September Return to school update
Please see below letter sent via intouch on 13th July 2020
I am writing to you with regards to our return to full education in September 2020.
The government have produced their guidance for schools; a copy of which can be found in the following link for your information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
I will continue to write to you over the summer holidays with further details as we draw closer to September. However I wanted to make you aware of some key aspects at this stage that will affect the start of the new academic year. Although the vast majority of our plans are in place, we will need to continually monitor the ongoing situation and I will keep you updated should any of these details change.
Tuesday 1st September is an INSET Day and we will be spending this day carrying out training with staff on our new safety plans and procedures for the Autumn term. The school will not be open to students on this day.
The school will be reopening and welcoming our new Year 7 intake & Year 11 students on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 with staggered start days for other year groups as detailed below. This incremental return will allow us to monitor our procedures closely as we gradually increase the daily numbers towards full capacity.
· New Year 7 intake (8.15am) & Year 11 (11am) on Wednesday 2nd September
· Year 8 (8.30am) & Year 10 (11am) on Thursday 3rd September
· Year 9 (8.30am) on Friday 4th September
· 6th Form (11am) on Monday 7th September
The health and safety of our students and staff is a priority and we will be following the government guidelines. In order to minimise contact and mixing between students we will:
· Create year group ‘bubbles’ in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 and Tutor Group bubbles in Years 7 & 8.
· Create separate year group zones, with tutor groups allocated to specific rooms, across the school where each year group will be taught. The exception to this will be when students need to use specialist classrooms such as Computing, Design Technology, Food Technology, PE, Dance, Drama and Music.
· Have a staggered start and finish to the day with some year groups arriving at 8.10am and others arriving at 8.45am.
· Have strict limits on the time students can arrive and be in school. No students will be allowed onsite before 8.10am and all students must be off site by 3.45pm.
· Require each year group to enter the school via a specific entrance.
· Have staggered lunch and breaks for different year groups and allocate designated areas for each bubble to use during this time.
· Maintain rigorous cleaning and hygiene measures.
· Ensure students clean their hands as they come into school and leave school.
· Ensure students clean their hands at the end of every lesson with their own sanitiser.
Attendance will be compulsory and students will be expected to wear full school uniform. On days where students have PE they will be expected to come into school in their PE kit to avoid having to use changing rooms.
Students will not have access to lockers and this will mean they will have to carefully manage the equipment they bring into school with them each day in their plain, black rucksacks/backpacks.
Where possible we strongly encourage students to come to school on foot or by bike and to avoid public transport which will be operating at a much lower capacity.
The government is due to publish further advice to schools on Tuesday 11th August so I will write again to parents and carers after that date with further details of our final plans including an equipment list for students (including sanitizer), an updated behaviour policy to reflect Covid-19 and any other information that is relevant.
Thank you for your continued support and I hope that you have a safe, happy summer break.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.