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COVID-19 Control Measures

Reducing the Risk of Infection at Prince Henry’s

At Prince Henry’s Grammar School, we recognise that returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. The government has said that now the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and there is greater clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools, it is acceptable (from September 2020) for all students to return to school full time. The government have provided detailed guidance for schools (available here) and we have followed this guidance when planning student and staff return to school in September and deciding the control measures that will be used to reduce the risk of infection at Prince Henry’s.

The control measures for Prince Henry’s include the following:
Control measures to keep students in ‘Year Group Bubbles’ as far as possible:
  • Year Tutor Groups will be located together in a designated area of school for registration.
  • At the start of the day there will be designated entry doors for each Year Group.
  • Designated break and lunch times and/or designated areas for Year Groups to queue and socialise.
  • Limitations on extra-curricular activities that involve students from different Year Groups (except when strict social distancing can be enforced).
Control measures to reduce student movement and/or reduce number of students on the corridors:
  • Each day designated class groups dismissed from period 5 at 2.55pm.
  • Split break and lunch.
  • Afternoon registration incorporated into period 5 each day.
  • Sixth Form students allowed off site for some of their non-contact time (start and end of day).
  • Year group assemblies delivered remotely (except first assembly of the academic year).
  • Introduction of a strict one-way system throughout the whole school.
Control measures to maintain strict social distancing between adults and between adults and students:
  • Maintain current room occupancy limits for office workspaces and meeting spaces to allow for 2 metre distancing wherever possible.
  • Events involving large numbers that exceed room occupancy rates held remotely.
  • All staff maintaining 2 metre distance from students wherever possible – including moving around school and in classrooms.
Control measures to maintain robust hand and respiratory hygiene:
  • Students clean hands on entry to the building, on entering each classroom, before and after eating, before and after using the toilet.
  • Additional hand sanitisers purchased for around the building and in each classroom.
  • Continued promotion of the “catch it, bin it, kill it” routine.
  • Lidded bins in each classroom.
Control measures to minimise risk of infection inside and outside of school:
  • Students wearing face coverings on school transport.
  • Year 10 and 11 not allowed off site during lunchtime.
  • Introduction of new guidelines for the sharing of resources (text books, pens, pencils, glue sticks etc).
  • Stronger promotion of our expectation for students to bring their own equipment and stationery (e.g. glue sticks, green pens etc).
  • Introduction of new guidelines for providing feedback and handling of exercise books.
Enhanced cleaning:
  • Additional daytime cleaners to ensure frequent cleaning of toilets and frequently touched surfaces.

Further details of specific procedures and changes introduced in response to COVID-19 are provided here. The risk assessment has been uploaded below with the Parent and Carer Information Booklet for re-opening.