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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 settings we value has enabled us to determine the priorities and processes to inform and shape each stage of our plans.

We have continued 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.

Principles Underpinning our Re-opening

Our guiding principles 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. All Response Levels are subject to amendment in the light of guidance from PHE and the government.

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.

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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Groups

We will run five groups at King’s St Alban’s: Nursery, Pre-Prep, Years 3 and 4, Year 5 and Year 6.

Children will stay in their groups and so whole school activities such as assemblies will not happen for now.

School Day

Due to the restrictions of running five groups, we will not quite be able to offer our usual wraparound provision.  School will open at 8am and children will need to be picked up by 5.30pm.

Drop Off & Collection

  • Nursery will drop off at the gate off Willow Street and Pre-Prep (Reception and Years 1 & 2) children at the main entrance to the Pre-Prep building.
  • Years 3 and 4 can be dropped off at the quad and Years 5 and 6 at the playground (each Year will have a marked out half of the playground).
  • Please drop off between 8.00am and 8.35am.
  • We would prefer it if only one parent drops off.
  • Please be aware of social distancing with other parents and be mindful that the side gate on Mill Street will become busy; we need to keep the main gates closed at this time.
  • There will be hand sanitizer available just inside this side gate.
  • Parents will not be allowed inside school buildings except the main office and by appointment.
  • Please collect between 3.30pm (Pre-Prep) / 3.40pm (Junior School) and 5.30pm.  Please go to the same areas as at drop off and again be mindful of social distancing.
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Clubs & Late Rooms

  • Updates on Clubs will be communicated at the start of term.
  • We will run our normal programme with a few modifications.
  • Clubs will start on Wednesday 9th September; late rooms will be open as usual from the start of term.
  • Clubs will be for children in the same group, but some clubs will run for children in more than one group. In these cases, children in different groups will be kept apart. For example, Year 5 and 6 rugby club will be available but children will be kept at least 2 metres apart when changing, walking to the fields and during the club. As usual, children can be picked up after their club or they can go to the late room.
  • Late Rooms will run as usual at Pre-Prep and at the Junior School. Please ring the bell as usual in Pre-Prep and a member of staff will bring your child to you.
  • In the Junior School, late room will be split into three zones for the three groups and each will have its own games and other resources.
  • Instead of coming up to late room, please phone late room (01905 354906) and the member of staff will make eye contact from the window and release your child.

Uniform

  • Normal school uniform should be worn on all days except when your child has PE or games.  This is two days per week for most children and they should wear PE kit on these days.
  • Mrs Clark, Director of Sport, will write separately on this matter giving specific information for each Year.
  • We are liaising on a regular basis with Schooltogs, as we know there are challenges with supply.

Lunches

  • Lunch will be provided as usual in the Pre-Prep Hall for Nursery and Pre-Prep, and in the Dining Hall for Juniors.
  • Children will eat in their groups.
  • Meals will be brought to the table by catering or school staff.
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Curriculum

  • There has been a lot written about the impact of children missing a term’s learning.  We were delighted with the attitude and commitment of our children last term and the quality and quantity of their remote learning.  Your support was invaluable and made a significant difference.  As usual, we are looking forward to welcoming all our new starters and responding to their learning needs.  We will take sensible decisions about curriculum coverage and be particularly mindful of ‘gaps.’  That said, we will run a full and normal timetable for all children with practical modifications where needed.
  • In classrooms, children will be facing the front wherever possible and teachers will try to teach from the front of the classroom as much as possible.
  • There are curriculum evenings planned for Tuesday 8th September (Years 3 to 6) and Monday 14 September (Nursery to Year 2) and these will be delivered by Zoom with presentations by teachers and the opportunity for questions.  More details will follow shortly.

Calendar

  • We have produced this term’s calendar and you will receive a hard copy shortly.
  • Many events are to be confirmed and may not happen.
  • There will be no fixtures for at least the first three weeks.
  • We will try to run as many events as possible even if it is done remotely as we did with some concerts last term.
  • As usual, we will produce a weekly Newsletter on Fridays with an updated calendar for the week ahead.
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Assemblies

  • We will be able to run actual assemblies within groups.
  • Whole school assemblies including Celebration Assembly will be delivered by Teams to each class.
  • We are hoping to do a similar thing for hymn practice and choirs (we will ensure there are no more than 15 singing in the same room as per guidance).

Health and Hygiene

The risk assessment gives details of the extra cleaning measures we are putting in place.  We will build more opportunities for handwashing into our routines and provide hand sanitisers at every entrance to a building and outside every classroom.  We will continue to educate the children, especially younger ones, about effective hand washing.

The key, and most important, point to make is that no child should be sent to school if they are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

If a child exhibits signs or symptoms during school, they will go straight to Matron’s room and we will ask you to come to school immediately.  Further steps are outlined in the risk assessment.  We will take swift action should we become aware that someone who has attended the site tests positive. We will contact the local health protection team and work with them to carry out a risk assessment. We will follow the advice of the health protection team on who should be sent home and follow guidance on how this is communicated.

Staff will not routinely wear PPE and there is no expectation for children to do so. The School Matrons and other staff undertaking personal intimate care of the younger children will have PPE made available.  There will always be one Matron on site.  We will have two cleaners on-site during the school day and areas will be cleaned every evening too.

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