Re-opening Schools for Year 10 students

Following the government’s announcement on Sunday 24th May 2020, Year 10 will now return to school in stages from Monday 15th June 2020.

We understand that many parents and carers will have concerns around the Academy re-opening and there will be many questions you will want to ask.

This is to explain how we intend to re-open the Academy for Year 10 students in a safe way that adheres to social distancing measures and the latest government ‘Stay Alert’ and education guidance.

Students will be invited to return to the Academy in phases for face-to-face support that supplements our remote learning strategy. Students will not return to full timetables or be expected to be in school full time.

Year 10 will be split into 9 cohorts of approximately 15 students each. Students will only come into school for face-to-face support on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
Students will be placed in cohorts which will place them in groups where we can concentrate on targeted areas of learning from the curriculum, i.e. students have similar areas to improve in English, Maths and Science.

Students, parents and carers will be informed by Friday 5th June 2020 by letter which cohort they are in and what induction day (one day only) students will be attending between Monday 15th and Friday 26th June 2020. We will contact you shortly with plans for the next phase following student and staff induction.

Areas and corridors throughout the Academy will be clearly signposted and classrooms will be organised to ensure we adhere to social distancing guidelines. All staff will adhere to the government guidance to keep everyone safe on site.

The day will start at 10am and finish at 1pm. The initial day will be induction and an opportunity for staff to catch up with each student and establish where there they are at with their learning and address any pastoral needs.

Face-to face support will take place to supplement their remote learning.

Following this model there will be no BREAK time or LUNCH time for students on site at the Academy. We will expect parents and carers to provide lunch for students when they arrive home after finishing at 1pm. Students can bring a snack from home to eat and a reusable bottle of water each day (this should be taken home and washed daily). Students in receipt of free school meals will continue to receive provision via the National Free School Meal voucher scheme until further notice from the government.

Before face-to-face sessions begin we are going to induct each cohort of students. This would give us the opportunity to explain in detail the plans moving forward and the expectations of working safely in this way. Lessons to supplement remote learning would then begin following induction.

Induction would cover:

  • Welcome back… happy to see you!
  • Support available to you – mental health support, etc.
  • Social distancing guidelines
  • Arrival and departure procedures
  • Student expectations in school and on the journey to school
  • Supplementing your remote learning and how we will do this
  • Praise culture
  • Practice walk through school social distancing
  • Practice depart procedures

Every classroom in the school has been audited to ensure we have measured the number of people that can safely fit in a classroom in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Classrooms will have no more than 15 students in them.

Larger spaces, such as the Learning Resource Centre and classrooms where we can open partitioned walls will be used for face-to-face sessions. In these large spaces and in line with government guidance we can safely maintain social distancing measures.

Chairs will be removed from classrooms to indicate the maximum number of people allowed in the classroom to maintain social distancing guidelines. Chairs will be placed in specific areas of each classroom and must not be moved.

Students will have their own designated desk. The Academy will provide students with their own equipment and book to complete all their work in. The equipment and book must not be taken home. For hygiene purposes students will not be required to bring their usual stationery, planner or bag during this time.

Lessons will take place in different zones of the school so students in each cohort and staff will never mix. Once students have arrived they must not leave that area for any reason.

Toilets will be available for each zone.

Corridors will be clearly labelled to adhere to social distancing guidelines. There will be markers on the floor which will be 2 metres apart to indicate how far away you must stay from the person in front or behind you.

Arrival

Hand sanitisers will be present at every entrance to the school and EVERY student must wash their hands on entry to the school.
Temperature checks will also be conducted. Any student with a high temperature will go to the isolation room (faith room) and must remain there while we contact parents/carers to come and collect them.
Unless your child has a medical need or other vulnerability, parents should avoid coming to the school reception.

Departure

Again, every student will use hand sanitisers when leaving the building. Students will maintain social distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.

The government guidance is clear that people should avoid using public transport where possible and students should be encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible, or get dropped off and picked up by a parent/carer. We appreciate that this may not be practical for all students. Please contact us if this will be a barrier to your child attending school and we will work with you, trying our best to help if we can.
Parents and carers should note that, due to the shortened school sessions, there will not be a dedicated school bus service in operation.

  • Students will be in their dedicated classroom from 10am to 1pm
  • Students should not leave the classroom until the lesson has finished
  • Students with medical conditions who need to leave the classroom will be allowed to do so at the discretion of the teacher.
  • Students should avoid all physical contact in school and on the way to school… No hugs, shaking hands etc.
  • When in the classroom students should sit in the same place at all times and not move from this place unless instructed to do so by the teacher
  • Students must maintain a safe distance from others between and during their lesson
  • Students should not share belongings with each other (stationery, food etc…)
  • Students follow the updated behaviour policy and protocols

Students are not required to wear uniform throughout the initial period of phased re-opening, however students should ensure that they dress appropriately for school. Students can wear their PE kit or PE t-shirt, or the pale blue summer uniform t-shirt if they want to. The relaxation of our uniform policy is temporary and will be reviewed in future.

Students will be reminded about the government guidance and this will be issued to all students as part of the Induction process:

  • frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly.
  • clean their hands on arrival at the Academy, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
  • encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
  • use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)

Hand sanitisers will be placed in every zone being used. Signage will be placed in prominent areas around the school to remind students and staff of this.

Guidance states that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in school.

Students are free to wear a face covering (mask) if they choose to do so. This should be appropriate for a school setting and should cover the mouth and nose area only, and not be a full head covering e.g. no balaclavas or similar. If the Academy deems a face covering to be unsuitable we will ask for it to be removed and offer a suitable disposable covering for the remainder of the session.

Site cleaning will take place at the end of each day in preparation for the next day. Cleaners have been trained in line with government guidance around COVID-19. Every Wednesday the school will be closed to students as a deep clean will take place.

In all rooms unnecessary items have been moved and rooms have been tidied so surfaces are easy to clean and clutter free.

In line with government guidance staff and students in all settings will be eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms as will members of their household.

  • Isolate in school
  • Inform parents
  • Send student home and advise they self isolate for 7 days and the household self isolates for 14 days
  • Encourage student to get tested
  • If test is negative – return to school and household ends self isolation
  • If test is positive moved to confirmed case scenario.
  • Send home immediately
  • Inform HR before leave the site
  • Advise they self isolate for 7 days and the household self isolates for 14 days
  • Organise a test for the member of staff with their permission
  • If test is negative – return to school and household ends self isolation
  • If test is positive moved to confirmed case scenario.
  • Student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19
  • Individual receives medical advice and/or treatment
  • The Academy will follow appropriate guidance from the government Test and Trace service

The government is strongly encouraging students in Year 10 to attend school whenever they are expected to do so as part of our phased reopening. This is so they can gain the educational and wellbeing benefits of attending and to enable schools to work together with home to support continued education. However the government are currently clear that parents and carers will not be fined, or face other sanctions, for non-attendance at this time.

Normal absence procedures will apply so we would expect families to notify us if their child is unable to attend when they are expected to do so. This is so we can explore the reason with you and address barriers together.

To support our final preparations for re-opening, Academy staff will make contact with you by telephone to confirm these arrangements and to offer you the opportunity to talk to us about any concerns you may have.

When not due to attend school for supplementary face-to-face sessions Year 10 students must continue remote learning from home as directed in the school closure work section of the Academy website.

Remote learning may include some live lessons online. When accessing these sessions students should remember that a ‘classroom standard’ of behaviour is expected online at all times and students should:

  • be safe, responsible and courteous at all times
  • work in a shared space in the house, rather than in the bedroom
  • dress appropriately (Tip: no pyjamas and don’t wear anything that they wouldn’t wear to school during a non-uniform day)
  • mute their microphone to reduce distractions and potential disruption to teaching and learning
  • communicate using polite, professional language, just like they would in class
  • not distract other participants through private chat or messaging or any contact online
  • not disrupt the lesson and the learning of others in any way
  • not take screenshots or record lessons
  • turn their web camera off if they prefer once introductions have been made and the lesson has started

There is a robust risk assessment that is in place that is in line with government guidance. The risk assessment is monitored by the Governors and the Local Authority.

In the current situation there will always be an element of risk. What the risk assessment does is minimise the risk by addressing a multitude of different factors in order to reduce these risks for students and adults in the building.

The risk assessment looks at every aspect of the return to school in detail. It covers the following considerations:

  • Social distancing
  • Classroom sizes
  • Arrival and departure from school
  • Movement around the school
  • The school day
  • School and Public Transport
  • Catering
  • Site cleaning arrangements
  • Hygiene and handwashing
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • First Aid and medical rooms
  • Testing and managing symptoms
  • Toilets
  • Fire Procedures
  • Contractors on site
  • Parents and carers on site
  • Students with underlying health conditions
  • Staff and student induction programmes