into a grey area between the industries of education and hospitality.  This is leaving private schools across the UK very much lost.

We are urgently in contact with the relevant examining boards and governing bodies to try and get more clarity on this.

We are looking at how FE colleges are able to open and the procedures they are putting in place, while also considering social distancing within our classrooms and working on beauty dolls, hands, etc. to simulate treatments.

As we offer many different courses, beauty, facials, make-up and laser, it is possible that some courses will be allowed to start back before others. The student numbers in each group vary, therefore we need to adapt and change these in order to accommodate social distancing. This means smaller class sizes and therefore, more classes need to be arranged to get all of the previous students completed. We now have the difficult task of adopting a bespoke pathway for the planned restarting of each individual class. This has to be done before we can commence any new classes that were due to start during the lockdown period.

This will be a complicated and time-consuming task for our team. We hope that we will be allowed to re-open for some courses, provided we use plastic models for practical treatments. Please allow a few weeks for us to organise this schedule. We will endeavour to get an updated plan in place and contact each of you as soon as possible when we are better informed.

We knew that our re-opening date was just a guide and is always subject to government rules. We hope our classes and our daily lives will return to normal soon. I appreciate that this is very frustrating for you, as it is for us, but we are doing everything we possibly can and exhausting all possible avenues. Thank you again for your patience.

For more information regarding the updates visit:

www.bbc.com/news

Stay safe. The LSBM Team x

Update: 15th May 2020

Based on Boris Johnson’s phased approach, beauty salons, hairdressers, clinics and other hospitality businesses will not be in a position to open until July, at the earliest. Each phase has conditions; as long as the rate of infection remains low, we can continue to move on to the next phase, pending government advice. If the rate of infection increases, the country as a whole will move back a phase further delaying our business sector opening.

There are still restrictions for travel in place, and everyone has been advised to avoid public transport, where possible. Social distancing measures will remain in place over the next few phases of the PM’s plan.

We are working  to develop ways in which it will be safe for us to re-open. We are also developing ways for our tutors to teach the theory classes online, details will be forthcoming on this.

I’m sure this is disappointing for you all to hear, I know we all keen for life to return to normal. However we must follow the government’s guidance in delaying the return of classes until the beginning of July, and do not want to risk the rate of infection by opening before it is safe to do so.

This is a part of a 50-page guidance document published by the Government. 

For information regarding travel click the link below:

TFL

For more information form the health service click below:

NHS

Again we thank you for your patience during this time, we shall update this page with updates on dates and measures as soon as we are able.

Until then, it is important that we all support each other and stay safe. 

The LSBM Team x

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Update: 20th April 2020

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Our core focus during these difficult and uncertain times remains the health, safety, and well being of our students, tutors, and staff.  

Based on what is happening in the UK and the rest of the world, the lockdown and social distancing restrictions will be continuing into May and beyond we have had to re-evaluate our course start dates.

We have not yet confirmed our estimated course start dates for up-coming courses, however all course start dates will be based on the school being able to re-open hopefully by the end of May or early June.

We had courses that were running before the lockdown was put into place, therefore those courses will need to finish first before these new dates can begin. 

Again, these are estimated dates subject to confirmation and the latest government guidance. We will review these estimated dates again in May, and publish these to you as soon as we are able. All published courses from September onwards are still the planned course dates.

We are not canceling any courses, just postponing until the lockdown is lifted. 

We are doing our utmost to ensure our school and on-site salon will be running as normal after the end of the lockdown. These are very difficult and unprecedented times we are living in, and we hope you will continue to remain patient with us.

For further guidance and help during this difficult period, there are a number of organisations that can help:

The latest advice from the NHS:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For guidance on Self Isolation visit:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

To find out what the U.K. Government has to say visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

To find out what The World Health Organisation has to say visit:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

For any further questions, please email contact@beauty-school.co.uk. We are still monitoring our emails on normal office hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Keep safe, stay home and save lives.

We hope to see you all soon,

The LSBM Team x

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Update: 19th March 2020

The School:

We would like to inform you that we are closing The London School of Beauty and Make-up with immediate effect until further notice when we hope that normal operations will resume. We will notify you as soon as we can with our opening day pending government guidance.

Following the government announcement, it is too risky to have the school open, with many students having elderly relatives and the students coming from different locations, different modes of transport increasing the risk of infection to everyone. It does not make sense to stay open with precautions for the COVID-19 virus being of utmost importance.

The nature of our courses mean there would be a lot of human physical contact and closeness with students having to carry out treatments on one another for practice. 

Update: 13th March 2020

At The London School of Beauty & Make-Up our priority continues to be the care and education of our learners and we are therefore following the current advice for schools from Public Health England.

As a private educational establishment, we are monitoring developments closely and are putting plans in place for every contingency. We will continue to email if there are any updates or changes in the recommendations for schools. The latest guidance received is that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will be keeping the situation, and our response, under continuous review. In the meantime, we are taking sensible precautions and advising all learners and staff to wash their hands regularly.

Links to further advice include: Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19.

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.

This is a key time for many learners who will be finalising their courses in the following months and so it is important for you to attend regularly, and keep up to date with your studies.

If you have any queries regarding this please don’t hesitate to email us on the email address: contact@beauty-school.co.uk

This page will be updated following any further information.

The LSBM Salon:

You can click the link HERE for the latest Government advice or HERE to read the latest information from the official NHS website. Let’s approach this with a unified front and look out for each other’s health and wellbeing. 

Listed below are the measures we have put in place to ensure that our Clients and Team stay as safe as possible during this time…

  • Hand Sanitizer is available at our reception.
  • All towels are washed at a higher temperature after every use, including those used for display.
  • Anti-Bacterial handwash has replaced our normal hand wash in all toilets and will remain in place.
  • The salon is regularly cleaned every day and deep cleaned every evening. We will continue cleaning the salons to our usual high standard and use anti-bacterial spray-on door handles, handrails, toilet flushes, taps and other areas of multiple contact. We will continue this practice throughout the day and all areas of contact are cleaned with anti-bacterial products between clients.
  • Our Reception team will ensure that the credit card machines are cleaned regularly using anti-bacterial wipes.

We are following government guidelines and are, as always, taking precautions. With that in mind, we would kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you have been in one of the high-risk countries such as China, Italy, or Iran.

If you need to call us, you can call us on our salon number 020 7776 9767 – we value your co-operation and are happy to chat through any of your concerns.

Thank you,

The LSBM Beauty Salon Team

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