You are brilliant, enthusiastic and just lovely in this wonderful chaotic digital world. Thank you so much for all your super effort with everything.
Just a note to thank you and say how great the last two evenings of virtual parents meetings were. So brilliantly organised and all seemed so slick! Dulwich virtual school is brilliantly organised too and so much time and thought involved, so thank you. Please pass on our thanks to all members of staff. Mrs L
**UPDATE January 2021**
The government has issued a directive for all schools to close with immediate effect until at least February half term. As such, we must remain closed to all year groups apart from children of critical workers and those children classed as vulnerable. For these children, term will start as planned in school on the 12th January. All other children will resume Dulwich Virtual online provision on the 12th January.
We have learnt a great deal from our experience of online learning in all sections of the school over the last nine months; both in the previous period of lockdown and from the experiences of managing ‘hybrid’ periods of learning. We are working hard in our planning to ensure that this experience is as successful and supportive as it can possibly be, recognising that the children will be hugely disappointed not to be returning to school. We are committed to continue to go above and beyond in ensuring that your children are exceptionally provided for, both educationally and pastorally, during this disrupted period.
Following the successful Phased Opening of the school during the second half of the Summer term, and further to advice received from the DfE during the summer holiday regarding the full opening of schools for September 2020, we will be implementing measures to enable all children to return to school safely. We have given careful consideration to the arrangements for each department of the school and ask that all parents take careful note of the detail provided in the communications that have been sent home and are available via the school intranet.
A Medical Protocol for the return to school for all children has been compiled and updated to support the safe operation of the whole school community. This has been designed with reference to the most up to date government guidance issued by the Department of Education.
Cleaning and hygiene arrangements throughout the school have been reviewed by our Catering and Housekeeping Manager. A COVID-19 enhanced cleaning routine has been created, based on the government guidance ‘COVID-19:cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.’
We are confident that with the support of the whole school community, we will be able to continue to support the safe education of all the children.
Guidance from the Department of Education recognises that unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. However, it makes clear that by:
- Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms
- Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
- Regular cleaning of settings
- Minimising contact and mixing
The risk of transmission will be lowered.
Reducing the number of contacts that a child has will be based around year group ‘bubbles,’ and children will not mix outside their bubble. All Nash House children will constitute one bubble. All the children in Years 7 and 8 will constitute one bubble. Staff will also need to maintain distance from children (wherever possible) and other staff as much as possible.
Regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures, and handling potential cases of the virus according to the advice, are also important to lower the risk of transmission. Additionally, careful consideration has been given to drop-off and collection protocols. The maintenance of strict social-distancing measures by all parents during these times will be a further key determinant in minimising the risk of transmission.
In line with government advice the school is closed to all visitors, unless by prior arrangement with the Headmaster. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
How to contact the school
Please use the following email addresses for contact during this period:
For support with childcare for Key Workers email firstname.lastname@example.org
For technical queries about Remote Learning email email@example.com
For the Bursar’s department email firstname.lastname@example.org
For admissions queries email email@example.com
For any other queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will endeavour to respond to you as swiftly as possible.
I wanted to congratulate, and thank, you both and all your staff for the brilliant remote learning that has been offered to the pupils….The lessons have been a good mix of different learning techniques and the afternoon sessions have really helped to get the children energised, creative and enjoying the outdoors. Our son has commented on how much he is enjoying the remote learning.. and our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the class zoom meetings – seeing her friends and teacher again, has meant a lot to her. The ‘What Wednesday looks like’ approach on the iNet for Little Stream is brilliant – so easy for parents and children to understand and click on the relevant links – well done. I am also very grateful for the understanding shown in communications, that despite best endeavours, sometimes things won’t go to plan. When parents are trying to juggle their jobs, as well looking after their children and helping them log into/understand their lessons, it is nice to know that we aren’t expected to be superhuman all the time! Thank you for listening to the feedback and working very hard to create a fun, mixed curriculum that works as well as it can for remote home schooling. Mrs B