21 October 2020
Hope you are all keeping safe and well!
The school and I would like to share with you an overview regarding how we have been planning and implementing the safety procedures for the returning to the Watford Grammar School for Boys!
Even before lockdown, the school had started the rules of social distancing and hygiene procedures (i.e. hand washing, cleaning tables and chairs before and after usage, tissues for each child on the table, disposable gloves and antibacterial wipes for the teachers). During the lockdown period, we wanted to continue to offer the opportunity for the children to continue with the learning via online teaching. All the teachers have put in a great deal of time and effort in order to make it a success! The school and I are really grateful to them all! They will continue this till the end of next half of term.
We did plan to go back to the Boys school after half term but postponed the move till January. To prepare our school for the returning, an official Risk Assessment Policy for Covid 19 has been written and shared with the Boys school. As for social distancing and safety procedures’ details have all been discussed with them and will be implemented according to the government’s guidelines! Further details will be shared with you nearer the time.
Although we are an after-school organization, we still have to observe and follow all the guidelines from the central government as well as the local government! We have to comply with the rules from the Boys school too!
The children and our staff’s safety will always be our main priority!
We hope this email will give you a better understanding and feel reassured of the efforts and planning to make this school a safe and healthy environment for your children to continue with their learning!
Finally, online teaching is a brilliant short-term teaching tool during this unprecedented period of time. However, nothing is better and more beneficial to the children than face to face education!
Please do let me know if you have other thoughts about going back to the new normal of learning!
Thank you and enjoy the half term!
Mrs P Hutchinson