COVID-19 Measures in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the School community
18 March 2021
In order to reassure the School and wider School community, detailed below are the current procedures and arrangements in place to ensure we are adhering to the COVID-19 safety measures:
One way system
A one way system has been put into place around the main school building. Students and staff are required to follow the route whenever they are moving around the building so everyone is moving in the same direction and therefore not face to face in corridors (similar to the one way systems in place in many supermarkets). Key points on the system are staffed to manage the flow of students.
Miss Morgan will take you on a quick tour of the one way system in the video below.
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In the 2 areas where a one way system isn’t possible for art and music/drama classes are required to line up outside for the teacher to collect so that they don’t meet classes coming out of those areas.
Year groups are separate 'bubbles' and surfaces in rooms are cleaned between bubbles using the room.
Our staff car park gate shuts each morning to allow it to be used for pedestrian access and different year groups bubbles arrive and access the building through different entrances.
All year groups have a different lunch time/ area to ensure bubbles don’t mix and to enable cleaning of all touchpoints between different bubbles.
Additional resources and online books have been purchased in departments to ensure that these are not shared between “bubbles”.
Social distancing is in place for Staff and Visitors around the School site. Where possible, this is in place for students to follow, however, it is recognised this is not possible within year group bubbles due to class sizes and layouts. Signage and floor stickers are on display as reminders.
Face coverings must be worn by students and staff in all internal communal areas of the school.
Hand washing and sanitising
External hand washing stations were installed over the summer, providing running water and soap to supplement the hand washing facilities available and current arrangements are for all pupils to wash their hands prior to entering the school building at the start of the school day and at the end of break and lunch.
Hand sanitiser dispensers are in place in all classrooms, toilet areas and canteens and pupils are reminded to use these when entering any of these areas.
Signage highlights the need for hand washing and sanitising throughout the College.
Thorough cleaning takes place each and every evening after school of all areas using antiviral cleaning products which have been approved as COVID-19 virus killing product.
Every classroom has been provided with antiviral wipes which meet the EN14476 standard. Rooms such at our IT suites, pupils are requested to use a wipe to clean their keyboard and mouse prior to use.
We have a team of cleaners on site throughout the day, cleaning common touchpoints such as door plates, handles, rails etc.
A ‘fogger’ is used particularly in areas with difficult to clean equipment.
Around the School
The School is well ventilated with doors and windows being kept open where possible. Door hold opens are in place on most cross-corridor doors to keep them open during the day (releasing on the sound of the fire alarm). There is a careful balance between ventilation and heating.
Every classroom has been changed to be forward facing where furniture is movable.
Screens have been added in the 6th form study centre and IT rooms between PC banks.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing
LFD testing of staff has been in place since mid-January. Testing of those children of keyworkers and vulnerable students were also being tested whilst in school during the recent lock down period had also taken up to the 5th March 590 LFD tests had been carried out. Staff are now testing at home.
Since all students returned to school on the 8th March almost 2000 tests have been carried out as we progress with 3 tests for all students where consent has been given, this will increase to 2700 by the time in school testing is completed on Monday (22nd March 2021). Students are then being provided with home testing kits.
It is the combination of all of these measures which aims to ensure our school community is kept as safe as possible.