2nd September 2020
Dear parents and carers,
PUPILS RETURNING TO SCHOOL- SEPT 2020
I AM VERY PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT SCHOOL WILL BE FULLY OPEN FROM THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020
I hope all pupils and their families are well and continuing to manage to keep safe.
Some pupils will transition into school over the next few weeks. 6th form students are being offered blended learning (in school part-time) for the autumn term whilst our new 6th form centre is being completed.
School will continue to risk assess daily and plan weekly dependent upon local changes to the risk of COVID.
We have undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment and our site team have undertaken a very thorough clean of the school. The risk assessment is available for you to read on our school website.
I am outlining below what measures are being put in place to make school safe to pupils and staff. This list also includes expectations of families:
1- Classrooms have been risk assessed and planned for safe positioning of seating. Resources for each pupil are stored in plastic boxes and not shared. We will be working in department bubbles and pupils will need to remain with their bubble. If any pupil or member of staff becomes unwell with COVID19 symptoms then this will mean that we will operate safe procedures regarding isolation and communication.
2- The school has increased safety signage and markings throughout the building. A very thorough clean is undertaken after each school day.
3- Staff and pupils will follow strict hygiene procedures. This will include hand washing sanitising all surfaces.
4- Every pupil will have a risk assessment.
5-Lunch will be eaten in classrooms and just a few pupils will go to the canteen to eat each day on a rota basis. All pupils will be able to access the full lunch time menu.
6-Start and finish times have been adjusted to allow for a safe arrival and departure from school. We strongly advise that if you can transport your child then you do so as this will be the safest option. You may have to queue to drop your child off. There will be 2 meter marks for you to follow in the queue
7-Strict hygiene routines will be required both in school and home- hand washing, clothes washed daily at home, pupils showered daily at home. School bags will need to be sanitised by families and any equipment not required removed from the bags. Families must agree to this
8-If your child or anyone in the home has symptoms you must keep your child at home, request a test and inform school so that we can put the necessary plans in place to reduce infection. You must inform school of the test result. Families must co-operate with this.
YOU MUST PROVIDE AN UP TO DATE TELEPHONE CONTACT NUMBER THAT WE CAN USE TO SPEAK TO YOU IN THE EVENT OF A COVID RISK. YOU MUST ANSWER THE CALLS MADE TO YOU BY SCHOOL STAFF
9- You will be aware that the Government require high school age pupils to wear masks in public areas in school. As Manchester is a high risk area you should try to encourage your child to wear a mask in school. If you plan to do this please ensure that the mask is either washed or changed regularly.
A member of the school team will have contacted you to confirm arrangements. I will contact you early next week with further information about the arrangements for this term. We are looking forward to the return of pupils and help you will feel supported by us over the next few months.