We have introduced a number of new procedures and protocols
The safety of the children we teach is our utmost priority. We aim to resume classroom-based lessons around the same time that schools re-open, but in order to provide a tuition environment that is as safe as practically possible for everyone, and to minimise the possibility of spreading the virus, we have implemented the following measures:
The classroom workspace has been redesigned to maintain safe distances between people.
We have reduced the capacity to 4 students and 1 teacher.
We have erected barriers (sneeze screens) to minimise interpersonal contact.
The children will still be 34 inches (slightly less than 1m) apart. Two metres is not possible in this enclosed space.
We will only allow scheduled students and their teacher in the classroom. Parents are asked to maintain social distance outside the classroom as much as possible.
The classroom will be cleaned thoroughly between each lesson, paying close attention to high-contact objects like door handles, chairs, tables and the sneeze screens.
All cleaning will be performed with single-use cloths, and an anti-bacterial cleaner.
Hand sanitiser will be provided through a contactless dispenser, though the students should also bring their own.
Children should bring their own pencil case.
Face masks are to be worn by both student and teacher. We don’t expect these be PPE standard, or a medical device. Our facemasks will be washed in a machine every day.
No drinks or snacks will be allowed, because consuming these would involve the removal of a mask.
There will be a regime of staggered entry and exit for lessons, to reduce transitory contact at the doorway.
Children to sanitise their hands with their own sanitiser before touching the outside classroom door handle to minimise risk of spread.
Children should bring their own tissues and take home any used tissues.
Air circulation will be increased by opening windows and doors, and operating a fan if required.
Children and teachers who show symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend and should remain home instead.
If a child or a teacher is not showing symptoms but someone in their household is, they should follow the governments guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection and stay at home for 14 days.
The toilet facilities will be closed, because these are shared with other members of the household. Please make every effort to use facilities at home before attending lessons.
Plainly the current situation is very dynamic and we'll need to react to events as they happen. We will continuously monitor the health of students and teachers, as well as government guidance. This might mean that we need to revert to using Google Classrooms for any or all students at short notice.