Update: 10th July - Information Regarding September Re-opening
Posted 10th July 2020
Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.
To all parents and carers.
Although our plans for September are far from finalised, I am aware you will have questions about the organisation of the school day and what our plans will be for re-opening. I have attached below a brief outline of our plans for September, although this is subject to change depending on the local and national picture around Covid-19 at the time.
What we are putting together is, we believe, the best offer we can make to all students, taking into account current government guidelines. Our plans will allow all students to return to a full-time timetable in September, although concessions will need to be made in some subject areas. The plans outlined below are subject to successful Risk Assessments being completed and agreement with our Governing Body.
Information for parents and carers – School re-opening for September 2020
- School will close to all students on Friday 24th July and we plan to re-open for all Year Groups at the start of the Autumn term.
- School will be open to our new Year 7 and Year 12 students only on Monday 7th September. This is to allow our Induction Programme to take place for all our new students, as this was not able to happen during the summer term. Details of Induction Days will be sent separately to parents/carers of students involved.
- Students in all other Year Groups will start term on Tuesday 8th September.
- All students should attend school from the start of the Autumn Term in September, on either 7th or 8th September, as indicated. Government guidance states: this means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.
- Students will be taught in six Year Group ‘bubbles’ and will have lessons in separate areas of the school site. Year 7-11 will be in separate ‘bubbles’. Year 12 and 13 will be together as one Sixth Form ‘bubble’.
- To allow for effective hygiene and to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, hand sanitizer will be placed at the school gates for students arriving and leaving each day. There will also be sanitizer placed at entrances to corridors and classroom blocks. There will be aprox 50 hand sanitizing stations placed around the school site, in addition to existing handwashing facilities in student toilet areas.
- Teachers will move to each classroom and between ‘bubbles’, as per government guidance, maintaining a 2 metre distance from students at all times.
- Support for SEND students will continue from September, with Teaching Assistants allocated to each ‘bubble’. Student PCPs will be written and reviewed as normal.
- Start and finish times are to be confirmed, but we will be operating a staggered start and finish to the school day. Students will be asked to arrive at a given time from 8-30am to 9-00am and different Year Groups will use different entrances.*
- Lunchtime will be reduced from 55 minutes to 40 minutes, to allow for an earlier end to the school day without reducing teaching time. Timings for the end of the school day are to be confirmed, but will likely be between 2-50pm and 3-00pm*
- There will be a school bus available at the start and end of the school day. Timings and routes are to be confirmed.*
- Students travelling to school via public transport should refer to the appropriate government guidance at that time.
- Movement of students within each ‘bubble’ will be allowed, but students will not mix between ‘bubbles’ during the school day. Movement of students around the school site will be kept to a minimum.
- Key Stage 3 students will remain in the same room for most of their lessons, but there will be some movement to specialist classrooms for some subjects within the Year Group ‘bubble’. There will be more movement within Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form ‘bubbles’ to allow for students to access specialist rooms for GCSE and A level courses.
- Students will have their break and lunchtimes in their ‘bubble’.
- Students are required to bring their own school equipment, as equipment cannot be shared between students. This includes:
- Pens and pencils
- Calculator. We recommend the Casio fx-83GTX (available on-line for around £11) but if your child already has a scientific calculator, there is no need to purchase a new one
- Maths set
- Glue stick
- Coloured pencils
- Small curved-edged scissors
- Students should bring an individual small bottle of hand sanitizer (50/60ml) to keep with them at all times during the school day.
- All students should be in full school uniform on returning to school in September. Latest government guidelines state: Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
- Uniform can be purchased from any of our 3 official suppliers; details are on the school website. We would recommend purchasing uniform on-line, or checking with the suppliers whether they are operating a counter sale service.
- Students in our Sixth Form should follow our published dress code.
- Plans for delivery of the PE curriculum from September are still to be finalised, but will likely focus on light exercise for students in their school uniform, at least for the first half-term.
- Students will need clean trainers for PE, but we are not asking parents/carers to purchase new PE kit at this stage.
- School kitchens will be open for all students. There will be a reduced take-away Menu available, with a range of sandwiches and a hot food option each day, which will be accessible to all students at different serving areas around school. Students eligible for Free School Meals will receive these in school as normal; the voucher scheme will end after the summer holiday.
- Students should not bring cash into school and all meal accounts should be credited via wisepay. Any funds deposited on student meal accounts before school closure will remain. Details of how to use wisepay are available on the school website, or can be sent to parents/carers personally via contact with our email@example.com email address, if requested.
- Lockers will not be accessible to students at the start of term, unless they are located in the rooms allocated to the Year Group ‘bubble’.
- School Behaviour Policy will be amended to reflect these changes to the organisation of the school day and will be shared with parents, carers and students ahead of the start of term in September. All current school sanctions will remain in place, although we hope they will not be required for the vast majority of students.
*Details and timings to be confirmed week beginning 31st August, taking into account potential changes in the local situation and any change to government guidance over the summer holiday.
If our ongoing Risk Assessments lead to the plans outlined needing to be changed ahead of the summer holiday, I will let you know as soon as possible. Otherwise, parents and carers can plan ahead on this basis, although final confirmation of re-opening will not be possible until the end of August/beginning of September.
If you have any questions about our re-opening plans, I would be happy to answer these via the usual channels.
Thank you for your continued support.J. Wilding