13 March 2020 13:15

Posted: April 1

As you’ve probably noticed in news coverage and social media posts lately, there’s been a shift in the way COVID-19 is being covered. There’s now a tremendous focus on community, and helping one another through social/physical distancing. Here are some initiatives and resources that may interest you as we get through this challenging time together:

#RAD@Home

RAD Dance-Off

Wider Community

  • Whether its engaging with the wider community (Toronto Online Dance Collective) or teachers offering their own online classes for students to keep the ‘rust’ off, here are what some RAD members have been doing while hunkered down at home.
  • For teachers still looking to bring online classes to their students: Zoom seems to be the most popular and offers free access for classes of shorter than 40 minutes.

Looking to the Future

  • Amy Bowring, Executive and Curatorial Director of Dance Collection Danse posted on social media a call for the dance/arts community to record this extraordinary time in journals or computer entries so that a contemporary record will exist long into the future.
  • Let the dance artists of the future know how you coped in extraordinary times, perhaps how art somehow got you through the crisis, how your work was affected, how you found connection through virtual pathways…

Personal Wellbeing

Health

Finances

  • Canada.ca
  • An email will be sent to RAD teachers this week regarding government assistance programs and how to navigate through applicable programs; watch for it coming to your inbox.

Personal Growth

Course Providers for both Academic and Self-Motivational learning:

  • Alison (IT, Language, Science, Health, Humanities, Software Development, Marketing, Business, Math, Lifestyle, Healthcare, Life Science, Operations, Software Engineering, Skilled Trades, Finance)
  • Coursera (Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, IT, Health, Math & Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Language Learning)
  • edx (Architecture, Art and Culture, Biology & Life Sciences, Business & Management, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Data Analysis & Statistics, Design, Economics & Finance, Education & Teacher Training, Electronics, Energy & Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Food & Nutrition, Health & Safety, History, Humanities, Language, Law, Literature, Math, Medicine, Music, Philanthropy, Philosophy, Physics, Social Sciences)
  • Future Learn (Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Healthcare & Medicine, History, IT, Language, Law, Literature, Nature & Environment, Politics & Society, Psychology & Mental Health, Science, Engineering, Maths, Study Skills, Teaching)
  • Harvard University Online (Art & Design, Business, Computer Science)
  • kadenze (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Design, Music, Math)
  • Khan Academy (Math, Science & Engineering, Art & Humanities, Computing, Economics & Finance)
  • Linkedin Learning (Business, Technology, Creative)
  • MIT Online (Business, Energy, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health & Medicine, Humanities, Math, Science, Social Science, Society, Teaching & Education)
  • Open Classrooms (Business, Career Coaching, Data, Design, Development, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Pedagogy, Project Management, Systems & Network)
  • Open Learning (Art & Design, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Education, Engineering, Health & Medicine, Humanities, Language & Communication, Law, Lifestyle, Math & Science, Self-Improvement, Sports & Fitness)
  • Udemy (Development, Business, Finance & Accounting, IT, Office Productivity, Personal Development, Design, Marketing, Lifestyle, Photography, Health & Fitness, Music, Teaching & Academics)
  • Yale University Online (Education & Teaching, Health & Medicine, Humanities, Math, Programming, Science, Social Sciences)

 

Posted March 24:

Hopefully, everyone is staying safe and healthy while heeding government advice to stay at home and continue practicing social distancing. As our office remains closed until further notice, there are additional decisions that have recently been taken for the various RAD activities, which may affect you, including;

Exams

  • While RAD examiner travel is currently suspended until the end of April, we are planning to reschedule all of the exams in the Spring tour. This includes those that were originally scheduled to take place in the first two weeks of May.
  • Even though government advisories are preventing us from organizing a new exam schedule for teachers and their students at this time, we believe we should still begin the process.
  • Teachers will be asked by planners to identify dates where you may be able to proceed with exams in each of the following months; May, June and July in order to swiftly reschedule late March, April and early May exams when the time comes.

Dance Challenge

  • This has now been cancelled.
  • We will process refunds (at 100%) as soon as possible, via the same payment method used with the initial registration.
  • While we will not be rescheduling the Dance Challenge, we are exploring different options to recognize the hard work that teachers and students have put into preparing for it.

CPD

  • Many of you may have already completed your CPD requirement. However, we recognize that the current exceptional circumstances mean that some of you may face difficulties in fulfilling the required CPD hours. If this is the case, when it is time to declare your CPD please indicate that you are Eligible for Exemption.

RAD Canada Shop

  • Orders placed on the RAD Canada Shop will not be filled until our office reopens.
  • If you are looking to purchase RAD resources, we encourage you to visit the apps page on radcanada.org, and if applicable, make your purchases there. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding. 

Government Aid

  • To help ease the immediate financial strain that Canadians are facing, governments have initiated and/or refined programs that could assist teachers and dance studios directly. We have included some useful links below. Please consult your accountant to determine the best course of action for you, personally.

Government of Canada: Financial Aid

News Release: March 25, 2020

This website includes information for Teachers and Studios on:

Teachers

  • Employment Insurance
  • Emergency Support Benefit
  • Income Tax flexibility

Studios

  • Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
  • Tax Filing Flexibility
  • Access to Credit

Provincial Information:

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Ontario

PEI

Quebec

Saskatchewan

 

Posted March 19:

A message was sent to all RAD Members in Canada yesterday (March 18), apprising them of the actions we are currently taking with regard to the various RAD activities that could be affected for the foreseeable future:

  • Exams
    • All RAD exams have been suspended until April 30, with rescheduling of these affected exams now underway
    • Late spring deadline has been extended to March 31, and we will work with studios to accommodate all entries, once a reasonable date to restart exams is known
    • Solo Seal in Toronto is now rescheduled to take place June 17
    • The process for approving and printing recent exam results has temporarily changed; studios need to confirm correct spelling of candidate names as well as confirmation of shipping details
  • CBTS
    • PTS and Mentor visits have been suspended until further notice
    • An extension will be given to complete necessary hours (date TBA)
    • Students who have not yet sent their April 1 tuition payment, please contact Carolyn Jones (cjones@radcanada.org)
    • NEW info added as of March 19: deadline for video submissions for 20/21 has been extended to July 1, 2020
  • RAD Canada Shop
    • We have halted the shipment of orders from our office until March 30, at the earliest
  • Courses
    • The Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance course scheduled in Halifax on April 5 has been cancelled
    • All remaining Examiner Feedback Sessions have been cancelled and refunds have been issued (note: it can take several days for the refund to show)
  • Dance Challenge
    • This has not yet been cancelled
    • All affected teachers will be contacted directly, should this status change
  • Communication
    • Our Office is closed until further notice
    • Staff is working from home, so for the time being, email is the best way to communicate with us during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm EST
    • To connect with specific RAD Canada staff, please visit our Contact Us page
    • Our General email is info@radcanada.org
    • Messages will be responded to as quickly as possible, but prioritized based on time sensitivity

We continue to appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we work to keep you updated and continue delivering core RAD services.

Posted March 17:

As a world-wide organization, the Academy has put into place a number of global actions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been communicated to the entire membership through email; in particular, all RAD exams have been suspended until April 30.

In addition, RAD Canada has made a number of important decisions that also puts the safety of our staff, members, students, and supporters first and foremost.

As of March 18:

  • RAD Canada will close, consistent with the Federal Government’s recommendation, until further notice
  • RAD Canada staff will continue to provide services during regular business hours – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm EST
  • As RAD Canada staff work from home, should you need to reach anyone, please email the appropriate person, or contact our general email info@radcanada.org
  • Information relating to individual activities such as the Dance Challenge in May, will be communicated separately to those involved via the Registered RAD teacher. Please note we are still planning to hold the Dance Challenge May 1 4, but will closely monitor government advice.
  • Further to the April 30 suspension of exam activities, RAD Canada will be extending the Late Spring deadline to March 31.
  • For the time being, please do not send shipments to our office until you can confirm we’ve reopened.

We have greatly appreciated everyone’s patience as we continue to navigate through this pandemic as a global, national, provincial and regional community.

Information about coronavirus

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of the virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms include:

  • Fever/high temperature
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Posted March 13:

RAD Canada is continuing to operate all core activities as normal. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our members, candidates, staff, and the wider community, and we continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation day-by-day; following the advice from government agencies. While we cannot predict what will happen, we are working hard to ensure that we have contingency plans in place to avoid cancellations, if possible.

Given the rapidly changing situation with official government responses, we will communicate a plan that will address scheduling implications the week of March 16.