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COVID-19

The High March Community and COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health, happiness and learning of our pupils have been our priority at High March. We have been rigorous, responsive and creative in our planning – acting always with the best interests of our children at the heart of our actions.

Our commitment to these core principles remains as we navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of DfE advice and guidance.

First Things First

The High March Covid-19 Team is continually reviewing our comprehensive Risk Assessments to ensure the safety of our whole community. The fundamental steps we employ to achieve this are embedded:

  • Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend School;
  • Requiring all visitors to School to complete a COVID-19 health questionnaire and to engage with the NHS Test and Trace programme including the option of using the NHS Covid-19 App and QR codes to check-in;
  • Cleaning hands thoroughly and more often than usual;
  • Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach;
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the School;
  • Minimising contact between individuals and maintaining social distancing wherever possible;
  • Where necessary, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to Signs of COVID-19

The Primary Symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • A fever (high temperature 37.8°C or above);
  • A new continuous cough (A “continuous cough” is coughing A LOT throughout the day and night, and is different from the cough that usually comes with a runny nose);
  • A complete loss or change of taste or smell.

If we suspect ANY ONE of the above symptoms we will…

  • Isolate your daughter away from others;
  • Contact you so that you may collect your child and any other siblings as a matter of urgency – should we be unable to reach you, we will use the emergency contact name provided on your records;
  • Advise that you should arrange a COVID-19 test for your child and isolate until a negative result is received as per the guidance below.

If you identify ANY ONE of the above symptoms, either in your child or in anyone else who lives in your house, you must follow the appropriate path below…

COVID-19 Flowchart

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral Care during Self-Isolation or Lockdown

The table below sets out clearly how the School will ensure continuity for our pupils in the event that they need to self-isolate for a short period or if we are forced to close our site to pupils as a result of COVID-19. (The table is colour-coded—if you are viewing this on a smart phone or other small-screen device and the table has been realigned, the light blue sections apply to Self-Isolation and the dark blue sections apply to Lockdown.)

Self-Isolation*

(Short term absence by individuals or small groups across the school)

If your child is in R-Y6 and she feels well enough, learning materials will be available via Teams Assignments after her first full day of absence in readiness for the following day. Pupils will be provided with work based on their normal timetable.

Lockdown

(Longer term closure of part or all of School)

We will move over to a remote learning programme for all year groups. The exact format will vary according to the Year Group timetable, but all Year Groups will have live lessons/interactions with their teachers every day.

Nursery

  • Staff will advise parents on useful activities and resources to use at home as needed.
  • Daily live ‘Storytime’ sessions;
  • Weekly Special Story around which a variety of activities will be planned for the children and their carers to enjoy at home;
  • We will provide any tricky materials like googly eyes!

Reception to Year 2

  • A Maths and English lesson every day;
  • Another subject lesson (such as Science, History, Geography, French or RS) every day;
  • An Art project to complete over the time she is away;
  • A Fitness Challenge (self-isolation friendly);
  • Music/Drama/Computing Activities to complete over the time she is away;
  • Daily reading;
  • A daily support Zoom call with a member of staff;**
  • Feedback on completed tasks.***
  • Live teaching time for most timetabled lessons combined with tasks accessed and submitted via Teams;
  • Daily Reading Sessions and access to reading books;
  • Daily Registration with class/form teachers;
  • A range of live and recorded assemblies, including celebration of achievements;
  • Regular feedback on completed tasks and activities.***

Year 3 to Year 6

  • A Maths and English lesson every day;
  • Another subject lesson (such as Science, History, Geography, French or RS) every day;
  • An Art project to complete over the time she is away;
  • A Fitness Challenge (self-isolation friendly);
  • Music/Drama/Computing Activities to complete over the time she is away;
  • Daily reading;
  • A daily support Zoom call with a member of staff;**
  • Feedback on completed tasks.***
  • Live teaching time for most timetabled lessons combined with tasks accessed and submitted via Teams;
  • Daily Registration with class/form teachers;
  • Regular extra pastoral sessions;
  • A range of live and recorded assemblies, including celebration of achievements;
  • Regular feedback on completed tasks and activities.***

 

* It is important to emphasise that if your child is unwell, our first priority is her return to health. Absence from school due to actual illness should be a time for much needed rest and recuperation. We will only give work if an absence is due to self-isolation or there is a School closure.

** In Reception to Year 2 this will be with her Class Teacher. In Upper School this will be one of the senior members of the teaching staff (Mrs Gater, Mrs Stuhldreer or Mrs O’Shaughnessy). The purpose of this call will be to ensure pupils are aware of the learning objectives for that day and to check that girls have located everything they need for the upcoming lessons and to answer any questions. In the case of Junior House pupils, the adult supporting/supervising the child should also be present at this meeting. All girls who are self-isolating from a particular year group will be expected to attend this call at a pre-arranged time.

*** Completed work will be submitted via Assignments and reviewed by staff. Feedback will be given as needed. Not all work will require this. All work should be submitted by 4pm on the day of the lesson (except for longer term projects which will be advised by the teachers concerned).