Covid Response Plan
Message from Mrs Eagle
How will we reopen and keep the risk of Covid as low as possible?
How will home testing work?
How are we managing the use of face coverings?
How will social distancing work?
All members of our community should maintain a two metre distance from each other wherever possible. The full return of students means that we do not have the space for distancing between students to take place all the time, particularly whilst they are in classrooms. Therefore, we will be encouraging our students to maintain some distance between each other around the site, but the emphasis will be on alternative strategies such as wearing face masks, use of year bubbles & outdoor marquees, not moving around the classroom, good hand hygiene and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ etc.
How will year ‘bubbles’ work?
Unfortunately, due to the staggered lunch/break system there is no indoor alternative to the marquees during poor weather. This is because the other classrooms, hall and sports hall are being used for teaching spaces at this time. We appreciate that this situation isn’t ideal, but need to prioritise the need to keep Covid secure, and are convinced by the Science that the use of outdoor spaces helps to minimise the risk of transference. Thank you for your cooperation.
How will the staggered lessons work?
In order to minimise contact between year group bubbles, we will avoid creating busy corridors by having staggered break times and lunch times for different year groups. We will also provide a five-minute changeover between lessons and a longer time at break for changeovers. This will allow us time for cleaning surfaces in the dining hall between groups. It will also reduce the risk of passing in the corridor or playground. Brief passing in the corridor is currently deemed ‘low risk’, so there will be times during lesson changeover when this does happen but we will try to keep this to a minimum. If you would like to see this schedule, click here. You will see that it includes the use of two marquees. We will have two large open-air marquees in two separate locations on the school field. One will be next to the nursery and the other will be behind the tennis courts. These provide covered outdoor space for our students and will allow us to be specific about which year group bubbles are allowed where during the staggered break/lunch times. Students will receive copies of their year schedule from their tutor group, and copies will be in every classroom. We will also use media boards and an IT reminder system to help staff and students stick to time.
How does the one-way system work?
In order to help with social distancing between bubbles, we have developed a very detailed one-way system around the school site. This applies to areas both inside and outside the school buildings. This must be followed by all staff and students at all times during the school day. Anyone who isn’t familiar with this should watch our introductory video and/or see this map [One Way System Site Map ]. If any student ignores this and puts others, at risk our normal behaviour systems will be used.
What time should students arrive and where should they go in the morning?
At 8.30, all students go immediately to their tutor groups. There can be no hanging around on the school site, or in the local area prior to school starting. Please make sure that your child knows where their tutor base will be by following this link. [Tutor Teams 2020]
What will classrooms look like?
All classrooms still have the desks facing forwards, and a two metre area for teachers. This is marked with tape and includes the teacher’s desk. Each student will be allocated a desk and it is likely that they will share this with another student. This will be their working space for the duration of the lesson. Students should try to reduce the amount that they move around the classroom each lesson. There is not enough space to socially distance students within our classrooms, so we will be using the other methods of risk mitigation such as wipes, hand-gel and bubbles.
How will assemblies function?
We have decided that face to face assemblies with whole year groups will not take place until the risk of Covid is reduced further. Assemblies are an important part of our school life so will continue but they will be online and watched silently from tutor bases.
Are visitors / parents allowed on school site?
Any visitors (who are allowed on site for exceptional circumstances) will need to wear face masks, comply with our Covid response (which will be explained at reception) and provide their contact details and consent for track and track purposes. They should also reassure us that they have read our guidance in full by signing a declaration on arrival. They should bring a pen to avoid transference of Covid.
How will we help to promote good hygiene ?
What equipment should students bring and how will specialist equipment be shared?
How will shared spaces like surfaces and toilets be kept safe?
How will we ensure the well-being of our pupils?
How will we ensure that our Quality of Education is excellent ?
How will we manage school attendance?
If the categories 1-4 do not apply to your child, they should attend school.
How will we ensure that student behaviour is excellent?
What are our expectations around uniform?
How will the canteen run and what are the requirements for packed lunch?
When queuing for the canteen, students will line up in pairs or threes from their year bubble. They will be facing the same way at a one metre spacing from another pair/three. They should use the lines which are clearly marked along the floor of the main corridor
Are private cars allowed on school site?
To minimise mixing, the majority of cars will not be allowed onto the school site between 8.30 – 9.00am and 2.15pm – 3.15pm. Passes will be given out in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Headteacher. Please drop off in central Romsey or Waitrose car park, in order to avoid congestion in the residential areas around the school. Parents are also asked not to gather at the school gates at any time. The Site Team are on duty during these times to avoid gatherings and entry to the school. Parents should have a ‘Site Pass’ for authorised entry.
What about school transport?
The Southampton Wheelers Buses and the Landford minibus will be running as normal from the 8 March. The transport team are working through adjusting the fees to account for the period the school was closed, in order to ensure parents only pay for the service when their children are using it. You will be contacted individually by the Transport Team in due course.
How will the Wheelers’ buses work to prevent Covid?
How are we monitoring the use of masks on school buses?
It is challenging to monitor mask use once the buses have left the school site, and virtually impossible to do so on the morning runs. However, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure students meet our high expectations and step up to their wider responsibilities to keep vulnerable members of the community safe.
What is our approach to extra-curricular activities and the wider curriculum?
Some extra-curricular provision may take place, but in small groups within the same academic year groups. At present there will be limited singing or playing of woodwind/brass instruments until the risk is lower. Outdoor extra-curricular sports of Netball and Football will run in year bubbles in the first instance, with ongoing review and a view to introducing more sports after Easter.
Will my child do PE/Dance?
How will we manage confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the school community?
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COVID Risk Asssessment & Remote Education Provision Information
Social Distancing for Vulnerable People: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
Guidance for households with suspected CV: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance