Expectations of pupils
All normal behaviour expectations remain for pupils and the importance of them will be communicated to pupils in multiple ways.
One-way system: students will be expected to follow the one-way system at all times except on occasions where directed to do so by a member of staff or within a hub.
Hand sanitizer stations: These are located outside every classroom. They are to be used only when entering the classroom and on leaving the classroom. One squirt per time. They are never to be used at other times (such as passing in the corridor). Damaging and misusing equipment i.e. hand sanitizers is a serious offence linked to health and safety (equivalent to playing with a fire alarm) and pupils must understand that they are not to be tampered with.
Distancing: Students will be reminded to maintain distance where possible (particularly cross year group) and not touch staff and their peers.
Equipment and Lockers: Pupils will not be able to use their lockers. Please only bring in the essential items needed for lessons that day.
Uniform: Pupils will be expected to be in full school uniform in September. They will be allowed to carry/wear coats around school as lockers will be out of use. They will be removed in lessons.
Masks: Staff and students will be expected not to wear masks onsite unless they have written instructions from a medical professional. There is the expectation that these are worn on public transport to and from school. All staff and students wearing a mask to and from school will be expected to remove it on arrival and place it in a dedicated sealable bag (a sandwich bag, for example) to avoid contamination with other items.
Falling ill: If your child falls ill for any reason, including with symptoms of coronavirus, follow the normal procedures and call the school on 02380 328200. If they have coronavirus-like symptoms, you must tell us as soon as you can on this number. Please be ready to:
• book a test. Your child must not come into the school if they have symptoms and we will call you immediately to be picked up if they develop them in school.
• provide details of anyone your daughter or son has been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test & Trace
• self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus. We will inform you if that needs to happen due to a case at school.
We will ask you to inform us immediately, via the school number, of the results of a test:
• if your daughter or son tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of your household can stop self-isolating.
• if they test positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of the household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
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