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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS


The overall aim is to minimise any risks from COVID-19 while providing a full educational experience on site, but there is only so much that any school can do. Each individual boy has a renewed duty to protect himself and his community.

  • Pupils must try to retain a two metre distance from adults and strive, where possible, to maintain distance from others who are not in their year group throughout the school day. Pupils must also aim to sit apart from others in their own year group and classes where possible.
  • Pupils must bring hand sanitiser with them to school each day. They will be asked to clean their hands using hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Pupils must bring tissues with them to school: ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
  • Pupils must bring their own equipment for the day; pupils will not be able to borrow equipment from one another.

Health and Safety Reminders

Although we continue to emphasise important health and safety advice with the boys in school, we request that all parents watch the following short videos with their sons at least once a term:
 
Hand washing: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Catch it, bin it, kill it: https://www.facebook.com/366592640044758/videos/1662404137130262
 
All pupils should bring hand sanitiser with them to school and ensure that it is used regularly.

Face coverings

The only time pupils must wear a face covering is on public transport (unless they are exempt). Face coverings are no longer required or recommended in schools.

Self-testing

Asymptomatic self-testing helps break the chain of infection and has been an important part of our approach to keeping everyone safe. All pupils will continue to have access to Lateral Flow Tests at the beginning of term. Those participating in this will log their results with both the NHS and the school’s Test Register site.
 

Pupil Wellbeing

We will continue to provide support to all pupils with the daily contact with the form tutor playing an important role. There are particular measures in place for those who may be vulnerable, and we will ensure that the school counsellor, nurse, and Child Wellbeing Practitioner are made available to pupils as necessary. Training and support for staff will continue, led by the Pupil Wellbeing Lead and other members of the pastoral team. The school's safeguarding and child protection policy is in full operation. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and two deputies are readily available during each school day and can be contacted in the normal way. We continue to liaise with relevant agencies to determine the best ways to maintain contact and offer support to pupils who may be vulnerable. Our daily routines (e.g. lesson registers) enable us to ascertain that all pupils are able to access remote education support.
 

Attendance

Regular attendance at school is a legal requirement for all children.

If a pupil displays symptoms of a high temperature, a persistent cough or lack of taste/smell, he must isolate and immediately arrange a PCR test. If testing indicates a negative result for COVID-19, then the child can return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so. Adults in the household who are double vaccinated and children under the age of 18 do not need to isolate.

If a child demonstrates symptoms in school, then the parent/carer will be contacted, and the child must be collected immediately. If we have a suspected or reported case in school, we will follow the appropriate procedures for communication and next steps.
Children who have been close contacts with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not have to isolate, but are advised to arrange a PCR test. They can continue to attend school as they await the result.

Catering System

Our cashless catering at break and lunch is based on pupils having a five-digit number that they record in their planners, rather than using the finger print system. We have been monitoring payments on this system extremely closely during the term and are reassured that it is working well.
 

Transport

It continues to be important that pupils follow Transport for London’s guidance when making their way to and from school.

Pupils who can walk or cycle (wearing a helmet) should do so. If you wish your son to cycle to school and you are satisfied that he is safe to do so, please ensure that he wears a cycling helmet and we would also encourage him to wear a reflective belt, armbands or jacket. The bicycle should be clearly marked and he should have a padlock for it. There is a bike shed at the end of the playground and there are also wall mounted cycle racks at the back of the Foundation Building where he can padlock his bike. Bikes are left on the school premises at the owner’s risk. Although all reasonable precautions are taken, the school does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, property brought to the school. The school does not insure personal belongings and we therefore strongly recommend that you have clothes, privately owned musical instruments, bikes and personal effects insured under your Household Policy.

Where pupils must be driven to school (which we do not encourage) parents should drop off or collect their son a 5-10 minute walk away from the school.

Guidance for public transport can be found here.

TfL has provided a range of other resources:
  • ASTARS Safer Journey Planner to help students and parents/carers plan their journeys and provide useful advice on walking, cycling and scooting to school safely.
  • TfL Go provides walking and cycling routes to consider for all or part of a journey. This is now available to download for Apple devices.

Curriculum

We will follow the normal timetable and deliver the full curriculum for each pupil. The timings of the school day are those published in each boy’s planner. The overwhelming majority of pupils engaged fully and enthusiastically with the remote teaching programme last academic year, but there will continue to be close support available for those who struggled. Knowledge from last academic year is being interleaved strategically alongside new subject matter in a way which aims to be motivating and also reassuring for pupils.

Immediate remote education

If your son is forced to isolate as a result of displaying COVID-19 symptoms, he is able to access live lessons broadcast via Google Classroom. This will enable him to see his teacher’s screen and to hear the teacher speaking during the lesson. Worksheets or other resources for the lesson will be uploaded via either Google Classroom or Show My Homework.

The principal audience for lessons conducted in school will be the pupils in the room. For pupils isolating at home, sessions will not be interactive but they will be able to raise questions with teachers via Show My Homework comments or email, and these will usually be addressed on the same day.

It will not be possible to broadcast all lessons (e.g. those with a significant practical element or those supervised by a cover teacher). In these cases, teachers will set additional work to be undertaken via Show My Homework. This will also apply in the event of any technical difficulties broadcasting lessons on Google.

Pupils isolating at home will have regular classwork assessed by their teachers, as well as formal assessments (although these may not happen at the same time that pupils are sitting them in class).

We continue to use Show My Homework to set homework.
 
Thank you. We continue to be very grateful indeed for the cooperation and support of parents and pupils.

Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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