September 2020 Arrangements
Current guidance and arrangements for September will be updated and clarified, according to updated guidances from the DfE and PHE, before the start of term.
Click here to view a very important document issued by the government regarding what you need to know about and we would urge you to read it in full.
Schools, as expected, will need to put in place a range of protective measures to minimise risk. The schools needs to emphasise that whilst risk can never be wholly eliminated, we are working around the clock to ensure as smooth a transition back to school as possible.
We intend to offer the full national curriculum as it has always done, but we are also conscious that many pupils will be feeling insecure about coming back to school especially if they feel they are behind in their work.
Over the year, we will be putting in place a wide range of “recovery” actions and interventions to ensure this is not the case. We will also be here to support parents as we appreciate you may have also had an extremely difficult time over the last few months.
However, the school will need to operate very differently as per the government and public health guidance and we must ask for your full co-operation with this.
Arrangements for the start of term (September)
Please find below the arrangements for the start of term in September. Please note that these are subject to change following any new government guidance which is due out on 11th August.
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To find out more about the arrangements for the academic year please click here.
Timetable of the day
Schools are expected to deliver provision in “year group bubbles” – this essentially means that students must not mix with anyone from other year groups even at breaks.
As a result, we have put in a new staggered day which will be sent before the end of term which sets out when different year groups start and finish school. We appreciate this may be difficult for siblings.
Please appreciate this measure is in place to prevent whole school closures if there are confirmed cases in any particular year group with instead only one year group having to isolate in such circumstance.â
Years 7 and 8 will be taught in their tutor groups for 90% of their timetable excluding Design and Technology and PE. Key Stage 4 will operate in a full year bubble to ensure breadth of curriculum and option choices.
Students will not be allowed on site before 8.15 a.m. and we urge that they only arrive at their allotted time of either 8.40 or 9.00 a.m.
We will unfortunately not be able to operate our usual facility of the early opening of the library and canteen.
Lessons will run as normal with some adaptations for practical subjects. However, there will be strict seating plans and students will need to sit facing forwards in the classrooms where possible. They will not be allowed to breach a 2-metre distance from their teacher who will be teaching from the front.
Main corridors will change from their current two-way system to one-way. Appropriate signage, both on the walls and floors, have been put up explaining this to the students.
Arriving & Leaving the school site
We appreciate that some students need to use public transport and we will try to prioritise them in queueing for the buses at the end of the school day.
We do need to warn you that public transport will be extremely restricted and that buses simply will not stop if there are too many students at the bus stop.
They have a very low limit of numbers allowed on the bus at a time and at the time of writing this letter they have no intention of putting on extra buses. It is completely acceptable whilst it is still light in the afternoons and early evening for students to walk to school if the journey is around 30 – 45 minutes.
The school also has ample bicycle storage.
The school will be prioritising students with the longest or most complex journeys when permitting them to go onto the bus.
Behaviour in school
We fully appreciate that students will find some of the measure above challenging. We will be as supportive as we possibly can be in the transition period – however, we cannot compromise on health and safety and as a result the behaviour policy will be amended to take account of these changes and persistent breaches will lead to students being sanctioned in line with the new policy.
This document will be sent to you before the beginning of the school year.
Students must wear full school uniform. If any parents are experiencing difficulties with purchasing please let us know and we will try to support.
Students are currently not recommended by the DFE and PHE to wear face coverings in school. However, as a school, we will be reviewing all relevant guidance on this issue throughout the summer holidays and will update our position before the beginning of term.
Students who are over the age of 11 must wear face coverings whilst on public transport. They must then follow Public Health England’s guidance about safe removal and disposal.
Students must come to school in their PE kit on days that they have PE lessons as there will be no changing facilities available.
Break times will be staggered with different year groups at different times and they will only be allowed in certain areas of the school including one dining area plus one section of outdoor space.
The library will be open on year group rotation.
We are asking that where possible you ask your child to bring in a packed lunch as although the canteens will be serving some food, it will not be the usual range and we need to avoid queueing where we can.
Any student can use the toilet at lesson changeover or at breaktime. All toilets will remain open to encourage handwashing and hygiene as often as possible. Only students with a medical pass/note will be allowed to use the Medical Room toilets as these will be prioritised for those students who are unwell during the school day.
Attendance and Absences
If you or anyone in your household has Covid symptoms, your child must not attend school – in such cases your child will be provided with remote learning. Please alert the Attendance Officer immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you read the new advice on shielding which will pause on August 1st and therefore the expectation is that all students will return to school unless they are under the care of a health professional who will advise further. If this applies to your child please ensure you let us know the contact details for the health professional via Ms Cozens on email@example.com
In terms of enhanced safety measures, the following has been put into place:
- Enhanced cleaning across the school site.
- Requirement that all staff and students/parents take part in the “Track and Trace” system. For more information see the government guidance. All students and staff will be eligible for testing and it is vital that this is taken advantage of in order to manage this virus and minimise disruption to the school.
- School trips will not be able to take place for the foreseeable future, but we still hope to be able to offer an albeit adapted range of enrichment activities.
Click here to go to our 'Remote Learning' page. Please note that details on this page will be updated accordingly in line with government guidelines.