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  • General

    We are committed to working closely with our families during the prevalence of COVID-19. The latest updates and information regarding school arrangements will be posted to this page. Our COVID plans have been designed in line with guidance set out by the EDB to facilitate a safe and healthy experience for all children and adults. The information below is intended to provide an overview of the various arrangements we have put into place.

    • Preparing My Child


      Children will be welcomed by staff members at the Main Gate (closest to Old Peak Rd). 

      Please ensure that you have updated your child's temperature and RAT result in the ESF App each morning. 

      ESF APP

      When students enter the school, they will have their temperature checked again before going to their classroom to start lessons at 8:30 am. Handsatizer is provided in all the classrooms. 


      Children will be wearing a mask all day except in P.E. or when playing wind instruments in music where they have the option to remove them. They should bring a spare.  It would be nice for them to have somewhere to keep their mask if they take it off - an envelope, small pouch, or bag may be helpful. Please speak with your child(ren) to ensure they know the importance of wearing a mask all day at school.


      We will support and encourage children to wash their hands and use sanitiser where appropriate.  Please talk to your child about the importance of good hygiene.


      Drinking fountains in the school are currently for refilling water bottles only. No direct drinking from the fountains is allowed. Please send your child to school with a refillable water bottle that has been clearly labelled with their name and class. 


      Students must receive a negative test result on a RAT daily before heading to school. If your child receives a positive result, please keep them home for at least 5 days and test negative on days 4 and 5 or 2 consecutive days after this to return to school. We are required to inform the CHP each day of the number of students who test positive, so you will need to report this to the school nurse when your child tests positive. 


      The current guideline is that students who are a close contact of positive family or household members may still attend school as long as they have a negative RAT and no symptoms. 

      • Topic 3


        Lessons at school begin at 8:30am

        Classrooms open at 8:15am. 

        The school gate will open at 8:05am for students who need to arrive early. 

        Students who arrive between 8:05am and  8:15am will be supervised in the covered area of the lower playground.

        Main Gate

        Beginning of School Day - Drop Off

        Students Enter Via the Main Gate (closest to Old Peak Rd)

        ESF APP Temperature and RAT Record

        Please remember to complete and upload your child's temperature and RAT result on the ESF App before leaving home. 

        If your child has a temperature of 37.4 degrees or above, or if they are experiencing coughs, colds or flu-like symptoms, you should not send your child to school.

        If you have any questions, please email our school nurse at or call 25221919.

        As the children arrive, they will be temperature checked. 

        Please note:

        • Only the 'Main Gate' (closest to Old Peak Road) will be open in the morning.

        • Please ensure that your child arrives close to the start of the school day between 8:15 am and 8:30 am. 

        The school gate will be open from 8:05 am, but classrooms are not supervised until 8:15 am. Students arriving before 8:15 am will be supervised in the covered area of the lower playground.

        • Children who take the bus will be greeted by staff when they arrive at school. They will be supervised before they head to classrooms.  

        • The playgrounds will not be open to students before or after on-site learning due to current covid-19 restrictions.

        End of School Day -  Pick Up

        Pick Up Times

        Please note:

        • Classes will be dismissed by year groups at staggered times.

        • Parents and caregivers, please wait outside the school's Main Gate (closest to Old Peak Rd) until your child's class is called. 

        • We ask that parents/caregivers enter when the eldest siblings' class is called. This is because we have limited space in the undercover area for adults to wait. Younger siblings will continue to be supervised until they are collected with their elder sibling(s).

        • When parents and caregivers enter the school grounds, please temperature check and move socially distanced through the grounds. This is a one-way system. 

        • If you change your child's end-of-day routine in advance, preferably at least one day in advance, please inform the class teacher and office by email. If you do not receive a response, please call the office. 

        • On the day, if there are any last-minute changes to your child's end-of-school routine (for example, playdates or being picked up by a friend), please inform the school office by phone (25221919). Teachers are not always able to check emails during class time, so it is important that if there are any changes to your child's end-of-day routines during the day, you phone the office to confirm that the school is aware of the change. 

        • Please note where parents and caregivers are running late, students will be supervised in the school office until they are collected.

        Year 5 and 6 Student Walkers (Permission to walk unaccompanied)

        If you would like your child to leave the school site unaccompanied by an adult to make their own way home, we must have your permission on our records before allowing this.

        We currently only allow Year 5 and 6 students to walk home unaccompanied. A designated adult must collect younger siblings. 

        The process is to log into your child's Gateway account, select the "After School Arrangements" tab, and select "Walk alone" from the drop-down menu.

        Your child will then be given a pass card to show to the staff at the exit gate. Without this card, we will not allow children to leave the school site unaccompanied.

        If there are any changes to your child's status as an 'unaccompanied walker', please update Gateway and also inform the school office.

        Inclement Weather 

        We continue to follow our standard procedures in the event of inclement weather. Please see our school website for further details:

        • Topic 4


          • Two Masks 

          Please provide at least two masks per day.  Children should wear one, and have a spare mask in their bag.  Children are required by EDB and CHP to wear masks throughout the day while on site (except in PE where they will be given the option to remove their masks or when playing a wind instrument in music class).    

          • A refillable water bottle (clearly named)  

          Drinking directly from the water fountains is not permitted however the fountains do have refill spouts that students can use to refill their own water bottles.

          • Temperature Check and RAT test 

          Every day that your child attends school, please update your child's temperature and RAT result on the ESF App. Please remember to do this as it is still a requirement from the CHP for your child to attend school. 

          Remember, if your child has any symptoms of a cold or flu, then please keep them at home and do not return to school until 48 hours after the fever has subsided.

          • School Uniform 

          Children are expected to wear their school uniform or P.E. kit to school.

          • Topic 5

            WHAT TO WEAR (The School Uniform and PE Kit)

            Starting a new school is always exciting and buying a uniform is all part of the process! Here is some information about how to order Glenealy School Uniform and PE Kit for your child (or children). 

            Glenealy School Uniform is ordered online and delivered to your home.  

            You can order online straight away. A guide with further information about the uniform and how it should be worn can be found here.  The correct fit is important and returns and exchanges may incur additional costs. Orders should be dispatched within 3-5 working days, dependent on stock availability.

            Uniforms can also be purchased in person directly from the uniform supplier. Direct sales, exchanges and returns are available at their retail outlet in Lai Chi Kok - directions can be found on the uniform website.  Uniform fittings will be by appointment only. Their contact details are located here.

            We request that you ensure that all uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

            Please email the PTA at if you require any further information.

            If your child is new to the school and unable to secure a uniform before the first day, please let the office know. We do have some spare uniform items that may be loaned. If a spare uniform is unavailable, please ensure your child has dressed appropriately for school and that they wear clothing and footwear that will allow them to participate in all activities. 

            A PTA second-hand uniform sale is planned during the first few days of the school year - please check the school calendar, our latest newsletter or contact the PTA for further information.

            • Topic 8


              We welcome parents' questions. Please send questions to

              • 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. All people entering the school site will need to wear masks.

              • Will children wear their masks during P.E. lessons? What will P.E. lessons look like?

              Children now have the option to remove their masks during P.E. lessons.

              • 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 are covid positive will be required to isolate however we are guided by the EDB and CHP guidance depending on the actual circumstances. 

              • 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.

              • 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 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.

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • After School ECAs

              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.

              If you have any questions not answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us:

              David Benzie (Health and Safety Officer):

              Nurse Kate:

              School Office: