I hope that you and your family are safe and well.
Our Risk Assessment and plan for school operations, during the COVID 19 pandemic has now been updated, following the most recent May 2021 government guidance. The updated documents are on our website and all changes are highlighted in yellow for ease of reference.
The main points to note are:
• All staggered start/finish and break/lunchtimes continue unchanged
• Face coverings are no longer recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas. However, during this period of gradual lifting of restrictions, we acknowledge that some students may wish to continue wearing face coverings in class and/or in communal areas.
• Current Breakfast Club arrangements remain unchanged
• A return to department areas and staff classroom bases after half term
As noted above, after careful consideration of updated government guidance it will now be possible to move back to department areas and classroom based staff after half term, ending the use of year group zones. In order to make this move and continue full compliance with government guidance we will need to apply a number of additional protocols, as follows:
-A revised circulation plan to ensure ‘only brief corridor passing’ which is considered low risk
-Student cleaning of work stations (chairs, table keyboards etc.) at the end of each lesson. Staff will distribute disinfectant wipes and students would need to dispose of them on exiting the room.
-Pupils arriving to lessons will also need be given the opportunity to clean their work station before sitting down at the start of the lesson.
All other existing measures remain in place including the use of year group bases, hygiene/cleaning regimes and staggered school days etc.
All year groups will need to be issued with new timetables and fully briefed regarding the changes. For Years 8 to 10 this will be relatively straightforward as these students will be familiar with school operations prior to the requirement to move to year group zones. However, due to previous government restrictions, Year 7 have not yet had any opportunity to tour the school and to become fully orientated with the whole building, grounds and all department areas. In order to avoid the mixing year group bubbles and to maintain full compliance with infection control measures, this activity cannot be carried out whilst all other year groups are in school. We will, therefore need to operate a staggered start on the first Monday after half term to allow for Year 7 orientation activities led by senior staff. The return to school after half term on Monday 7th June will run as follows:
• Year 7 to arrive at 8.30am to engage with an orientation activity in tutor groups with SLT until at 9.30am. Year 7 will report to their old tutor group room to be greeted by a senior member of staff to begin the tour. At 9.30am each tutor group will be directed to P2 on the timetable to continue their school day.
• Year 10 will arrive at 9.30am, starting lessons at P2
• Year 9 will arrive at 9.45am, to start their day completing the remainder of P2 before continuing with usual day
• Year 8 will arrive at 10.20am, to start their day at P3
Thank you in advance for your support and understanding with this arrangement.
Very best wishes and kind regards