Covid19 (Coronavirus) Update
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Monday 4th October 2021
End of Enhanced Response Area Status
Over the course of the weekend the Government announced that Devon is no longer a Designated Enhanced Response area.
This means the following for Stover School:
• Pupils and staff will no longer be required to wear a face mask in communal areas in the Senior School.
• Changing facilities are now open. Pupils need to arrive into school in full school uniform and change into sports kit before their sports lessons.
• All Senior School pupils have a locker in which they can stow their kit.
• Assemblies will begin again in Jubilee Hall.
• Parents are now able to meet with a member of staff on site, though virtual meetings will continue if preferred. Please ensure all meetings are pre-arranged with the member of staff concerned.
• In line with the national guidance, we encourage those using the school buses to continue to wear face masks.
Other mitigating measures which limit the spread of infection will continue. These include handwashing and the use of hand sanitiser, particularly in dining halls and toilet areas, regimes such as ‘catch it, kill it and bin it!’ and twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Tests.
As a reminder, please inform the school of any positive LFT using email@example.com and book a PCR test as soon as possible. Kind regards,
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Friday 24th September 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
You will be aware from my last letter, that 27th September was identified as a key date by the local health protection team, with regard to Devon’s status as an Enhanced Response Area.
We have now been informed that Enhanced Response will be extended beyond Monday, but have not been given any information as to how long the extension will last. This means we are obliged to continue with the current Covid-19 mitigation procedures in the meantime.
As a reminder, this means that in addition to the usual social distancing, Senior School pupils and staff will continue to:
- Self-test twice each week on Wednesday and Sunday
- Wear masks in communal areas.
Additionally, and across the whole school site, sanitization and ventilation measures will continue and large group activities, such as assemblies, will be carried out virtually. Visitors to site will be restricted, with virtual meetings being conducted wherever possible.
We will of course update you as soon as we have any additional information.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 31st August 2021
On August 27th the Government designated Devon as an Enhanced Response Area due to the current high rates of COVID-19 in the South West region. This status will continue for 5 weeks, which takes us through to the end of September. As a result, some additional mitigation measures have been added to the start of term guidance for the opening of schools. Please take these as additions to the letter I sent last week giving you information about school opening. I apologise for sending amendments so soon; such is the nature of things with the ever-changing Covid situation.
In an effort to reduce rates locally, the school is required to follow these measures:
• All secondary school pupils and will take part in the school testing programme;
• All secondary school pupils and staff will be asked to adhere to a twice-weekly testing home schedule until further notice;
And in addition:
• All pupils and staff will wear face coverings in communal areas in the secondary school;
• Large group events/activities, e.g. Assemblies, will take place virtually;
• All pupils travelling on school transport will wear face coverings;
• To avoid using changing spaces, senior pupils will arrive to school in PE kit on days where they have curriculum PE timetabled on that day;
• Parents are asked not to enter the school buildings;
• Parents are asked to adhere to social distancing measures around the school site;
• All visitors to the site, including parents, will pre-arranged appointments and wherever possible, meetings will take place outside or via electronic means.
These will work alongside our other continued mitigation processes, previously outlined.
Testing of Secondary Pupils
A number of secondary pupils will have had an NHS confirmed positive case of COVID-19. This means that they should not take part in LFD or PCR testing for 90 days (unless they have symptoms, whereupon they should access a PCR test). In order to be exempted from the school’s initial on-site testing programme and continued twice-weekly testing, please forward your child’s NHS confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org. All other secondary pupils will be expected to take part in the school’s testing programme as a means of protecting our school community. Please find attached the Government Blue Guide – ‘How to test at home’, for further reference.
We will update you further as continuing guidance is received by the school. In light of the heightened status that Devon is now subject to, we will do our best to protect the school community from the Covid-19 virus and appreciate your ongoing support with these mitigation measures.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re – September Opening of Stover School – Preparatory School pupils/Year 7 & 8 pupils/Year 9 & 10 pupils/Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils
The Government’s guidance with respect to the opening of schools for the autumn term has evolved over the summer. We are now in a position where we hope it has settled and can we therefore update you with the relevant information.
The most important aspects are the requirement for the school to test all senior pupils before they return to school, the changes regarding ‘track and trace’ for close contacts of a positive case and the on-going requirement for home testing for all staff and senior pupils.
Please be aware that we are continuing to receive regular updates from the Department for Education and as a result, requirements may change. Of course, we will keep you fully informed.
Boarding pupils and parents – please be aware that this letter is for information only and that Mrs Notman will contact you directly in the coming days, regarding your return to the Boarding House and the necessary testing and quarantine requirements.
School based Covid-19 testing
The Government have confirmed that all school staff will continue to test twice a week using the lateral flow antigen test supplied by the Government
All Preparatory School pupils, will return to school onThursday 9th September, as testing of primary pupils is not required prior to their return.
Testing for Senior School pupils – (delete as necessary and below – for each year group) Year 7 & 8/ Year 9 & 10 / Year 11 and Sixth Form
The latest guidance indicates that all senior pupils must be tested at school through a school based tested centre at least once before they can reintegrate into the school community and that they should receive a second test 3 to 4 days after their first test.
The 3 to 4 day window (previous 3 to 5 days) makes the logistics extremely difficult and we have worked with these in the best possible circumstance to ensure that all of our senior pupils have completed their tests by the end of the first week of term (Sunday 12th September) and that curriculum time is compromised as little as possible.
In order to achieve that we would ask that:
Year 7 & 8 pupils – receive their first test on Friday 3rdSeptember and their second test onMonday 6th September.
Year 9 & 10 pupils – receive their first test on Tuesday 7th September and their second test onFriday 10th September (this will be administered when the school is in session and have no impact for parents outside of the usual drop-off and pick arrangements).
Year 11 & Sixth Form pupils – receive their first test onWednesday 8th September and conduct their second test using the home test Lateral Flow tests on Sunday 12thSeptember.
- For tests days that fall on 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8thSeptember, we cannot run school buses as the children have not been tested, so we ask that parents arrange to transport their children to and from the school on their allocated testing day. Pupils will queue at the school pavilion and return to their parental vehicle immediately after being tested to return home.
- In order to process the necessary volume of pupils on each day of testing we need to spread the arrival of pupils over the day, so we ask you to adhere to the arrival timings for each group laid out below:
Year 7 – Form 7AM 09.00
Form 7CC 10.00
Form 7JBa 11.00
Year 8 – Form 8LR 13.00
Form 8RC 14.00
Form 8RG 15.00
Form 8TC 16.00
Year 9 – Form 9HR 09.00
Form 9NC 10.00
Form 9RF 11.00
Year 10 – Form 10BK 13.00
Form 10CW 14.00
Form 10JHa 15.00
Form 10SC 16.00
Year 11 – Form 11GFx 09.00
Form 11JBr 10.00
Form 11JM 11.00
Form 11MH 13.00
6th Form – Lower Sixth 14.00
Upper Sixth 15.00
- The school Sports Pavilion will be used as a semi-permanent test centre, allowing testing to take place at distance from the main school buildings and providing appropriate parking in the Pavilion/tennis courts parking bay.
- All staff who are involved with testing have received appropriate training. The testing regime will continue to be overseen by Helen Notman and be supported by our fully qualified school nurse, Charlotte Shuttleworth.
- In cases of positive school test results, pupils or staff will be required to leave the site immediately and are advised to seek a PCR test immediately. We require you to remain at home until your PCR test result is received and to inform the school of the result using email@example.com. If the PCR test result is negative then pupils or staff can return to school immediately. If the PCR test result is positive then pupils and staff will be required to follow the Government self-isolation guidance. Please note that if the PCR test is not taken within a 48 hour window then the school positive test result will stand and the pupil or staff will need to follow the self-isolation procedures.
- In order to successfully administer school-based testing, we require consent for all Senior School pupils. If you have not already done so (if you consented to school based testing last academic year, we will have this on file and an additional consent is not required), please complete the parental consent form for school based Covid-19 testing and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. whether you are giving your consent to testing or declining. All non-returns will be followed up.
School buses will run as usual from Thursday 9thSeptember.
Once the testing regime has been completed, all senior pupils and all staff will be required to continue to home test twice a week until the Department of Education informs us otherwise. We will update you when we are able to do so. Pupils will receive their box of home-test kits from the testing centre, before term starts.
As a consequence of the way we have managed to organise testing and your cooperation in transporting your children in order to adhere to the timings and dates, all Stover School pupils will be able to start school as normal on the scheduled first day of the autumn term, Thursday 9th September.
Track and Trace procedures
The latest guidance makes clear that it is no longer the duty of schools to identify the close contact individuals where another individual has been PCR tested as a positive COVID-19 case.
As a result, if we have a positive case the NHS will contact that person directly in order to identify any close contacts.
Where a pupil is identified as a close contact, in order to protect the school community in the best possible way we would ask that:
- The school is informed immediately that you have been identified as a close contact and during the school day this would involve collecting you child from school immediately.
- That you seek a PCR test a soon as possible and results are shared with the school
- That close contacts individuals do not return to school until they have received a negative result from their PCR test (returns as now most usually within 12 hours, so curriculum impact will be minimised).
Of course, all information regarding track and trace and indeed any aspect of the COVID-19 situation will be treated in the utmost confidence by the school and in line with GDPR requirements. The NHS may contact the school about close contacts should they need to.
School COVID-19 mitigation procedures
Much of the guidance and practice that was in place last year has been removed from the latest guidance. There will be no pupil bubbles or requirement for mask wearing. Assemblies and other communal and multi-year group events can commence. There will be no year group specific toilet blocks, no specified doors or corridors, no separation of pupil groups at break, lunch and enrichment activity times and no segregated parent drop-off and pick-up zones. Perhaps most significantly, teachers can move away from classrooms where all children are front facing and teachers will be able to return to being able to move around classrooms freely.
This is excellent news in terms of delivering education, personal growth and the extensive enrichment programme we offer here at Stover. In a sense, apart from the on-going weekly testing for staff and senior pupils, it will be back to Stover School as normal with all of the benefit that that offers our children.
This also means that we can engage again with a full school calendar. All sports fixtures, school productions, school music, social events and other activities can begin again in their usual formats.
Aside from home testing the latest guidance does continue to advise on best mitigation practices and we shall continue to observe the following:
- Wall mounted hand sanitisation units will remain at key entry points to the buildings and at entry and exit points to dining rooms. Pupils will be encouraged to use these and to wash their hands after using the toilet.
- The school estates team will continue to operate a more extensive cleaning regime with focus on key infection points, those being toilet blocks, communal areas and door and other grab handles and rails.
- Ventilation will be increased where possible, practicable and safe for pupils and staff. In most cases this will mean opening room windows and doors.
- Being sensible about social distancing where possible.
Pupil re-integration/integration into a non-restricted school
We are very aware that pupils have followed COVID-19 guidelines for a long time. For some of our new pupils (and parents) they do not know what ‘normal Stover’ looks or feels like. Indeed, for some of our existing pupils, particularly those who joined us in the last 18 months, they too do not know ‘normal’. As a consequence, the pastoral team have thought carefully about how to ease the transition back to normal. Class teachers and Form Teacher’s will be particularly careful in ensuring any new pupils are ‘buddied up’ with other pupils who can look out for them in the first days and weeks. The first 2 days of the term will be spent undertaking a number of acclimatisation and team building activities to ensure the term and ‘new normal’ gets off to the most successful start possible.
The latest guidance with be reflected in updates to the school’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment, which will be available on the school website before the start of the school testing regime.
I hope this gives you further clarity about Stover School’s approach to the autumn term. If you are unsure or have queries, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to help. I am very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 15th June 2021
You will no doubt be aware that the Government has delayed any decision to relax the restrictions related to minimising the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, until 19th July.
As far as we are aware, at present, this means that the current school risk assessment and associated risk mitigation procedures will remain in place until our summer term ends on 9th July at 1pm. If there is any change to current guidelines, the school will be informed via a Department of Education update. We will, of course, write to you to let you know about any salient points.
The leadership team and staff were planning a number of events post 21st June, in an effort to return to something approaching ‘normal business’. Those of you that have enjoyed previous summer terms here at Stover know that it is a rather special time. However, given last night’s announcement, these events including Prize Day, the summer music concerts, sports days, activities week, amongst others, will now have to take place in a restricted fashion and largely using virtual means, as in summer 2020.
We are all disappointed about this, as you will be, however we are doing our best to make the events as engaging and ‘real’ as possible, so our children can thoroughly enjoy them. The sports days and the senior activities week, to name two, will be live events, operated in pupil bubbles to make them as close to the normal events as possible.
As the Government guidelines will remain, please continue to observe them in order to keep our whole community as protected as possible.
Pupils will remain in bubbles and continuing care is needed at drop-off and pick-up times.
Senior School pupils will continue to follow the twice weekly testing regime.
Social distancing needs to continue wherever practicable.
Washing hands and/or santising and personal hygiene needs to continue.
Staff will continue to wear facemasks in communal areas.
Pupils using buses will continue to sanitise and wear facemasks for travel.
Any pupil displaying symptoms while at school will leave the school site ASAP and be advised to take a PCR test.
Any pupil displaying symptoms while at home is asked not to come to school and are advised to take a PCR test.
Please ensure you inform the school if your child has been a close contact of a known Covid-19 positive individual (identified by LFT or PCR test) and do not allow them to come to school, instead follow the necessary self-isolation procedures.
For all void or positive test results (identified by LFT or PCR test) please be reminded to inform the school using firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of visitors and parents visiting the site needs to be kept to a minimum, which means we continue to be unable to invite you to events and fixtures.
Thank you all for your support in following the necessary procedures this year.
Our current Covid-19 risk assessment continues to be available at the top of this page.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Wednesday 26th May 2021
I hope you are all looking forward to a well-deserved half term break. It is really important this year, that we use the time to relax and recharge and perhaps enjoy some of the activities that the easing of Covid-19 restrictions has made possible once more.
I am aware that some of you may be planning to travel overseas during the holiday. The Government has now provided information regarding international travel and I have provided a link below to the relevant section of the Government website.
Please follow the travel guidance that is relevant, to ensure that we are doing our best to protect the school community from the possible transmission of the virus, following any overseas trips.
Even travelling to a country on the “green list” requires COVID-19 testing and there is particular guidance on what to do on your return to England. The link below may be useful:
If you are still uncertain about the exact requirements, please seek further advice directly from a Gov.uk helpline or from your Local Authority.
If you are required to quarantine after the half term holiday, please inform the school as it will require term time absence for your child(ren).
For Senior pupils, please ensure that twice weekly testing continues throughout the break and any positive or void results are reported to the school.
I wish you a restful and enjoyable half term.
Richard Notman, Headmaster
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Thursday 14th May 2021
You will no doubt be aware of the announcements made earlier this week by the Government, regarding amendments to Covid guidance for schools, to come into effect from Monday 17th May.
We have now received the associated detailed written guidance to schools from the Department of Education. Though much remains the same for the foreseeable future, there are some significant changes which I would like to share with you.
- From Monday, no school pupil will be required to wear a face covering in lessons or in any other communal areas of the school. Neither will pupils be required to wear them to travel around the school site. This is great news in terms of the facilitation of effective communication and therefore education, and also in respect of the wellbeing of our pupils. Staff will not be required to wear masks in lessons, but will be required to continue to wear a face-covering in parts of the school where social distancing is not possible. In practice at Stover, this will mean where staff, and other adults on site, are using corridors to move around the site or in staff or dining areas where they cannot guarantee social distance. Masks are still required for pupils and staff who use school transport. As a result, the existing infection mitigations that are in place for the use of school buses will remain.
- Overnight stays are now permitted for school trips. However, please understand that school trips take many weeks of planning and administration. As such, I have instructed staff who have completed all the logistics for trips that are due to take place before the end of the summer term, to avoid making late changes to plans in light of this Government update. In reality, the announcement has come far too late in the term to begin to alter existing plans. There may be odd exceptions, where plans are easily amended, the nature of the trip is seriously compromised by the fact the trip cannot occur overnight or where plans are not as yet fixed. I hope I have your support and understanding that in the vast majority of cases, existing plans will stand.
- Some school fixtures, depending on their nature, can now take place. Here also, there is much more to the position that simply inviting another school to come and play on our grounds. The Covid risk assessment procedures and policy for any visiting school have to be checked to ensure that they are adequate and broadly in line with those being observed at Stover. Testing arrangements for the visiting school have to verified. Bubble arrangements for any visiting school have to line up with ours. Numbers of pupils invited, sanitisation, toileting facilities, travel and changing arrangements, amongst other things, need to be carefully monitored and controlled to minimise the risk of any infection. In light of this, we have decided to allow the PE Department the necessary time before the half term break to properly manage the logistics of organising a skeleton programme of fixtures for after the half term break.
All else in the school’s guidance remains the same. This means that drop-off and pick-arrangements, school transport, pupil bubbles, twice weekly testing, social distancing where possible and crucially, personal hygiene and sanitisation routines will remain in the immediate term. Unfortunately, this also means that site visitors still need to be strictly controlled and the majority of meetings will continue to take place virtually.
I hope this makes sense. Thankfully, it feels like a first and significant step on the road back to normal Stover schooling.
If you have queries about the above, please do get in touch.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Thursday 15th April 2021
Returning to School after Easter
I trust that you are having a well-earned Easter break. The DfE have updated the guidance to parents regarding schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see the following link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak Of note is the following:In the Senior School, the continuation of wearing of masks in the senior school is required, including in classrooms, until at the earliest the 17th May 2021.The need to validate any asymptomatic symptoms Lateral Flow Device test, whether completed at home, or in the school testing site with a PCR test.
Please note that should you have a positive test result from a Lateral Flow Device then you must ensure that you PCR test is taken within 48 hours and you must inform the school of BOTH results immediately.The need to continue to test using the Lateral Flow Devices twice weekly. We are expecting a further delivery of test kits and these will be distributed to senior pupils, upon receipt.Please continue to limit the number of out-of-school activities that your children are attending.Thank you for continuing to test yourselves over the Easter break. The DfE have requested that pupils test the day before they return to school, so day pupils should test themselves on Monday 19th April, rather than Sunday 18th April.
All boarders are required to test on Sunday 18th April and to send their test result to email@example.com. Parents of boarders will not be able to access boarding and are requested to contact the boarding team when they arrive on site on Monday 19th April. Finally, a reminder that all adults that are in contact with children of school age are able to access home-testing kits from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
With best wishes,
Senior Teacher Health and Well being
Head of Boarding
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Thursday 18th March 2021
RE: CLARIFICATION ABOUT TESTING PROCESSES
I wish to remind you about the testing processes in relation to COVID-19 and understand that this maybe confusing.
SYMPTOMATIC TESTING PROCESSES:
If anyone in your household has any of the following symptoms then you MUST arrange a PCR test and either attend a testing centre or arrange for a PCR test to be sent to your home: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- a new continuous cough;
- a high temperature (37.8c);
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
You and your household members must stay at home and follow the National Guidelines for self-isolating. Lateral Flow Tests are not for pupils (or anyone) with symptoms.
ASYMPTOMATIC (NO SYMPTOMS) TWICE WEEKLY HOME-TESTING PROCESSES:
The Lateral Flow Home Testing kits supplied by the NHS are for Senior pupils and adults over the age of 18 living in the same household as pupils or school staff, to carry out twice weekly asymptomatic testing as part of the National initiative. Senior School pupils at Stover School have so far been provided with home testing kits to enable them to complete testing and they should not be used on younger siblings that are under the age of 11. The NHS and the DfE are very clear that Primary School children should not be tested using the Lateral Flow Home Testing kits.
Thank you for your ongoing support and adherence, which not only is part of the National effort, but our local effort to keep our Community and School safe.
Charlotte Shuttleworth, School Nurse
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Monday 8th March 2021
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 24th February 2021
The Government update received by schools on Monday, made it very clear that schools could not test pupils or staff members before Monday 8th March. This led to schools being forced to plan to test during the week beginning the 8th March, with pupils starting at some point during the same week, once a negative test result had been received.
The Government has now retracted this position, allowing pupils to receive their tests in the preceding week. This is great news for schools, as it means we can avoid a fragmented re-opening, with all pupils returning to school Monday 8th March, having received a negative test result.
However, it does mean we need to alter the dates for testing that were shared with you on Tuesday. Apologies for the changes in timing and thank you in advance for your flexibility.
Please see below the timetable for testing for Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March. We will endeavour to give all senior pupils their first test during these two days. This will enable the school to open to all pupils on Monday 8th. It also enables us to deliver the 2nd and 3rd school-based tests in the week beginning 8th March, which limits the curriculum disruption that is driven by testing pupils once the school is open.
The school Pavilion is being used as our testing centre. On arrival, please park sensibly in the Pavilion car park or along the main drive. Your child can then leave the car to queue for and receive their test at the allocated time. They will return to the car immediately after receiving their test, to return home. They must wear a suitable 3-ply mask throughout the testing process and follow all staff instructions.
I appreciate that the timetable is prescriptive in terms of the timings, however, we need to ensure that the test centre operates all day with a steady flow of pupils and that pupil bubbles are separated throughout the process. Please adhere to the timings given, despite the inconvenience caused. Again, I thank you for your forbearance in advance.
|10BK||Boys – 9:00 to 9:15amGirls – 9:15 to 9:30am||11JT||Boys – 12:30 to 12:45pmGirls – 12:45 to 1:00pm|
|10GFx||Boys – 9:30 to 9:15amGirls – 9:45 to 10:00am||11MH||Boys – 1:00 to 1:15pmGirls – 1:15 to 1:30pm|
|10JBr||Boys – 10:30 to 10:45amGirls – 10:45 to 11:00am||11SC||Boys – 1:30 to 1:45pmGirls – 1:45 to 2:00pm|
|10RG||Boys – 11:00 to 11:15amGirls – 11:15 to 11:30am||Year 12||Boys – 2:30 to 2:50pmGirls – 2:50 to 3:10pm|
|Year 13||Boys – 3:10 to 3:20pmGirls – 3:20 to 3:40pm|
|7AM||Boys – 9:00 to 9:15amGirls – 9:15 to 9:30am||9CW||Boys – 12:40 to 1:00pmGirls – 1:00 to 1:20pm|
|7JBa||Boys – 9:30 to 9:15amGirls – 9:45 to 10:00am||9PB||Boys – 1:20 to 1:40pmGirls – 1:40 to 2:00pm|
|7JHa||Boys – 10:30 to 10:45amGirls – 10:45 to 11:00am||9RC||Boys – 2:30 to 2:50pmGirls – 2:50 to 3:10pm|
|8KG||Boys – 11:00 to 11:10amGirls – 11:10 to 11:20am||9TC||Boys – 3:10 to 3:25pmGirls – 3:25 to 3:40pm|
|8NC||Boys – 11:20 to 11:30amGirls – 11:30 to 11:40am|
|8RF||Boys – 11:40 to 11:50amGirls – 11:50 to 12:00am|
Senior staff will run the virtual school timetable as usual for the week beginning 1st March. However, please expect staff to be involved with the school testing programme or preparing for re-opening on Thursday and Friday. As a result, work will be available for pupils in the relevant google classrooms, but staff may not be present for face to face delivery in associated google meets.
If you have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 I would be grateful if you could inform firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can amend our overall spreadsheet for COVID-19. Charlotte, the School Nurse, will require a copy of the NHS email or text message for your private health records too.
We have done a fantastic job as a whole community in observing advised protocols and keeping the virus out of the school. Thank you to everyone for the combined effort. It seems the end is in sight now. Once more concerted effort will enable us to return to the ‘normal normal’ rather than the ‘new normal’. I know we will all welcome that moment.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 23rd February 2021
FAQ re masks. For further information please contact email@example.com
1. Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
· children under the age of 11, unless pupils are on school transport or attending lessons in the Secondary School
· people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face mask because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability or this would cause significant stress because of their physical or mental illness or impairment or disability.
· if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
· to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others ‒ including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity
2. Which type of face mask should I supply my child with?
A 3 ply/layer face mask that is washable.
3. Can I wear a buff, scarf or a face shield instead of a face mask?
No. The guidance that we are following has changed from a face covering to a face mask.
4. Do Senior School pupils have to wear face masks in classrooms at Stover School?
Yes. Despite our small class size we are unable to maintain a 2m social distance required in our classrooms. Staff will be required to wear face masks in classrooms too.
5. Do pupils in the Senior School have to wear a face mask for PE?
PE lessons will not require a face mask to be worn, when exercising or are taking part in strenuous activity. When PE lessons are of a theory nature face masks will be required.
6. Does my child have to wear a face mask as a pupil in the Preparatory School?
Children in the Preparatory School do not have to wear a face mask in the Preparatory School. They will however have to wear a face mask on school transport and if they have lessons in the Senior School.
7. Can I choose to keep my child at home because I don’t want them to wear a face mask?
No. The Government has changed its guidance so that there is now mandatory attendance. Face masks are part of the preventive control factors in place for a COVID secure school setting.
8. Does my preparatory aged child have to wear a face mask on the school bus?
Yes. They will be in close contact with senior pupils and staff.
9. Does my preparatory aged child have to wear a face mask in a Senior School classroom?
Yes. They will be required to wear a mask in a Senior School classroom.
10. Does my Secondary School aged child have to wear a face mask at breaktime?
Once a pupil has arrived at their outdoor play area, they will be allowed to remove their mask. It must be replaced before they start their journey back to lessons.
11. Will my boarding child have to wear a face mask in the boarding house?
No. In the boarding house no masks will be required. Boarders will be expected to wear a face mask when going to other areas around the school site even out-of-school hours.
12. How many face masks will be needed per day?
We recommend that your child is provided with 3 or 4 face masks per day. Once a face mask becomes damp it is less effective. At this point it must be removed and either stored safely in a sealable plastic bag and taken home to be washed OR disposed of in a lidded bin.
13. Do I need to provide my child with a FFP2 mask or surgical mask?
No. A homemade 3ply/layered mask or a bought 3 ply/layered fabric mask can be used instead.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 23rd February 2021
|Parental Letter re 8th March opening|
|Following the Government’s educational update yesterday, I am writing to give you the relevant details about the re-opening of schools from the 8th March and the associated Covid-19 testing requirements. It is great to hear that schools are able to open prior to Easter and we look forward to welcoming all of our children back as soon as we are able to. Please be aware that we are continuing to receive regular updates from the Department for Education and as a result, requirements may change. Of course, we will keep you fully informed. |
Pupils returning to school The Prime Minister announced that schools would open on 8th March, however, the additional requirement to testing staff and pupils mean all children will not be able to return on that date. The Government guidance makes it clear that no testing can occur before 8th March and that all senior pupils and all staff must be tested before they can reintegrate into the school community, in order to minimise the possibility of bringing the Covid-19 virus into the school. We are able to process 150 tests per day using our school-based testing site. This means we will need to use Monday 8th March, Tuesday 9th March and possibly Wednesday 10th March to complete the required testing before fully opening. Within these requirements, we will endeavour to test and return your children to the school as soon as we are possibly able to do so. Please look for the relevant bullet point below which will identify the plan for testing for your child(ren) and their consequential return date.
All Preparatory School pupils, will return to school on Monday 8thJanuary, as testing of primary pupils is not required prior to their return.
Boarding pupils: those who are required to quarantine, will return on Saturday 27thFebruary, to allow the necessary quarantine period prior to beginning school in the week commencing 8th March. They will be tested in the school test centre before they enter the boarding house and will need to inform firstname.lastname@example.org of their time of arrival.
Boarders (full and weekly) who do not need to quarantine, will return on Sunday 7th March between 14.00 and 16.00. They will be tested before they enter the boarding house. A negative test result will be required (approximately 30 minutes after the test has been taken) before being released to the boarding house.
Years 10, 11 and the 6th Form pupils: All pupils in these year groups will be invited to the school for testing on Monday 8th March. We will endeavour to process these children within the day and pending a negative test result, they will be able to return to school on Tuesday 9th March.
Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils: All pupils in these year groups will be invited to the school for testing on Tuesday 9th March. We will endeavour to process these children within the day and pending a negative test result, they will be able to return to school on Wednesday 10th March.
Critical Worker provision: This will be available on Monday 8th March and Tuesday 9th March. These pupils will be required to be tested on Monday 8th March and then follow their year group programme as above. If we are unable to process the planned numbers, we may need to use Wednesday 10th as an additional testing day. We will inform you nearer the time, if this is the case, and share any amendments to the return to school dates.
For obvious reasons, we cannot run school buses before the children have been tested, so we ask that parents arrange to transport their children to and from the school on their allocated testing day. Pupils will queue at the school pavilion and return to their parental vehicle immediately after being tested to return home. We will send more precise timings for the testing days in the week beginning 1stMarch.
During the day on Monday 8th, senior staff will run the virtual school timetable as usual to allow children who are not engaged with testing to follow their usual school timetable. On Tuesday 9th, senior staff will be involved in physical teaching and supervision of the Years 10, 11 and 6th Form pupils, so will post work in their Google Classrooms for Year 7, 8, & 9 pupils to complete when they are not involved with testing.
School buses will run as usual from Tuesday 9th March for Years 10, 11 and 6thForm pupils (who have received a negative test on Monday 8th) and for all other senior pupils who have returned a negative test, on Wednesday 10th March.
School based Covid-19 testing The Government has confirmed that all school staff will continue to test twice a week using the lateral flow antigen test supplied by the Government. In addition, all secondary school pupils are to be tested 3 times at the school-based testing centre, before being given home testing kits to use from that point forward. The first rotation of these tests will be completed as above, on Monday 8thMarch and Tuesday 9th March, if logistics allow. Pupils will be tested again on Thursday 11th March and Friday 12th March.
The final school-based round of testing will occur on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March.The second and third tests will take place during the school day. Though there will be some disruption to curriculum, parents can treat these as normal school days for the purpose of transport to and from school.The school Sports Pavilion will continue to be used as a semi-permanent test centre, allowing testing to take place at distance from the main school buildings and providing appropriate parking in the Pavilion/tennis courts parking bay.
All staff who are involved with testing have received appropriate training. The testing regime will continue to be overseen by Helen Notman and be supported by our fully qualified school nurse, Charlotte Shuttleworth.In cases of positive test results, pupils or staff will be required to leave the site immediately and undertake a 10-day isolation period, as per the Government guidance. Pupils will leave the site immediately following their first tests on 8th and 9th March and will receive their result via NHS Track and Trace. If a pupil tests positive once they have returned to school, they will be held in an isolation room in the school Pavilion, while waiting for parents to pick them up.In order to successfully administer school-based testing, we require consent for all Senior School pupils. If you have not already done so, please complete the attached parental consent form for school based Covid-19 testing and return to email@example.com. whether you are giving your consent to testing or declining. All non-returns will be followed up. In terms of school practices once the school has returned, much remains the same as it was in the autumn term. (For families who were not with us in the autumn term, copies of previous information regarding autumn term practices will be sent out to you separately later this week.) All procedures offering additional protection from transmission of the virus will continue, including observation of social distancing whenever possible, washing and sanitising hands and surfaces appropriately and catch it, bin it, kill it procedures.
Parental transport will continue to follow drop off zoning to avoid mixing of pupil bubbles. Please can I remind you that no parent should enter any school building without a prior appointment and that where possible, parents should not leave their cars when dropping off and picking up their children (exception is expected for the youngest children who are delivered to their class teachers). Pupils using school buses will wear masks, sit in allocated seats and sanitise appropriately.
All pupils will continue to operate in bubbles for lessons, breaks, lunches and in activities. In addition, track and trace procedures will continue to be observed, with close contacts of any positive cases being required to isolate at home for the required 10-day period. Please note that the definition of a ‘close contact’ has been tightened. Where pupils are unable to return to the physical school, appropriate curriculum will be organised by the class teacher or form tutor and delivered using the Google Classroom facility.
Requirement to wear facemasks The notable difference with the March guidance concerns the requirement to wear face-masks. Firstly, there is a requirement to wear suitably protective 3-layered face mask (scarfs, buffs, face shields and the like are no longer acceptable). Senior pupils and staff must now wear such masks at all times (not just to move around the site and in communal areas, but also in classrooms). Primary staff (at Stover, the Preparatory School) must wear facemasks when moving around the site and in all communal areas, but they are not required to do so once in classrooms.Exception can be made when pupils are undertaking strenuous activity, for example in PE. These new requirements will mean pupils will need to bring 3 or 4 masks to school each day, as with continual wear masks become damp and unpleasant to wear. They must be kept in a sealed bag, when not in use.
The latest guidance with be reflected in updates to the school’s Covid Risk Assessment, which is available on the school website.
I hope this gives you further clarity about Stover School’s approach to the latest updates regarding the re-opening of schools.
If you have queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Tuesday 5th January 2021
You will no doubt be aware that the educational provision and associated school-based testing regime we were planning to deliver for the start of the Spring term, following Government guidance received during the Christmas break, will now have to be significantly amended, in light of last night’s announcement about national lockdown with immediate effect.
Consequently, and with great regret I have to inform you, that in line with Government directives, from tomorrow morning, all of our pupils will stay at home and engage with Stover’s virtual learning programme. The exceptions to this are the Stover Nursery, which will continue to operate as per the Autumn term and children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils, who can be educated and supervised on site. If you are a critical worker or have a vulnerable child and we are not already aware of your requirement for on site learning, please email email@example.com as soon as possible, to allow us to organise appropriate staffing for this provision.
At the present time, we expect this enforced school closure to last until the February half term. As per last summer’s lockdown, our aim is to provide the full curriculum and as many additional educational provisions as possible, in the best fashion, in the virtual classroom space. As in the summer, we will not be furloughing any educational or pastoral support staff, as our ambition is to provide the best possible education for our children.
We know from the wealth of positive parental feedback that we received in the summer lockdown and the subsequent assessment programme that we engaged in with our pupils in the autumn, that their progress suffered little or not at all, in the vast majority of cases as a result of the extended summer lockdown. I hope this gives you confidence going into this 6-week closure, that we have a tried and tested system that delivers the educational progress we have come to expect here at Stover, be it at school or in the virtual classroom.
From tomorrow, pupils will engage with their Form Tutors or Class-teachers (in the Preparatory School) at 0830, register and then receive the usually timetabled morning assembly or intervention events. From 0900 a full and complete curriculum will be provided for all timetabled lessons, through to the conclusion of the academic day at 1545 in the Preparatory School or 1630 in the Senior School. Teachers will use the tested and proved Google Classroom Suite and be ‘present’ in the classroom for ‘face to face’ delivery, using Google Meet. Practice in the summer term saw many pupils turning their webcams off in these sessions, which obviously compromised the ability of the teacher to provide personal intervention, as much classroom assessment and teacher assistance is triggered by non-verbal cues. Please support us by impressing the importance of webcams being turned on during Google Meets, so pupils can be ‘present’ and fully engaged with the learning and teacher, in their classroom spaces. In parallel with the summer term, the full and complete framework of learning and well-being support will be provided for your children, as will a raft of virtual activities to provide enrichment opportunity, as is experienced when the children are present here at school. Finally, events, as timetabled in the school calendar, will also be provided using the technology at our disposal and tested methods from the summer term.
Children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable pupils who are attending school tomorrow should arrive for 0830 and collect in Principals for Year 7 & 8 pupils (entering by the normal Year 7 & 8 entrance) and Houndtor for Year 9 & 10 pupils (entering via the Mansion House reception door). Preparatory pupils should use the year group entrances they used in the Autumn where upon they will be allocated to bubbled classroom spaces for the day. A specialist preparatory or senior school teacher will be allocated to these classrooms to provide supervision and guided instruction and support of virtual learning as required. Lunches will be provided by the school and will be eaten in the allocated bubbled classrooms. Breaks will continue to be taken in bubbled break-out spaces. Collection at the end of the day, will be from the Mansion turning circle for senior pupils and the Preparatory School carpark for preparatory children. Buses will be arranged as required, once we have a picture of who will be attending.
At the present time we have no further information about summer examinations, beyond the Prime Minister’s statement of yesterday evening. Currently we understand that public examinations for Year 11 & Year 13, will be impacted in some way, in order to make them fairer for all pupils. At this stage, this does not amount to a cancellation of summer examinations. It is extremely dangerous to try to second guess what summer assessment will look like for the current cohort. As a result, we will continue to fully prepare our pupils for the summer papers and will react accordingly, when we have further, definitive Government guidance.
I hope this gives you the information you require at this stage. Be assured that the Finance Department will make appropriate adjustments to school fees for any lunches and bus journeys not taken due to the enforced school closure.
I can only apologise for the extremely late notice regarding these developments. If you have queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond in short order.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Monday 4th January 2021
Remote Learning at Stover School
Our website has information about Remote Learning at Stover School including links to our Google Classrooms and YouTube Channel for assemblies and PHSE.
Please do not worry if something goes wrong connecting tomorrow (Wednesday for Prep School). Remember, you can contact your/your child’s Form Tutor or Class Teacher if you need further assistance.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Monday 4th January 2021
You will have no doubt heard the very recent announcement from Boris Johnson that as of midnight tonight the Prep School will need to close and that, exactly as we did in the Summer term, we will remain open in order to be able to provide support for our Critical worker and vulnerable pupilsonly.
We have an extremely robust and well tested remote learning capability and we will be able to quickly return to that this week. That said, the announcement at such a late hour means that we will need 24 hours within which to put this into action. Staff need to have laptops allocated to them in order that they can work effectively from home, where necessary,and we will also be making our Stone/Chrome books available to pupils that would otherwise be unable to access the remote provision. Therefore, Stover Prep school’s remote teaching will begin on Wednesday 6th January.
We are as yet unsure whether, when providing critical workerand vulnerable pupil provision, we will need to adhere to the strict ‘bubbles’ that we have been operating under and we need to investigate this over the coming hours. However, Ifyou qualify for and require critical worker or vulnerable pupilprovision please can you contact Mrs Martin, email@example.com and we will happily welcome thosechildren tomorrow at school. Buses will run as normal for those critical worker and vulnerable pupils. Our Nursery will stay open, as per the Prime Minister’s statement, and all other children are to remain at home.
I have just had an Senior Leadership Team meeting and we will be meeting again tomorrow to discuss the many other matters that now need attention. We will of course update you with any further information as and when we receive it from government.
It is with great regret that we have to close the school again, but yet again we must follow government guidance.
Head of Stover Preparatory School.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Monday 4th January 2021
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Wednesday 31st December 2020
We hope you have enjoyed a very merry Christmas with your family.
Following the Government’s educational update yesterday, we are now able to write to you giving more detail about the arrangements for the start of the spring term and the associated school based Covid-19 testing regime. We now have definitive detail about the start times for various year groups and some further information about the timing and resourcing of school-based testing.
Phased return to school
Stover School will provide a full online curriculum, with a rotation of google classroom, teacher led google meet lessons, from 5th January, for all senior pupils. For safeguarding reasons, it is expected that all pupils will utilise their cameras in form time and whenever google meet lessons are in operation. Children will follow their usual timetable, as in the summer term 2020, ensuring that no significant curriculum time or content is lost. Academic provision will sit within the pastoral delivery of virtual form and house time, coupled with a full weekly assembly rotation. This will provide a complete education for any days at the start of term, when the children are not able to attend the physical school.
Please look for the relevant bullet point below which will identify the return to school date for your child(ren).
· All Primary school pupils (at Stover School, the Preparatory School pupils and Nursery), will return to school as normal, on 5th January.
· All critical worker (formerly known as key worker) children and children identified by the school as vulnerable (including boarding pupils), are entitled to return to school on 5th January. However, they may find they are one of only a few, who have returned to their pupil bubbles. In contrast to the summer, we cannot mix children across pupil bubbles, and are therefore conscious that these pupils might feel somewhat isolated. As a result, we would understand decisions to keep these pupils at home for the intervening days, before they are allowed to return to school with the rest of their year group. If however, you decide to send your key worker or vulnerable child(ren) to the Senior School from 5th January, please let us know of your intentions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, in order for school to provide a suitable timetable of supervision.
· All international boarders will return to the Boarding House on the evening of Monday 4th January and follow the required isolation protocols before returning to the classroom. These boarders will be tested before returning to the Boarding House. Other Boarders will return according to the return date for their year group, detailed below:
· All examination groups (at Stover School, the Year 11 and Year 13 pupils), will return to school, on 11th January. Trial Examinations will be delayed by a week, starting on 18th January, to allow all papers to be administered at school in full examination conditions; and
· All other pupils in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and Year 12 will return to school on 18th January. Boarding pupils in these year groups, will return on Sunday 17th January and will be tested prior to returning to the Boarding House.
In short, Year 11 & 13 pupils will receive 4 days of a full timetable of virtual learning before returning to the physical school, with Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 pupils receiving 9 days of this provision.
School buses will run as usual from the start of the term, on 5th January.
School based Covid-19 testing
The Government have now confirmed that all school staff (with the exception of Primary School staff) will need to be tested for Covid-19, using lateral flow antigen testing, supplied by the Government to all schools, at the start of the spring term. The tests and associated PPE are expected to arrive on Monday 4th January. In addition, all secondary school pupils are to be tested, when they return to school.
· At Stover School, in order to best protect our community, we will test all staff (including Preparatory staff and all support staff) prior to the return of our children en-masse, on 11th and 18thJanuary. This will take place from 4th to 6th January, on a priority basis, with staff who have direct pupil contact, taking precedence
· All international boarders, critical worker and vulnerable pupils will be tested as they return to the site on the 4th and 5th January, before they access the school
· We intend to test Year 11 and 13 pupils before they return to the classroom on 11th January. Ideally, we will target Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January, for the initial tests, when staff testing has been completed. We will give you more information as to exact timings at the beginning of next week.
· We will test all Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 pupils in the week beginning 11th January, prior to their return to school on 18th January. More information about exact timings, for both tests, will follow next week.
· In line with Government guidance, all pupils and staff will receive a second test, 3 days after their initial Covid-19 test.
· All staff will then be tested on a rolling weekly basis, as per the latest Government guidance.
· Serial testing will be provided to those pupils and staff that are identified as close contacts, as per the latest Government guidance.
· The school Sports Pavilion will be converted into a semi-permanent test centre, allowing testing to take place at distance from the main school buildings and providing appropriate parking in the Pavilion/tennis courts parking bay.
· All staff who are involved with testing will receive appropriate training before any tests are administered. The testing regime will be overseen by Helen Notman, Ben Noble and supported by our fully qualified school nurse, Charlotte Shuttleworth.
· In cases of positive test results, pupils or staff will be required to leave the site immediately and then undertake the 10-day isolation period, as per the latest Government guidance. Pupils will leave the site immediately following their tests in the week beginning 5th and 11th January, or following a positive test once they have returned to school, be held in an isolation room in the school Pavilion, while waiting for parents to pick them up.
· In order to successfully administer school-based testing, we require consent for all Senior School pupils. If you have not already done so, please complete the parental consent form for school based Covid-19 testing that has been emailed and return to email@example.com. whether you are giving your consent to testing or declining. All non-returns will be followed up.
We hope this gives you further clarity about Stover’s approach to the latest updates regarding the start of the spring term. If you have queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to resolve them.
In the meantime, a Happy New Year to you all.
Stewart Killick Richard Notman
Chair of Governors Headmaster
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Wednesday 30th December 2020
The Government has announced that Devon will be moving up to Tier 3 from tomorrow (Thursday 31 December). Full details about what this means and the new rules for the county can be read here: http://soc.devon.cc/VzHOR
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Friday 18th December
|Department for Education Announcements|
|Dear Parents and Carers, |
You might be aware of the recent announcements from the Department for Education affecting schools’ practice for the start of the Spring Term. At present, the guidance to schools, lays out the broad headlines, with little detail about implementation. However, I thought I would write to you, giving as much information as possible at this stage. As well as giving reassurance that Stover will operate, as always, with the best interests of our pupils and staff, central to delivering the best practice, within the Government’s requirements.
The significant announcements are twofold. Firstly, a requirement for a phased return to school for senior school pupils in the spring term and secondly, a requirement for school based Covid-19 testing for all school staff and senior pupils, on a rolling, weekly basis. I will deal with each in turn, and try to keep information as succinct as possible.
Phased return to school
All International Boarders will return to the Boarding House on the evening of Monday 4thJanuary and follow the required isolation protocols before returning to the classroom (a full virtual timetable will be provided for the period of isolation)
All Primary School pupils (at Stover, the Preparatory School pupils and Nursery), will return to school as normal, on 5th January
All examination groups (at Stover, the Year 11 and Year 13 pupils), will return to school as normal, on 5th January
All key worker children and vulnerable children are entitled to return to school on 5thJanuary. However, if in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12, they may find they are one of only a few, who have returned. In contrast to the summer, we cannot mix across pupil bubbles, and are therefore conscious that these pupils might feel somewhat isolated. As a result, we would understand decisions to keep these pupils at home for the 4 days from 5th to 8th January. If however, you decide to send your key worker or vulnerable children to school from 5thJanuary, please let us know of your intentions by emailing email@example.com
All year 7, 8, 9, 10 and Year 12 pupils will return to school on 11th January. From Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th, a full virtual timetable will be provided, as per the summer term, with pupils working from home.
School based Covid-19 testing
At the present time, the Government has laid out plans for all school staff and senior pupils to be tested for Covid-19 on a regular (weekly) basis. However, as yet, there is no information regarding the resourcing, training, staffing or timing of such activity. We will further inform you, as soon as we have been given the necessary information.
In the meantime, to ensure we are prepared to deliver this testing, you have been sent a parental consent form for school based Covid-19 testing. Please complete the form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org whether you are giving your consent to testing or declining. All non-returns will have to be followed up; a rapid response from each family, will help the administration of this greatly. I hope this gives you as much clarity as is possible at this point in time. Please wait for further information from the school, before raising queries, as at this stage, we have no further detail ourselves, so will be unable to answer.
In the meantime, please enjoy a restful Christmas with your families.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Tier 2 High Alert
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 13th November 2020
Please see the latest guidance from the Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=12%20November%202020%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 19th October 2020
COVID 19 – Half Term Information
As we approach half term, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in fulfilling our community duty to follow the School’s Risk Assessment and the ever-changing Government’s guidance. In order to put the school at community in the best possible position to return after the half term break, please continue to seek out a COVID-19 test, using the website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/, should you become symptomatic with any of the following over the holiday:
- A high temperature above 37.8c
- A new and continuous cough; and/or
- A loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
Please be advised that you only need to have ONE of these symptoms to trigger the need to have a test.
Should you need to take a test, please inform the school immediately using email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is imperative that you inform us as soon as possible, should the test result come back positive. This will allow the school to go through the process of informing Public Health England and Devon County Council, thereby enabling and supporting the track and trace process. Please also inform the school of a negative test result.
Finally, can I remind you about the travel restrictions imposed upon residents in England. I am sure that like myself and my family, that you will be spending time in the locality and not going overseas. If you are choosing to travel further afield in the United Kingdom, please be mindful of the local restrictions in that area. The Foreign Office has continued with its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that do not pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. Many overseas travel destinations require a 14-day quarantine period. This must be adhered to before returning to school. For the latest information please see the website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel.
Mr RWD Notman
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 21st September 2020
Letter to parents from Devon County Council
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 21st September 2020
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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 14th August 2020
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 1st July 2020
Summer Provision and School Uniform
The government confirmed this morning the following:
1. “that providers of community activities, summer clubs, tuition and other out-of-school activities will be able to open over the summer, from the 4th July, with safety measures in place” and
2. “that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in a school. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often or differently than usual.”
If you require the services of High5 for the summer childcare at Stover School then please contact Ben Knight on email@example.com or 07812 585992. Please be aware that there are limited numbers for this service in order to ensure that all safety measures are followed.
The Uniform Shop is open through the summer on an appointment system only. Stock is a little limited at the moment due to the difficulties associated with manufacturing and supplying it to the school. Please email Sarah Pearce-Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org with your uniform requirements in advance, and to confirm your appointment.
We will do our very best to continue to update you with any further changes, in a timely manner, as the government inform us of their evolving guidance.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 23rd June 2020
Returning to Stover in September – Boarding Schools Association Advice
RE: Return to school in September
We are pleased to let you know that Stover School, like all schools will be looking forward to welcoming back their pupils in the Autumn Term. At this moment in time all Boarding Schools in the UK are awaiting the final guidance with regards to how we can safely bring all children back from all countries.
As you may already be aware we are following the stringent advice set out out by the Boarding Schools Association COVID Charter, see attached, and we have excellent supplies of PPE (face masks, gloves, aprons, visors and googles) for staff and pupils, should it be needed and a clear plan set out with our School Nurse, should we need to isolate any child with symptoms of COVID-19. We have planned for a quarantine situation and this will be offered to all international boarders, without charge, if required.
Yesterday the Boarding School Association sent out their update to include advice about plans for booking return flights to the UK. Their advice at this moment in time is: “The BSA advises that where possible schools should resist making any concrete plans until the detail of the review is complete”. All schools are expecting this review to be completed in the next 10 days. We ask that you do not change your flights or make any travel arrangements until that time.
We all fully understand that this is very unsettling and the Boarding Schools Association are in discussions with the Government regarding how difficult it is for everyone to plan.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to look after your child in the very best way that we can. As soon as we have confirmation about the requirements for travel and the return to Stover School we will communicate them to you.
With very best wishes. Stay safe and keep well.
Helen Notman (Head of Boarding) & Emma Schramm (Registrar)
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 18th June 2020
Government Guidance – What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 18th June 2020
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 3rd June 2020
Government Guidance – Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 3rd June 2020
Government Guidance – What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 21st May 2020
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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 21st May 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope that this email finds you and your families well. I am writing to you following the interest you expressed in your child returning to school from June 1st. A meeting of the Board of Governors was held on Wednesday 20th May to discuss the relevant issues related to the phased opening of schools and agree on the best course of action for the school and its pupils to take. The governors took particular note of:
- The high quality of our on-going, online interactive learning provision and the fact that it would be compromised by the demand on staff to be physically present in school to teach pupils
- The small number of pupils that have expressed an interest in returning, when weighed against the majority who wish to continue with online learning from home
- The stringent and prescriptive governmental advice related to re-opening, which severely compromises the quality of the experience returning pupils would be subjected to (see previous emailed information regarding the prospective return to school for Nursery, Reception and Year 1, 6, 10 and Year 12 children)
- The wider context, in respect of decisions that are being made by local authorities and other schools and the current general advice on social distancing.
As a result, the Governing Body has concluded that the school will not open for Nursery children at this stage. The reasonable view is that for this age group, no sense of social distancing can be fairly implemented and therefore safety for supervising staff and pupils is compromised.
For all other relevant age groups (Reception, Year 1, 6, 10 and Year 12), the Board concluded that on balance, it is not beneficial to reopen the school at this stage for direct teaching. Instead, supervision for pupils still interested in returning will be provided, following the Government guidance where reasonably possible, to enable those pupils to continue to follow the school’s online learning provision at school.
As per the Government requirements at this stage, this would be a five-day week for Preparatory School children. Supervision for Senior School pupils would be solely on a Monday, in term time, in order to satisfy the Government requirement for “some face to face contact to supplement online learning”.
Pupils will be supervised by one teacher, in one room, in age-appropriate, mixed year groups, with a maximum number of 15 in each group. They will not be able to socialise with other groups, pupils or staff who are present in the school and will have a designated outside area for break times, again, where mixing of groups will not be permitted. Each group will have a specific drop off area and access door to enable them to move to and from their group room. Meals will be packed lunches and will be delivered to the designated group room. Stringent washing and cleanliness protocols will be followed. These measures are in line with Government guidance, as far as reasonably possible.
Any attending families who are interested in their children attending the group supervision sessions hosted at school will receive a full risk assessment, which attempts to mitigate the risks as far as is possible. It will layout all of the requirements and guidance in much more detail than in the previous paragraph. They will also receive an amended Behaviour Policy, which must be strictly adhered to in order to keep all staff and pupils, who are on-site, as safe as possible. They will receive clear and strict instructions regarding drop-off and pick-up and finally will be asked to fill in and submit a self-declaration for all members of the household regarding clinical vulnerability.
As per the school’s previous and recent correspondence, we will continue to attempt to keep the school community as safe as possible in order to try and mitigate the risk of transmission and infection of the novel coronavirus. However, it must be acknowledged that the movement and gathering of groups of people do increase the risk, compared with staying isolated and at home. To this end, attending families will be asked to sign a proforma stating that they recognise this fact.
Please confirm that you would still like your child/ren to attend school from June 1st by emailing Mrs Martin for Preparatory School children (email@example.com) and Mrs Symons for Senior School children (firstname.lastname@example.org), by Friday 22nd May at midday. This will allow us the half term week to make the necessary arrangements and adjustments to the site and be fully prepared for June 1st.
Following this, we will ask you to confirm the exact dates on which you would like your child/ren to attend, to enable us to safely staff the supervision of those pupils.
Should Government policy and advice change in the meantime, regarding the phased return of pupils to schools, we will contact you with the relevant information. I wish you a very enjoyable half-term break.
Mr. RWD Notman Mr. Stewart Killick Headmaster Chair of Governors
Covid19-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 18th May 2020
Please note the additional change in the highlighted symptoms as determined by the Chief Medical Officer:
“Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked”.
For more information please use The Public Health England Coronavirus Resources available free using this link.
Parent Update – Covid 19 – 14th May 2020
Dear Stover Parents & Carers,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well.
You will no doubt be aware of the various government announcements this week relating to a phased re-opening of schools.
They have proposed that from the 1st June, subject to cases of Covid-19 continuing to decline, pupils in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 6, 10 and 12 groups might return to school, in some capacity, with a number of detailed controls in place. At this stage, pupils in other year groups have to remain at home and in receipt of online learning.
We will continue to deliver our virtual provision to the very best of our capability and with regular teacher interface, until we are instructed to do otherwise.
At the present time, we are receiving daily updates to the phased return advice, and will of course amend our position in light of these and inform you of any salient changes.
If you would like further information the relevant government documentation can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020
Kind regards and best wishes
Executive Head Teacher
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020
Letters to Parents
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020
Key Worker Parents – Social Distancing
This afternoon we received further information from the Government regarding implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings. Please see the link for the full document: HERE
Recognising what was required from the outset we have met these guidelines and have small groups of children together; deep cleaning happening every evening and good hygiene is being practised.
Please can I draw your attention to those people within our community that we must shield in order to keep them safe. Our staff completed an audit to this effect last week, hence having a skeleton staff available to volunteer to support our provision. Parents are asked to consider if they have vulnerable household members to consider the risk. In the Pre-prep provision there are some very young children for whom it will not be possible to understand fully and follow the instruction of social distancing.
No staff member will be allowed to attend the key worker provision if they feel unwell. Similarly, we ask that no child should be sent into school with any possible symptoms. This will enable the school to continue to provide its key worker provision. I am sure that you will adhere to the social distancing guidelines yourself and kindly ask that you adhere to these when dropping off your children at school.
I hope that you have received my note about siblings (See documents below) – do let us know if you require that service and I am aware that a number of you have enquired about Easter provision and travel. These will be discussed over the next day and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Once again, thank you for all that you do.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020
Public Health England guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (shielding).
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 19th March 2020
As you will be aware from the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday evening, all schools in England will be closing at the end of day, on Friday 20th March, until further notice. There is an exception for parents who qualify as a key-worker. If this applies to you, please contact the school office using email@example.com before 10.00am on Friday 20th March. This will enable us to organise a suitable childcare provision for the coming week.
The Government also announced that “GCSE and A Level examinations will not take place in May and June”; we await further clarification on this matter. As yet, we do not know what form of assessment will be applied instead or whether examinations may be held at a later date. Similarly, we await confirmation on whether we will be returning to school after the Easter break. It is therefore important that Year 13 and Year 11 pupils continue with their planned work and revision as usual, over the Easter break and beyond.
Next week, leading up to the Easter holiday, all Year groups will be carrying on with their educational provision using ‘distance learning’. Classes have already been prepared for this eventuality, and informed how they will be accessing their work from home. In order to apportion study time appropriately, we advise all pupils to follow their usual timetable, as near as possible, day by day. Copies of year group timetables are attached for your reference.
All teachers have let their pupils know how to access work for classes via the school portal, as detailed in the ‘remote learning’ section of the school website (where there are direct links), and in the attachment to the e-mail to parents titled COVID-19 (coronavirus) Senior School update 13th March 2020, sent on the 13th March.
Pupils will be using a mixture of:
- Class work and instructions in the Everyone (Y:) drive of the Stover intranet system, where folders are organised as Senior School / Year / subject / class.
- ‘Google Classroom’ (using the specific code issued by the class teacher).
- Specific websites such as Sparxmaths, Kerboodle, BBC bitesize etc., as directed by the class teacher.
- Specific issues may be addressed by e-mail, using teachers’ and pupils’ school e-mail addresses, or parent e-mail addresses as appropriate.
Queries can be answered via Google Classroom, or by e-mail and work can be returned for marking and feedback by these means or saved to the pupil’s home directory / my documents.
Pupils have already been advised to gather all text books and notes etc. and to make sure they have all the resources they will need at home for the next week.
If pupils have missed any instructions or explanations they can e-mail staff directly. A list of staff e-mail addresses can be found on the school website under: contact us / teaching staff contacts.
In the event of school closure after the scheduled Easter holiday, further details about our remote learning procedures will be e-mailed to you. At this stage we will enable virtual classrooms and real-time teacher interaction and assessment, to mirror as closely as possible our normal approaches to personalised learning.
During the school’s enforced closure communication will primarily be by e-mail:
For the School Office & general enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Admissions please email email@example.com
For Finance please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Headmaster’s PA please email email@example.com
For further contacts, email addresses and updates on the current situation, please visit our website at www.stover.co.uk
For any pupils who need support in accessing on-line material, such as a password change or technical help, a help desk will be available throughout normal school hours at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (both addresses link to the same place).
If you wish to speak to someone urgently please ring 01626 354505.
Kindest regards and the best of health over this uncertain time,
Mr Richard Notman
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 18th March 2020
You will no doubt be aware of the Government announcement to close all schools at the end of play on Friday 20th March 2020.
The Senior Leadership Team will send you a detailed message tomorrow morning regarding the implications for Stover School pupils.
Thank you for your patience in the meantime.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 17th March 2020
We would like to remind you of the updated guidance from the government: “if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill”
Please follow this carefully to help protect our school community.
May I thank those parents and families that responded to our requests for your child to go home yesterday, understandably we will make the same decisions today, even if symptoms seem mild.
We appreciate that these directives are inconvenient, but they are essential if the spread of the COVID-19 virus is going to be controlled but throughout the school and community at large. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Best wishes – look after yourselves and each other.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 13th March 2020
Following the latest government update, we are continuing to assess the situation with regards to COVID-19.
Please can we remind you of the new advice from Public Health England:
- Individuals that have a new cough or a temperature of 37.8c or above are asked to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 7 days. Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free. You should follow the advice sheet CLICK HERE
The school has been in contact with Edwin Doran the tour operator for the South Africa trip and Camps International regarding the Uganda trip who will be producing a plan and advice for the school in the near future.
We ask that you carefully consider any travel plans over Easter. Please review the information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. Note that there are a number of countries that will not allow UK residents to cross their borders, so check the travel advice from the FCO regarding individual countries https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline and will reflect any of the medical advice given. Finally, we re-iterate the “Catch It – Kill It – Bin It” campaign and the advice about washing hands thoroughly and frequently CLICK HERE
All school events are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In order to protect our community, decisions may be taken to cancel or postpone and we thank you for your understanding and support with regards any changes to the calendar.
We are well-prepared, should the government make the decision to close schools, and from Monday 16th March there will be 2 week programme of online education available, to provide education up to the Easter break. These materials will be updated after the Easter break, if necessary. Any pupils who are isolating due to a new cough or a high temperature may wish to access these materials, if they feel well enough to do so. You may be aware that the pupils have been practising accessing online platforms. Further details will follow to support any on-line education after Easter should the school be directed to close. Please see the relevant guidance attached to this email.
Mr RWD Notman, Headmaster
COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 6th March 2020
We are continuing to assess the situation with regards to COVID-19. Please can we remind you of the following advice from Public Health England:
- Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet. Please also inform the school with immediate effect. CLICK HERE
- Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you have travelled to the UK from Iran, Hubei province in China, special care zones in South Korea and lockdown areas in Italy even if you do not have any symptoms.
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you have travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath even if your symptoms are mild: mainland China outside of Hubei province, South Korea outside of the special care zones, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Italy outside of the lockdown areas.
Open Day will be as usual tomorrow. To reassure you all, the school has taken extra-precautions of writing and speaking with all the pre-booked families that are visiting and will complete checks regarding coronavirus with all the families that show up on the day.
The vast majority of external events and fixtures will continue as normal, however all events involving external partners are being reviewed case-by-case. In order to protect our community, decisions will be taken to cancel or postpone a number of events and we thank you for your understanding and support with regards any changes to the calendar.
The rest of the school will continue as normal, in light of the advice outlined above.
We ask that you consider your plans over Easter with regards to the advice above, particularly if planning trips to Italy or other listed areas. Please review the information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office CLICK HERE
We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline and reflect any medical advice given. Finally, we re-iterate the Catch It- Kill It – Bin It campaign and the advice about washing hands thoroughly and frequently CLICK HERE
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Mr RWD Notman, Headmaster
COVID 19 – coronavirus update 2nd March 2019
You may have heard that there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus in Churston Ferrers Grammar School. Parents of that school have been contacted about next stages and about the school re-opening. All four new cases have been confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Whitty as having recently travelled from Italy.
A number of Stover families have children that also attend Churston Ferrers Grammar School and understand that this is a worrying time. Please can we remind you of the following advice from Public Health England:
- If you have returned from Northern Italy since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should call NHS111, stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet as well as inform the school with immediate effect. HERE
- Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
We remind you about effective hand hygiene and to follow the guidelines on the attached poster.
We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the newly established Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline. Any decisions will be informed by the medical advice that we receive.
In order to be proactive and to follow containment advice we have made the decision to postpone all of our sporting events from this evening. We understand that this might be disappointing for some of our pupils and we will review this at the end of the week. The rest of the school will continue as normal, in light of the advice outlined above.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Mr RWD Notman
Information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)
25th February 2020
This letter is a further update to that issued on 11th February 2020. Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising: If you have returned from Hubei province in the past 14 days you should call NHS111 and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms. If you have returned from Iran, the lockdown area of Northern Italy, or the special care zones in South Korea since February 19th 2020 you should call NHS111 and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms. If you have returned from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, stay indoors and call NHS111, even if symptoms are mild. If you have returned from Northern Italy (not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Mayanmar since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should call NHS111, stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
For further information please use the following links https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china for updated information about travel to China https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public for updates about the COVID-19 which are published daily after 2pm https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for current advice for those coming from a coronavirus affected area or displaying symptoms.
Easter travel At this point in time, the advice remains about travel over the Easter break for all pupils, boarders or otherwise, to not make plans that involve travel to China, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, whether this is to visit families or for recreation. This includes travel that might have a stop-over in these areas. We ask that you review your travel itinerary and follow this advice carefully. It is highly likely that matters will be different by then as the situation continues to evolve. The risk from the virus might have completely abated, or the list of countries where travel is not advised might have increased considerably.
Any boarder or day pupil that chooses to return to any of the countries listed above will be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks before returning to school. This also extends to any overseas visitor to school, parent or otherwise that is from the above countries. The school’s current advice regarding travel to the areas of Japan, South Korea, Iran or Italy is to limit this to essential travel only and essential visits from others. Individuals that have been in these affected areas in the last 14 days are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms and to call NHS 111. We recognise that this exceeds the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but we must take reasonable measures to protect the school community and plan for what could happen. What to do if you become unwell and believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (either through travel to China and other affected countries or contact with a confirmed case) Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency and explain which country you have returned from in the last 14 days.
People who become unwell are advised not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation
It is important that children and young people know to tell a member of staff if they feel unwell. Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities. As you can appreciate this advice is subject to change and we will continue to update you on this matter.
Mr RWD Notman