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Foreword The Prime Minister set out the roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions on Monday 22 February, and we are delighted that the priority is getting children back to school. Therefore, on Monday 8 March we are very much looking forward to seeing our boys back, physically, at the school. We can’t wait, although, I have to say, we are proud of them for the way they have got on with their learning whilst accessing school remotely. They have been very sensible and demonstrated Bedford School spirit in abundance. All boys will come back to school on 8 March, although boys in Year 7 and Year 8 will be tested before they return. This booklet details the procedures that we all have to follow in order to make the return to school as safe as possible. The procedures follow the Government’s Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance which can be found here. There are a few extra measures which we have put in place since the last time we were in school together. I ask you, please, to read it all so that we are all able to operate successfully and as safely as possible. It is addressed to parents, and we would appreciate you going through it with your son so that he knows everything he needs to. The headlines are still the same. We will continue to take the measures we took before Christmas; we will group boys in class bubbles, ventilate classrooms, clean the school regularly, and stress the importance of frequent hand-washing, maintaining social distancing and hygiene. We will also ask boys in Year 7 and Year 8 to wear face masks in corridors and communal areas. The Government guideline is also that boys in Year 7 and above should also wear face masks in the classroom where social distancing cannot be maintained, so we will ask them to do that until at least the end of term. As before, the principle is keeping our community as safe as possible, whilst recognising the importance of boys being back at school. The booklet sits alongside an updated Risk Assessment which will be available on our website. Floreat Schola Bedfordiensis – May Bedford School Flourish, in this term and all those to follow.

Ian Silk Headmaster


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Before Returning to School Asymptomatic Testing Boys in Year 7 and Year 8 will be offered asymptomatic testing at school, three times in the first week of their return to school. The first test should be done before boys return to the classroom. We will contact families with details of when this first test will take place. Thank you, in advance, for ensuring that your son is able to come into school for this test. Once the three tests have taken place at school, lateral flow tests should then be undertaken at home twice a week (from w/c 15 March). Home testing kits will be distributed to families in due course.

Before Leaving Home Boys in Year 7 - Year 8 should bring: y Two face masks (with spare in a bag) Boys in Year 5 - Year 8 should bring: y Their laptop or device (fully charged and clearly labelled) y A charger for their laptop y A case for their laptop y Headphones with a built-in microphone All boys should bring the following items with them to school each day:

Boys should not come into school if they are not feeling well or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or taste). Day boys must eat breakfast at home and should bring healthy snacks and a drink with them for break time. All boys should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before leaving home. Clothing Boys should wear normal uniform. Ideally boys’ hair should conform to school guidelines, although we will be lenient until restrictions are lifted further and we are able to get haircuts. On days when the boys have Games, we will ask them to come in wearing their school sports kit, to include full tracksuit, so they don’t have to change. On days when the boys have PE lessons we will ask them to come to school wearing PE kit, and full tracksuit. On days when boys have swimming, we ask them to wear school uniform and change before the lesson in the changing rooms. Boys will be informed in advance about where they will change, and which groups will start with swimming.

y Their school bag

Each boy from Y5-8 has a locker in which he can store books and his device. The lockers are lockable, and boys might like to bring in a padlock.

y Any sports equipment they need (see below)

Suitable sizes are shown below:

y Their pencil case, which should be clearly labelled y A good book to read y A large water bottle, clearly labelled y Hand sanitiser gel and tissues y Inhalers or epipens, if required


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Face Masks The Government recommendation is that face masks should be worn by adults and pupils (Year 7 and above) in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors on the premises. In addition, the Government now recommend that, for those in Year 7 and above, face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise, for example in PE lessons. These measures will be in place until Easter. We will remind boys about how to wear face masks safely.

Travelling to School Some boys will arrive via car or public transport, although we suggest that, if at all possible, and if it is safe to do so, boys walk or cycle to school. For those taking buses, bus companies should be in contact directly and we expect boys to adhere to the guidance they provide (they should wherever possible stay within their year groups). Boys should also use consistent seating arrangements. Boys aged eleven or over travelling on public transport must wear a face mask.

Arriving at School Boys may enter school via their usual school entrance. They should go directly to their year group play areas which will be pointed out to them as they arrive at school. We ask that all boys bring their own hand sanitiser and apply it on entry to the school. Please could you make every effort to arrive at the following times, unless your son is coming by bus, in which case he will be permitted to come in when he arrives (if you have boys in different year groups, please do drop at the same time!).

Monday to Friday Year Group Year 8 Year 6 Year 5 Year 7 Year 4 Year 3

Drop off time 08:05 08:10 08:15 08:20 08:25 08:30

Saturday (Y6 - Y8 only) Year Group Year 8 Year 6 Year 7

Drop off time 08:05 08:10 08:20

At the entrance there will be a hygiene station. We will ask parents, please, not to enter the school grounds and to make sure that you and your son maintain social distancing from others outside the gates. We recommend that you wear a face mask, especially if you are within 2 metres of anyone for any length of time. When your son enters the school, we will ask him to use his hand sanitiser.

Classrooms Boys will be based in classrooms in the Prep School in year group zones, which will be the same ones they were in during the autumn term. Boys will have lessons in their classrooms for most subjects, except for a handful of specialist subjects. Tables will be spread out as far as the space allows and near each classroom there will be a hygiene station.

Break Times Each year group will have their own discrete play area, clearly marked.


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Year Group Zones

Year 3 - Nash’s Year 4 - Nash’s & Tisdall’s

Year 5 - Inky (Ground Floor) & Palmer’s Building Year 6 - Inky (1st Floor)

Year 7 - Wells (1st Floor) Year 8 - Wells (Ground & 1st Floor)

Toilets We have tried to allocate boys separate areas as far as possible.

Lunch Time Arrangements A hot lunch will be provided for the boys in the Dining Hall. Lunch times will be staggered and will take place in two sittings, again so that boys only spend time with others in their year group bubbles.

Boys should queue up outside their entrance using the socially distanced spots under the gazebos. Please do guide children to the Dining Hall menus available on the website. There are three discrete areas in the Dining Hall which will be thoroughly cleaned in between each sitting. Boys will collect their tray from the counter which will be pre-prepared with cutlery, food and a bottle of water.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 4, 6 & 8

Year 3, 5 & 7

Year 4, 6 & 8

Year 3, 5 & 7

Year 4, 6 & 8

Year 4, 6 & 8

Year 3, 5 & 7

1st Service 11:50 – 12:10 12:10 – 12:15

Sanitisation

2nd Service 12:15 – 12:35 12:35 – 12:40 12:40

Year 3, 5 & 7

Year 4, 6 & 8

Year 3, 5 & 7 Sanitisation

Upper School lunch service


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Sports During Games and PE lessons, the boys will use all the available space, doing activities that comply with Government and national sporting body guidelines. Any shared equipment will be washed with disinfectant in between each use and boys will be asked to wash their hands after each session. In Games lessons, boys will be doing a mix of sports usually played in the spring term.

far as possible. However, we will continue to run assemblies and Chapel remotely, and boys will be able to access them online during the normal assembly period. We hope to run year group assemblies, ensuring that groups are distanced.

Extra-curricular Activities We will begin the fullest range of extra-curricular activities we are able to, bearing in mind all the current safety procedures. More details on this will be given to boys and parents shortly.

Music

In Games lessons, the boys will be doing the following: Year 3 and Year 4 will be playing both hockey and football, which are the sports normally played in the second term. Boys will need a hockey stick, a mouthguard, shin-pads, trainers and boots. Year 5 and Year 6 play hockey, which is the sport normally played this term. Some will play football as well as hockey, and the Sports department will let those boys know. Boys will need a hockey stick, a mouthguard, shin-pads, trainers and boots. Year 7 and Year 8 boys who were selected for the initial hockey squads will continue to play hockey. They will need a hockey stick, a mouthguard, shin-pads and astros or trainers. The others will experience a mixture of sports and they will be advised on the equipment they will need. We are not anticipating running any fixtures this term, although will arrange them as soon as we are able to do so safely.

Assemblies There will be no physical assemblies where the whole school comes together in the usual sense, as we are trying to minimise large gatherings as

All instrumental and singing lessons will continue (mostly face-to-face in school) with similar arrangements as for the autumn term. Ensemble music-making will continue in a year group bubble format (following Health & Safety guidance), and will feed into recorded performances which will be made available before the end of term. Online concerts of individual performances will continue to be compiled and will be made available via social media to parents and friends.

Collection from School As in the morning, boys should clean their hands as they are leaving the school site. We encourage walking or cycling where it is practical and safe, as we would like to minimise, as far as possible, numbers of boys waiting for lifts or buses. The boys will finish school at the normal time (4.10pm), and boys who are walking or cycling home will leave the school estate at this time through the Palmers’ Gate, Pemberley Gate or Glebe Road Gate. If you are waiting to walk or cycle home with your son, please feel free to let him know via text message, if possible, that you are there, and we would ask you, please, to be on time. As in the morning, please do not enter the school grounds.


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The boys who are being collected by car will be released for pick up at the following times: Monday to Friday Year Group Year 3 and Year 4 Year 5 and Year 6 Year 7 Year 8

Collection time 16:10 16:20 16:25 16:30

Saturday (Year 6 - Year 8 only) Year Group Year 6 Year 7 Year 8

Collection time* 11:45 11:50 11:55

* unless boys are attending lunch, then collection for those boys will be between 12:00 and 12:30. Please ensure that you arrive at the times listed above and stay in your car at all times with the engine turned off. If you have more than one son at the school, you are able to pick both up at the same time (either time slot is fine). Please drive into the school through Palmers’ Gate (bottom of De Parys Avenue) where you will be directed to a pick-up spot. When your son arrives, please let him open the boot if needed, and open the car door himself. Please then exit the school via the Inky Gate on to St Peter’s Street (and turn left only – see below)

St Pe ter’s St

Inky Gate Exit

De Parys Ave

1

Eagle House

2

Tisdall’s

3

Nash’s & Palmers’

4

Inky

High Street Closure As you probably already know, Bedford High Street is currently closed for improvement works. Works are likely to continue until completion in November 2021. Please see details on Bedford Borough’s website: High Street Improvements. In order to mitigate traffic congestion, and resulting delays, we ask that: y If you are picking up from the Prep School by car, please turn left only when you leave onto St Peter’s Street y If safe to do so, encourage your son to cycle or walk to school y Consider using Pemberley Gate for pick-up and drop-off if your son is in Year 7 or Year 8 y Please stick to the drop-off and pick-up times

Late Care Provision Late Care provision will be available from 16:30 17:45, and will take place in the Library, H2 and H3 in The Inky. In a different system to normal times, we ask that you stay in your car when coming to pick up, and liaise with your son directly (via mobile phone) or with the Late Care Supervisor on 01234 362276. We also ask that you book Late Care a week in advance, by emailing preplateroom@bedfordschool.org.uk. Day Plus will be suspended until further notice (this includes before school, after school and flexiboarding); permanent flexi-boarding will still operate. Please do get into touch with Eagle House boarding Housemaster, Mr Lincoln if you would like your son to join boarding at slincoln@ bedfordschool.org.uk.


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Learning We are greatly looking forward to being back in the classroom with our pupils. It is the element of teaching that we have missed most and we are highly excited about having them all back.

Which lessons will boys move for? The majority of lessons will take place in boys’ form rooms and the boys’ teachers will come to them for their lessons. Each boy will be allocated a seat in this classroom for test and trace purposes. However, for Science, Maths, DT, Art, Drama, Music, Speech and Drama, ESL, Academic Support, the boys will move to the specialist classrooms to enable them to access specialist equipment or spaces more conducive to those subjects.

How will my son work in lessons? Boys will work across subjects in a combination of written work in exercise books and also on mobile devices. The sharing of physical resources between teachers and pupils will be limited. Boys should have their own equipment and should not share equipment with other boys. We will try, as far as possible, to plan work which is away from screens to counter-balance the time spent on screens over the last few months. We will still ask boys (from Year 5 - Year 8) to bring in devices, so there will still be some screen time. Teachers will be encouraged to be selective about which work or homework is physically taken in for review. When work is taken in, it will (by necessity) take longer for pupils to receive this work back. We are therefore continuing to support the submitting, reviewing, and marking of work online whenever possible and where appropriate.

How will classrooms be set up? Classrooms will continue to be set up with pupils sitting side by side and facing forwards. All unnecessary furniture has been removed to make more space.

Library Boys will be able to access the library. Each Tutor group will be able to use the library for a library lesson, and Mrs Lumley-Wood will be in touch with details about how to borrow books.

Remote Learning If boys are unable to attend school due to illness, we recommend that they use the time to get better. Under these circumstances, the boys will not be provided with remote learning. However, we will provide blended learning for boys who are unable to return to school because they are isolating because of family, or or because they are overseas boarders unable to travel.


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Pastoral Care and Wellbeing As at any other time, boys are able to turn to their Tutor, Head of Year, Assistant Head Pastoral (or any other member of staff ) for any advice, and particularly if troubled by something. It is also worth pointing out that the school counsellor is always available and can be accessed by talking to one of the pastoral team. As previously mentioned, the boys have demonstrated great resilience during this most recent period of online learning; whilst most are looking forward to being back in school, we recognise that for some boys, the transition back into school may be another hurdle to face. Alongside the support of staff, the systems in place in school to promote positive behaviour for learning will play a significant role in supporting the boys as they readjust to life within the school community. We recognise that this has been a challenging year which for some boys has taken its toll on their wellbeing - as parents, please can we encourage you to raise any concerns with your son’s Tutor; the sooner the better.

Illness/Medical Care The Medical Centre will have a base in the Prep School, and there will be a nurse on site whenever boys are in school. We would ask you to ensure that you only send your son in to school if he is feeling 100% well, and avoid doing so if he is even slightly unwell as we will err on the side of caution. If he has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 you must not send him into school, but should follow Government guidance. The asymptomatic testing programme does not replace the current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any of the boys or staff have symptoms (even if they recently had a negative LFD test result), should still self-isolate immediately according to government guidelines. Boys (and staff ) should not come into school if they have

symptoms. Those with symptoms are also expected to order a test online or visit a test site to take a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to check if they have the virus. If any of the boys or a member of staff develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus whilst at school, they will be sent home and should selfisolate whilst a COVID-19 test is conducted. We would ask that you arrange for a COVID-19 test immediately by visiting www.gov.uk/guidance/ coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. If the test is negative your son may return to school. If the test is positive, the affected boy or member of staff will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the day his symptoms started, and the other people sharing his house should self-isolate for 10 days from when the household member’s symptoms started. In addition, we will contact the local health protection team who will guide the school through all subsequent steps. This will include reliance on Test and Trace and will result in a rapid risk assessment of the situation. This may result in the health protection team advising on others who must be sent home to self-isolate for 10 days. This will include other people who have been in close contact with the affected person. If someone is sent home to self-isolate in these circumstances by the health protection team, other household members do not need to self- isolate themselves unless the self-isolating person develops symptoms. If we have to send your son home, he must have someone who is able to collect him in a timely manner. Please ensure that your contact details which are held by the school are up to date. Boys who require them should also have their asthma inhalers with them at all times.


Health and Hygiene We would be really grateful if you could remind your son about good respiratory hygiene, including the following: y Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to school or arrive home. y Avoid touching your nose as much as possible to reduce risks of spreading the virus via your hands or the surfaces you touch. y Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.

What does close contact mean? If someone is identified as a close contact of a person who has Covid-19 they will always be asked to self isolate while there is a risk that they could carry the virus and pass it on to others. A close contact is: y anyone who lives in the same household as someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) y anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19): y face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre

y Keep socially distanced from others at all times.

y been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact

Learn how to put on and take off a face-mask safely (this is especially relevant for those who are travelling by public transport and if they need to go to certain public places).

y been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

We will be reinforcing all of these points regularly with boys, and it would help if we are all giving the same sound advice. We ask that boys and families take all possible precautions both in and out of school. Day boy families should be particularly mindful that there are over 200 boarders for whom the school is home during term times, and there is therefore an extra importance to doing everything possible to minimise the risk of carrying the virus into school.

y travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

Cleaning All areas being used within the school will be cleaned frequently throughout the day, especially communal areas and frequently touched areas such as light switches, door handles and handrails. Our cleaners have been given targeted COVID-19 training. Where areas are used by more than one year group bubble, classrooms will be cleaned before the next group uses them.


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