Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to update you on the plans for September 2020. Guidance for Education was shared two weeks ago by the Government to enable schools to plan for a full school opening in September. From September 2020 school attendance is mandatory.
I apologise for the long letter in advance as I have tried to include as much information as possible to help you understand the rationale for the Full Opening Plan.
We have tried to create a plan that we can implement in September that enables us to keep students and staff safe. There are some significant challenges and all is dependent on the cases of Coronavirus continuing to decline and the transmission falling.
We have also had predictions of a second wave in Autumn that could result in local or national lockdowns. For that reason we will still be planning all lessons on Google Classroom so lessons can be easily accessed remotely when needed.
The Government Guidance
The DfE has shared official guidance for the full opening of all schools. It includes a set of protective measures that make up systems of control. It says “Schools must work through the below systems and controls, adopting measures in a way that addresses the risk identified in their assessment, works for their school, and allows them to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils, including full educational and care for those pupils who have SEND”
System of controls
This is the set of actions schools must take. They are grouped into prevention and response to any infection and are outlined in more detail in the sections below.
|1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend.|
|2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.|
|3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach.|
|4. Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.|
|5. minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.|
|6. where necessary wear appropriate personal protective equipment.|
|Numbers 1 – 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time.
Number 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances
Number 6 applies in specific circumstances.
|Response to any infection|
|7 engage with the NHS test and trace process.|
|8 manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.|
|9 contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.|
|Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.|
The Government guidance implies Secondary Schools must implement Year Group Bubbles. It also suggests staggered starts for year bubbles. We have a high number of students travelling to school on School Buses so staggered starts is not achievable.
Shevington High School Strategy
Areas of concern / risk identified by SLT
- Keeping all year group bubbles apart
- Start of the school day, students arriving by bus, car and walking. We have just under 800 students starting with us in September 2020.
- Student movement around school, year group movement around school.
- Canteen – providing food provision safely to all students, break and lunchtime.
- Effective and safe cleaning of rooms and canteen after each class / year bubble moves.
- Safe use of toilets for the whole school.
- Learning – How do we use equipment, books, computers safely in lessons to avoid transmission of the virus to staff and students.
As a school we therefore face a number of logistical challenges in keeping year group bubbles apart at the start of the day and the end of the day, in avoiding crowded corridors, providing food, and a significant increasing in cleaning let alone delivering teaching and learning.
We have considered many possible options and tried to construct a number of solutions and possible timetables to address the above challenges.
Below are a list of things we have considered
- Teaching KS3 classes for Year 7, 8 and 9 in their tutor groups for all lessons. Thus keeping KS3 bubbles class-sized or at least minimise mixing and contacts within the year group.
- Considering reduced movement around school by keeping the groups in one classroom and teaching staff moving.
- Zoning the school to create schools within the school. So year groups bubbles only occupy certain rooms during the day / week. This significantly reduces the frequency that a year group follows another into a space / classroom.
- Adopting longer lessons to reduce the number of lesson changeovers and occasions one year group follows another into a space.
- Staggering breaks and lunchtimes to reduce pressure on the canteen and social spaces and keep year bubbles apart.
- Zoning social areas, so that at the start of the school day year bubbles can be kept separate from one another.
- Limited staggered starts and finish times to reduce pressure on entrances and exits. Designated entrances or year bubbles.
- Ensure staff, students are safe and maintain the 2 metre social distancing guidance in a full school for staff.
- Ensuring students and staff wash and sanitise hands regularly.
Final School Solution
After exploring a variety of timetables and solutions in the last 2 weeks, we have finally decided on a timetable strategy for September. This solution has a number of compromises there is not one solution that is totally perfect.
We are zoning the school into five Zones.
- Zone 1 English Block Year 7 Bubble
- Zone 2 Science Block Year 10 Bubble
- Zone 3 Maths Block Year 9 Bubble
- Zone 4 Main building Ground Floor Year 8 Bubble
- Zone 5 Main building Upper Floor Year 11 Bubble.
The rationale here is to try to achieve the least amount of movement of the students during the day and therefore limit contact and potential transmission of the virus with other bubbles.
In Year 7, 8 & 9 all lessons will be in form groups and students will stay in the same classroom all day and subject staff will move to them. This significantly reduces the number of lesson transitions for students.
In Years 10 and 11 students will be in Zones. We have tried to reduce the need for movement as much as possible. However due to the Option choices at KS4 students will move for those lessons. They will only move to designated classrooms in the Zone they are based in.
When students move they will follow a one way system in their Zone area.
All students will follow the 25 period week as we normally do. We looked at chunking time and subjects but this was difficult to timetable and ensure students had good broad curriculum coverage.
The timings of the school day had been revised to enable staggered breaks and staggered lunchtimes.
There will not be a food provisions provided by school at breaktime so students are advised to bring a snack for breaktime.
FINAL TIMES OF THE SCHOOL DAY
School Day from September 2020
|Year 7||Year8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
Because we have created new Year Bubble Zones we have allocated new rooms within the bubbles for morning Coaching and Registration.
NEW YEAR BUBBLE ZONE FORM ROOMS
|7.1 F||LGL||26||8.1 S||KPE||4||9.1 F||TFL||40||10.1||LWI||28||11.1||JNI||14|
|7.2 F||ALL||25||8.2 S||SBE||11||9.2 F||LHO||46||10.2||CJO
|7.3 M||NRE||23||8.3 M||SHA||3||9.3 M||RMA||43||10.3||RFI||37||11.3||CSM||17|
|7.4 S||SLU||24||8.4 M||JSI||5||9.4 F||LLI||44||10.4||JBA||36||11.4||RWH||12|
|7.5 S||KHA||22||8.5 F||RDU||2||9.5 S||PMC||41||10.5||HBL||31||11.5||LAS||13|
|7.6 S||CWO||27||8.6 F||DMA
Zones are our mini schools within the school. Each Zone has a member of SLT attached to lead and a HOY. They will be responsible for the day-to-day logistics. Managing the changeovers of teachers and entry into the zone at the start of the day, break, lunch and the end of the day staggered finish.
All students will be in full school uniform from September. PE kit will not be used initially as changing rooms do not meet the Risk Assessment requirement. Students will be asked to bring training shoes for PE sessions.
Teaching and Learning
We will be planning that all lessons will be on Google Classroom for delivery in the classrooms.
We will have some students that do not attend school due to isolating etc. So all work will be on Google Classroom. We also know that we may have another wave in Autumn Term so we will be ready for another local and lockdown and working remotely.
Students in Years 7,8 & 9 will be working in one room all day. They will have a tray that their books will be in. Students will make notes complete lesson tasks and we will check understanding through Google Classroom Tasks / Assessments. Staff will not be taking books home to mark etc to reduce the transmission risk to all.
Students in Years 10 & 11 will be moving around each lesson. They will have a A4 plastic wallet for their books etc. Again, they will work in books and we will assess knowledge and understanding through Google Classroom.
We are still organising the Bring Your Own device strategy and Chromebook Leasing Scheme for students but this may not be fully running in September but we will try our best to get it in place. We will keep you updated over summer. In principle, students will be able to work from their own device in the classroom and accessing directly into the google classroom activities as an alternative rather to using exercise books.
Students will need to bring basic equipment to school daily so they can access learning.
Staff will need to clean the teacher’s desk before moving to the next class.
We are producing screens for use by teachers to support the lessons delivery and maintain social distancing.
Government Guidance is for individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils pens, it is recommended that staff and pupils have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books, games, can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly, along with frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48hrs (72 hrs hours for plastic) between different bubbles.
In all Zones there will be a Support Room for SEND, Oasis Sessions with Mrs Mason and pastoral support team.
Year 7 Room 21
Year 8 Room 1
Year 9 Room 42
Year 10 Room 32
Lunch and Breaktime routines
- Breaktimes are staggered for all year bubbles.
- Students can bring a breaktime snack into school.
- Students should bring a bottle of water into school.
- No water fountains will be available for students.
- Lunchtimes are staggered for all year bubbles.
- Students can bring pack lunch or purchase a lunch from the school canteen.
- Students must follow the social distancing routine in the canteen at all times.
- The canteen will cleaned between each sitting.
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 and processes.
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, 11,10,8 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
9th September Year 7, 11,10,8 & 9 Induction into new routines, habits and behaviour systems
Induction of students first week.
Students will arrive at school and be directed by staff to their identified zone social space to wait in their bubble for coaching and registration. They will be collected by their Form Tutor and taken to Form rooms.
The first day students will be in Form for lesson 1 each day to go through new routines and basic Covid 19 behaviour expectations and practice. Then the students will start to follow the timetable from lesson 2 every day during the Year Group Induction period 3rd September to 9th September.
We are looking forward to seeing the students in September and hope you all have a relaxing summer.
Again many thanks for the support during this very challenging time
Mr J Grant