Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

Updated 28/1/21

 

1. What is the latest advice and guidance being given to schools?

Kingsley is closely monitoring the situation and is following Department for Education

(DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) advice and instructions

Government Action Plan: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Stay at home advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-homeguidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid19

Returning from abroad: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Importance of hygiene: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

2. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

3. What do I do if my child develops symptoms of COVID 19?

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  Household members, and anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’ should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

In the event of a medically confirmed diagnosis please inform the school immediately by emailing attendance@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

 

4. What should I do if I am concerned that I or a member of my family may have symptoms of the virus?

If a member of your family does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

If anyone within a household is showing COVID-19 symptoms, then do not send your child to school.  Even if you are still waiting for the outcome of a test, it is not fair to compromise the safety of the rest of our community.

Please follow the current government advice here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

In the event of a medically confirmed diagnosis please inform the school immediately by emailing Mrs Lisa Price at  attendance@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

 

5. What preventative action is the school taking?

The most up to date Health and Safety document which details all the procedures in place can be found here.

In summary, we have many measures in place across school to help us all keep safe. These measures include: 

  • Signage is in place across school to promote regular hand washing for 20 seconds.
  • Pupils in school are encouraged by their teachers and tutors to wash their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
  • Extra sanitiser dispensers have been installed across the school, in classrooms and at the entrances to all buildings.
  • Covered bins installed in all classrooms and washrooms to facilitate safe disposal of tissues and paper towels.
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene is encouraged for all pupils by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Contact is minimised between pupils and social distancing is maintained wherever possible.
  • Where necessary, pupils and staff are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Enhanced daily deep cleaning and disinfection of the boarding houses, classrooms, and all school buildings.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitisation throughout the day for touched surfaces and high traffic areas.
  • The creation of group bubbles
  • Spacing markers in busy areas
  • Staggered lunch service in the school dining room
  • Breaktimes to be taken outside.
  • One-way systems introduced across the school buildings.
  • ‘COVID capacity’ class sizes
  • 24-hour medical provision for boarders by boarding staff
  • Only one parent per child at drop off and pick up.
  • Parents are not permitted inside school building.

 

  1. Who can physically attend school at this time?

During this period of national lockdown, school is open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers, but that does not mean they have to be here if an alternative is available to you.  An electronic form is being sent out each week to those families so they can confirm on a weekly basis which days their child needs to physically access school the following week so we can effectively plan our staffing and catering during this time.  If a family’s situation changes after submitting their electronic form, please contact Mrs Lisa Price by email at attendance@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

 

  1. Is the school operating a bubble system?  

Whilst in lockdown and the numbers of students coming to school are much lower than usual, we are operating a bubble system.

Nursery and Pre-School are operating as two bubbles:

  • Nursery children
  • Pre-School children

Prep school is operating as two bubbles:

  • Reception to Year 4 children
  • Years 5/6 children

The senior school is operating as three bubbles:

  • boarding pupils
  • senior Grenville Centre pupils
  • other senior day pupils accessing school – children of critical workers

Each of these bubbles are maintained according to Public Health guidance for schools.

 

  1. Is the school offering remote learning?

During this lockdown we have transitioned to our remote learning platforms to ensure the continuation of education for all our pupils. Teaching will be delivered via Zoom and Firefly.

Unlike last spring, our online learning offer will now run from 8:30 to 16:00. It would be unhealthy and unproductive to ask students to stare at a screen for that length of time, so lessons will be split between live learning and discussions with their teachers, and independent learning. We also know that, like many of us, our students’ levels of resilience are starting to drop. We will be offering increased pastoral support to help with this.

It is crucial that students have a dedicated workspace at home and that our senior students check Firefly at the start of the day to see if any resources are needed for the lessons that day.

We have been trialling different resources to keep students engaged. We are adapting and learning all the time. If you have any feedback, please contact Mrs Chrissy Hamilton by email at chamilton@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

 

  1. Is the school COVID-19 testing staff and pupils?

There is weekly Covid-19 lateral flow testing at Kingsley.

  • Boarders and boarding staff will be tested within the boarding house on a Sunday afternoon and a Wednesday evening.
  • Staff in school will be tested on a Monday morning from 8am to 8.20am in the theatre.
  • Senior School Pupils who attend school will be tested on Mondays from 8am – 8.40am in the theatre and again on Thursday mornings from 8am – 8.40am.

 

  1. My child is supposed to be sitting public exams this year, what is the latest guidance?

The Government have announced that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead as planned in 2021, whereas BTEC and other vocational exams will still go ahead.

Firstly, for students who would have been facing exams this summer, their continued engagement in online learning is vital. While the final details will come out over the next couple of months, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, is working with the exam regulator, Ofqual, to put in place alternative arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level examinations. Until we have more information, it is impossible to provide you with a complete plan at this stage. However, we know that teachers will be awarding Centre Assessed Grades based on pupil’s independent work in conjunction with school tests that will be used to moderate grades.

The Government is clear that work completed in the classroom, and virtually during lockdown, will contribute towards Centre Assessed Grades. Therefore, it is essential that students are participating fully in their lessons, and completing tasks set, as this will have a positive impact on their grades.

As soon as Kingsley is physically open back up again, we will continue our assessments in school. We will not be able to award Centre Assessed Grades if students choose not to return to school and there is no reason that they cannot be in school.

We will of course share directly with parents developments in regard to the upcoming exams arrangements and criteria and keep you fully informed, however, in the meanwhile, if you have any questions in regards to upcoming exams, please contact Mrs Chrissy Hamilton by email at chamilton@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

 

  1. Can my child meet with their friends during this current lockdown?

We are all being encouraged to minimise time spent outside your home.  It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g., a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places which can be visited at this time include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • Playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, will be closed.

 

  1. Will Parents’ Evenings go ahead?

Our Parents’ Evenings and Open Day events are all operating remotely at this time.

 

  1. Are school buses running?

At this time there are no school buses operating.

 

  1. For children in school, will meals still be provided?

Yes, all children who are physically attending school will be provided with school meals.