The King’s Foundation Schools continue to put the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community at the forefront of our thinking as we determine our educational and operational priorities and processes.

Our commitment to return to a full curriculum and school day is underpinned by the priorities and processes we have implemented to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all of our community. We continue to put the health, safety and well-being of our community at the forefront of our plans as we considered how pupils can best access lessons, pastoral care and activities.

Our plans are based on the Department for Education’s Schools Coronavirus Operational Guidance and extensive planning within the school and the foundation. The Foundation re-opens at Response Level Two+ which details the major principles and protocols which shape our face to face provision.

Pupil Illness Protocol Flow Diagram

We have developed a useful protocol flow diagram to support parents, guardians and pupils. This is designed to enable you to determine the next steps should your son, daughter or ward become unwell or show symptoms that could be COVID-19.

King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford Pupil Illness Protocol

Principles Underpinning our Operation

We have developed a set of guiding principles which will underpin the re-opening of all three Schools:

  • We will ask all pupils and staff, as well as visitors to the site, to observe the government guidelines as they stand at any point on their way to and from the School.
  • We will ensure safe occupancy levels of all facilities and areas.
  • We will engage actively with test and trace.
  • We will ensure that staff do not work, or have contact with, pupils if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • We will ask that pupils not be sent to school if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • We will operate enhanced cleaning arrangements.
  • We will enable and ensure robust respiratory and hand hygiene.
  • Pupils and staff will use hand sanitiser on arrival in each classroom and upon departure.
  • We will have a school nurse or Matron on-site with a clear protocol for those who feel unwell during the school day and isolation facilities for suspected cases.
  • We will provide pupils and staff with the opportunity to raise any concerns.

Response Levels

We have developed a series of Response Levels – Level Zero to Level Four. These Levels will ensure that we are prepared for changes to the national and local picture with regard to the measures we need to adopt.

The Response Levels are uniform across the Foundation and are designed to inform parents clearly and succinctly of any changes to our provision. Each Response Level will provide guiding principles for the Foundation. All Response Levels are subject to amendment in the light of guidance from PHE and the government.

Weekly meetings will be taking place with Mr Doodes, Mr Chapman and Mrs Phillips, to determine the week’s level, considering advice from the DfE, PHE and any relevant local information. Changes to response levels will be communicated directly with parents and here on our hub. 

We will be re-opening the Foundation at Response Level Two+

  1. The Foundation’s Illness Protocols for King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford and King’s Worcester will remain in operation so that we ensure that no unwell pupil or member of staff attends school.
  1. Pupils at King’s Worcester, as well as all Foundation staff, will continue to be invited to participate in ongoing Lateral Flow Testing Programme.
  1. Pupils will continue to be required to attend school wearing their PE kit on days they have PE and Games at King’s St Alban’s and King’s Worcester.
  1. Pupils will continue to not be able to come onto the school sites until 8am, at which point they will need to go directly to their registration room, or other dedicated area. Key worker parents of pupils at King’s Hawford will be able to drop their children off from 7.30am, however.
  1. Bubbles or groups will remain protected through allocated site locations and pupils will be in bubbles in their marquees or other locations during short and long break.
  1. Parents will be asked to wear face masks when dropping off or picking up at King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford.
  1. Most work will be submitted by online in the senior school and equipment will not be shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning or quarantining has taken place.
  1. The Library at King’s Worcester will remain open to year group bubbles as directed.
  1. All assemblies and briefings will be delivered online or live to a maximum of one group or within guidance.
  1. Town privileges, in the senior school, will recommence for the sixth form and will be phased in for pupils in years below the sixth form.
  1. Our co-curricular programmes will run with some adaptations according to guidance.
  1. Pupils not involved in co-curricular activities after school will need to be supervised in year group bubble locations in the senior school.
  1. School will close at 5.30pm at both KSA and KH and at 6pm at the senior school.
  1. Sports fixtures against other schools will begin in line with guidance.
  1. In the senior school, we will run an adapted Saturday Sports programme.
  1. Many meetings with parents and outside agents, in addition to any outside speakers, will be undertaken online although this may be amended according to changes to guidance at national level. Regular visitors and providers will be in school in line with our COVID-19 precautionary measures.
  1. Some trips will begin to take place in line with strict guidance.
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We know that parents and pupils have many questions about how the School will look at this time  and we thought it would be useful to summarise the key information for ease of reference.

You will notice that some details which follow assert a definite action which we have undertaken or will be taking; others remain provisional at this stage. By having the facility to employ measures, in advance of requiring them, we will be better able to adapt to what is likely to be the evolving situation. These pages will be updated to keep all members of our School community informed.

Health and Hygiene

  • Pupils and staff will wash their hands or use hand sanitiser on arrival in each classroom and upon departure.
  • We will ensure that staff do not work, or have contact with, pupils if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has. They will not be able to return until a negative test result has been received and submitted to the School.
  • We will ask that pupils not be sent to school if they have symptoms, have tested positive or have been in contact with anyone who has. They will not be able to return until a negative test result has been received and submitted to the School.
  • Each classroom will be issued with PPE to be used by staff if a child exhibits symptoms.
  • Children will be encouraged to use their own water bottles in order to reduce sharing.
  • There will be regular cleaning of classrooms, toilets, furniture, outdoor play equipment and common touchpoints. Certain equipment will be closed off to ensure adequate cleaning between use.
  • Doors will be propped open, where safe to do so, to limit contact with door handles and to aid ventilation.
  • We have a trained Matron on-site with isolation facilities for suspected cases.
  • Pupils must bring tissues with them to school and must exercise robust respiratory hygiene by not sniffing and ensuring that mouths and noses are covered when sneezing or coughing. All tissues must be immediately disposed of in specialist tissue waste bins after use.
  • We will provide pupils and staff with the opportunity to raise any concerns.

COVID-19 Sign

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Teaching and Learning

  • We will be offering our full curriculum and school day to all pupils.
  • We will ensure that all classrooms are equipped to enable the transmission of lessons both to those present in School and those who may be isolating at home.

Resources

  • The School will provide pencils and other equipment for all younger pupils (Years 2 and below).
  • Children from Year 3 to Year 6 are required to bring their own pencils and pencil cases.
  • We will ensure equipment is not shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning has taken place.

Use of Devices

  • Some children may wish to bring an iPad or a device to school, however this is not requirement for children below Years 5 and 6.
  • Older children (Years 5 and 6) are encouraged to bring an iPad or tablet to school in order to limit the need for papers and materials to be shared between pupils and teachers.
  • It is recommended that families have insurance cover for the device for loss or damage whilst in school.
  • The use of a device in any lesson will be at the discretion of the teacher.
  • A portable charging device may be brought into school to top up their battery during the school day.
  • Pupils are not allowed to bring in a 3-pin charger.

Supporting Pupils’ Wellbeing

We appreciate that the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for pupils’ well-being and mental health. Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kate Mason, has kindly put together two videos, one for parents, ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’, and one for pupils, ‘Looking After Your Mental Health’.  In these videos, Dr Mason provides useful support and guidance for our parents and pupils. Offering insight into likely behaviour, feelings and how to deal with the anxiety which pupils may face. We hope you’ll find them both useful and informative.

Use of Spaces and Places

  • Children will remain in their year groups for lessons and break times. They will not be mixing with other year groups.
  • We will be devising a one-way system around the School to avoid unnecessary contact between year groups at lesson changes and break times.
  • The use of different play areas for each year group will be enforced at break times to prevent unnecessary contact or mixing.
  • All desks will be forward-facing with sensible distancing in place. Children will, in their form groups, have allocated seating places.
  • We will remove soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean (such as those with intricate parts).
  • Teachers will be able to cross-year groups to teach their classes. This allows for full delivery of our curriculum.
  • Where possible, lessons or classroom activities should take place outdoors.
  • Assemblies will continue to be delivered online via a stream.
  • We will stagger drop-off and collection times for parents and arrange for collection from different areas.
  • We will ask all pupils and staff, as well as visitors to the site, to observe the government guidelines as they stand at any point on their way to and from the School.

Catering

  • School meals will be restored. In order to facilitate this return we will:
    • Serve meals in year groups to ensure no mixed year groups.
    • Look to serve meals in two separate locations to reduce capacity in the Dining Hall.
    • Serve a set meal to the table to limit children moving around the shared space.
    • Cutlery will be set for the children and individual water bottles are encouraged to reduce sharing.
  • Children will wash their hands and use hand sanitiser before and after meals.
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Uniform

  • Pupils should now come to school wearing summer uniform unless they have PE before morning break, in which case they should come to school in their PE kit and have their school uniform with them to change into following their PE lesson.
  • Changing areas will be supervised and children will change in small groups with social distancing enforced.
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PE and Swimming

  • Swimming pool capacity will be reduced to a group of no more than 16 pupils. These groups will be comprised of pupils in the same year group to prevent unnecessary mixing of age groups.
  • Social distancing will be enforced at the pool side and panels will be opened where possible to encourage ventilation.
  • There will be no changing in the small swimming pool changing rooms.

After-School Activities and Meetings

  • Day trips may still be offered to pupils, however overnight trips will be suspended until further notice. Trips which take place will generally be outdoors.
  • We will be updating parents on the status of pre-arranged school trips shortly.
  • Whilst we are aiming to offer a selection of after-school activities, these will need to be pre-booked to ensure appropriate staffing. Groups will be for a year group only, with no crossover of year groups. We will be sending out booking forms to parents shortly.
  • We will have to continue to apply drop off and pick up times to reduce gatherings at the School. Given the addition of clubs and activities, these times may be different to the current times.
  • As year group crossover is not permitted, we cannot currently offer Late Club. However, we will provide key worker/sibling after club care for children in pre prep until the end of day.
  • We are looking at how to offer peripatetic music lessons. Some will need to be by hosted via Zoom.
  • As we cannot host larger gatherings, assemblies and special occasions will have to take place without parents, and in year groups. We will look at how we can record these and make them available to parents.
  • We will continue to use Zoom for Parents’ Evening, such as the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening.

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