Return to School Parent and Carer FAQs
What date do Year 10 students return to school?
A: The planned date is Monday 22nd June, where they will take part in an induction on arrival of how to safely navigate the school building.
Is the Return to school plan still going ahead given the recent press releases and what some teaching unions have said?
Yes, in light of Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday 24th May the school will now re-open to Year 10 students to supplement remote learning on Monday 22nd June
. The induction process for students will start that week, there is an induction timetable in the pink tabs below. We have completed a robust risk assessment and our return to school plan has had the approval of the Trust board following consultation with staff, parents and union representatives. If the government changes its plans further we will respond accordingly and will keep parents and carers informed.
Does this plan have the backing of the Local Authority?
A: Yes. The local authority has been in contact with schools to emphasise the need for schools to prepare for re-opening given their own set of circumstances and context. This may change subject to new government guidance and as a result we will respond appropriately if there is any change to government guidance
How will social distancing be maintained on corridors?
A: The following measures have been put in place: (Please read the Return to school plan for further details on this)
- Students on arrival will be met by their teacher and will line up 2m apart (please read the Arrival and Departure procedures for more details)
- Teachers, with senior leaders will escort students to their classroom one class at a time ensuring students maintain a 2m distance as they walk.
- Markers on the floor will indicate the direction of travel and the 2m distance as a guide for students and staff (see pictures below)
- There will be a one-way system implemented throughout the school (see pictures below)
As part of the student induction process all students will have the opportunity to ‘walk through’ the procedures when they full return to school the week commencing Monday 22nd June. We will be sending video guidance of how to enter the building.
Are school buses running?
A: Yes, we have been in touch with the school bus company who will be running the normal school bus service each morning in order to get students into school for 8.45am. The bus company will be implementing strict social distancing guidelines. The bus company has recently updated us that it will be compulsory that students wear a face mask on the school bus. Students will not be allowed on the school bus if they are not wearing a face mask. Please click the Pink Tab below on School and Public Transport for more details on this and a link to show you how to make your own face mask if you require.
Will students need to wear full school uniform?
A: Yes. This is for a number of reasons related to reducing the risk of spreading the disease and also so we can easily identify our students in the school and as they walk to and from school. Our normal school uniform policy applies with a particular emphasis at this current time on no piercings or jewellery. We would ask that students remove all piercings and jewellery before they set off to school. Blazers are optional due to the difficulty in cleaning them on a regular basis.
Do I have to wash school uniform everyday?
A: No. We said it would be advisable to wash it more frequently, but this does not mean you have to wash it every day.
Do I have to send my child into school and will I receive a fine if I don’t?
A: No. Currently the government is encouraging parents of Year 10 students to send their children to school but they are not enforcing this. The government have said clearly that parents will not be fined if they choose not to send their children into school. We would love to see our students again and help them with their learning but our first phase of planning is all about building confidence and we will work with parents and carers whatever they decide. The reality is we are going to be working like this for potentially a long time and we want to try to take positive steps forward to allow everyone to have confidence that we can work safely and learn to live with Coronavirus.
I’m concerned about sending my child back to school as they have an underlying medical condition. What should I do?
A: Please see the government guidance below to help you with your decision.
It is clear that if your child is clinically extremely vulnerable or is living with someone in the same household who is clinically extremely vulnerable then you should NOT send your child into school.
Please view the government guidance on this below:
gov.uk guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons
Will PPE be used for staff and students?
A: We will follow the official government guidance on PPE below:
Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus.
Will my child receive consequences if they come into school with a face mask on and will they be asked to take it off?
A: No. We are operating in unprecedented times and common sense has to prevail. We want to work with you as parents to build confidence with our students and we will be sensible about the decisions we make around this.
Will my child be able to socialise at break or lunch?
A: No. As part of this plan there is no break or lunch. Transition procedures between lessons are outlined below.
My child normally receives TA support or 1:1 support will they still get this?
A: No. It is very difficult to provide 1:1 support without increasing the risk of breaching social distancing. Instead we will look to plan additional remote support for students via our SEND team should they need it. The support we provide will be personalised around the needs of each individual child.
The government have also produced a series of FAQs to support parents and carers. Please find a link to these FAQs below:
gov.uk – reopening schools and other educational settings from 1st June