We are looking forward to welcoming our pupils and staff back safely this week. Please be aware that in line with government guidelines face coverings will be MANDATORY (unless exempt) in all areas of the school, including in classrooms.
Following Government guidelines and official advice received our academies are now preparing to reopen to all pupils and staff at the start of the Spring term. Specific dates and times will be sent to parents by our individual Academies. The health and safety of our pupils and staff is our highest priority.It is absolutely essential that if pupils, or anyone they live with, develops any one of the following symptoms they do not attend school and self-isolate in accordance with the Government's guidance: a fever, particularly a high temperature (i.e. a temperature of 37.8 degrees or over); and/or, a continuous cough, or a loss of, or change to, sense of smell or taste
If any of the above occurs, your child must be tested as soon as possible. It is vital that you inform us that they have symptoms and the outcome of the test they have.
Please can you ensure we have the correct and update contact details (phone numbers and email addresses) for you and emergency contacts should we be in the position that we need to contact you due to a closure or our child becoming ill at school.
Returning to school
Your child will be inducted back into school and the measures in place to keep them, other pupils and staff safe. Your child should attend school for induction on the dates given to you by your child's school.
Social Distancing, Year Group Bubbles and Timings for the School Day
Your child will be in a protective bubble. Social distancing measures of 1m plus will be in place wherever possible. We will be keeping pupils in bubbles to limit the number of pupils they interact with therefore reducing risk. In addition for this reason there will be limited movement meaning that your child may be in the same classroom all day, with teachers rotating between classrooms where possible to deliver learning. We will endeavor to provide your child with the full curriculum, however there will be some changes in the delivery of this due to current government guidance for example in music and PE. We will have a temporary timetable in place where pupils will be taught in different groups and with different teachers then planned for the remainder of the year. All pupils will receive a timetable on their first day in school. It is a vital part of our control measures that pupils arrive at their appropriate time and do not wait around outside. Your child will be dismissed at their allocated time and should go straight home, not wait around for friends in other year groups. Your child will have a staggered break and lunch during the day, but pupils in different year groups will not be able to mix.
We have a number of measures in place around school including one way systems, limited access to toilets and controlled access to catering facilities to limit the risk to pupils. We also have regular touch point cleaning of door handles and balustrades throughout the day.
It is vital that your child follows the instructions of staff and keeps 2m away from staff to enable them to carry out their duties. Parents will need to be available to come immediately to school to collect your child if they do not follow these instructions as not doing so undermines our measures to keep staff and pupils safe.
Pupils do not need to wear face coverings at school and should remove them following government guidance if they have worn them on the way to school. Our staff will only use face coverings in situations which require their use such as administering first aid.
Attendance to school is compulsory and normal attendance systems apply. In the event that your child is unable to attend school for any reason you should contact your child's school by 8.30 a.m. providing the following details:
Pupil Name, Year and Tutor Group, Reason for absence, Parent Name and a contact number.
Uniform and PE Kit
Pupils are not required to wear a blazer and tie to school at this time. This is to support parents due to the increased need for washing of uniform on a daily basis. Pupils are however required to wear:
- White Shirt (or Academy Polo Shirt at the Nuneaton Academy)
- Black Plain School Trousers or Skirt
- Black School Shoes.
All other aspects of the Academies uniform policy remain in place including jewellery, PE Kit, make up and equipment.
This will be reviewed in September 2020 and updated guidance issued for November.
On the days when your child has PE, they should attend school in their PE kit and remain in this for the day. Changing facilities will be closed.
Parents and pupils are discouraged from using public transport. Wherever possible pupils should walk or cycle to school. Bike sheds are available for locking up bikes. Alternatively pupils should be transported to school by car, being dropped off where it is safe to do so. If public transport is the only option then parents should ensure that their child follows the government guidance around the use of face coverings which are mandatory on all public transport.
We are awaiting further details about school buses from the local authority. We expect that they will contact affected families ahead of the new term, however we will also share this with you if it impacts on the details outlined above.
We will continue to provide remote learning only where pupils are unable to attend school due to NHS track and trace requirements where a pupil tests positive, has symptoms and is awaiting test results or where a medical condition requires them to work from home as stated by a GP. Details will be provided should your child require this.
Click here to view our Remote Learning MAT Approach
Playing your part
We need your child to play their part by
Only coming into school if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating or has been asked by the NHS Track and Trace team to stay at home. Pupils who display symptoms at school will be isolated and parents must collect them quickly and take them home to self isolate.
Being respectful of others. Observe the social distancing signage, floor makings and directional signage at all times.
Washing hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitiser upon arrival at home or school, when blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, after exercise, after holding handrails, visiting the toilet or before eating and handling food. Avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin and washing their hands.
- Opening door handles using a clean tissue or paper towel and disposing of properly in a bin afterwards.
- When passing on the stairs or corridor keeping to the left.
- Remaining in their allocated classroom and only leave with permission.
- Parents will only be allowed onto site if they have made an appointment.
- Following the instructions of staff at all times.