Updated 12 April 2021
This page contains information for current families at St Chris about the School’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
We will update it as information changes and as our response to external developments evolves. Any major updates will also be emailed to parents, but this page will enable you to see everything in one place, so please bookmark it to refer to.
We were delighted to welcome all of our pupils back to campus from Monday 8 March. Please find below a letter from the Head which contains details in relation to the return to school.
Also below is our most recent Risk Assessment.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our on site COVID testing.
Senior School pupils (and staff) have now moved to twice weekly, rapid COVID-19 testing at home. This is following their first three supervised tests on site at school.
Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.
This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
Please see the letter below for further information.
Updated 9 March 2021
We have received an update to the government guidance in relation to what pupils and staff need to do if they receive a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test:
All adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly: (Please call 119 if you have any queries about the tests.)
For further information and to find your nearest test site please click here. Please note, tests provided by school should not be used by anyone except St Chris pupils.
Please find below guidance and policies to support remote learning during this period, as well as the relevant safeguarding policies and addendums.
Here is a short video for Senior School pupils about how to download and use Satchel One (Show My Homework) on a phone to support blended learning.
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus relating to education and children’s social care.
Parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
It is likely that some pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about attending school even if they are looking forward to it. This may include pupils who have shielded in the past but no longer need to, or those living in a household with someone who is clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable.
As ever, please contact your class teacher (Junior School) or Adviser/Personal Tutor (Senior School) to discuss any worries that you have about returning to school, and we will support those pupils who may find the transition difficult on a case by case basis.
For pupils or for families who would like further support, there are also a number of resources available that you may find helpful:
St Chris, alongside over 250 boarding schools across the UK, has adopted the Boarding Schools’ Association COVID-Safe Charter.
The charter is a voluntary code which aims to reassure families by detailing the steps schools are taking to ensure the safe return and care of boarding pupils. You can read the charter yourself here.