As lockdown measures are eased, we are all learning how to live in a world with COVID-19. Here at school we are working hard to prepare for this ‘new normal’, making sure that our risk assessment makes the site as safe as possible, under the circumstances.

For most of you, returning to school will not be until the Autumn term, although students in Years 10 and 12 will begin returning for some sessions in school from 15 June in line with the government direction to schools.

While our teachers and staff are doing everything they possibly can to manage the risks, the onus is also on you to change your normal practices and behaviours to help make sure that returning to school, when that moment comes for you, is as safe as possible.

That means getting into a different mindset about all sorts of things, from how we greet each other, to sharing food and belongings, to how often we wash our hands and launder our clothes. Moving forward we all have a responsibility – not only when we are at school, but in every part of our lives – to think about how and where the virus might spread, and how we can play our part in minimising risks for ourselves and those around us.

Here are some actions to consider:

  • Do not go to school – or anywhere else for that matter – if you or someone in your home has symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Keep your distance from each other.  It’s normal to want to give your friends a hug, or walk or sit close to them as you would have done previously – but for the time being you need to imagine you have a two metre bubble around you; no-one but a member of your household can be in that zone.
  • At regular intervals through the day – and certainly when you arrive somewhere, or come home, and before eating – make sure you are washing your hands for 20 seconds with running water and soap or using hand sanitiser.
  • Don’t share your things – be it a pen, or a bag of crisps. Bring what you need to school, and don’t offer anything to others – or accept any offers to share. It may well feel very unnatural, but you are actually doing a greater service to your friends this way.
  • If you have a runny nose or you’re sneezing with hayfever, make sure you remember – catch it, bin it, kill it.
  • Try not to touch your face – especially if you have touched a frequently touched surface, such as door handles, handrails, tabletops, or equipment.
  • Try to walk or cycle to school where possible and avoid public transport if possible – especially at peak times.
  • Wash your uniform frequently to reduce any potential spread of the virus on clothing.

Stay safe, stay well – and though we look forward to seeing some of you soon, we are thinking of all of you at this time, and look forward to the day when we can be back together as one physical community, on campus.