|Reopening of Educational Diversity on Wednesday September 2nd 2020
You will be aware that the government has recently declared that all schools will reopen for pupils in September, now that the infection rate of Covid-19 has decreased and the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running across the country. The government is also much clearer now about the measures that need to be put in place to create safer environments within education settings.
As you know we have already welcomed back a number of pupils in year 6 and year 10 and we are delighted that we are now able to invite all of our young people back into school following the Summer holidays. Over the next few days before term finishes on the 17th July, your individual Lead Teachers will be making contact with you directly to ensure you have the opportunity to ask any questions or to raise any concerns that you may have.
In order to minimise unnecessary contact between the different year groups within school, we will be introducing a staggered start and end of the school day for the first few days back into school, so that pupils and staff can adjust to the new routines. Details of when your child is expected to arrive and finish school during the first week back are detailed in the table at the bottom of this letter. If they arrive late or at a different time, they may not be able to access the provision for health and safety purposes. I need to remind you though that from September, attendance at school is mandatory for all young people, unless your child is self-isolating as they have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19, or are living closely with someone who has the virus.
We do not underestimate the impact that school closure has had on our school community and we are concerned about the impact that this may have had upon your child’s emotional well-being. With this in mind, we will be delivering a “Recovery Curriculum” for the first three weeks which will be focusing on re-engaging young people in learning with a real focus on providing them with some emotional support if needed. We understand that our pupils will not be able to learn unless they are in a good place emotionally and pastorally, so this is a real priority for us.
The school day will look a little different for your child when they return, as for the majority of the time they will remain in their form rooms with teachers moving between classes. This is to reduce the movement of young people within the building and limit contact in and around school.
We are trying to discourage the use of public transport, but if your child does have to use this as a method of travel to school, please be aware, that as of the 15.6.20, all those using this method must use appropriate face coverings. This could be a face mask, or another face covering, such as a scarf or a balaclava. Please send children in their school uniform.
We realise that this is a worrying time for everybody and would like to reassure you as much as possible that we have the appropriate safety measures in place. These include reduced numbers in group, staggered arrival and exit times and access to hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities at all times. Staff will model and encourage all children to adhere to social distancing. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or your Lead Teacher in the coming weeks if you have any queries or concerns.
We are asking you and your child, along with our staff to commit to helping us achieve a safe environment for everyone, which may involve us working together slightly differently. If your child has not been attending school since the Lockdown was introduced, you and your child are asked to read and confirm you understand what is expected when they begin to attend school again.
This must be completed and returned by your child on their first day.
School will commence on September 2nd 2020
Student & Parent / Carer Declaration
It is important as Educational Diversity reopens after the period of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, that everyone in school is able to be kept safe. For this to happen, it is important that students, parents / carers and staff agree to support each other by following the government guidelines on protective measures, including:
To achieve this, we respectfully ask every student and parent / carer to read and agree to the following:
Everything stated below is in line with our Expectations and Values:
Be Respectful Be Safe Be Ready