COVID-19 Measures in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the School community
9 November 2020
In order to reassure the School and wider School community, detailed below is our current procedures and arrangements in place to ensure we are adhering to the COVID-19 safety measures:
Year groups are separated from each other and are grouped in whole year group 'bubbles'. Year group bubbles are taught in separate areas to other year group bubbles and remain in these areas for all non-specialist subject lessons to restrict movement around the School site.
The school timetable has been adjusted to avoid mixing bubbles and use of specialist rooms has been organised to allow cleaning between the use by different bubbles.
Our staff car park gate shuts each morning to allow it to be used for pedestrian access and different year groups bubbles arrive at staggered times using 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 now be worn (since half term) by students and staff in all internal communal areas of the school outside of year group ‘bubble’ areas.
Hand washing and sanitising
New, 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 have been installed 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.
Rooms where there is unavoidable use by different “bubbles” at different times of the day are cleaned using antiviral cleaner in between groups to ensure they are sanitised prior to the next group using that room.
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 will be a careful balance between ventilation and heating going forwards.
Every classroom has been changed to be forward facing where furniture is movable.
Screens have been added in the 6th form study centre between PC banks and are now being added to other IT rooms as we are trying to get more specialist rooms into use.