Year 10 - Instructions for Return
08 Jun 2020
This email will explain the procedures that your son/daughter will follow when they return to school. As you appreciate, this has been and still is a very serious situation that the country is going through and we expect every student to follow the rules without exception to ensure the safety of everyone. If your child behaves in any way that is considered inappropriate, we will have no option but to ask you to collect them.
There are discussions between Roberts and the local authority regarding the transport and Roberts will be contacting all parents this week. I can assure you if the buses do run the numbers per bus will be very low so social distancing will be appropriate. I have also asked them to confirm if the wearing of face masks will be required
Walking to School
Please stress to your son/daughter that they must maintain social distancing when walking to school and not to gather with friends on the pavements. It is important when they encounter members of the public they keep to the left to ensure maximum distance.
The timings of the school day are normal. Students are expected to be in school in registration at 8.45am. All lessons are on the Nottingham Road site and your son/daughter will receive an email from their tutor telling them their new form room for this period. They must arrive at school on time as the external gates will all be closed for security once school has started. If they are late, they will have to enter through the main entrance on Nottingham Road.
There will be a new timetable to ensure your son/daughter gets time in all their lessons. They will receive this in registration as they arrive.
Full uniform is to be worn as they will only be attending one day per week.
All the outside spaces are marked out in 2m yellow dots or lines. This is to provide a guide to students to enable them to keep apart. When students are in the outside spaces they need to move to the larger areas to allow free movement around the narrower points. The paths around the site are wide enough to allow two way use as long as students keep to the left.
There are a considerable number of signs around the site to remind and direct students. They must follow them.
There are one way systems in operation that are clearly marked. These include staircases to the upper floors. There is a short corridor that leads to three rooms that will be two way but it is clearly marked to keep left. Staff will be guiding students as they leave classrooms to ensure they go in the right direction.
Contact with Surfaces
To minimise the need to touch surfaces, all doors will be held open throughout the day. We would also request that students try to touch things as little as possible in their movement around the school.
The classrooms have been adjusted to ensure social distancing. The average number of students per class will be 5/6 so they will be spread around. On entry to the classroom the desk and seat will be sprayed by a member of staff and wiped down using paper towels by students, they will then be expected to sanitise their hands. If your son/daughter has any skin allergies please ensure they tell the class teacher.
Windows and doors will be open to allow good air circulation.
Students may be given handouts that they retain themselves, no materials or books will be shared.
Students must bring in basic equipment - pen, pencil, ruler etc as equipment cannot be borrowed.
Break and Lunch
If the weather is fine,all students will be expected to be outside. The field will be open so there is plenty of space for then to sit and chat whilst maintaining social distancing. If the weather looks poor, we will be using the main canteen and Sixth Form Centre to provide space for students to sit. There are enough tables for each student to be spread apart. We will allocate each form group to a room so they know where to go
The canteen will not be providing any food at break time. If your son/daughter wants a snack they will need to bring their own.
The school will be offering a cold cob, cake and drink at lunch. If you have indicated on your feedback that you require this, your child will put in an order at registration and it will be available to collect from either the canteen or Sixth Form Centre at the start of lunch. Please ensure that you have topped up your online Wisepay catering account to enable your meal to be purchased as the top up machines will be closed and we cannot accept any cash. If you need help with this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a maximum of two people in the toilets at any time. These will be monitored by staff.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
As you are aware the guidance for schools is that PPE is not required to be worn by staff or students except in certain situations eg administering first aid, cleaning, food service.
If staff or students feel more comfortable if they are using PPE that will be fine.
The desks and chairs will be cleaned after every lesson and after school the cleaning staff will be following a checklist to ensure the site is thoroughly cleaned ready for the students the next day.
Should the fire alarm go off the priority is the leave the building in the quickest and safest way. Students do not follow the one way systems in this situation but they should maintain social distancing when at the assembly points outside.
It is important that your son/daughter only attends on their allocated day as numbers have been balanced for safety reasons. If circumstances change and your son/daughter does not attend it will not be marked as an unauthorised absence.
If you son/daughter is feeling at all ill, please do not send them into school. If they start to feel unwell at school they will be isolated, seen by the school nurse and you will be contacted.
Some areas of the school will be closed off due to construction work taking place. These are clearly marked and students must stay out of these areas.
We request parents do not just turn up at school during this period. All communication should be via phone or email.
I apologise that this has been a long email with a lot to take in. We do consider it really important that students do attend to get some quality time with their teachers and to start to get used to the different ways that the school may be operating in the coming months.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us.