Letter from the Headteacher on 19th August 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have been preparing for full opening from September 7th in line with Government guidelines. Our risk assessment will be available on the school website for you to see before students come back to school.
I am aware that some of you may still have reservations and questions about COVID-19 and full reopening and we are happy to talk through your concerns. We are grateful to Havering Transport who have agreed to restrict students on buses to those within our Colour Zones. This means that although buses will carry students from more than one class, they will still be in a protective group and no zone consists of more than 30 students plus their necessary staff number. This model will ensure that if we have a positive case of Coronavirus in one of our zones, the number of students and staff potentially affected will be limited and other zones across the school will be able to continue to enjoy onsite education.
In the case of students and families who are having to quarantine at any time we will provide home learning activities and remote support as before.
Measures such as staggered arrival, departure and break times, increased hygiene and handwashing, and children remaining in consistent groups will all contribute to minimising risks, whilst allowing us to resume our offer of full time education for our students. We are just finalising arrival and departure times of buses as these will have to be staggered carefully to allow for the significantly increased number of buses coming onto sites and to protect the separation of students in different zones. We will contact parents arriving by car individually next week to ensure cars coming onto site are also staggered by time slot to reduce the number of cars on site at any time. Please could you let us know if there are any transport changes for your child or young adult.
We are very aware that it is going to be very difficult for some of our students to return after the amount of time many have been at home. We will work with parents and carers to create a blended or phased return for those who might find returning more challenging. Please feel free to contact us if you feel that your child or young adult may need a bespoke return to school plan. In some cases we will contact you to discuss arrangements and how to make transition into school as reassuring as possible.
During our weeks of partial opening students coped very well with the changes in routine such as entering the school through their zone entrances rather than using the main door by Reception. We will email you visuals before the 7th of September to show your child or young adult what looks different.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back our students in September and will be taking every precaution we can to keep our whole school community safe.
I hope you all enjoy the last of the summer holiday and I’ll be in touch with any updates between now and the beginning of term.
With kind regards,