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Year 10 and 12 Reopening - A Guide for Students
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the Academy. In this guide we have included useful information you will need to before you return.
Remember, you should NOT return to the Academy and stay at home if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
You will be expected to socially distance yourself (i.e. remain two metres away for all staff and students) at all times. You can also download this Student Guide to Reopening as a pdf. See Ms Cumberbatch's letter to parents about reopening.
Will the Academy look different?
Yes. The Academy has carefully followed government guidance in preparation for opening, this is in order to keep you safe. It is a calm, safe, welcoming environment and you will be with a small group of the same students each week.
When will I be coming back?
Year 10 and year 12 will be returning to the Academy from June 15th. You will receive a separate email telling you which day you will be expected to come in and the time you are expected to arrive. It is very important that you arrive on time.
Do I need to wear uniform?
Yes, but this has been adapted. You will be expected to wear a white shirt, black trousers or the Academy kilt, and if you wish your Academy jumper. These clothes must be washed each week. You should also wear your school shoes and all other expectations around jewellery etc remain the same. For this term, you should not wear your blazer or a tie.
You may wear a coat to school but not a hoody or any other non-uniform item. You will be asked to remove your coat in the hand washing queue and put it in your bag. It must remain in your bag until the end of the day.
For those of you in the Sixth Form, you will be expected to dress in your usual smart business wear but without ties and jackets. A jumper is fine as long it is worn over a shirt and can be washed.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring a bottle of water and your lunch card (if you wish to purchase a hot meal). You may, if you prefer, bring a packed lunch. Students who are in receipt of free school meals will receive their lunch in the normal way.
Please do not bring in stationary or books. These will be provided for you.
How will I enter the Academy?
- You will arrive at the Academy either at your allocated time or no more than fifteen minutes earlier;
- You will use the main entrance on Maberley Road;
- If you are being dropped off, your parent/carer MUST NOT leave the vehicle;
- You will then be guided to the side of the building whilst remaining two metres apart;
- You are required to complete hand washing on entry to the school;
- You will then be taken in single file to your classroom.
Where will I have my lessons?
In your lessons, you will be in a group of no more than fifteen students and you will remain with the same students, in the same class, at the same desk all day;
Classrooms have been organised to achieve 2m distances between student desks / chairs at all times.
What will happen at break and lunchtime?
You will remain in your socially distanced group of fifteen and have staggered times to the rest of the students who are in the Academy that day. You will have sometime outside but again you will be with your specific group and not mix with students from other classes. You will need to maintain a two metre distance from other students.
Will I be expected to continue with remote learning sessions?
Yes. On your day in the Academy, you will have face to face lessons with a teacher. On your first day you will have an induction and wellbeing session and then lessons. It is important you continue with your remote learning sessions on the days you are not in the Academy.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19 whilst I am at school?
You MUST remain socially distanced from staff and students at all time.
You will be expected to wash your hands frequently and required at the following times:
- Entry and exit from the school;
- After using the toilet;
- On entry to the dining hall;
- Before and after eating;
- On entry and exit from each classroom.
How should I get to school?
Where possible you must walk or ride bikes. If this is not possible and you need to use public transport you must maintain social distancing and follow TfL guidance on wearing PPE. If you are concerned about this please speak to your tutor or a member of staff.
You must travel alone or with siblings; you are not permitted to wait for friends or meet friends and you are expected to go straight home at the end of the day.
What can I do if I am anxious or worried about coming back?
You must talk to someone. When you return we will very much want you to ‘reconnect’ with the HCACP community – your friends and your teachers.
If you are worried, you can talk to your parent / carers, any member of staff or access confidential support from the organisations below.
www.kooth.com - chat to friendly counsellors, read articles written by young people, get support from the Kooth community.
MeeToo app - whether you are worried about exams, climate change, global pandemics, or falling out with your best friend, don’t bottle it up. MeeTwo is a safe space where you can talk about your anxieties with people who are just like you. Free, safe, and anonymous, the MeeTwo app helps young people to help themselves, by helping other people. Join a community of 25,000 young people and stay social, in isolation.
Can I wear PPE i.e. a face mask or gloves?
Not in school. The government guidance is clear, PPE is NOT recommended in schools. We are following government guidance, PPE will not be permitted once on Academy premises. If you wish to wear a mask or gloves on your way to and from school you will need to remove these at the school gate.
What will happen if I do not follow the new rules?
We know that most you are excited to come back and see some of your teachers. We have had to put new rules in place to keep everyone safe and it is important we all follow them.
We are very much looking forward to reconnecting with you!