Covid-19 Junior School

Guidance for students in Junior School

Returning to school on 8 March

Pupils in Junior School are not required to undertake Covid-19 tests or to wear face coverings in school.

New measures

  • Junior School staff and visitors will wear a face covering at all times in school - including during lessons.

Ongoing measures

Students will also follow the same daily routines in school established last year, including:

  • Handwashing on entry to school
  • Regular hygiene/hand washing throughout the day
  • Social distancing as far as possible

We are currently reviewing our Covid-19 risk assessment policy.

Our priorities

Our priority will continue to be, the safety and welfare of our community – that must come first.

We take a risk-based approach to ensuring a safe operating environment, in accordance with Government guidance. Key principles include minimising the number of adults onsite and reducing movement around school. Risk assessments are in place for all significant activities. Our second priority is providing the best possible education under the circumstances – one that is distinctively St Mary’s.

Key measures in school

Parents onsite

Parents are not allowed to access any school buildings. If you would like to speak to your daughter’s class teacher, please email them. If you need to speak to Dr Degnan please also email or call the school office (01223 311 666). Please maintain a safe social distance at all times on the school site.

Drop-off

We are proud of the very warm daily interaction between staff and parents at St Mary’s. Despite new routines and social distancing, we want to continue this, so that girls feel reassured and happy arriving and leaving school. Please could pupils be dropped off by one adult per pupil. We continue to greet girls with enthusiastic and welcoming smiles.

Drop-off – Pre-prep

Please drop your daughter(s) off between 8.00-8.45am.

If you drop-off by car, if possible, please park on Trumpington Road and walk your daughter across the Fen and into school using the Brook Gate entrance. Then access the Coach House (Reception through their classroom door, Year 1 through the Year 2 classroom door).

Drop-off - Prep

Girls will enter school through the main entrance to Acton House where there will be a hand washing station. A member of staff will be on duty to ensure girls queue in a socially distanced way.

If you drop-off by car, you may use the school drive but please do not park.

Pick-up

Pick-up will be staggered as follows:

  • Pre-Prep – 3.20pm
  • Years 3 and 4 - 3.30pm
  • Years 5 and 6 - 3.40pm

Reception parents will pick-up from the classroom door on the Coach House playground. Year 1 parents will pick-up from the main entrance to the Coach House. We will not offer a pick-up from the drive so, as in the mornings, please park sensibly and walk down to the Coach House. Please maintain social distance from other parents and do not spend more time than is necessary on-site.

Girls in Prep should be collected from the drive. If collecting by car please remain in your car and we will send your daughter to you. Prep girls will be brought out at 3.30pm to the drive or lawn depending on how they are being collected.

After-school care

If girls are not collected, they will join after-school care (4.00-6.00 pm). If you arrive between 4.00- 6.00pm, ring the camera doorbell, we shall answer and then bring your daughter out to you.

Please notify Dr Degnan in advance if you would like to use after-school care.

Daily routines

To ensure girls remain socially distanced (as much as possible) and to provide the best education, daily routines will evolve. Girls will inevitably interact with friends and staff, often at close range, as it is very challenging for children to keep two metres apart at all times. We will endeavour to carefully manage risk, as far as possible.

Hygiene

Good hygiene is vital. We remind girls about hygiene routines, with an emphasis on regular handwashing. Child-friendly (Beatrice Bee) posters are displayed around school reminding pupils about good hygiene. We have two full time Porters in school following a stringent cleaning procedure.

On entry to school, both to Acton House and the Coach House, girls must thoroughly wash their hands, at a hand washing station. Wall-mounted hand sanitisers are also placed in key areas.

First aid

We have an isolation area prepared, should we have a suspected case. The school will strictly adhere to Government protocol for suspected or confirmed cases of the virus.

Visitors

Visitors entering the school building is strictly forbidden. Please use email or call the school office to contact your daughter’s class teacher. Dr Degnan has a camera doorbell so that she can speak with visitors, without them entering the building.

Attendance

Few, if any, girls fall into the clinically vulnerable category, but please follow medical advice if your daughter does. A pupil living with someone who is clinically vulnerable, can attend school, according to Government guidance.

If a pupil lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, as set out in the guidance on shielding, please seek medical advice and contact the school. Pupils should not attend if they have symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household. We ask if possible that you check your daughter’s temperature daily before leaving for school. If it is higher than normal, please keep her at home.

You must also reassure yourself that you are comfortable with the measures we have put in place to mitigate the risk of infection in school. We are unable to guarantee a risk-free school, an inevitable risk will remain, but we feel we have taken considered, sensible measures to lower the risk of infection.

Pastoral care #StillStMarys

The wellbeing of our girls remains paramount.

We continue to monitor every pupil and liaise closely with parents, if we have a concern. We will do our best to ensure school remains a happy home from home and that, as much as it can be, it’s still the St Mary’s they know and love.

If you have any questions

I realise the information above cannot be exhaustive. Schools are naturally busy and dynamic environments in which every situation cannot be planned for. However, I believe we have excellent relationships with you as parents and I hope we will continue to have an open, supportive dialogue through this challenging situation.

 Please email bdegnan@stmaryscambridge.co.uk if you need any further information.