Returning to School
- Years R-6 return on Monday 8th March
- Years 7-11 return on Tuesday 9th March
- Testing for Years 7-11 on Monday by appointment (see email sent Thursday 4th March).
Arrival times: 8.30-8.50am
As in September the arrival has been extended so that the gates and playground area do not become too congested. Please do not arrive before 8.25am. Children should not be playing on the yard. They should wash hands and go in as before. Lower School wash hands inside.
Parents must ensure that there is no congestion at the road gates, at the side gates or on the playground, at drop off and pick up time. Please be aware of others passing and create space for pupils to pass into the playground and not cluster in groups. Please ensure 2m distancing from other families. Parents should ideally wear a face covering - this is an enhanced measure. Staff will wear face masks outside when available at the beginning and end of the day as an enhanced measure.
Please do not leave your car (even for a few minutes) on the road in front of school or across the road from school. There are a few places available in front of the Church or in front of the student halls where you can park and leave your car. Otherwise please park at Jack’s and walk down.
End of day collection: 3.25-3.45pm
Gates will open no earlier than 3.20pm. It is important that children stay with their parents as we do not want children from different bubbles mixing at the beginning and end of the day; and to limit those collecting children to one member of the household to avoid overcrowding.
- Lower School pick up: 3.25pm
- Middle School pick up: 3.30pm
- Upper School finish at 3.45pm and leaves via the playground.
- Pupils going home on their own (Years 7 and up) should not linger to chat and need to leave for the bus straight away.
- Staff children will not mingle or play across bubbles and will wait outside or with masks in the foyer (by arrangement) or with their parents until they leave.
- Parents and pupils should not congregate by the main gates, so as to not create congestion and mingling across households and bubbles.
- Children should not play in the playground or grass area at the beginning or end of the day. Parents should kindly reinforce this with their children at home.
- Pupils should not be sharing food at lunch times or break times. This includes bringing in cake or other items for birthdays even if these are for taking home. If you have questions about this please email email@example.com before you make any arrangements.
Parents coming in to the school building:
Parents are asked not to come into the School Office to make payments or pass anything to us if it can be avoided. A limited number of parents may be invited in for meetings by arrangement with specific staff. A limited number of Vision Tours may also take place but entering classrooms will be significantly restricted.
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please speak to them on the yard or make an arrangement with the class teacher by email. Ideally such emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward them to the teacher who will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours. In case of emergency we will get back to you quickly.
If your child is ill, please keep them off school. If they have vomiting or diarrhea, they should be clear for 48 hours before returning to school. Sometimes this can be a symptom of Covid especially in children so please consider booking a PCR test. If you or your child have any classic Covid symptoms, the whole household should stay at home and those with symptoms book a Covid test. Symtoms are: a new cough, a high fever or loss/change in taste or small. However, fatigue and stomach problems and a cold can also be symptoms and everyone is encouraged to book a PCR test if you have symptoms or seek advice if you are unsure. The key is to stay home if in doubt until you gain a clearer picture.
Please phone or email school and let us know on the first day of illness and when you receive a positive test as we will need to work out close contacts and mostly likely send children home.
Please see the enhanced risk assessment HERE, which aims to draw out some of the main ways we are addressing the possible risks of contamination and passing on infection at school. A more in depth risk assessment will be updated on the website in the next few days.
We look forward to a great three weeks back at school and trust that we will all work together to build a supportive learning environment for our children. It is so good to belong to such a faith filled community and we look to God to protect us and fill us all with His hope and joy.