In order to ensure the safety of pupils and staff in the light of Coronavirus, we are introducing important measures to create a safer environment, where the risk of transmission of infection is significantly reduced.
Please download the document because we are asking that all students and parents agree to these arrangements. It is essential that pupils follow the procedures and expectations carefully.
Please find below further information for the start of School for Years 12 and 14. These arrangements are based on guidance provided by the Department of Education; while there is some more flexibility than previous guidance, there are also clear expectations. In advance of the first day back, I would like to highlight a few initial decisions which have been made in line with the guidance which will ultimately lead to changes for all of us. Thank you for your patience and understanding in advance as these may be amended and will certainly be added to.
While guidance allows for removal of social distancing for Years 11-14, we have minimised risk by:
- re-arranging classrooms to keep at least 1m between desks where possible;
- having all desks facing forward where possible;
- keeping teachers’ desks 2m from pupils;
- using seating plans to contain and monitor pupil movement.
We have planned to prevent unnecessary contact by:
- use of one-way systems;
- designated exits and entrances;
- closing 6th form common room and allowing 6th form to leave school when free;
- closing the canteen for an initial period – pupils should bring packed lunches until advised otherwise. Lunches will be eaten in form rooms.
We are providing cleaning materials and sanitizers for each room. The following will also apply:
- pupils should wash/sanitize their hands on arrival at school in the toilet block closest to their form room;
- pupils should then go straight to their form room and not congregate in corridors;
- lockers will not be available initially;
- all pupils must have their own hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, paper tissues and a mask;
- blazers and ties may be worn, but are not compulsory for an initial period;
- only books and materials needed for that day should be brought to school in a bag which can be easily cleaned;
- on arrival at a classroom, pupils should wipe down their designated desk and chair;
- masks must be worn in line with guidance in corridors, communal areas and most classes;
- pupils should follow all signage at all times.
Please note that if there is a medical reason why your daughter/ward should not wear a mask or wipe her work area, a note should be provided.
Any anti-social behaviour linked to Covid-19 will be treated seriously. These behaviours include deliberate coughing or spitting at another pupil, touching or handling another pupil’s belongings and deliberate flouting of one-way systems.
Arrangements for first week
Monday 24th August Start 9am Finish 3.20pm
Tuesday 25th August Start 8.45am Finish 3.20pm
Wednesday 26th August Start 8.45am Finish 2.10pm
Thursday 27th August Start 8.45am Finish 3.20pm
Friday 28th August Start 8.45am Finish 3.20pm
Please note that all pupils must be in form rooms by 9am on Monday morning to attend induction.
Years 12 and 14 will not be in school on the week beginning Monday 31st August, and will return full-time on Monday 7th September.
Form Rooms & Teachers
Note that Year 14 will attend registration only on Monday 24th August. Thereafter pupils will be registered in the classes that they attend.
|Mrs Wright (Monday – Tuesday)
Mrs Henderson (Wednesday – Friday
|14P||Sports Hall||Mr Driscoll|
|14Q||Curran Hall||Mr McManus|
Should a pupil appear unwell or display any of the symptoms of Covid-19, they should not be sent to school. Symptoms of Covid-19 include:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature), or;
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual), or;
- anosmia – the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell (it can also affect your sense of taste)
Finally, we live in challenging times. We will do all that we can as a school to mitigate risk, but remind you that we cannot stand over what happens outside the school gates and ask for your support in ensuring that our pupils’ actions outside of school do not impact on the greater school community.