As parents/carers will be aware, the Government has allowed secondary schools to open for face-to-face education from Monday 15th June.
MBS is keen to get Year 10 and Year 12 pupils back into school as soon as possible and below is the outline of what we want to offer, and how we can offer this safely, for both year groups.
Year 10 students
- We would like to get every Year 10 student into school for one morning per week.
- We would like to give students in this year group some learning time in English and Maths in reduced class sizes with social distance measures in place.
- We want students to meet, in a planned and socially distanced way, all their GCSE teachers while they are in school on the same morning they come in for English and Maths.
- This will allow us to monitor and support students more effectively in their GCSEs.
- It will not replace their online curriculum – but will be an important offer to support the online curriculum.
Year 12 students
- We would like Year 12 students to attend a subject-specific lesson each week for every A Level they study.
- For each timetabled morning session, a number of A Level subjects will be offered and students should attend when their subject is on offer. In effect, it means students will attend school three mornings per week.
- A Level classes are small and therefore students can socially distance easily.
- This does not replace the online curriculum, which will still continue.
How will the school ensure that my son/daughter is safe in school?
We will follow Government guidelines for arranging movement around the school and interaction with pupils and staff. Here are specific measures that will be in place:
- We will take the temperature of each student as he/she enters the building.
- We have increased the number of cleaners on site to ensure that cleaning takes place throughout the day. Locations that students use will be deep cleaned at the end of the day.
- We have a Risk Assessment providing further details. This is also available on our school website.
- We will publish further details on Wednesday 10th June to share student timetables and to respond collectively to parental questions (see note below about contacting the school).
- Hand sanitiser will be available in every room students will use and hand washing facilities are well provided for in the building.
- Students will be escorted and directed around the building.
- Face masks will be mandatory on public transport from 15th June but it will be optional to wear these in school.
- There will be no opportunities for students to congregate in large numbers, e.g. there will be no break or lunchtime.
- Students will be briefed upon arrival of their responsibilities to carry out social distancing in a safe way.
- The arrival time for staff, Year 10 and Year 12 will be staggered to ensure that groups of pupils do not mix.
We recognise that some students may find the idea of returning to school daunting and we will publish a range of support measures to ensure that they feel well supported at this difficult time.
The school will follow Government guidance for any incident where symptoms of Covid-19 or diagnosed cases of Covid-19 are determined and will apply the protocols for staff and students.
If parents have any questions, comments or concerns on the future planned or current school operations, please email these to us directly to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can respond appropriately.
Finally, it is important to emphasise that you do not need to send your Year 10 or Year 12 son or daughter to school. This is your choice and you will face no sanctions for not doing so. However, where possible, we encourage you to send your son or daughter in so that we can better support preparations for GCSE and A Level examinations next year.