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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 will look like, and how we will keep everyone safe.

Last updated 17th August 2020

Assemblies 

These will either be recorded (as last term) or broadcast within school using Microsoft Teams.

Boarding 

We are expecting boarding to be open for Choristers and weekly boarders, Monday night to Thursday morning. We are unable to offer flexi-boarding or occasional nights.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club will be open! Please book your child in as usual.

Choristers 

Mr Harrison has been in contact with Chorister parents to outline the new routine for September.

Cleaning

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

Coffee Mornings 

These will take place each week via Zoom. Registration details for these meetings will be sent out at the start of term.

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.  

Concerts/Plays/Nativity 

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 at 4:30pm, with pupils being collected between 4:30pm-5:30pm. If your child is not a boarder but you wish them to stay for supper, please email the school office at least 24 hours beforehand. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay two metres apart. 

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. Pre-Prep hours and sessions remain as normal.

House Meetings

As these would involve many different groups of children mixing, we will not be holding house meetings. 

iPads 

Years 6-8 should bring these in as usual, fully-charged. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide charging facilities for day pupils. 

Lessons 

As far as possible, pupils will be taught face-to-face in one designated classroom with teaching staff only moving around the buildings to teach each class. The timetable will reflect an increased number of double lessons to reduce the movement around school. As before, we are fully prepared to support remote learning in all subjects for pupils who cannot return to school at the start of term. If this applies to your child, please communicate this in writing directly to me before the start of term. 

Masks 

As per Government guidance, masks may not be worn in school. 

Meals 

Breakfast and supper will certainly be in the school Dining Room; lunches will continue to be eaten outside for as long as the weather permits. When the weather cools down, lunches will be eaten inside, either in the dining room or in classrooms.  

Moving Up Day

As we were unable to do this last term, much of the first day back in school will be spent with form tutors.

Music/LAMDA 

Some instrumental lessons and LAMDA will be able to take place. It is very unlikely that any of our ensembles will be able to rehearse together, but we will be able to manage project-based work that result in collaborative online performances as we did last term. 

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 

The latest guidance allows us to teach tennis, hockey, football and cricket, as well as individual activities such as running and fitness. We cannot, however, transport whole teams to and from fixtures at the moment and are looking into ways to allow some matches to take place. 

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 

In line with government guidance, all pupils should be in normal school uniform. Blazers and ties should not be worn. A smart, waterproof coat (NOT hoodies!) may be brought in for colder or damper days.  

Visits 

We are only able to undertake visits that are walkable, and we will be working hard to ensure all pupils get a change of scenery as often as is practical. Our city centre location really helps us with this! Residential trips are, unfortunately, not possible at all at the moment.