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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour


Updates regarding COVID-19

School Reopening September 2020

School reopening 07 September 2020

RTS will reopen as planned to Year 7 students on 07 September 2020, and Year 8-10 students on 08 September 2020. Please read the Head's Start of Term Letter for details and refer to the table below for the school's COVID-19 guidance.


Students should not attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19):

Parent/Carer guidance and responsibilities


Students who have symptoms 

Students who have symptoms should self-isolate and get a test.


Students are required to self-isolate as they, or a member of their household, has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)

If a student tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school.

If someone in the student’s household has symptoms, the household should self-isolate and the member of their household should get a test.


Students are required to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)

Students may not have symptoms themselves but may be required to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The NHS test and trace guidance states that a person should self-isolate for 14 days if they have had recent close contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). 


Students who are required by legislation to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

As usual, parents/carers should plan their holidays within school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time.

Families should also consider that their child may need to self-isolate following trips overseas that require a period of quarantine.


Students who are clinically extremely vulnerable in a future local lockdown scenario only

Shielding advice for all adults and children paused on 1 August 2020. This means that even the small number of students who will remain on the shielded patient list can return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding.


Local lockdown

If rates of the disease rise locally, schools may need to prevent some pupils from attending.

Schools should follow PHE or DHSC guidance on what measures are necessary in the event of local lockdown. 

School Closure

Updated 11 May 2020

RTS remains closed until further notice. All queries please contact the School Office via email:

Partial reopening - 19 June 2020

With the possibility of partial reopening for small groups of students for one-off face-to-face check-in meetings, please see the Risk Assessment below:

Revised School Day - Online Learning

We have produced a guide for parents/carers to assist with the online learning programme that we are currently offering. This includes the revised timetable of the school day: