FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We welcome parents' questions. Please send questions to email@example.com.
- Will the school bus be running?
Yes. Kwoon Chung bus company will be in touch with you this week to arrange the schedule. Bus company employees will follow the CHP and EDB guidelines. Parents should take their children's temperature at home. Upon arrival, children will be greeted by school staff who will take children's temperatures before children proceed to classes.
- My child has a younger brother who is not in school. As I cannot leave him at home unattended, would I be able to bring him along to drop off and pick up?
Bringing younger children to school at drop-off and pick-up is no problem. Families can come into school together, maintaining social distance from other families before the temperature check. All people entering the school site will need to wear masks, and unfortunately, younger siblings will need to stay with their parents or carers while they wait as none of the play equipment will be open for use either at drop-off or pick-up.
- Will children wear their masks during P.E. lessons? What will P.E. lessons look like?
Here are the relevant EDB guidelines for PE, along with our practical approach at Glenealy.
Masks should be worn as far as possible.
Students should not wear masks when taking part in moderate - or vigorous-intensity physical activities.
Students should keep a physical distance of at least 1m apart from each other if wearing masks or at least 1.5m apart from each other if not wearing masks.
Students should avoid sharing sports equipment.
Initially, PE lessons will be kept to low-intensity activities to assess their fitness levels following our extended non-contact period. If, however, a child is having breathing discomfort during the lesson due to the mask, they will have an adequately distanced area where they may remove their mask for easier breathing.
As intensity levels may increase over the coming weeks, masks will be removed as appropriate with students kept at a minimum of 1.5m distance from each other during this period. Please be assured that the type and intensity of all activities will be carefully managed for each individual to ensure a safe yet positive experience for all.
Furthermore, while the use of shared equipment will be avoided, net-game activities such as tennis and badminton are permitted as each child will have their own striking implement for the lesson and the sharing of the projectile will be at a properly maintained social distance with hand hygiene performed.
Children will wash their hands at the beginning and end of each PE lesson, and all equipment will be disinfected before another group uses them. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the lesson also.
- What if a child has symptoms?
If your child has a temperature before school, do not send them to school. If a child presents with a cough, cold or flu symptoms at home, please do not send them in. If they present with any of these symptoms at school, our Health team will take over and will contact the child’s family for them to come and collect the child. Please note that temperature or respiratory symptoms do not mean a child has Covid-19.
- What happens if the school is advised that a child who has been on site has COVID-19?
We will follow the EDB and CHP guidelines. Generally, only students who live with a covid positive person will be required to isolate however we are guided by the EDB and CHP guidance depending on the actual circumstances.
- Will children always be sitting at their tables in their chairs?
Teachers will have planned methodically to enable children to safely and appropriately move in their learning areas around the school safely and appropriately. Accordingly, children will have a variety of locations within which they will learn whilst continuing to be safe at school.
- Will children be using drinking fountains?
Drinking fountains can only be used to refill water bottles. No direct drinking from water fountains is permitted. Please send a refillable water bottle to school with your child. This should be clearly marked with their name and class.
- Will I be allowed to come into the school with my child?
Parents who walk their children to school will say goodbye on the Hornsey Rd footpath outside the school's Main Gate. If you pick up your child after school, you must remain in the "buffer zone". This buffer zone is a one-way system that begins at the main gate and moves single files through the lower playground to where students will be waiting for you. You then enter out of the Carpark Gate.
If you need to be on the school site for any other reason, it is best to have an appointment so that the office staff can ensure all Covid-19 guidelines are being met. All non-students and non-staff are required to have a Blue QR code to access the school site and should be fully vaccinated.
From time to time, there will be specific events and invitations for you to join us on-site. Please refer to the guidance that will be shared with you at the appropriate time for these events.
- What if I, as a parent, need to come to school (e.g. for uniform fitting)?
Where possible, please make an appointment with the school office, PTA administrator or relevant staff member. All non-students are required to check in at the school office and be prepared to show their LHS App QR code and be temperature checked. Everyone on-site must wear a mask at all times. From time to time and for various activities, additional H&S conditions and guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all students, staff and the wider community.
- What happens if my child or I are subject to an Amber LHS QR Code?
Students who are subject to an Amber QR Code can attend school. They will be given a designated eating area away from other students during the 3 days they are subject to the Amber code.
Parents and caregivers cannot enter the school with an Amber or Red Code. This includes accessing the "buffer zones" pick-up. Please arrange for someone with a Blue QR code to collect your child at the end of the day.
- What if we are delayed returning due to travel restrictions?
Please inform the school: Telephone: 2522 1919 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will School Provide RAT tests for my child?
Yes. The school will provide RAT tests to students for use on school days. We aim to send these home on the first day. Please provide your own test for the morning of the first day of school.
- What if my child receives a compulsory testing order?
They should complete the instructions of the order. However, your child can come to school if their RAT is negative.
The PCR result should be emailed to email@example.com
- Do students need to change in and out of PE Kit?
No. On the days that students have PE, they can wear their PE Kit all day.
If your child is taking part in an after-school ECA run by an external provider (not a Glenealy School staff member), we ask that parents/caregivers supervise their child between the end of the school day and the beginning of the ECA. Students wait downstairs until their ECA coach/tutor comes to collect them.
If your child needs to change into another outfit (for example, gymnastic outfits), then when appropriate, a staff member will allow parents/carers to accompany their child to the second-floor toilets to change. Once changed, please return to the lower playground waiting area until students are collected.
Parents and caregivers are currently not supposed to wait at the school site during the ECAs. The ECA instructor will dismiss students at the main gate.
If you have any questions not answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us:
David Benzie (Health and Safety Officer): firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Kate: email@example.com
School Office: firstname.lastname@example.org