Dear Parent(s) / Carer (s)
I am pleased to be able to provide details about Year 10 and Year 12 returning safely to school. The Senior Leadership team is satisfied that we can meet the Government guidelines to facilitate face to face support for Year 10 and Year 12 learners from 8th June if the Government and our Local Governing Body deem that it is safe to do so at the time. Provision for key workers’ children and vulnerable children will continue. All other year groups will continue to be set remote work to complete at home, and can continue to contact teachers and other staff for support.
The health and safety of the children and staff in school is our first priority. To achieve this, we have produced a risk assessment and an addendum to the Behaviour for Learning policy which outlines how, as teachers and parents, we can provide the safest environment possible for our children at this difficult time. The risk assessment covers what we promise to deliver in school and, by sending your child back to school, you promise to adhere to your part in the fight against this terrible virus and keep the community safe.
You must not send your child to school if you or anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. If this is the case, please inform school immediately. The Government has announced that all over the age of 5 are eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms. This will enable learners to return to education, and their parents or carers to get back to work, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect all the learners and staff. Any learner displaying any signs of illness will be sent home immediately, without question, for the safety of others.
To reduce congestion, we have introduced new times to the school day which we ask you to adhere to. Members of staff will be available on the entrance to support you in social distancing and to ensure that our entry and exits into school are safe. A letter specific for Year 10 and 12 learners will be sent out during the week beginning 1st June 2020, outlining details for their timetable (which for Year 10 will comprise 2 days a week in core subjects until further notice). This letter will also outline details of start and end times, and entry to the school site. Walking is the safest way to travel to school where possible to avoid the congestion on Ashfields New Road. Unless there is a change to Government advice, we will be welcoming Year 10 and 12 learners into school on 8th June in line with their individual timetable.
Please note the Government advice re masks is as follows: Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. However, if your child wishes to wear a face mask, they can do so, providing it does not cause overt distraction to their learning.
From 8th June, subject to Government advice, all Year 10 learners and other key worker and vulnerable learners who attend during the summer term need to wear school uniform, but must not wear ties for the rest of this term. It is not compulsory for learners to wear their blazer but they should not replace their blazer with any non-uniform garments.
Finally, please be assured that we will do our utmost to provide a safe and caring environment for Year 10 and 12 learners. We believe it is important for Year 10 and 12 learners to return to school (subject to Government advice). Therefore, we encourage Year 10 and 12 learners to return to school from 8th June. It is vital for their health and wellbeing as well as their academic education.
There will be no before or after school facilities available. The library will be closed until further notice before or after school. Food parcels will still be provided for Free School Meal learners on Wednesdays.
Over the first few weeks of our return, a reduced lunch service will be offered. Please ensure ParentPay is topped up accordingly.
Please fill in the online survey (click on link below):
This will give the school a clear idea of returning learner numbers.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school. This is a difficult time for us all and we thank you for your continued support. We continue to pray for our whole community.
Mrs T Madden