Thank you for your feedback on the draft return to school plan we proposed. There was a great response by parents and carers and that has really helped us in our planning. Your feedback and questions were considered by the Trust and we have taken your thoughts on board when finalising our return to school plan. Please find attached a set of FAQs from your feedback which we hope addresses the vast majority of parent /carer concerns.
Return to School Parent and Carer FAQs
What date do Year 10 students return to school?
A: The planned date is Monday 15th June. However, students will be expected to come into school on for their induction process prior to this date. This date of the induction process has yet to be confirmed.
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 15th June
. We are still planning to run an induction process for students and we will confirm the date of this when we receive further guidance from the government. 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 prior to their full return to school on Monday 15th June. We will be sending video guidance of how to enter the building over half term so students and parents/carers are clear on the Arrival and Departure procedures prior to arriving for the student induction session (the date of which is to be confirmed).
Are school buses running?
A: We are working with the bus companies at the moment to see if we can arrange a school bus or several school buses to run which can adhere to social distancing measures and prevent students from using public transport. We are still awaiting a response from the bus companies and we will update you as soon as we have any more information on this. If this is not possible we would have to encourage students to walk or cycle to school and only use public transport as a last resort. We are organising additional secure and socially distant cycle sheds for students to use if necessary.
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.
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. Students will only be in school for one 2 hour session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.