Covid-19: Important information for Parents

Latest Covid-Secure Measures from 27th August 2021

The School’s Covid risk assessment is available on request by emailing estatesmanager@rookwoodschool.org.

The following information is based on the latest guidance from Department for Education (DfE) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Team (HPT), as well as our own risk assessment.  The school may have to step-up these measures at short notice if directed by DfE or the HPT.

Self-isolation rules

As previously, nobody should come to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

In which case, they need to self-isolate and obtain a PCR test through NHS test and trace (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test).  They cannot return to school unless the PCR test is negative or they have completed a 10-day period of self-isolation.

If your child develops any of these symptoms whilst at school, you will be asked to collect them without delay and follow the procedure above.

There has been a change to the system regarding close contacts:

If a child is a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they should remain off school and obtain a PCR test.  If the PCR test is negative they are allowed to return to school.  For senior school students, we also ask that they take daily LFD tests for the first week upon their return.  These tests will be provided by the school and should be taken at home.

Little Rooks Nursery

Parents dropping off or collecting nursery children should now use the door under the canopy next to the ‘Reception Class and Little Rooks Nursery’ sign.  We have also removed the one-way system along the garden footpath, therefore this can now be used to return to the car park.

End of the day

We have removed the staggered collection time at the end of the day.  Therefore we will return to full school hours (8.30am to 4pm for Years 3 upwards, with the normal earlier finish for Reception to Year 2).  We also have Breakfast Club available from 7.30am and supervised clubs/study until 5.45pm.

After school prep will be held in Paddocks (Reception to Year 6) and upstairs in Rookery (Year 7 to Sixth Form).  When collecting from Paddocks, please ring the door bell and wait outside.  When collecting from Rookery, please enter through the arched doorway, walk upstairs and ring the bell next to the double doors.

 Face masks

All adults and senior school pupils must wear masks inside in communal areas, this includes corridors, shared facilities (changing rooms and toilets) and the dining hall (unless sat down and eating).  Masks can be removed once sat down in lessons.

Masks must also be worn whilst travelling to and from school on public transport and senior school pupils are still required to wear masks when on school buses.

Parents and pupils are welcome to choose to continue to wear masks and we ask that everyone respects the personal decisions of others.

Bubbles and social distancing

Pupils will no longer be required to be in separate bubbles.  The exception will be during lunch time, where we will continue to serve year groups at discreet times with the children sitting in bubbles.

Pupils should still be mindful of social distancing, especially when inside.  Pupils should keep to the left when passing in corridors and senior school pupils should not congregate with other year groups inside.  Different year groups are allowed to meet together outdoors.  PE and sports fixtures are being risk assessed so that mixed year groups can train and compete together.

Hygiene and cleaning

 Pupils should continue to wash or sanitise their hands on a regular basis.  When sneezing or coughing, pupils should use a disposable tissue or, if unavailable, their elbow.

We will continue to clean the site regularly throughout the day, with particular attention given to high risk areas (door handles, key pads, desks and tables, toilets).  Pupils will be expected to help with sanitising their own desks and tables.

Ventilation

 It is important for rooms to remain ventilated whilst also balancing the need to ensure a comfortable learning environment.  We will continue to monitor this balance as winter approaches!

 Lateral Flow Device testing and vaccinations

 Senior school pupils are strongly encouraged to continue taking the twice weekly LFD tests.  Furthermore, if/when vaccinations become available, the school recommends that eligible children are vaccinated.  Both of these measures reduce the risk to the whole community.  However, I also acknowledge and respect parents’ individual rights regarding the testing and vaccination of their children.

 Assemblies

We will not run whole-school assemblies for the first few weeks.  This is to give us time to ensure that the measures described in this letter are working and that everyone is safe.  Other gatherings, including Family Day, will be separately risk assessed and will follow the latest guidance available at the time.

Monitoring and Feedback

Rookwood School is continuously monitoring its provision and welcomes feedback from staff, parents and pupils. This can either be done by contacting form tutors or emailing educationsupport@rookwoodschool.org