Guidance for Students and Staff

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Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen when students arrive at school?

Students will arrive at school at the normal time and will go into the following areas:

Year 7: Yard near West Block
Year 8: Yard Middle
Year 9: Tennis Court area
Year 10: Yard (will be split)
Year 11: Yard (will be split)
Year 12: Common Room
Year 13: Library and Careers Centre

Students will then go straight to their first lesson for registration and form time, followed by their normal day.

How will students remain separated throughout the day?

Both sites will operate a one-way system at all times, with each year group being dismissed from lessons at staggered times to prevent any crowding in the corridors.

Each year group will have a designated area that will be used at break and lunchtime, further details are given in the question below.

We have also allocated each year group a specific block of toilets to aid with keeping students separated.

What will happen at break and lunchtime?

Serving of food will continue as normal with students using their thumbprints (sanitising before). Students can bring their own packed lunch if they wish to do so.

Each year group will have a designated facility for food and refreshments. These are:

Year 7: Hall via the specific ‘Year 7’ Queue (west block in inclement weather)
Year 8: Hall via the Library end doors (gym in inclement weather)
Year 9: Cafe 3 (sports hall in inclement weather)
Year 10: Canteen (gym in inclement weather)
Year 11: Cafe 4 (hall in inclement weather)
Year 12: Café 6 – separate queue (common room in inclement weather)
Year 13: Café 6 – separate queue (library & careers in inclement weather)

How will students be dismissed at the end of the day?

Each year group will be dismissed from their last lessons at staggered times.

Does my child need to wear full school uniform?

Yes. The government has encouraged all schools to return to their usual uniform policy.

Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different to normal.

Will the classrooms be cleaned in between lessons?

Students will sanitise on their way in and out of the classrooms, with all seats, desks and keyboards, if used, wiped down each day. A full deep clean will be undertaken each week.

Can my child wear a face mask in school?

The Government guidance suggests that it is not necessary for students to wear face coverings in school. If your child wishes to wear one, they must ensure that a new, plain mask/covering is fitted on their arrival at school – they cannot wear the same covering that has been worn to travel to school.

What do I need to do if my child shows symptoms of Covid-19?

Students who display symptoms can and should get tested. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website:

You should inform the school immediately of the results of a test:

If the test is negative, your child feels well and no longer displays symptoms similar to Covid-19, they can stop self-isolating.
If the test is positive, you should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’ (

Students must not come into school if they have symptoms; if a student develops symptoms in school, they will be sent home to self-isolate and you should follow the above guidance.

I have children in different year groups at Hall Cross, will this have any effect on the year group ‘bubbles’ and what will happen if one-year group is sent home following a positive Covid-19 case? Will the siblings be required to isolate too?

The government has acknowledged in their guidance that there will be cases where schools have a number of siblings across different ‘bubbles’.

Whilst in school, any siblings in different year groups will be required to stay within their year group ‘bubble’.

If there is a positive case of Covid-19 in school that requires a year group ‘bubble’ to be sent home, the following advice should be followed, which has been published by the Government in their recent ‘guidance for schools reopening’ document (linked in the above question):

“Household members of those who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the person who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’”.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school?

In the instance of a positive case, we will consult with Public Health England and follow their advice.

Do I need to send my child to school with their own equipment?

For individual and frequently used equipment, such as pens and pencils, it is recommended that pupils have their own items that are not shared.

Paying for school lunches
As you are aware, it is possible to ‘top up’ your child’s lunch money online. I would urge you to make this a common practice to avoid your child having to use the cash machine at school. If you have any difficulties in doing this, please contact Lisa Bowie on 01302 320626 ext. 128.

Useful Links

Remote Learning GOV UK Coronavirus Information NHS Coronavirus Advice Self Isolation Guidance

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