Parents FAQs for the Senior School - Updated 21.9.20
21.9.20 Updated with further information on Remote Learning
27.8.20 Updated to latest advice on face coverings in School
19.8.20 Updated to confirm girls should attend in their PE kit on days they have PE and remain in their kit throughout the day
When will School reopen?
The Government have confirmed schools in England should reopen from the start of the Autumn Term, for all pupils to return to school, on a full-time basis. For LHS, the start of term is Tuesday 1st September 2020. We will, therefore, be opening our doors for all our girls to return on this date.
What time will School be open and what is the process for drop-off and collection?
Drop-off for the Senior School will be between 7.30m - 8.30am and collection will be at 3.45pm for Senior School pupils. ONLY parents of Year 6 pupils will be able to drive on site for drop-off and collection; all other parents are asked to park off site and allow their daughter to walk into School. Only one parent is allowed to drop off and collect their daughter from School and parents are asked not to gather at School gates and School entrances. This will be the process until October half-term, when it will be reviewed.
On arrival, Senior School girls must go straight to their form rooms and avoid mixing with girls from other Year group ‘bubbles’. Hand sanitiser is available at arrival points.
On leaving the School at 3.45pm, Senior School girls will be assigned an exit by year group, to avoid groups mixing. Year 6 will leave via Main Reception; 7W, Y10 and Y11 via the Pupil Foyer; 7P, Y8 and Y12/13 via the Late Supervision door; Y9 via Room 13’s side door.
The Government have produced guidance around travel at this time
Will Breakfast Club and Late Supervision be running?
Senior School girls can arrive in School between 7.30am and 8.30am and must go straight to their form rooms. There will be no breakfast food provision for the first half term, when this will be reviewed.
Late Supervision will be running until 6.00pm. However, in order to ensure we can maintain distance between groups, we ask that all parents only use this facility if absolutely necessary and collect their daughters as soon as possible at the end of the School day. Year group ‘bubbles’ will be kept separate and girls will need to access a School PC or their own device to complete schoolwork.
How will you keep my daughter safe at School?
Parents are asked to adhere to the Government’s guidance on self-isolation if anyone in the household has symptoms and to ensure their daughter does not enter the School site during any period of self-isolation. Detailed Government guidance can be found here. Absences for any reason should be reported to School in the usual way.
Everyone now has access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
In the Senior School, girls will be in bubbles of their Year Groups. This will allow for specialist teaching to take place, which is a key part of the secondary school experience. Years 12 and 13 will be joined into one bubble to allow them to continue to have mixed tutor groups and to share the Sixth Form space.
We have increased the number of sanitiser stations in the School. Girls will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands before and after each activity, before and after eating, as well as on arrival in School.
A one-way system is in place around the School in order to help maintain distance between the bubbles. Lunch times will be staggered and a new lunch system has been put into place – please see separate catering letter for details. Groups will eat in their form rooms and have been assigned separate outdoor spaces.
Girls in all year groups will need to provide their own stationery, as they will not be able to share school resources. Students will be able to bring in their phones/tablets/devices to use in lessons as well. These should be kept secure and locked away when not in use.
Full School Assemblies will not take place for the rest of the Autumn term. Year group assemblies will take place during the term, as part of the School’s pastoral care and support programme for all students.
External visitors on site are restricted and by appointment only.
Our cleaning routines have been further revised and adjusted to ensure the areas the girls will be using are cleaned regularly and thoroughly, throughout the day.
Will my daughter need to wear a face mask?
Further to the change to the Government guidance, and the ongoing increased restrictions in place in Leicester, girls in Years 6 – 13 will need to provide and wear a face mask when moving around the School, such as in corridors and communal areas. It will not usually be necessary to wear face mask in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning. However, girls in Years 6 – 13 may wear a face mask in the classroom if they choose to do so.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face masks. If you believe your daughter falls into this category, please contact her Head of Year who will ensure this is communicated to relevant staff.
Will my daughter have PE lessons and swimming?
PE lessons will, initially, only take place on site, but this will be reviewed at October Half Term. There will be no travel to other sports facilities, including to swimming lessons.
PE activities which help to maintain social distancing will be the focus and contact sports, such as rugby, will not take place.
What will my daughter need for School?
Pupils will need their usual School uniform and PE kit.
On days when girls have timetabled PE lessons, they should arrive wearing their PE kit and remain in it all day to avoid the need for changing.
All pupils should bring a water bottle.
Those pupils not using the new lunch service, may bring a packed lunch (nut free). We recommend the inclusion of an ice pack if the weather is hot.
Bags, stationery etc can be brought from home, but girls should aim to keep the equipment they bring in to School to a minimum and should not share any equipment or stationery with others.
Students will be able to bring in their phones/tablets/devices to use in lessons as well. These should be kept secure and locked away when not in use.
My daughter, or a member of our family, has health issues which means she will not be able to return to School. What provision will be put in place for her?
The Government have advised it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
All girls are, therefore, expected to attend School from the 1st September. The ONLY exceptions to this are:
- Those who are following public health advice to self-isolate due to a positive test result, or close contact with someone with a positive test result.
- Children who are no longer required to shield, but who remain under the care of a specialist health professional. In this case, we ask that parents arrange a conversation with Nurse Emma and their daughter’s Head of Year in the first instance to discuss what measures the School needs to put in place.
If my daughter needs to self isolate, what remote learning support will be put in place for her?
If your daughter is unable to attend School due to self-isolation, remote learning will be provided. This will follow the usual School timetable to ensure your daughter’s learning is uninterrupted.
In our Senior School, teaching staff will set work for each lesson by 9.00 am each day, via our online Show My Homework system.
Most lessons will take place live, via Microsoft Teams. However, there may be times when teachers set work via another method if they deem it more appropriate for the learning taking place, and to ensure girls continue to receive a variety of learning experiences, as they would in School.
Please see the guidelines for remote learning in the Senior School for further details.
Pastoral support will continue to be provided through contact with your daughter’s Form Tutor and Head of Year. In the event of a whole Year Group self-isolating, we will provide Year Group Assemblies remotely. Our School Nurse is also available to answer any queries or concerns, through email, telephone or Teams meetings.
What if I need to speak to my daughter’s teacher or Form Tutor?
All parents will be able to contact members of staff via e-mail. Please contact your daughter’s teacher, Form Tutor and/or Head of Year if you have any concerns.
If you wish to make an appointment to see your daughter’s teacher, Form Tutor or Head of Year, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow us to make sure the staff member is available, and to provide a socially-distanced meeting space for your discussion. We encourage all parents to arrange virtual meetings wherever possible.
What Pastoral support will you provide my daughter?
We understand this has been a strange and potentially worrying time for your daughter. We understand that returning to School may feel strange at first for your daughter and we will plan activities to make this as smooth as possible.
Additional pastoral sessions with Form Tutors have been put in place and Nurse Emma is also available to support with any issues.