Can my child/ren come back to school?

Following the Government guidance, secondary schools will reopen on Monday 15th June 2020 for students in Year 10 and Year 12 on a rota and quota basis.

What if I am a keyworker?

If you are classed as a keyworker or have a child/ren classed as vulnerable then the facility to offer emergency childcare at school still applies regardless of what year group your child is in.

What if I am a keyworker but my child is in either Year 10 or Year 12?

If you require keyworker provision for your child and they are in Year 10 or Year 12, they cannot attend both provisions. This is in order to reduce the possible spread of infection by mixing students from different groups. The school will work with you to find the best provision solution for your family.

If my child/ren are not in the above year groups, when can they come back?

The Government’s ambition is to delay the return to school for students in secondary school until September at the earliest. We will only welcome back additional year groups if the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus indicates it is appropriate to have larger numbers of students within schools. The safety of students and staff is our utmost priority.

What are some of the ways you are ensuring the students are safe?

We are closely following all the guidance and ensuring our settings are as safe as we can make them, we will adopt the below steps in order to minimise risk:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, will not be permitted to attend school
  • cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly. We also have alcohol hand rub/sanitiser available and will ensure this is used
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for coughs and sneezes
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces after each use
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout), timetables (such as staggered break times)
  • All classes, toilet and sink areas will be cleaned thoroughly according to the Government guidelines both during the cross over between groups and at the end of the day

What will my child’s classroom look like?

There will be no more than 15 desks in the room.

Chairs will be spaced at 2m apart so all students can socially distance.

There will be hand sanitiser available in each classroom and hand soap and sanitiser at each sink.

The students will only be taught by their familiar adults.

What can my child bring to school?

We have secure bag stores for students, only a water bottle and a wipe clean pencil case can be taken to classrooms

Can my child/ren wear a mask?

Whilst the guidance is that face masks are not recommended in the school setting, if you and/or your child feel more comfortable then of course, they can wear one.

A face covering is needed for all students arriving on public transport, including the school minibuses.

Will the staff be wearing masks/PPE?

Whilst the guidance is that face masks are not recommended in the school setting, if staff feel more comfortable then of course, they can wear one. PPE is only needed in a small number of cases:

  • if a student becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask will be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the student is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.

Do I have to send my child to school?

For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school or sixth form, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of students will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.

Will I be fined if I do not send my child back?

There will be no fines issued to parents/carers for non-attendance during this time.

How many students will be in each session?

For secondary schools, classes will be no more than 15 students in a group.

What measures will be in place to socially distance?

We want this transition back to school to be a positive one for our parents and students. To support this, we have shared with you our guidance on what to expect the school to be like and how we will help students in our care to stay safe. This, we hope, will help you when making the decision to send you child to school.

What equipment will my child be using and will it be shared?

Your child will need their own, wipe down pencil case. Calculators and all other resources will be provided.

Does my child need to wear school uniform?

We will not require students to wear their school uniform.

My child does not fall into any of the categories so does that mean they still have to stay at home?

Yes, students will continue with their on-line learning and work will continue to be provided in the same way as we are currently.

Will my child have lunch at school?

No. The groupings and timetables have been planned so that students can eat their lunch at home. (Further information to follow about the provision of Free School Meals)

Can I visit the school during the school day?

No. Parents will not be allowed into the school building school at any time – our reception area is closed. Parents will need to telephone the office with any queries, or to arrange a telephone meeting with a member of staff if they are required. This is to ensure that everyone adheres to the social distancing rule and so that we can control the number of persons on site.

How does my child get to school?

Recommendation is that students should walk or cycle to school or come by car. Students using bues will need a face covering.

My child or a member of the household are showing signs of coronavirus – can my child still attend school?

No, if your child or anyone in your household shows signs of coronavirus, you must all self-isolate as per Government guidelines.

If a student or member of staff at school develops symptoms during the school day, what will happen?

When a student or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to obtain a test whilst self-isolating for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days or until a test shows the initial person to be negative for the virus. Parents of all students in the group will be informed. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested if needed.

If the test is negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

If the test is positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the student or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

FAQ’s specifically for Year 10 and 12 students

Why are there not full days and lots of time in on my child’s timetable?

We are bound by the DfE documents which has not allowed us to run two different groups in a day. This has made our plans need more days to get everyone through.

Your child may have a gap of many days on their personal plan as only 25% of Year 10 and Year 12 may be in on any day. Some students do not have a session in some weeks as we work though all the option subjects in turn.

Why is my child seeing a different teacher or not having a session for a subject in school?

Some staff are shielding and are unable to be in school currently. Department teams are making plans to ensure all students are in for a purpose, even if the teacher is new to them.

Online learning with staff at home will still continue.

Year 12 lessons where staff are not available, are continuing with their on-line lessons.

Why do some students have more sessions in than others?

Directors have decided who they need to see and how often, this is different for each student. Each student’s plan has a purpose, so some need more time in that others. Sessions are designed to complement on-line learning which will continue.

Why is video (zoom) and 1:1 online video not available?

We have video capacity through Office 365 but due to safeguarding for staff and students we are not running video meetings with students. Live chat is available and many staff are pre recording commentary to go with lessons.

Is my child in a bubble of students?

We have split Year 10 into the X and Y bubble and Year 12 are in their own bubble. Each bubble has their own area of school and there is no cross over of students. It is recognised in the guidance that at secondary level, it is not possible to keep smaller bubbles due to the different options students take.

Why do I need to store my phone?

Phones are one of the dirtiest objects we own in terms of microbes, to reduce the risk to others in the green classroom zone, only a wipe clean pencil case and a water bottle may go with a student.

I will be coming to school on a bike – which entrance do I use?

Arrive through the road entrance and walk the bike to the bike store. Over this period, the bike store is open all day and so a bike lock will be needed to secure your bike to the stands.