Following my letter at the end of last term, I enclose further details of the reopening of the Academy for all students. These measures have been put in place taking in to account the most recent Government guidelines.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
Parents are encouraged to visit the latest Government guidelines:gov.uk/backtoschool
Please find attached the date your child will return to the Academy and the room that your child must go to on their arrival. Year 7 students should report to the Main Reception where staff will meet them. All students should wash or sanitise their hands-on arrival and throughout the day. Staff will be on hand to direct them to their designated classroom.
As mentioned in my previous letter, following Government guidance, students are advised, where possible, to walk or cycle to the Academy where it is safe to do so. Our bike sheds have designated zones clearly marked for each year group. Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that we require all students to wear a cycle helmet and to bring a lock with them to the Academy to secure their bikes.
|DATE||YEAR GROUPS IN THE ACADEMY|
|Wednesday 2 September 2020||Year 7 and Year 11 students ONLY to attend.|
|Thursday 3 September 2020||Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students ONLY to attend.|
|Friday 4 September 2020||All Year groups are to attend (Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)|
Please can we ask parents and carers not to enter the Academy site or gather at the entrance or exit gates. If a parent or carer needs to accompany their child to the Academy, then only one person should attend and they must report immediately to the Main Reception whilst observing social distancing. By the very nature of the large size of our Academy, our students naturally arrive in a staggered manner due to the variety of transport methods they use. Students are expected to arrive through either the Main Reception entrance, the bike shed entrance or the main pedestrian entrance.
On arrival, students are requested to report immediately to their assigned location. This will reduce any potential time for students to meet others or feel they must wait for the traditional bell. As usual students are expected to be on site by 8:50am. At the end of the day students are asked to swiftly leave site with reduced contact with others. Staff will be onsite to assist.
In order to minimise contact with other students, we have introduced a slightly staggered end to the Academy day that takes in to account the location of each year group. Staff will escort students as they leave the site commencing at the timings below:
As per Government guidance, if students use public transport they are requested to wear a face covering, these will need to be removed when students arrive at the Academy. Students should not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival, dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can place in their school bag, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom. We ask all parents / carers and young people to be aware of recommendations on transport to and from education or childcare setting.
In order to adhere to the Government’s guidance, we have made some organisational decisions in order to enable students to minimise the contact they have with other students, whilst also ensuring all students are able to access a full and broad curriculum. Where movement around the site is necessary, we expect students to be mindful of social distancing and its importance in preventing the spread of the virus. Students entering the teaching blocks must do so in a calm and controlled manner. Initially in order to control the entry of students after break and lunch time we will require them to line up in their class group outside and be collected by their teacher. In order to fully ventilate classrooms and teaching blocks, all classroom doors, windows and external doors will be kept open. Where possible the need to touch surfaces around the academy have been minimised this includes using the toilet facilities and lunch serveries.
Year 8 to Year 11 students have remained in their Academic Band. Classes within each Band have been decided following discussions with the Curriculum Leaders for the core subjects. Students in Year 7 have been placed in initial class groups based on the information we received from the Primary Schools which will be reviewed as they adjust in to their Secondary education.
The usual Registration period will take place in the students’ Period 1 classroom with their Period 1 teacher. When all the necessary pastoral activities are completed then the Period 1 lesson will commence. When Assemblies are due to take place, they will be delivered virtually to students during the registration time.
Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will be taught with the same group of students, in the same classroom for all of their lessons except for ICT and Music when they will be collected by their teacher and taken to a specialist teaching room and fully supervised as they return to their room. All students will take part in Physical Education lessons which will be beneficial for their health and well-being.
Students in Year 10 and 11 will be taught with the same group of students for English, Maths and Science in the same room. In order for students to complete their full GCSE option subjects, they will move rooms and work with other students in their option class to enable them to access resources and specialist teaching staff for their option subjects. We have kept movement to an absolute minimum and we have planned the timetable to minimise potential contact with other students. It is essential when students are moving around the site, that they maintain social distancing and conduct themselves in a calm and orderly manner. Year 10 and Year 11 will also take part in Physical Education lessons which will be beneficial for their health and well-being.
A designated teaching area has been provided for all years with access to toilet facilities and an area for their Break and Lunchtime. This will greatly limit movement around the site and reduce contact with other students in other year groups. All students will receive an initial session with student guidance and advice about how to keep themselves and others safe. We will cover hand washing, ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ and the new Academy procedures that have been put in place to help minimise contact with others, including social distancing signs and the additional hand washing stations that have been installed around the site. This will be regularly reinforced with students.
Classrooms and toilet areas will be cleaned regularly along with corridors and any areas that students / staff may come in to contact with. Students will be encouraged to enter the toilet facilities one at a time.
The most recent Government Guidance will be followed and will inform future decisions regarding the safety and well-being of all on site. Staff have attended training regarding Covid-19 prevention and measures we are taking on site.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
We must remind all parents/carers of the following key points that we expect all to adhere to:
In line with Government guidance, we will continue to operate an additional separate Medical Room for students to report to should they feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms whilst on the Academy site. If a student feels unwell, e.g. high temperature or a cough, they must alert their teacher immediately; Government guidelines will then be followed regarding isolation and collection.
If for any reason your child is unable to attend the Academy please ensure you inform us in the usual way: via calling Reception, using the MyEd app or emailing Tollbar Enquiries email account. In line with Government guidance, if we become concerned in relation to potential exposure to COVID-19, we will contact parents/carers immediately.
In line with the most recent Government guidelines, face coverings are not required, however if your child wishes, they may wear a face covering as they are moving around the site. They must follow the guidance regarding removing and storage of their face masks.
We can assure you we are continuing to keep up to date with all the developments and guidance available and we will contact you should anything change in the future.
This has been a very challenging time for children and their families. Returning to school is vital for children’s health and well-being, their education and their future. We look forward to welcoming your child in September and working with them to help them reach their full potential.
Mrs C L Yates