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HFS - September plans for students, parents and carers

Highbury Fields School

September plans for students, parents and carers

15th July 2020

Overview of the guidance from the Department for Education

In the guidance for the full opening of schools in September, published on 2nd July, the Department for Education set out several actions that schools should take to prevent the spread of infection caused by Covid-19.

These are as follows:

  1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
  2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
  3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  4. Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
  5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  6. Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Actions 1 to 4 must be in place in all schools at all times.  Action 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their circumstances.  Action 6 applies only in specific circumstances.

At Highbury Fields, actions 1 to 4 are already a vital component of the on-going and ‘live’ risk assessment that enabled the school to re-open to Year 12 and Year 10 students on 15th and 22nd June respectively.  Students and members of staff who have been in school are aware of and have been trained in the revised routines and procedures relating to these actions, which will continue into the new academic year.  These include the following:

  • Parents and carers being sent an email the evening before their daughter is due in school reminding them to check that she and the household are well and without any Covid-19 symptoms before coming to school
  • Students being asked how they are feeling on entry to the school
  • Students and staff members sanitising their hands on entry and exit to the school and all classroom and social spaces
  • Tissues in every classroom for students and staff members
  • A regular and enhanced cleaning regime of frequently touched surfaces and populated spaces
  • Students who require first aid wearing gloves and a mask and first aiders wearing PPE as appropriate to the situation

Given the small number of students (25% of Year 10 and Year 12) that the school was allowed to bring back from 15th June, action 5 – minimising contact between individuals and maintaining social distancing where possible – has largely been achieved through Year 10 and Year 12 having discrete spaces in the school and being sat in lessons and social times at a ‘two metre’ distance. 

To facilitate a full opening to all students, the Department for Education recognises that it is not feasible for students to continue sitting a significant distance apart.  Instead, the guidance focuses on how schools might:

  • Group students
    • Ideally class groups should be as consistent as possible, but there is recognition in the guidance that to facilitate the curriculum, year group ‘bubbles’ can be implemented
    • Members of staff can work across each year group ‘bubble’
  • Put in place classroom measures
    • Students should sit side by side and face the front
    • Staff should avoid close face to face contact and minimise the time spent less than 1 metre from anyone
  • Put in place measures outside of the classroom
    • Year group ‘bubbles’ should be kept apart – i.e. assemblies or other ‘gatherings’ should only involve one year group
    • Movement around the school should be kept to a minimum, with a view to reducing busy corridors
    • Staggered break and lunch times should be considered
    • Staff spaces should be planned to help reduced staff contact
  • Put in place measures for arriving at and leaving school
    • Schools should consider adjusting start and finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school

The measures necessary to ‘reduce contact’ and their impact on the operation of the school

To put in place measures that meaningfully ‘reduce contact’ in the ways suggested by the Department for Education will be challenging in any school.  At Highbury Fields, where the main site is compact and classroom and social space limited, these challenges increase.  It is, however, imperative for the health and safety of all in our community that the school acts upon the advice provided.

Since the publication of the guidance, the school has worked tirelessly to ensure that, when students return to school, the amount of teaching time is not affected and that they are able to access a broad and balanced curriculum.  To facilitate this provision, as well as putting in place measures to ‘reduce contact’, from September and until the Department for Education guidance changes, it will be necessary to make the following adaptations to the operation of the school:

  • Timings of the school day
    • The school day will continue to begin for all students with registration at 8.50am
    • The school doors will open from 8.20am and students will not be able to enter the building before this time
    • The school day will finish at 3.05pm, with students being dismissed in a staggered fashion from 2.55pm
  • Clubs and the library
    • There will not be any before or after school clubs, including breakfast club
    • There will not be any peripatetic music tuition
    • The school will not be able to lend library books
  • Curriculum
    • Sixth form
      • The sixth form curriculum will run as planned
    • Year 11
      • Year 11 students will have two additional mathematics lessons
      • Practical activities in design and technology, drama, food technology, music and science will be limited
      • PE will not take place
    • Year 10
      • Year 10 students will have one additional mathematics lesson
      • Practical activities in design and technology, drama, food technology, music and science will be limited
      • PE will be a single lesson of light exercise, for which students will only require trainers
    • Year 7, 8 and 9
      • All Year 7, 8 and 9 students will have an additional lesson of mathematics
      • PE will involve only light exercise, for which students will only require trainers
      • Practical activities in design and technology, drama, music and science will be limited
      • Computer science will not take place
      • Food technology will not take place
  • Student groupings and rooming
    • To reduce close contact, Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be taught in the same class groups for all subjects
    • Class groups will be carefully designed to best facilitate the progress of all students
    • To reduce movement around the school, each class group will have designated classroom in which most of their lessons will take place
    • Students will be required to sit in the same designated seat for each of their lessons
    • This means that teachers will move between classrooms, though most movement will take place over break or lunch time
  • Equipment
    • Students must bring their own equipment to school and this cannot be shared or provided by the school
    • The school will provide all students with a mini-whiteboard pen and a small glue stick at the start of the academic year
    • All students should have their own:
      • Blue or black pen
      • Pencil
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Rubber
      • Reading book
      • Geometry set (compass, protractor, ruler, set square)
      • Scientific calculator
      • Glue stick
      • Highlighter(s
      • Full re-useable water bottle – for health and safety reasons the school cannot use water fountains or provide open cups of water
  • The school will unfortunately not be able to facilitate the provision of lockers to Year 7 and 8 students
  • Break time
    • There will be a ‘staggered’ break time for all students, with designated social spaces and toilets for each year group
    • Year 7, 8 and 9 break time will take place from 10.20am until 10.40am
      • Year 7 students will have access to the Courtyard, a section of the large playground and the backstairs toilets
      • Year 8 students will have access to a section of the Atrium, the large playground and the backstairs toilets
      • Year 9 students will have access to a section of the Atrium, the small playground and the downstairs technology toilets
    • Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 break time will take place from 10.45am until 11.05am
      • Year 10 students will have access to the Courtyard, the large playground and the backstairs toilets
      • Year 11 students will have access to the Atrium, the small playground and the downstairs technology toilets
      • Year 12 and 13 break time will largely take place at Aberdeen Park.  Where Year 12 or 13 students have break at the main site, they will have access to the hall
    • There will not be a break service, so students should bring a snack
    • For health and safety reasons, the school cannot use the water fountains or provide open cups of water.  Students should therefore bring and a full, re-useable bottle of water
  • Lunch time
    • There will be a ‘staggered’ lunch time for all students, with a designated lunch sitting, social space and toilets for each year group
    • Year 7, 8 and 9 lunch time will take place from 11.55am until 12.40pm
      • Year 7 lunch sitting – 11.55am
      • Year 8 lunch sitting – 12.10pm
      • Year 9 lunch sitting 12.25pm
    • Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 lunch time will take place from 12.45pm until 1.30pm
      • Year 10 lunch sitting – 12.50pm
      • Year 11 lunch sitting – 1.05pm
      • Year 12 and Year 13 lunch will take place at Aberdeen Park
    • To reduce queuing, hot food will be served in recyclable containers
    • The designated social spaces and toilets are the same as at break time
    • For health and safety reasons, the school cannot use the water fountains or provide open cups of water.  Students should therefore bring and a full, re-useable bottle of water
  • Behaviour – rewards and consequences
    • Parents, carers and students are reminded of the school’s Code of Behaviour:
      1. Wear full school uniform in the correct way
      2. Use language and conduct that is safe, tolerant and respectful and which represents the values of the school community
      3. Behave in a way that is appropriate to the situation
      4. Follow the instructions of all members of staff politely and immediately
      5. Be respectful of the environment
    • The importance of all members of our community conducting themselves in a safe, tolerant and respectful manner has never been more significant than in the current circumstances
    • The full health and safety procedures that students will be expected to follow can be read in full at the end of this document and will be published as an addendum to the school’s Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policy in September
    • The school’s ethos is to praise and reward students and the procedures will be promoted in this fashion, with additional rewards introduced from September
    • In the instance of a student not following the Code of Behaviour, the consequences as set out in the Behaviour Policy will apply, with after school detentions taking place from 3.05pm until 3.35pm
  • Visitors to the school
  • Staff offices
    • All staff offices have been measured and the majority can fit the desired occupancy with colleagues sitting more than a metre apart
    • Where this is not the case, colleagues will be spoken to and an alternative space provided
    • As no Year 7, 8 or 9 class is in a ‘block’, there are limited occasions when all teachers of a subject have a non-contact period at the same time
    • The staff room has been set up with spaced additional workstations, should any colleague wish to use them

 

Revised times of the day from September

The timetables below give an impression of how the school day will operate for each year group from September.

Year 7, 8, 9

Time of day

Activity

Activity length

8.20am – 8.50am

Arrival at school.  Students to go straight to form room

 

8.50am – 9.05am

Registration and form time or assembly

15 minutes

9.05am – 9.55am

Period 1

50 minutes

9.55am – 10.20am

Period 2a

10.16 – Year 7 dismissed to break

10.18 – Year 8 dismissed to break

10.20 – Year 9 dismissed to break

25 minutes

10.20am – 10.40am

Break

10.35 – Year 7 return to lessons

10.37 – Year 8 return to lessons

10.39 – Year 9 return to lessons

20 minutes

10.40am – 11.05am

Period 2b

25 minutes

11.05am – 11.55am

Period 3

11.51 – Year 7 escorted to lunch

11.53 – Year 8 dismissed to lunch

11.55 – Year 9 dismissed to lunch

50 minutes

11.55am – 12.40pm

Lunch

12.35 – Year 7 return to lessons

12.37 – Year 8 return to lessons

12.39 – Year 9 return to lessons

45 minutes

12.40pm – 1.30pm

Period 4

50 minutes

1.30pm – 2.20pm

Period 5

50 minutes

2.20pm – 3.05pm

Period 6

45 minutes

2.55pm – 3.05pm

End of day – staggered  escort to and dismissal from back gate

2.55pm – Year 7

3.00pm – Year 8

3.05pm – Year 9

 

 

Year 10, 11, 12, 13

Time of day

Activity

Activity length

8.20am – 8.50am

Arrival at school.  Students to go straight to form room

 

8.50am – 9.05am

Registration and form time or assembly

15 minutes

9.05am – 9.55am

Period 1

50 minutes

9.55am – 10.45am

Period 2

10.43 – Year 10 dismissed to break

10.45 – Year 11 dismissed to break

50 minutes

10.45am – 11.05am

Break

11.02 – Year 10 return to lessons

11.04 – Year 11 return to lessons

20 minutes

11.05am – 11.50am

Period 3

45 minutes

11.50am – 12.45pm

Period 4

12.43 – Year 10 dismissed to lunch

12.45 – Year 11 dismissed to lunch

55 minutes

12.45pm – 1.30pm

Lunch

1.27 – Year 10 return to lessons

1.29 – Year 11 return to lessons

50 minutes

1.30pm – 2.20pm

Period 5

50 minutes

2.20pm – 3.05pm

Period 6

45 minutes

3.00pm – 3.05pm

End of day – staggered dismissal from front door

3.00pm – Year 10

3.05pm – Year 11, 12, 13

 

 

Student health and safety procedures

In addition to the routines that underpin the school’s behaviour policy, in order to keep everyone in the school community safe, students and their parents and carers are required to follow the health and safety procedures below.  These procedures are drawn from the school’s very thorough risk assessment.

Time of day

Procedure

Prior to leaving for school

Parents or carers should check that their daughter and everyone in the household are well:

  • If your daughter or a member of the household has the symptoms of Covid-19 (temperature, persistent cough, loss of smell or taste) your daughter should not attend school
  • If this is the case, please contact the school and self-refer for a Covid-19 test at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
  • Your daughter should not attend school until the test results have been returned as negative
  • If your daughter has a positive test result, she must stay at home for 7 days
  • If a member of the household has a positive test result, your daughter should stay at home for 14 days

Parents and carers should also ensure that their daughter:

  • Leaves for school in good time; public transport may take longer and face masks need to be worn on buses and trains
  • Is dressed in the correct full school uniform
  • Has her planner and necessary equipment for all of her lessons.  Equipment in school cannot be shared
  • Has a full water bottle, a snack for break time and a packed lunch if she is not having a school meal

On the way to/from school

The school strongly encourages students to walk to school where possible.

 

If parents or carers are dropping off/picking up their daughters, whether by foot or by car, please do so at either the Clock Tower on Highbury Hill or at the Martineau Road junction with Highbury Hill

 

If students are making their own way to school, they should:

  • Walk to school if possible to limit the number of people on public transport
  • Leave enough time to get to school by 8.50am; the school will be open from 8.20am
  • Wear a face mask if using public transport
  • Be considerate of others and keep an appropriate social distance
  • Make their way straight to/from school and not go to any shops

Arrival at school

When students arrive at school, they will be required to:

  • Wait outside the front student entrance on painted ‘social distance’ markers to ease the flow of students into the school
  • Take off their face mask if they are wearing one and either dispose of it or put it in a small plastic bag and then into their school bag
  • Sanitise their hands
  • Go straight to their form room or assembly and sit in their designated seat

Lessons

When students are in lessons they will be required to:

  • Sanitise their hands on entrance and exit to the classroom
  • Sit in their designated seat and remain seated throughout the lesson
  • Use only their own equipment, except for learning resources provided

Moving around the school

When students move around the school, they will be required to:

  • Walk on the right hand side of all corridors and staircases
  • Use the designated staircases that align with their teaching rooms
  • Try to keep an appropriate distance between themselves and others; there are markers to help students with this

Break/lunchtime

When students have break and lunchtime, they will be required to:

  • Only use the social spaces that have been designated to their year group
  • Only use the toilets that have been designated to their year group
  • Sanitise their hands on entrance and exit to social spaces and the hall
  • Only go to the lunch hall when they have been called for their year group sitting

End of the school day

When students leave school, they will be required to:

  • Use the student exit that has been designated to their year group
  • Sanitise their hands before exiting their classroom
  • Make their way straight home
  • Be considerate of others and keep an appropriate social distance

Feeling unwell during the school day

If a student feels unwell during the school day they should:

  • Alert their class teacher or the member of staff on duty
  • The member of staff on duty will determine whether further action needs to be taken
  • If a student is displaying symptoms of Covid-19, they will be escorted by a first aider to a ventilated room and asked to put on a mask and gloves
  • The first aider will put on personal protective equipment and take the student’s temperature with an infra-red thermometer
  • The first aider will contact the parents or carers for permission for the student to go home
  • The first aider will advise the parents or carers to self-refer their daughter for a Covid-19 test
  • The school will send the parent or carer information regarding how to self-refer

In the event of a student or staff member having a positive Covid-19 test

In the event of a student or staff member having a positive Covid-19 test, the school will:

  • Contact the local Public Health team for support and advice
  • Inform parents or carers of students who have come into close contact
  • Advise that students who have come into close contact stay at home for 14 days

 

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