Dear Year 10 Pupils, Parents & Carers
Re: Partial Reopening
Good news! It’s finally time to welcome back our Year 10 pupils to Rossington All Saints Academy for some face-to-face teaching starting at some point after Wednesday 17th June. There will be lots to communicate over the next week as we plan in detail how to do this safely and, most importantly, so that the small amount of time can be used with greatest effect. The guidance is changing constantly so nothing is set in stone. You will have lots of questions to help you decide whether it is safe to come in and so I am going to start by giving you some general information regarding how we will operate. It’s a long letter but I hope you will find it interesting.
How will you learn safely?
Pupils will be taught in bubbles of not more than 8 pupils and will have two lessons, taught by two different teachers and lasting two hours. We can only invite 25% of the year group in at any one time and at Rossington this is approximately 35 pupils. We plan to invite two groups into the academy at a time. The emergency childcare hub will be in a separate part of the academy with a separate entrance and toilet facilities.
What will you learn?
The time we have for each pupil is limited and it is possible that with all of the rules in place we may only see them for four days before the summer. Five months of education will be lost by September and there is no indication that normality will return even then. It is essential that home learning continues – if you do not persevere, you are damaging your future life chances.
We are providing a highly personalised timetable using Microsoft Teams, which will allow pupils to try to complete as much of their options work as possible for subjects which would normally have been finished in Year 10.
Over the four days each pupil will have lessons that include some maths, English, science and some work on option subjects but, as you know, the situation changes on a daily basis and is beyond my control.
What about the school day?
We will be asking pupils to come into school for one day every week and we will review this once we see how many come in. There will be two different start times, two different break times and two different finish times. One group will arrive at 9:00am and finish at 1:30pm. The other group will arrive at 9:30am and finish at 2:00pm. When pupils enter the academy they will go in and wash their hands and then be escorted up to their classroom. We will ask them to wash their hands before and after break as well. If a pupil is unwell, they must stay at home - now is not the time to be brave and struggle on!
Who comes in when?
Once I know who is coming back I will create personalised timetables and send them out telling you which dates you should come into school and at what time. When you arrive you will be given a number and will join a bubble.
What about transport?
If you drop your child off or pick them up you must remain in your car at all times. Parents can no longer access the school site for any other reason. We recommend that pupils walk or cycle to school if you cannot bring them by car. If they have to use the bus they must wear a facemask during their journey. The academy mini bus will not be operating for Tickhill students.
What are bubbles?
A bubble is the term used to describe a group of pupils who will be kept separate from others. Each bubble has its own teaching room, its own designated toilets and sinks, its own teachers.
In each bubble there are eight numbered places marked out at a minimum of 2 metres apart. Each place is on a separate table. Each table has its own equipment. No one will share. The bubbles are also equipped with hand sanitiser and wipes as well as a radio to call for a first aider or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Our cleaning team have changed their working hours since we closed so that we have cleaning staff on site throughout the school day. This means that toilets and sinks are frequently washed, as are frequent touch points such as door handles and stair rails. When pupils go to break the touch points, desks and seats will be cleaned again. Once your child leaves the academy after their day of teaching no one else will use that room or that place for six days. The cleaning products used are those used for the “deep cleans” you will have read about.
We won’t be asking pupils to wear school uniform in order to ensure that clothes can be washed as soon as pupils get home. They are expected to dress modestly – no crop tops, ripped jeans etc and I do not want them to wear excessive makeup, caps, jewellery or false nails etc. Pupils should not bring a bag as everything will be provided. Pupils are also advised to tie back long hair. Mobile phones must not be used, heard or seen – they are not permitted.
Pupils will be closely supervised to ensure health and safety guidelines are followed and social distancing is observed. We know pupils find this the hardest part, especially with their friends. However, it is essential that social distancing is observed at all times and I will withdraw the invitation to come into school if any pupil breaches the rules. This is not a time to be dealing with poor behaviour – we all have to support each other.
Food & Drink
We cannot allow pupils to bring their own food and drink into the academy unless there is a medical reason for doing so. Pupils will be given water during their time in the bubble and at break. When pupils have their half hour break between lessons we will provide food. In the first instance this will be free of charge.
I am sure you will have a lot to think about now. If you still have questions you can use SchoolComms to contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not phone reception as they will probably have to ask me anyway!
Finally a message just for Year 10…
I am sure you are sick of hearing this by now, but, I know how worried you will be about the future and what next year will look like. Everything I put in place is done with the sole intention of securing the best possible outcomes for you in the safest, most productive way we can. Our staff are raring to go; we all want to help you complete some qualifications which will give you a bit of confidence about the future and less to think about in Year 11. Now is the time to do that. I sincerely hope that all of you will come and join us when we re-open.
If you haven’t already confirmed your place, please do so immediately by replying to the survey I sent out in my letter last week (https://www.surveyhero.com/s/013ac56)