FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The safety, health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff remain our priority. We are being continually guided by the UK Government and other organisations, particularly the Boarding Schools Association’s Covid-Safe Charter, in our decision-making to ensure the safe return of all our pupils for the Michaelmas Term.
The aim of the FAQs is to set out our current thinking and address questions we have encountered. We will be undertaking a regular review of our processes and intend to keep these pages updated as advice changes and our policies and approaches develop.
As soon as we are aware of any developments or changes, we shall update our FAQs.
- What measures are being put in place?
- Will you be checking temperatures daily or routinely testing?
- Will you be following social distancing guidelines?
- Will staff or pupils be required to wear a face covering/mask at school?
- Will staff or pupils be able to wear a face mask if they choose to?
- What will happen if the fire alarm sounds?
- Will hand sanitiser be readily available?
- Are you putting any additional cleaning measures in place?
- What training will be given to staff and pupils?
- What health care facilities exist?
- What happens if a pupil is unwell in school?
- Do you have isolation facilities in the event of a pupil being symptomatic?
- What are year group bubbles?
- How will you minimise mixing between year groups?
- My children are in different year groups – do you expect them to distance at home?
- What is a ‘teaching zone’?
- Will teachers be assigned to a ‘bubble’?
- Will breaks and lunchtimes be staggered?
- Will arrival and departure times be staggered?
- Does the establishment of teaching zones for each year group bubble mean that lessons will not happen in their ‘usual’ department?
- How will my child’s education be impacted as a result of not being taught in a subject’s ‘home department’?
- Will remote learning be available?
- How will school work be set and marked?
- Will there be internal exams in the Michaelmas term (e.g. to assess progress)?
- Will the full curriculum be taught?
- How will pupils minimise the sharing of classroom equipment?
- Why have you changed the house structures?
- Will the Tutor system continue to operate?
- Will Chapel, House Assemblies and Year Group Assemblies happen?
- Will the School’s counselling service be available?
- Are there any changes to school uniform?
- Will boarders be allowed off-site?
- Will the Second-hand Uniform Shop be open?
- When can I meet my child’s housemaster/housemistress/tutor?
- When do you expect sport and other co-curricular activities to start?
- How will the co-curricular programme work?
- What about Music - Instruments, choirs and singing?
- When will one-to-one music lessons resume?
- What safety precautions will be in place?
- What about shared instruments?
- Where should I store my instrument?
- What should I do about sheet music?
- When can I practise my instrument?
- Will drama continue?
- Will team sports go ahead? What about other sports?
- How will Saturday sport work?
- Where can I find the government guidence on transport to schools?
- What will happen on the bus to/from school?
- What will happen if my child is unable to travel due to high temperature or lack of mask?
- Will School minibuses be in use?
- Are car/lift shares allowed?
- Can my child continue to travel to school using public transport?
- What are the rules for those pupils who have permission to drive to school?
- Has the school adopted the Boarding School Association’s Covid-Safe Charter?
- Will there be any differences in how boarding will operate?
- How will you ensure social distancing is in place for boarders?
- Which members of staff will be looking after my child?
- Will my child be sharing a room with other boarders?
- My child left a lot of belongings behind in his boarding house when they left in March - will they be able to get these back?
- Will my child be able to use the communal areas of the Boarding House?
- What will happen to boarders if the school has to physically close again?
- What particular arrangements will be in place for weekly and flexi boarders?
- Will parents or guardians be able to visit boarders during term time?
- Has the school put in place quarantine procedures for boarders who require them?
- Will the School remain open for boarders during October half-term?
- Will the School remain open for boarders during the Christmas holiday?
- If a boarder is unable to return to school, will remote learning be provided?
- What trips and activities will be available for boarders during the Michaelmas term?
- Will boarders be allowed off-site?
- What should parents do if their child or a member of their household tests positive for Covid-19?
- Will the school community be told if a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?
- Will the school community be told if a pupil or member of staff is tested for Covid-19?
- What will happen if a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?
- Will whole year groups or the school be closed if a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?
Summary: reminder of actions required by parents and pupils
● Be cautious with possible Covid-19 symptoms: stay at home and get tested if concerned - don’t come to school
● Immediately tell the Health Centre if your child tests positive for Covid-19: 01473 326230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
● Ensure your child carries a face mask/covering in a clear plastic bag for use on the School bus and school minibuses. Face masks/coverings should be discreet, appropriate and not distracting.
● Take note of school uniform adjustments
● Check pencil cases: pupils require the following equipment; pens (including blue or black and green), pencils, ruler, eraser, highlighter, calculator, glue stick, scissors, headphones, Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon (or equivalent) as well as a charged iPad or BYOD
● Bring in a water bottle as drinking fountains have been disabled
● Respect the visitor policy of essential visitors only
● Resolve any remote learning technology difficulties (e.g. poor home WiFi) as far as is possible in case of a return to remote learning.
Further clarifications following introduction of "Rule of Six"
Comprehensive update of FAQs
Update of FAQs for reopening September 2020
Update on uniform policy.