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 a quite an extraordinary summer 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 the Easter holidays, deliver the very best remote teaching and learning provision to pupils throughout the summer 2020 term, and successfully return many of our Juniors and all of our Year 10 pupils in a phased way from 1st June 2020.   The Whole School returned successfully for the Autumn Term 2020.  All of our pupils (from Nursery to Form 5) and teachers wholeheartedly adopted our “Safety First” approach and adapted our ways of working to ensure we remained as “Covid-Secure” as possible, including 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 and were looking forward to returning on 12th January 2021.

With the new National Restrictions announced on 4th January 2021 however, the term ahead will again be different for us all, as we return to home based learning for all pupils apart from those in Early Years and our “Key Worker Children”.

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 Spring term.   Please bookmark the page and visit regularly to keep up-to-date with latest developments in our School’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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 for the children in Early Years and Key Worker Children can be achieved in a Covid-Secure manner.  Every aspect of School life has been reviewed and assessed and, where required, control measures have been taken.  Here you will find the revised version of the Summary Risk Assessment for Spring 2021 (amended on 5th January to incorporate actions required during the period of National Lockdown Restrictions (including the temporary closure of School sites) and the specific Early Years Risk Assessment.   A copy of the detailed risk assessment, running to some 120 pages, is available to current parents of the School on request from the Bursar bursar@ditchampark.com

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

We understood that parents and pupils would have many questions about the way the School would operate from the Autumn term (when fully open to all pupils), and to answer as many of those “FAQs” the School produced a supplement to its regular parent handbook.  We hope this information will be a useful reference for parents.  It will of course be revised as the government updates its guidance to schools during the coming weeks and months and we will publish revised versions in response.

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.  Please see the latest guidelines received from the Department for Education.

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

Some useful information about the symptoms of Covid-19

For further information about the symptoms of Covid-19, including a useful diagram comparing to the common cold and flu, please click here to access the BBC website

DPS Covid-19 Information and Downloads

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