The government has made it a national priority that education and childcare settings should continue to operate as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, including prioritising face-to-face education and we need your support to help us implement the following strategies to keep the school open whilst keeping everyone safe..
This document outlines additional requirements and actions taken at Sir John Hunt from January 2022 to both ensure government guidance is followed, reduce the spread of Covid-19 and maximise the possibility of maintaining face-to-face education.
From January 2022 face coverings are now required to be worn in classrooms. The advice is currently short term only, to support pupils and teachers as they return to school this term and builds on the guidance shared in December 2021 that required face coverings in communal areas indoors. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January, when Plan B regulations are currently scheduled to expire, at which point it will be reviewed.
Sir John Hunt holds a small supply of contingency stock of face coverings. These are held at the student entrance and are available upon request. Parents are responsible for ensuring their child has their own face covering, parents requiring support should contact the school.
In line with government guidance there are circumstances where people are not able to wear a face covering. To facilitate these exemptions, we ask that parents contact the school so our Pastoral team can provide an exemption card and communicate their exemption to staff.
Movement around the College/break and lunch times
- All students will follow their normal timetable
- All students will be taught in their normal classrooms wherever possible
- Modifications will be made to all classrooms to maximise the space available to maintain as much distance between students as possible
- Adaptations will be made to the curriculum and environment of practical subjects to ensure they can be taught safely
Arrangements for Parents and Carers
- A strict one-way system will be put in place, supplemented by the new bell system, to minimise contact between individuals as students move around the College and to reduce overcrowding in corridors.
- All parents and carers must ensure that they keep their children at home if they show any sign of flu-like symptoms which include new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- If you have been instructed to quarantine following a trip abroad, we expect this quarantine period to be completed before and any student affected returns to College
- All parents and carers must ensure that they follow the Government's advice regarding the use of public transport if their children need to use it to get to and from College which states that face coverings are required at all times on public transport
- Students may arrive at College from 8.00am but will not be able to access the building until 8.25am
- Students must depart from College immediately at the end of the day
- Students must wear their full College uniform.
- Students must only bring essential items in their bags to College:
- Enough water (or soft drinks) for the day (water fountains will be out of use)
- A College pencil case containing the required basic equipment (we will issue these to students on their first day so do not send students to school with their own equipment on the first day)
- We will have a zero-tolerance policy on any students failing to comply with our health, safety and hygiene arrangements. Any student contravening our instructions in this regard will be sent home and receive a Fixed Term Exclusion.
- We are currently discouraging parents and carers from visiting the site. Communication between the College and Parents/Carers will be over the phone or by email wherever possible. Parents/Carers may drop off or collect items from our SJH main reception if necessary. Face to face meetings may be arranged by telephone if essential.
Lateral Flow Testing
- Students will receive 1 onsite Lateral Flow Tests. They will continue to be provided with tests to be undertaken at home twice per week with the support from their parents/carers. Please see additional SJH webpage for further details.
- We will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms do not attend College.
- We will ensure students and staff clean hands thoroughly more often than usual and ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- We will continue to undertake enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and Milton.
- We will minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- We will contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice. Test and Trace will now managed close contact tracing with and engage with us as necessary.
Isolation and close contacts
From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.
Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.
Safe use of classrooms
We will ensure that classrooms can be safely used by all by having strict entry and exit routines that include strict hygiene procedures:
- Hand sanitise on arrival/entry to College:
- Years 7 and 8 hand sanitise on entry to Roll Call (Sports Hall)
- Years 9, 10 and 11 hand sanitise on entry at Student Reception (Woodview)
- Years 12 and 13 hand sanitise on entry to the Sixth Form block
- Exit routine from lessons – our usual exit routine will be in place, but in addition:
- Students provided with antibacterial wipes to wipe down their desk and chair
- Students put antibacterial wipes in lidded bin on way out of classroom
- Students hand sanitise on exit from every classroom
- Additional hand sanitising on entry to Periods 3 and 5 (following break and lunch)
- Social distancing will be maximised within rooms as much as possible adhering to DfE guidance
- Regular cleaning of whiteboards/keyboards/touchscreens with isopropyl wipes
Routines for students’ use of toilets before school, break, lunch, after school and during lessons to be:
- Maximum number of students in toilets = number of cubicles
- Queue outside toilets at safe distance when maximum number of students in toilets
- No waiting in toilets
- No unnecessary time spent in toilets
- Our Conduct for Learning Policy will be adjusted to take health, safety and hygiene expectations into account
- We will have a zero tolerance policy on any students failing to comply with our health, safety, and hygiene arrangements. Any student contravening our instructions in this regard will be sent home and receive a Fixed Term Exclusion.