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Reopening of the Academy for Years 10 and 12
Dear Parents Carers,
Re: Return to the Academy for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 15th June. See also our student guide to reopening.
I hope this letter finds you well. As you will be well aware, your son’s/daughter’s education has been hugely impacted by the national school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March. Our staff have worked tirelessly to offer the very best remote learning offer and pastoral support, but nothing can replace actual face to face teaching and social interaction. This is even more of a worry for our year 10 and year 12 students taking external examinations in less than a year and as a result of this, the Government have asked secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year.
From the week commencing Monday 15th June, we will be inviting small groups of year 10 and year 12 students into the Academy to be taught in a class of no more than 15 students for one day per week. The first week will be an induction and wellbeing session and during subsequent weeks students will be taught by subject teachers. Students will also have the opportunity to have lunch at a social distance with their peers. I understand that many of you will be concerned about sending your son/daughter to the Academy but for those students who can attend, I know that our educational and pastoral offer will have a positive impact on wellbeing through interactions and on their educational development.
A letter will be sent to you by Thursday 11th June informing you of your son’s/daughter’s updated weekly timetable, including the day we would like him/her to attend site. In addition, we have created a student guide and written some additional rules for our Behaviour for Learning policy which we will provide to you by this date. This week, you will also receive a personal telephone call from a member of the Academy Leadership Team to ensure you have fully understood how the return to school will work and to answer any questions you may have.
I want to reassure you that our students’ welfare and safety and that of our whole Academy community is central to our re-opening plans. We have completed thorough risk assessments and have put in place significant changes to ensure that our Academy is ready for reopening. Our plans adhere to the Department for Education guidance on implementing protective measures for education settings.
Measures we are taking include:
- minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend childcare settings, schools or colleges
- cleaning hands more often than usual - washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and drying them thoroughly or using alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
- ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
- minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout) and timetables (such as staggered break times and start times)
Students and staff who have Covid-19 symptoms or live with people who have symptoms should not attend the Academy. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- 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 son/daughter, or any member of your household, experiences these symptoms, please:
- Do not send your son/daughter to school
- Call the Academy and inform us on the first day of symptoms, even if it is not a day your son/daughter is due to attend school
- Keep your son/daughter at home for 14 days
If your son/daughter shows symptoms on site, we will place your son/daughter in an isolated medical room and an assessment will be made by a first aider. We will request that you collect your child immediately and keep him/her at home for 14 days.
All staff and students will be following these guidelines, which are essential to make sure that we keep one another safe.
We have adapted our Behaviour for Learning Policy to support our students to understand and follow our new social distancing, hygiene and group contact procedures. These changes are to keep your son/daughter, your family and our staff safe. We want you to be reassured that the Academy will not tolerate any risks to our collective health. Any students who is unable to meet our expectations around social distancing will need to remain at home.
Sadly, some of our students will not be able to return for medical reasons or family circumstances. It is important that you inform the Academy if your son/daughter or others in your household have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions and have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to attend the Academy and we will continue to support them at home through virtual learning and support. It is therefore vitally important that we have up to date medical information, if there have been changes that you have not informed us of please let us know.
Finally, I want to thank you for your support during this time. Together, as the HCACP community, we are working through these unprecedented and uncertain times, and emerging stronger as a result.
MS K CUMBERBATCH