Additional information for families (FAQ) – Protective steps to make school a low risk place for staff and students
At Pewsey Vale School, we believe that the school environment is the best place for students to learn and develop and we have worked hard to put in place significant protective measures to protect students and staff to make it safe to re-open as outlined below:
As per the Government guidance, February 2021
We have placed a number of measures in place at school to keep children and staff safe, but to focus intently on learning and plugging gaps from missed time at school. As a school, we will ask you to help us by engaging with the following Government stipulations:
a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
robust hand and respiratory hygiene
enhanced cleaning arrangements
active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
We require all students who are ill and showing signs of Covid-19 to stay at home. We can arrange for a test to be sent to you, but it will be quicker to book in at your local test centre. As soon as your son/daughter has a negative result, they can return to school. The nearest test site to school is in the Bee Hive Park and ride in Salisbury.
Schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team. Schools
must ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
Test and Trace
self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.
The government will ensure that it is as easy as possible to get a test through a wide range of routes that are locally accessible, fast and convenient. We will release more details on new testing avenues as and when they become available and will work with schools so they understand what the quickest and easiest way is to get a test. By the autumn term, all schools will be provided with a small number of home testing kits that they can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school, or staff who have developed symptoms at school, where they think providing one will significantly increase the likelihood of them getting tested. Advice will be provided alongside these kits.
Schools should ask parents and staff to inform them immediately of the results of a test:
We will encourage your children to wash their hands during breaks and lunchtimes, as well as when they arrive at school and before they leave. Each classroom will have hand sanitiser at the door. We will require all students to clean their hands with hand sanitiser when entering a new learning space. Please discuss this expectation at home, so that your son/daughter is aware of this before they re-join us in March.
We will have robust cleaning arrangements in school. In between lessons all learning spaces will be disinfected. Students and teachers will take responsibility for this. Equipment in practical lessons will be cleaned or left for 72 hours until it can be used again. We of course have the Fogger, which we will use regularly to thoroughly clean all areas of the building when empty.
As a staff, we are required to engage with NHS Track and Trace. If your son/daughter has Covid-19 symptoms, we will be obliged to give your details to Public Health England. They will contact you and take more details for the NHS system.
We are reducing contact between groups by limiting the number of class groups for each student to two, and placing the year groups into bubbles. More information below!
Getting to us – Transport
Children must not board home to school transport if they, or a member of their household, has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dedicated school transport:
As students are not mixing with the general public, they are not required to social distance on their journeys to and from school. It is requirement that students wear face masks on their journey.
It is required that students sanitise their hands before they enter the bus and again when they get off the bus
Students are required to social distance from members of the public when on a public bus service
A face covering is mandatory for all students over the age of 11
It is required that students sanitise their hands before they enter the bus and again when they get off the bus
Coming to school in a family car:
Please can we ask that drop offs are quick and that adults remain in the car. We have a car park opposite the main reception where you can park briefly to safely drop off your children. We understand that some parents will want to walk their children into school, but given the complexities of cross contamination, we ask that you do not do this unless absolutely necessary.
At the end of each day:
Students will leave school via their bubble exit.
If their bus is there ready, they are required to board the bus and not to congregate outside of school
If the bus is still in transit, students are asked to wait in their bubble areas (Lower school, Main Hall. Upper school, canteen) As soon as the bus arrives, they will be told by duty staff and asked to board
Students who walk/cycle to school should leave site promptly at the end of the day to return home. Students will not be permitted to stand on the pavements and wait
Students waiting to be collected by family members should do so in their designated bubble areas
The Government has updated their advice on face coverings in educational setting. The link to this is above. In summary, the main points are:
The Government advice states that:
“Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.”
School requirement from March 8th 2021
There are members of our school who will be exempt from wearing a face covering.
We will give them a special lanyard to wear to avoid unnecessary questions about this when moving around the school building.
What will school be like?
Times of the School Day
|8:45 – 9:05
|Registration /tutor time
|9.05 – 9:50
|10:40 – 10:55
|10:55 – 11:45
|11:45 – 12:35
|Lunch 12.30-13.05 KS3
|Lunch 12.35-13.05 KS4
|13:05 – 13:55
|13:55 – 14:45
Lower school students in Years 7-9 will enter the school via the normal student entrance near the Main Hall. They will be asked to congregate in three separate areas within the Main Hall or outside on the MUGA. The hall is big enough for student bubbles to be separate. We will ask students to distance themselves even within the group at 1m+. Students will not be allowed to go to any local shop between getting off school transport and attending school. Face coverings are required to be worn in inside communal areas. For those who prefer to be outside on the MUGA, a face covering is not required.
Students will have their normal tutor/home room:
Upper school students in Years 10 and 11 will enter the school via the green gate near the leisure centre and to enter school via the canteen. They will be asked to congregate in the canteen, outside near the MUGA or on the grassed area near Music and Food. We will ask students to distance themselves even within the group at 1m+. Students will not be allowed to go to any local shop between getting off school transport and attending school. Face coverings are required to be worn in inside communal areas. For those who prefer to be outside, a face covering is not required.
Students will have their normal tutor/home room:
Students will walk to their tutor/home room from the canteen via a one-way system. They should not stop and chat, or interact in any way with students from other year groups.
When they arrive in their tutor room, they will be asked to sanitise their hands. School will be providing hand sanitiser in every learning space, but you may wish for you son/daughter to carry their own.
Tutor Activity Cycle
Whole school assemblies will be virtual this will be reviewed following Government guidelines and the roadmap out of lockdown. Tutors will be sent a video or presentation that will be shared with their tutees across the whole school at the same time. It is impossible for us to hold large scale meetings of different bubbles at this time.
We are now able to run assemblies for Year groups – these will take place on a Thursday. Tutors will take on the role of a mentor supporting their tutees both academically and pastorally.
The government guidance tells us that:
The key principles that underpin our advice on curriculum planning are:
education is not optional: all pupils receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Pewsey Vale School is a small school and we have always endeavoured to deliver a personalised and balanced curriculum to all of our students. Throughout the CV19 lockdown we have remained committed to this and have provided our students with a range of support; both pastorally and educationally.
However, we do not underestimate the potential damage that has been caused by our students not been able to access their normal curriculum and lesson delivery. In addition, we accept that the measures we are now going to put in place will potentially be required for the coming year (if not longer).
Therefore, we intend to run our school curriculum as normal as possible. The rationale being that as a small school, our Key Stages (Yrs 7-9 & Yrs 10-11) are smaller than most secondary schools’ year groups. In the government’s document ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ it recognises that by grouping students in small bubbles causes a compromise for the delivery of the curriculum at secondary level. It also categorises students passing each other in corridors as low risk.
Our job is to try to deliver and high quality, broad and balanced curriculum whilst also trying to reduce the amount of contact bubbles have with each other.
There will be two bells in operation at the end of each lesson.
Students will follow their normal timetable and will engage with a full and diverse curriculum; access to a full curriculum is most important to us to engage with learning and to re-integrate learners back into school life
In the lower school, students will be taught for all lessons in the same teaching group
Years 7-9–Sets for core and Mixed Ability Groups for all foundation subjects
In the upper school students are taught in their normal GCSE classes to ensure that the entire curriculum is taught properly by subject specialists
Students will then leave their tutor room and follow the one-way system to their scheduled lesson on their timetable. They will not be allowed to
stop along the way. This may mean they have a long walk to get to a classroom downstairs, but this is the safest way to avoid bumping into others in the corridor. It is incredibly important that students behave sensibly during lesson changeovers. Any silly behaviour will not be tolerated for the safety of others. Please discuss the serious nature of this with your son/daughter before their attend school in March
The one-way system will take students outside more than normal. Please ensure your son/daughter has a coat and appropriate footwear in poor weather conditions
Students will be given class work books as normal on their first lesson. They will be expected to take these home for any home learning set, otherwise to leave them in their designated class room
Students need access to their own equipment that cannot be shared with others. Basic equipment required is: black pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, highlighter, coloured pencils. If you are unable to provide this equipment, please contact email@example.com Students are expected to have a full set of equipment with them for all lessons, they should take care to ensure they do not lose it
On days where students have PE lessons, they are required to attend school in PE kit (School PE kit) There will be no changing facilities open for PE lessons. It is important that clothing choices are sensible for all weathers as PE lessons are likely to take place outside in the open air. On all other days, students are expected to wear full uniform – this will be checked by tutors each morning. Sanctions will be put in place for repeat offenders for wearing the purposely wearing the wrong kit.
Other practical lessons such as Arts and Technology will also be taught as normal. Students may be asked to disinfect any equipment they have used – for example, to spray down a keyboard with disinfectant in the Music Room before they leave.
Breaks and Lunchtimes
Students will be encouraged to go outside during morning break and again at lunchtime. The government suggests that students should be outside for at least one hour a day. Unless it is raining, we will request that some time at break and lunch time is outdoors.
Each year group will be given a designated space for social times
At break, lower school students will purchase/collect their lunch from their designated area in the main canteen. Students can congregate and eat their lunch in the Main Hall and on the MUGA but will remain in year groups
At break upper school students will purchase/collect their lunch from their designated area, in the main canteen in a separate serving area. Students will access this area via the entrance opposite the MUGA. Students can congregate and eat their lunch in the canteen, on the grass outside Room 12 or on the grass outside The Food Room but will remain in year groups
|Who is required to come school?
|Who can come into school?
|Who cannot come into school?
|What if I am shielding or
have to go into isolation?
|What about Homework?
|What do students wear?
|Dropping off and exiting
|How should I access the school office?
|What should students bring?
|Hygiene, toilets and handwashing facilities
|What about lunches?
Energy drinks are a banned item at school and should not be purchased by anyone under the age of 16. Any student drinking energy drinks, such as Monster or Red Bull will have these removed from them and disposed of.
|What if my child becomes ill at school?
SINGLE SUSPECTED CASES
|What about Lateral Flow Testing?
On return to school in March, all students are strongly encouraged to take part in Lateral Flow Testing
Government expects students to take three tests (3-5 days apart) at an on-school site testing centre. Following this, those with consent will be given a pack of home tests to continue with twice weekly testing. We will issue the tests to individual students and give instructions.
Test Days for the return to school are as follows:
Student’s results will be sent to the parent’s mobile and email address given for the registration by the end of the school day. If a student tests positive in a LFD test, we will follow the procedure above for ‘Single Suspected Cases’
If expectations are not met, the school reserves the right to rescind an offered school place to any student