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Reopening of school to students from Year 10

Reopening of school to students from Year 10

Dear Year 10 parents/carers,

I hope you are keeping safe and well. I am writing this letter to give you information about our plan to reopen to more students in line with Government guidance.

Government expectations from 15 June
From 15 June, secondary schools are able to offer face-to-face support for a quarter of the year 10 and 12 cohort at any one time. Alongside this the government is asking secondary schools to:

  • continue providing full-time provision for vulnerable students in all year groups (including Year 10 and Year 12)
  • continue providing full-time provision for children of critical workers in all year groups (including Year 10 and Year 12)
  • provide some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 students, with a clear expectation that remote education will continue to be the predominant form of education delivery for these year groups and that this should be of high quality
  • continue to use best endeavours to support all other students remaining at home, making use of the available remote education support and ensuring a high quality offer

We are planning to reopen from 15 June 2020 for students in Year 10 with no more than one quarter of the year group in the academy at any one time. This letter contains a link to a survey so that you can let us know whether you intend to send your child into school.

Currently, the academy is only open for children of critical workers and vulnerable students from all year groups. These students will still be able to attend and will follow the current times and structure.

In reopening to more students, I can assure you that we are following the Government’s advice as the safety of our students and staff is paramount. As a Trust, we are going above and beyond that advice.

It can be very difficult to keep children apart at all times. Therefore, as also recognised in the Government’s advice, we cannot guarantee social distancing between children. We are taking measures to make the return of children and staff to the academy as safe as possible.

It is entirely your decision whether or not to send your child to school during this period of phased reopening. There will be no penalising of children or families if parents decide not to send their children to school during this time.

What I wanted to do in this letter was outline some of the things we will be doing to keep students and staff safe;

  • Social distancing markings at the entrance to the school as children sign in each morning
  • Varying arrival/departure times to avoid busy travel periods
  • Ensuring all students and staff regularly wash their hands, this includes new hand-washing/sanitising stations around the building
  • Students will remain with a small group (social bubbles) in the same classroom each day with the same staff and spaces will be clearly marked out to ensure social distancing
  • There will be an enhanced cleaning plan put into action. Doors will remain open where they can, to avoid the need to touch surfaces and to aid ventilation. We will open windows when possible and corridors will be clear of any resources
  • Increased signage and floor markings to ensure students understand the need to keep apart
  • Equipment will be provided for each student which will stay in school. No other child will use this equipment
  • Students are not expected to wear uniform so that a clean set of clothes can be worn each day to school
  • Risk assessments have been completed and measures put in place to reduce risk

As we work on plans to have students from Year 10 in school for some face to face contact from 15 June it would help us to know what your intentions are. Please complete this survey by 3pm Wednesday 3 June 2020.

As with everything during this crisis, the situation will need to be monitored closely and we’ll continue to keep you informed of any changes.

Yours faithfully

Mark Harrison, Headteacher