CHS Covid Routines for September 2020
Covid Information Leaflet
Please click here for the most recent Public Health England leaflet for parents and carers.
Update to Face Masks in School
Please read the latest letter from Mrs Harrison-Jones regarding the use of face masks inside the school building. Please note that from Wednesday 16th September, these will be compulsory.
Catering During Covid Routines
CHS has adapted the lunchtime provision for pupils. Watch the short video from our Head Chef, Luke Watkins, outlining key changes.
Staggered start times
CHS is running a staggered start for pupils. Please click here for the CHS information about returning in the September – including the staggered start times for different year groups.
Covid kit contents
Can I take this opportunity to update you on contents of the ‘covid kit’ that we require pupils to carry at all times during the school day. This must contain: hand sanitiser; a suitable face mask/covering; a sealable bag to store the face covering in such as a sandwich bag; tissues; a full water bottle; a reading book plus all equipment needed for lessons such as pens, pencils, calculator, ruler, etc. The ‘covid kit’ should be kept inside the pupil’s school bag.
School cleaning routines
It is vital to continue to focus on the ‘hands, face, space’ mantra and ensure good cleanliness routines at all times. The school has increased internal cleaning routines and also has an expectation that teachers and other staff will clean specific high touch point areas in addition to the cleaning team. Hand sanitiser is readily available throughout the school although we are requiring pupils to, in addition, carry their own for regular use.
Our stance on face coverings remains the same. We are actively encouraging pupils and staff to wear them in communal areas but this is not a requirement. Most pupils will decide not to wear them in classrooms although this is also optional. We strongly advise all pupils to have a face covering as part of the ‘covid kit’ that they come to school with each and every day. We have given all teaching staff a visor that they may choose to wear which we hope will still enable full communication. Our pupils may decide that they want to wear their face covering during break and lunch times but this is not currently a requirement. We actively encourage our families to look at guidance around appropriate use and disposal of face coverings and ensure that pupils follow these rules accordingly. Face coverings need to be appropriate for use in a school environment. They can be patterned or plain but ones with images displayed are discouraged.
Face covering exemption
We are aware that some pupils and staff will be exempt from wearing a face mask. As we are not mandating the use of them (at this stage, although this could be subject to change in line with Government guidance) there should be no requirement therefore to question why any individual is not wearing one; staff or pupil. It is important that as a community we show empathy and understanding at all times.
Year group bubbles
Pupils will spend lessons, break and lunch time in their year group ‘bubbles’ as per the schedule. During the school day they will not be able to socialise with other ‘bubbles’. In line with the latest guidance, we are considering an entire year group to be a ‘bubble’.
We are not checking temperatures of staff or pupils on entering the school site. Government guidance does not suggest that we are required to do so and there is little evidence of the reliability in such a measure at this stage.
We are working towards encouraging staff to remain 2m from each other and 1m+ from pupils. In line with guidance, it is impossible to enable a full return to school for all our pupils and maintain social distancing amongst them within their ‘bubbles’ as they will, for example, be sitting next to another individual at a desk in a classroom. Staff will have seating plans in place so we are able to track where pupils sit and who they sit next to. Staff will mainly teach from the front in classroom-based lessons.
Support for children who are anxious
Tutors will (re) establish relationships and connections with their tutor groups quickly at the start of term. Teachers will (re) establish relationships and connections with their teaching groups. We hope that this will enable them to gauge who is more anxious about a full return and support each and every individual accordingly. Members of our NEXUS Academy team are also available to provide support. Please do email your child’s tutor if you would like them to be supported further or to share any specific concerns that you may have.
Cams Hill School Covid Risk Assessment
Please see our Covid Risk Assessment for more details about how Cams Hill School are structuring the return to school and implementing the Government recommendations.