How we're keeping students safe and protected in school
Keeping all our students safe and protected while in school is a top priority. We understand that some parents may have concerns about their child being in the school environment, but we want to offer reassurance that we are following the official guidance from the Government and have implemented strict procedures.
We have been extremely impressed with how students have been working with us to adhere to our processes.
Lateral Flow Testing
As soon as the school reopened on Monday 8th March, we began carrying out lateral flow testing on all students. These tests are essential to identify students who do not show any symptoms. The way students co-operated with the testing and learnt how to carry out the tests at home was fantastic.
Students are now conducting two tests at home every week; we are providing the testing kits and are always available to answer any questions.
If a child has a negative test result, they can continue to come into school. If they return a positive test, they will be required to have a PCR test, which can be book on the Gov.uk website. Whilst waiting for the test, they must remain at home. If this test comes back positive, then all close contacts need to be identified and they all must isolate for 10 days from the original positive lateral flow test.
If a student starts to show symptoms, then they and the household should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test.
We are of course providing remote learning to all students who are required to self-isolate.
What's happening in school?
Year group bubbles
To negate the mixing of students in different year groups, we have created zoning in the school and each year group has its own zone and entrance. Instead of students moving throughout the school when lessons change over, they only move throughout the zone and therefore do not mix with students in other years groups.
When the lesson requires a specialist teaching room which is outside the zone, a member of our staff accompanies them. The students then return to their dedicated zone at the end of the lesson.
At the end of the day, we are staggering the time students leave – this is being rotated on a weekly basis meaning the final lesson of the day is slightly shorter one week, then slightly longer the next. We are asking students to leave the grounds immediately.
Lunch & breaks
To enable students to remain in their year groups bubbles, we have changed the structure of our day with breaks and lunch being taken at different times for the year groups. The break areas are being fully cleaned between sittings. We have assigned each year group with three distinct serving areas, eating spaces, toilets and outside areas.
Face coverings & social distancing
We are asking students to bring a face covering to school every day, as guidance recommends that these are worn in classrooms and communal areas. We are providing students who have medical exemption with a lanyard to avoid unnecessary questioning.
Where possible, our staff are maintaining a distance from the pupils, and teachers are remaining at the front of classrooms when teaching. In places such as corridors and dining queues, where social distancing can be more difficult, staff and students are wearing face coverings.
We have three day cleaners on site every day who are regularly cleaning touchpoints, toilets and break areas. We have installed hand sanitiser at all doors and central spaces, and sanitising stations are in each classroom. We are asking all staff and students to clean down keyboards and workstations before and after use.