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
The school is following the guidance that extends the framework that has been adopted in schools to minimize the risk of potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through a system of controls building on a hierarchy of protective measures that have been in use throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We know that the predominant new variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) is more transmissible; however, PHE advice remains that the way to control this virus is with the same system of controls, even with the current new variants.
The measures are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’. By following the system of controls, we will effectively reduce risks in school and create an inherently safer environment.
The system of protective measures include:
- A requirement that people who display even the mildest symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) stay at home
- Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements
- Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practical
New measures introduced within the most recent guidance include:
- Active engagement for children of secondary school age and all staff in asymptomatic testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs)
Ensuring face-coverings are used in recommended circumstances
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 email@example.com
For technical queries about Remote Learning email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Bursar’s department email email@example.com
For admissions queries email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other queries please email email@example.com
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