Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you have all had a lovely summer despite all the challenges that Covid 19 brings.
As a school we have been busy preparing for the students to return to school in September. We have implemented a range risk assessments to make sure that the school site is safe and classrooms are sent out appropriately.
I shared before summer our plan for students in KS3 and KS4. We will be having Year Group bubbles and staggered lunchtimes and breaks etc. Students will be encouraged to social distance at all times. We have limited the movement around school significantly.
In addition to the original plans as I am sure you are aware there has been guidance shared by the World Health Organisation regarding Secondary age students and face masks. They advise that children over the age of 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1 metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.
A result of the WHO guidance the Government has changed its previous guidance to schools regarding face masks in Secondary Schools. Where schools are in a local lockdown students should wear face coverings. Nationwide, the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary in education settings generally because of systems of control applicable to all educational environments provide additional mitigating measures. Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed, if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.
Therefore, following this guidance from both the World Health Organisation and Government we will be making Face Covering / Mask mandatory from next week for all students unless they have a medical condition. Students will be required to wear face coverings when moving around school and in communal areas as we cannot guarantee social distancing of students. This is going to be particularly important when students are moving to the Year Group Bubble Zones in the morning.
We are taking this decision as we want to keep school open for all students and we believe this measure will significantly aid all our other strategies that we have put in place to keep the spread of virus transmission down for our school community and families.
School opening in September is vital for our children’s wellbeing and education. During the school closure many students worked really hard on the online lessons and tasks and have made good progress. But it is time now for our students and your children to come back and continue learning at Shevington High School.
The learning experience will still not be back to how it was before the Pandemic as we have a number of restrictions and limitations caused due to the Year Group Bubble Timetables but over time we hope we will be able to revise our delivery to the young people.
We are finalising the Bring your own device strategy and the Chromebook leasing scheme and hope to have it up and running in the next few weeks. When it is in place student will be able to work directly on their laptop / device in classrooms.
First Week / Days Back in September 2020
We will be staggering the start of school in September for all year groups to allow for induction and familiarising students with new Covid 19 school routines.
3rd September – Year 7 – Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
4th September – Year 7 & 11 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
7th September – Year 7,11,10 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
8th September – Year 7,11,10 and 8 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
9th September – Year 7,11,10,8 & 9 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
It is also really important to stress not to send any student into school showing any symptoms of Covid 19. They need to follow guidance and have a test and isolate.
If any student show signs of Covid 19 in school they will be sent home for a test and only return when they have results from the test and have isolate for the appropriate time as in the Government Guidance.
We are really looking forward to the students starting back in September.
Hope you all continue to stay safe.
Mr J Grant