We look forward to welcoming back our year 7 students on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.
All year 7 students must enter the school still through Gate A. We will be opening the gates at 8.20am allowing the students on to their gravelled area where they should wait sensibly following our 3Rs of Ready, Respectful and Responsible. They will not be allowed onto the school site before this time. They should then make their way to their classrooms from 8.30am for an 8.45am start. Students should not be waiting on the pavement outside of the gates before this time.
Please could we ask that students bring with them any work completed during isolation that has not already been sent in using teams for teachers to mark.
Year 7 students will be leaving the site at 2.50pm from Gate A. If you are collecting students, please can you ensure that you collect them promptly and leave the area quickly to allow other year groups to leave site safely.
All students must wear facemasks when moving around the school site in line with the current government guidelines. These should be plain or have a simple inoffensive pattern and should be clean daily. You will need to have two masks with you, one to wear, and one for spare!
Dropping off and collecting students
If you are dropping off or collecting students, could we please request that you either arrange to meet at a point away from the school or wait for them further along the pavement in front of the cricket pavilion. This will ensure that the area does not become congested, other students can safely leave the school site and Covid-19 2 metre distances are maintained between families. Could we remind you that guidance is that students should be walking or cycling to school and that private cars should only be used when absolutely necessary, and only contain people from your household/bubble.
We ask that all parents/carers follow the Highway Code and Please do not cause a disturbance to our neighbours.
What if my child is unwell?
This winter will pose challenges for determining whether illness experienced is the symptoms of Covid-19, winter flu, or a general cold. Where a child has mild cold symptoms they should continue to attend school.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If your child presents with one or more of these symptoms they must not attend school and should remain at home. We urge all parents to access a test as quickly as possible and to inform the school of the results.
In line with government guidance, a child presenting in school with symptoms will be isolated in a safe space away from other students while we contact family to get them collected from school.
We recommend that families then arrange for a test for a child with symptoms. Further details will be provided to families who are affected by this.
What should we do if someone in our household/bubble has Covid-19 symptoms?
If a student has any of the above listed symptoms they should not attend school and a Covid-19 test should be arranged ASAP.
NHS guidance states:
- Stay at home if you have symptoms
- If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.
- Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.
Follow the link if you need to arrange a Coronovirus test: Arrange Coronavirus test
Please remember that students must not return to school if they have recently returned to the UK from a country that is on the UK’s quarantine list, until they have fulfilled the full 14 day self-isolation period; if you are unsure of which countries this applies to, please refer to the Government’s Foreign Travel Advice: Foreign travel advice
As with all absences please call the school before 8.45am on the day on 0121 566 6444
extension 1. If you can’t get through please leave a message on the voicemail.
Queries and issues
Due to Covid restrictions we are only allowing pre-booked visitors into reception. If you have any queries or issues please call the school on 0121 566 6444 or email email@example.com.
We would like to thank you once again for your support during these strange times. Welcoming back our students this week and seeing how sensibly they have followed the guidance has been a real pleasure.
Mr A Bate