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.

Current School Status

Following the summer holiday period, Ditcham Park School is due to open to all pupils from Monday 6th September, and to all staff from Thursday 2nd September 2021.  For Visitor and Parent Guidance / Information click here

The School has successfully steered its way through the Covid-19 “storm” since the first national lockdown in March 2020.  This has been achieved because of the wholehearted co-operation of our School community, and their compliant (and often patient) adoption of our “Covid-19 Safety First” protocols.

Although the English Government lifted all remaining social contact restrictions on July 19th, we remain committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and visitors as we navigate the new academic year 2021-22.   The School will therefore continue to take all appropriate steps to ensure that the School site is Covid-secure for those who work or learn here.

The School’s will continue to dynamically assess and update its current Risk Register for Covid-19.  Prior to the re-opening the School for the Autumn term, the September 2021 Covid-19 Risk Assessment will be published to the Downloads section below.

From September 2021, our School’s “Control Measures” will be based on the UK Government’s guidance and recommendations as follows: 

1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone

2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, using standard products such as detergents.

3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated

4. Follow PHE / NHS Test & Trace or Local Health Protection Teams’ advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test.

Guidance and Information for parents and visitors

The School anticipates it will re-open its doors fully to visitors, including parents, from September 2021.  However, in order to maximise the School’s Covid-secure status, all visitors, including parents, will be asked to observe the following modified School Covid-19 protocols:

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.   Useful Senior & Junior specific info-graphics are provided below in the Downloads Section below or please refer to “Control Measures” above.

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 will recommence for Senior pupils in advance of their return to school on 6th September 2021.  Testing for Staff on-site remained in place during the Summer holiday and will continue (at home) on a twice-weekly basis until further notice.

 

DPS Covid-19 Information and Downloads

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