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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.

Posted: 18 August 2020

FAQs

How will the School Day be managed to minimise contacts?

In order to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day all Senior pupils will form year group 'pods' and all Prep pupils will form form 'pods'.

For Senior Schools, with the exception of several practical subjects (Art, Drama, Food, P.E. and Science), staff will move to the pupils thus reducing pupil movement across the campus.

Classroom desks have been re-arranged to face forward as much as possible and staff will be maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible. Several rooms have been repurposed to create additional classrooms and movement around campus will be more regulated with one way systems in each building.

How will buildings be cleaned throughout the day?

Hand sanitiser will be placed inside each building entry door and will be available in each classroom and office.

Banisters, door handles, light switches etc. will be cleaned throughout the day.

Toilets and sinks will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

Will lunches be available?

School lunches will still be available in the Dining Halls. Lunchtimes will be staggered per year group.

Will the School Buses be running for the start of term?

The buses will be running their usual timetable from Friday 4 September and they are expected to have all arrived on site by 08:30. Upon arrival, children can make their way to their designated classroom.

All operators have received instructions on how to ensure the buses are operated safely and the Covid Position Statement that has been issued by our transport partners, Passenger Transport Solutions, can be viewed on our website.

If you would like your son or daughter to travel to School on one of the buses, please make your booking for a bus pass at http://buspass.robertstravelgroup.co.uk/

Will the Breakfast Club be available at Fairfield?

The Breakfast Club will operate from 07:45 to 08:30 from Monday 7 September and will operate under the following new conditions;

- The minimum requirement for accessing Breakfast Club is 3 days per week.
- The minimum requirement for accessing After School Care is 3 days per week.
- Parents will not be able to split their allocation between Breakfast Club and After School Care to make up their minimum weekly allocation i.e. Breakfast Club (2 days) and After School Care (1 day). In order to staff After School Care and Breakfast Club effectively, the two have be treated as two complete separate entities.

Will the Wrap-Around Care be available at Fairfield?

Wrap Around Care will start at 15:40 and pick up times will be at 16:30, 17:15 and 18:00 only (by prior arrangement). Sign-up for this service will be required.

Can Year 13 students park on site?

No, there will be no parking available anywhere on the campus for Year 13 student cars.

What plans are you putting in place for continuity of teaching if there had to be a school closure?

All Foundation School's are able to transition to remote learning. With the support of your child’s teachers, lessons can continue with learning at home.

The curriculum is supported by a wide range of instructional online tools and platforms and these platforms will be used for continuity of teaching. Firefly is the primary portal for setting work. Teaching staff do however using a range of teaching methods in order to provide variety in their lessons and some pupils will 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 always on ensuring students participate in educationally beneficial activities. Students would continue 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 a remote learning programme, students would be required to submit work electronically to their teachers.

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

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.

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/

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