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.
Information regarding Form Classes and room allocations can be found at the bottom of this page or by clicking this link.
The Department of Education has updated their information and guidance for Years 8 – 11; 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 document 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.
As per guidance, we are teaching Years 8-10 in bubbles. Years 8 and 9 will be taught in classrooms in the Curran building, while Year 10 will be taught in G7 to G10. Pupils will be escorted to other areas of the school when being taught practical classes.
While social distancing has been removed for Year 11, 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; failure to wear masks in school or on public transport to and from school; touching or handling another pupil’s belongings; and deliberate flouting of one-way systems. Expectations for pupils in school will be covered during induction and accompany this letter.
The only amendment to school uniform is the waiving of the requirement to wear blazer and tie for an initial period. In cold/wet weather, pupils should wear the regulation green waterproof coat, the school puffa jacket or a plain black waterproof jacket. The only hoody which may be worn on cold/wet days is the school PE hoody. Other hoodies, whether issued by school or not, are not permissible. Pupils are also reminded that unnaturally coloured hair, facial piercings and fake nails are not permitted. Only one pair of plain stud earrings are allowed.
School buses will run from Tuesday 2nd September as follows:
- 8.00 am The Square, Comber to BCS
- 3.25 pm BCS to Bangor
- 3.30 pm BCS to Comber & BCS to Newtownards
If you need to contact school, do so using the school telephone number, 02890471214, or e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the e-mail address used for updates and newsletters, email@example.com, is outward facing only and is not regularly monitored.
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.
Arrangements for First Week
Tuesday 1st September Year 8 Start 9am Finish 3.20pm
Thursday 3rd September Year 11 Start 9am Finish 3.20pm
Friday 4th September Years 8, 9, 10 Start 9am Finish 3.20pm
Please note that all pupils must be in form rooms by 9am to attend induction. We are currently planning for the canteen to provide lunches as soon as possible. In the meantime, pupils should bring a packed lunch and break. From Monday 7th September, pupils with PE on their timetable should wear the regulation PE kit to school; there will be no Games for at least the month of September.
|Year 8||Mrs Barrett (Head of Year)|
|8P||C1||Mrs Lester (for Mrs Annett)|
|Year 9||Year 9 Mrs Waterworth (Head of Year)|
|9P||C5||Mrs Greer/Miss Johnston|
|9R||C7||Miss Ritchie/Mrs Leacock|
|9S||Curran Hall||Mrs Whitford/Mrs Wilson|
|Year 10||Year 10 Mrs Hutchinson (Head of Year)|
|Year 11||Mr Mulholland (Head of Year)|
|11Q||G15||Mrs Stewart/Mrs Hamilton|
|11S||W16||Mrs McManus/Mrs Browne|