Plans for full reopening
I wanted to write to you outlining our plans for the full reopening of Limpsfield Grange School to all day and residential students from 3rd September 2020, in line with the DfE guidance published earlier this month.
From 3rd September 2020 it is my intention that the Limpsfield Grange community will be classified as one bubble. This means that that students will be able to mix with their friends across the school, and that staff will be able to work with students from a range of year groups. Students will continue to move around the site working in a range of specialist classrooms as they have always done, and will continue to be taught by a wide range of specialist teachers. We will limit opportunities for bringing students together in large numbers, and will take the measures outlined below to minimise the risk of infection.
Minimising Risk at Limpsfield Grange
The essential measures we will put in place to minimise risk will include:
Making sure that students who are ill with any symptoms of COVID19 stay at home.
COVID 19 symptoms include:
- A high temperature
- A new continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
If your daughter feels unwell with any symptoms of COVID19 I would ask that you do not send her in to school, and that you immediately get your daughter tested for COVID19. We will ensure that students, staff and other adults do not come into school if they have COVID19 symptoms or if they have tested positive for COVID19 in the last 7 days.
- We have revised our procedures for students who become ill at school. Students who inform us that they are ill will have their temperature taken outside of the classroom. If they have a high temperature, or any other COVID19 symptoms, they will be taken to the Wellbeing Centre and isolated. We will contact you and request that you collect your daughter immediately and that your daughter is tested for COVID19. Your daughter must stay at home until the results of the test are available. If the result is negative then your daughter may return to school. If the result is positive then your daughter will need to follow the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance. Anyone who has been in close contact with the confirmed COVID19 positive individual will need to stay at home and be tested for COVID19 whist following the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ advice which can be found 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
- If your daughter becomes ill with COVID19 symptoms whilst staying in our boarding provision she will be isolated and we will contact you to request that you collect her immediately and that your daughter is tested for COVID19. Your daughter must stay at home until the results of the test are available. If the result is negative then your daughter may return to school and boarding. If the result is positive then your daughter will need to follow the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance. Anyone who has been in close contact with the confirmed COVID19 positive individual will need to stay at home and be tested for COVID19 whist following the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ advice which can be found 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
- It is my expectation that all Limpsfield Grange parents, carers and students engage with the NHS Test and Trace system.
- We will ensure that all students wash and sanitise their hands regularly. To enable this to happen we have fitted numerous sanitiser dispensers across the site, and students will be asked to sanitise their hands each time they enter a new room. We will also provide hand sanitiser for student use inside all classrooms and residential spaces. We will install outside sinks under the archway and students will be expected to wash their hands on arrival at school. Students will be expected to wash their hands frequently across the school day. We will ensure that there is an adequate supply of soap and hand drying facilities across the school. Please ensure that your daughter brings her own hand sanitiser to school each day to enable her to sanitise her hands on the way to and from school.
- Enhancing cleaning arrangements. From 1st September we will employ a new member of staff with the sole purpose of sanitising the site during the school day and into the evening, in addition to our existing cleaning routines. We will also provide sanitising materials in all classrooms, bedrooms and work spaces, and often touched surfaces, textbooks and keyboards and other school equipment will be wiped down before a new group of students uses them.
- The wearing of face masks on the school’s minibuses and cars will be voluntary for staff and students. Students who wish to wear a face mask in their taxi to must bring a plastic bag to put their face mask in when they are in school.
- In line with DfE guidance face masks will not be worn in school by staff or students.
- Ensuring students practice good respiratory hygiene through promoting the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ message. We will provide tissues for student use in all rooms.
- Ensuring that students do not face each other in classrooms or residential spaces where possible.
- Ensuring students do not cross contaminate with other settings. I am requesting that students bring their school equipment and school bag, and other items such as packed lunch boxes and PE kits into school. However I would ask that students limit the amount of items that they bring in to school, to assist with infection control. Students will not be permitted to share items like pens, glue sticks or other forms of stationary, and must ensure that they bring the equipment essential for learning in to school every day.
Changes to school from 1st September 2020 relating to COVID19
In addition to the essential measures outlined above to minimise the risk of COVID19 at Limpsfield Grange, we have also made some changes to the school’s arrangements to further protect members of our community.
- Changes to before school. Students will be asked to wash their hands at the sinks under the archway on arrival at school. We will also open up and staff areas for students to use before school, to ensure that large numbers of girls do not congregate together. Residential students will be accommodated upstairs in boarding each morning before school.
- Changes to break times. Break times will take place in the gym and the playground.
- Changes to lunchtimes. To avoid bringing large numbers of students together in one place, we will no longer use the dining room to serve lunch to the whole school community. We will continue to have two lunch sittings. Students will eat lunch in their tutor groups in a range of locations across the site. Mr Stevens will serve individual lunches remotely and these will be taken to the spaces where girls will eat their lunch. Our lunchtime menu will be reduced to two options (one meat and one vegetarian) or sandwiches. I have attached to this letter examples of the new menus for September 2020.
- Students will be required to bring a full water bottle to school which will hold enough water for a whole school day. The water fountains in school have been turned off to limit the risk of infection.
- We will continue to run an activity programme for small groups of students to access after they have eaten their lunch.
- We will not hold whole school assemblies for the foreseeable future.
- In our Residential Provision we will ensure that bedroom furniture is reorganised to maximise space; there will be enhanced cleaning routines; students will eat in small groups in the evenings and we will limit off site and community based activities.
- We will limit the number visitors that we allow onto our site for the first half of the autumn term. For the foreseeable future Annual Reviews and Parents Evenings will take place remotely. Some therapies will be delivered online.
- In would ask all parents to check Government guidance regarding quarantine periods if they plan to travel abroad this summer, to ensure that their daughter can return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
- Form Tutors will share the information about reopening with students in a zoom call on Tuesday 14th July 2020 and parents and carers do not need to discuss arrangements with their daughter before then.
Students return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020. I anticipate that we will begin the school year as calmly and normally as possible. Our curriculum offer and our pastoral support is highly personalised at all times, and any difficulties that your daughter has experienced during the lockdown will be picked up by our normal processes.
I am committed to working collaboratively with parents, which is particularly important during these unprecedented times. If you are concerned in any way about your daughter returning to school on site at Limpsfield Grange in September 2020 I would ask that you contact me as soon as possible so that we can discuss any issues. Please contact me by the end of the school day, Monday 20th July 2020.
I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the pandemic. I fully appreciate how difficult home learning can be, and would like to thank you all for all that you have done to make this possible for the girls.
I am really looking forward to seeing all of the girls at school on Thursday 3rd September 2020.