DPS COVID-19 Information Page

Please bookmark this page and revisit on a regular basis for updates from the School in respect of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ditcham Park School was delighted to welcome pupils and staff back to school for the autumn term from 3rd September 2020.  It was wonderful to see and hear the children back in the School buildings and grounds after quite an extraordinary summer 2020 term.

Since 20th March 2020 when all schools were first required to close their sites in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our School team has followed the government’s guidelines and public health advice and adapted proactively in order to open to the children of Key Workers during periods of National Lockdown and to deliver the very best remote teaching and learning provision to pupils who have remained at home at those times.  The whole school returned successfully for the Autumn Term 2020.  All of our pupils (from Nursery to Form 5) and our staff wholeheartedly adopted our “Safety First” approach and we adapted our ways of working to ensure we remained as “Covid-Secure” as possible.  This includes one-way systems around School, a new dining marquee installed and face coverings used for those over 11.  We were proud to reach Christmas 2020 with minimal disruption to our educational provision because of Covid-19.  Following a further period of National Lockdown from 4th January 2021 the School returned as a whole on 8th March 2021 in accordance with the government’s Covid-19 “roadmap”.  The School continues to adopt its “Safety First” protocols, which are adapted as required in line with the government’s Covid-19 roadmap.

This website page is intended to be used as an “on-demand” information bank for our parents and pupils, and any visitors to our School during the forthcoming Summer term.   Please bookmark the page and visit regularly to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in our School’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which are also outlined in the School’s weekly newsletters.

Summary Risk Assessment and the Covid-Secure School:

In planning for the new term, the School has updated its detailed Risk Assessment in order to ensure the operation of the School can be achieved in a Covid-Secure manner.  Every aspect of School life has once again been reviewed and assessed and, where required, further or adapted control measures have been taken.  Here you will find the revised version of the Summary Risk Assessment for Summer 2021.   A copy of the detailed risk assessment, running to some 150 pages, is available to current parents of the School on request from the Bursar bursar@ditchampark.com

Parents Handbook (Covid-19) Update from Autumn 2020:

We understood that parents and pupils would have many questions about the way the School would operate from the Autumn term when it returned to on-site education, and to answer as many of those “FAQs” the School produced a supplement to its regular parent handbook.  Further updates to this base position will be provided to parents via the School’s weekly Covid-19 newsletter update and in communications from the Heads of the Junior and/or Senior School.

Actions the School will follow for a symptomatic pupil:

Parents are advised that, as a minimum, the School will follow the updated Government guidance for pupils or staff that exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 whilst at School.

Parents and Pupils are asked to note the Covid-19 addendum to the School’s Behaviour Rewards and Sanctions Policy. (See Downloads Section Below)

Asymptomatic Testing at Ditcham Park School

The School offers twice weekly rapid lateral flow device tests to all secondary pupils and all school staff.  Our bus drivers and contract cleaners are also undertaking LFD testing.  Testing continued through the Easter holidays and in advance of return to school on 19th April 2021.

 

 

Rapid flow testing and the nationwide vaccination programme are just 2 methods which are aimed to help us all return to a normal life, but the School acknowledges its “safety first” model should continue, including the adoption of the “Hands Face Space and Fresh Air” campaign.

The BBC has a useful infographic which explains the merits of the multi-layered “Swiss Cheese Model” of infection prevention control measures very effectively, click here to access the feature “Why Vaccines Will Not Stop Covid-19 Spreading”.

DPS Covid-19 Information and Downloads

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