Class Sizes & Year Group Bubbles
- We are fortunate at Epsom in that we have always kept class sizes small. This will continue next year, and will enable us to maximise the distance between pupils and teachers.
- The move from 2m to 1m+ social distancing means that we will be able to have all pupils back full time from September with minimal disruption to classroom layouts while always ensuring appropriate social distancing.
- All desks will be adjusted so as to be facing the front.
- Pupils will be placed in year group bubbles (the entire Lower School will be a bubble in its own right) and will have most of their lessons taught in designated classrooms to minimise movement around the campus.
- We will avoid large gatherings of pupils, wherever possible, and will not hold all-school events such as Assemblies and Chapel.
- Year Group gatherings may take place under strict conditions.
- We will use staggered mealtimes to minimise the numbers in Dining Hall at any one time, for breakfast, lunch and supper.
- Pupils are able to order their choice of hot or cold meal, which will either be collected and eaten in the Dining Hall (on a rota) or at various locations around the school, dependent on the year group.
Visitors to the School
- Updated protocols will be in place for all visitors to the school site.
- All non-essential visits will be postponed until a more appropriate time. Subsequently, the usual Open Mornings will not run during Michaelmas Term.
- All visitors to the site will be requested to use hand sanitiser, and we will temperature test all visitors as they register upon arrival.
Trips & Sport
- All school activities will have new risk assessments carried out, ensuring that guidance on Covid-19 is incorporated.
- If it becomes necessary to replace team sports, we have created a programme of games and activities that will meet social distancing requirements.
- Contact sports will only be played if permitted by the international governing bodies, as well as the College’s own risk assessments.
- We will take full advantage of our extensive, open campus to enable pupils to undertake exercise at a safe distance from others.
- Updated protocols will be in place so that any trips or excursions will only go ahead if we are confident that pupils will be safe.
- Current guidelines advise against all residential (ie. overnight) and international trips. These will, therefore, not take place until the situation changes, and government guidance is updated.