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We would like to thank the whole Loughborough Schools Foundation community for its continued cooperation and support during the ongoing challenges posed by the coronavirus.

Please find below a list of FAQs for parents, which you may find useful. Loughborough Schools Foundation is following the advice provided by Public Health England and these FAQs will be updated in line with that advice. Please therefore always refer to these FAQs for the latest information.

Posted: 22 July 2020, 13:30

FAQs

What action is the Foundation taking during closure?

The Foundation's priority is to continue to deliver education and pastoral care to all pupils remotely. This will include timetabled lessons and video content uploaded to the Firefly portal and webinars utilising Zoom and Skype applications.

Management teams across the Foundation are meeting daily to monitor the situation and to ensure coordination of all activities.

The Foundation will continue to provide as much advice and support as we can for our parents and staff.

What plans are you putting in place for continuity of teaching during the school closure?

All Foundation School's have now transitioned to remote learning. With the support of your child’s teachers, lessons are continuing with learning at home.

The curriculum is supported by a wide range of instructional online tools and platforms and these platforms are being used for continuity of teaching. Firefly is the primary portal for setting work. Teaching staff are however using a range of teaching methods in order to provide variety in their lessons and some pupils also have access to video content and webinars.

We recognise that the education that normally occurs in a classroom cannot be replicated at home and so the focus is therefore on ensuring students participate in educationally beneficial activities. Students are continuing with their daily timetable and we recommend that they stick to normal school lesson timings to carry out their remote learning in order to benefit from maintaining a routine.

As part of this programme, students will be required to submit work electronically to their teachers.

Form Tutors and teaching staff will continue to be contactable via email during the campus closure and we recommend that students check their school emails twice a day.

How will my child receive their instrumental music lessons during the School closure?

Instrumental lessons will continue to be timetabled via FullScore throughout the summer term, however they will be delivered remotely until further notice.

These online lessons will be delivered using Firefly. and whilst this will be a different experience, it is our intention that the technical and musical content of lessons will remain true and useful, and support independent learning and progress. As at present, the Individual Music Teacher will teach pupils on an individual basis, but parents are welcome to be in attendance. This would be particularly helpful for younger pupils.

Pupils should continue with their regular practice routines, and they should have plenty of guidance from their IMT as to what they need to work on.

We will continue with scheduling lessons as normal however please continue to notify the Music department with at least two weeks' notice, where possible, of any times and dates where lessons will prove impossible.

What is happening with the public examinations?

On 3 April, Ofqual issued guidance for schools on awarding grades for GCSE and A Level examinations in summer 2020. We have been informed that schools will be asked to provide the exam boards with grades based upon a students likely performance and all three senior schools are currently investigating these instructions.

Students who are dissatisfied with their calculated grades will have the chance to sit their GCSE or A Level exams when the Schools re-open. Please therefore ensure that all subject notes and materials are retained.

Results for A Levels will be awarded on 13 August and GCSEs on 20 August.

Parents and students from Years 11 and 13 at the Grammar School, High School and Amherst School have been issued with details on our approach to providing examination grades.

What happens if my child starts to show symptoms of coronavirus whilst at School?

A Matron and/or qualified first-aid staff, will always be on-site whilst the Schools are open. Any child who falls ill during these sessions will be self-isolated and parents will be called to collect and return home as soon as they are able.

If any pupil develops symptoms of a fever (37.8c) and/or a new continuous cough, we recommend that the advice from the health authorities is followed, in terms of a period of 14 days self-isolation.

Please follow advice for self-isolation on the NHS website. https:/www.nhs.uk/

Coughing may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the Coronavirus infection having cleared.

What should I do if someone in my family is immunocompromised?

If you, or anyone in your family, is immunocompromised or have an underlying medical condition, please seek advice from a medical professional.

For the purposes of our School community, we regard immunocompromised as having a reduced ability to fight off infections, including viruses. This can be due to any number of long-standing medical conditions, but is also a by-product of certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

My son/daughter is anxious about missing school, who can they discuss this with?

Please make contact in the first instance with your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year via email. They will then be in touch with you directly to provide guidance and support to your child.

Have all school trips been cancelled?

Government advice has made it clear that everyone in the UK should avoid non-essential travel. The Foundation is acting upon this advice and all School trips both abroad and in the UK, planned for the summer term, have been cancelled.

The Trip Leaders will be in contact with all affected families to discuss the financial implications of this decision.

We will be monitoring the situation for the trips that are booked for the summer holidays on a regular basis and further notifications will follow as the situation with coronavirus develops.

Have sports fixtures been cancelled?

In the interests of pupil safety, Loughborough Schools Foundation will not be competing in any sports fixtures for the summer term.

I have a school visit booked, will this be going ahead?

The Admissions teams remain contactable (01509 278101) to answer any questions, discuss assessments and process all applications. School visits are possible and will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines for social distancing.

For more information please visit: https://lsf.org/foundation-office/about-us/admissions/

What precautions can we take?

We advise all members of the Loughborough Schools Foundation to continue to follow advice from Public Health England and the NHS.

For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Are public activities at the Schools cancelled?

Based upon guidelines from PHE, all evening and weekend events and sports bookings, that are open to the community on our school property are now suspended. These activities will be reinstated once the Foundation campus re-opens and it is deemed safe and third parties will be kept informed of the situation.

How will you keep me updated on the situation?

All status updates will be posted on each School’s website. The School and Foundation twitter feeds will also be used to provide updates.

Loughborough Schools Foundation: https://twitter.com/LboroSchFdt/

Loughborough Grammar School: https://twitter.com/LboroGrammar

Loughborough High School: https://twitter.com/LboroHigh/

Loughborough Amherst School: https://twitter.com/LboroAmherst

Fairfield Prep School: https://twitter.com/LboroFairfield