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Throughout our enforced closure, we were intent upon enabling an effective re-opening. Indeed, our commitment to return to educational provision in a settings we value has enabled us to determine the priorities and processes to inform and shape each stage of our plans.

We are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils back to King’s Hawford. 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.

Principles Underpinning our Re-opening

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 Mr Turner, 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. Pupils will not be able to come onto the School site until 8am, at which point they will need to go directly to their registration room or relevant muster points at the Junior Schools.
  2. Temperature checks may operate for all.
  3. One-way systems will be introduced where these are possible and practical and we may make use of rotas to enter and leave buildings.
  4. We may ask that clothing, such as shirts and blouses, which is worn one day should not be worn again before washing within a specific time-frame.
  5. In the senior school and KSA, pupils will be required to attend school wearing their PE kit on days they have PE and Games and changing rooms will be out of use during curriculum time. Pupils at KH will wear sports uniform at all times.
  6. PE and Games lessons will be adapted.
  7. All pupils will need to bring specified equipment with them for their lessons.
  8. Online learning may be delivered alongside lessons in classrooms and pupils in the senior school will need to bring a device with them to school.
  9. Desks will face forwards in classrooms where possible.
  10. Equipment will not be shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning has taken place and therefore pupils must bring their own stationery, as well as specified PE equipment. No lab coats or art overalls will be borrowed in the senior school.
  11. Most work will be submitted by online in the senior school.
  12. The senior school Library will be out of general use but we will promote a range of online resources and explore digital alternatives to printed books and magazines and the senior school may operate a ‘click and collect’ borrowing and delivery Library service.
  13. Vending Machines will not be in use.
  14. A revised catering offering will be in place.
  15. Town privileges, in the senior school, will be initially suspended or subject to amendment.
  16. Some assemblies and large briefings will be delivered online.
  17. Some co-curricular opportunities will be delivered online.
  18. Some cross year group after school co-curricular opportunities will operate in small, consistent groups throughout the activity session.
  19. Pupils not involved in co-curricular activities after school will need to be supervised in year group bubble locations in the senior school.
  20. We will run an adapted Saturday Sports programme.
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We know that parents and pupils have many questions about how the School will look in September 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 (This section was last updated 24th August 2020).

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.

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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 changes to the 2019/2020 Spring and Summer Term, as well as the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, have 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 September. 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

  • Sports/PE uniform should be worn at the School. Full uniform will be requested later in the term, with plenty of notice given to parents.
  • We will be reducing the need for changing during the day. Children will remain in PE kit at the start of term. On Games Days, children will need to bring an additional sports kit.
  • Changing areas will be supervised and children will change in small groups with social distancing enforced.
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PE and Swimming

  • We will not be able to offer contact sports and therefore we cannot play sports fixtures against other schools until the situation changes.
  • 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 continue to offer key worker provision after school.
  • 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 such as Harvest Festival and our Nativities 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. Meetings in November to discuss pupil progress will be hosted via Zoom.

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