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COVID-19 FAQs

With the new school year almost here, many of our families have questions about the school day, what teaching looks like at the moment, and how we will keep everyone safe.

Last updated 20th January 2020

Assemblies 

These are either be pre-recorded or broadcast within school using Microsoft Teams.

Boarding 

We are unable to offer boarding under the current Lockdown rules.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is not running at the moment.

Choristers 

Mr Harrison will communicate any Chorister issues to parents.

Cleaning

Cleaning has increased across the school, with particular attention being paid to toilets, classrooms and high-traffic areas.

Communication 

Transmission of COVID-19 is more likely between adults. In order to protect staff and parents, where possible, communication should take place via email or telephone. Remote meetings (usually via Zoom) can be organised where appropriate.  Parents may not enter the school site.

Concerts/Plays

We are planning to record and broadcast any performances. As soon as guidance changes, we will work towards allowing families to attend. 

Drop-off and collection 

As was the case last term, parents will be unable to enter the site. Pupils should be dropped at the double gates on West Street from 8am, where they will be met by a member of staff. Pre-Prep children will be met by a member of Pre-Prep staff familiar to them. The school day for Years 3-8 will finish by 4:30pm at the very latest. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay two metres apart. Pre-Prep hours and sessions remain as normal.

Extra-Curricular  

We are unable to offer clubs at the moment but will restart them as soon as it is safe to do so. Prep club will be available for Years 3-8 until 5:30pm. 

iPads 

Years 6-8 should bring these in as usual, fully-charged. 

Lessons 

As far as possible, pupils will be taught 'Live' via Microsoft Teams (Prep) or Zoom and Tapestry (Pre-Prep).

Masks 

As per Government guidance, masks may not be worn in school for pupils in Years 6 and below. Year 7 and above, as well as all adults, should wear face masks when moving around the indoor areas of the school site.

Meals 

Lunches are eaten in the Dining Room following the strictest of safety procedures.

Music/LAMDA 

These may take place via Zoom, at the discretion of the teacher and parents. We strongly encourage lessons to continue, albeit remotely, where possible.

Pelicans

We are aware that a small number of families split their 30 hour entitlement between us and another setting. Under most recent guidance, this is acceptable if you give permission for us to communicate with that setting regarding your child's health (and vice versa).

Sport 

Mr Munt has put together some ideas for pupils to remain active at home.

Symptoms

If a pupil or a member of their household is showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they may not come into school. Any pupils developing symptoms at school will be isolated until they are collected. Please understand the importance of communicating any potential illness to the school as soon as possible. If any member of your household has been abroad within 14 days, please communicate this to the school.

Uniform 

Critical Worker children should come into school in warm, comfortable clothing that can be easily washed at the end of the school day.