1. Advised ‘control measures’ that have been put into place to keep your child safe
The following measures have been put in place at CHS South from the start of the Autumn Term 2020:
- On their first day in school, students will receive key information about how to safely access their learning and they will be given time to understand and question this information with a member of our team.
- On their first day in school Year 7 students will spend time with their new Tutor and will experience a series of activities to support their induction to CHS South.
- For the majority of the time students will be placed in a consistent protective group, often referred to as a ‘bubble’, for their lessons. These groups will be communicated to students during their first day in school in September. For a very small number of subjects students will be grouped differently within their Year Group bubble. This will allow them to access a broad & balanced curriculum.
- Students in all Year groups will be given a base classroom as much as possible to reduce movement around the school building. Each Year Group’s base rooms will be zoned by floor with access their own toilets. The Pastoral Team for each Year Group will also be located on the appropriate floor.
- Students will be seated in a consistent place and will be seated side by side whilst facing the front of the room in their base classrooms. In lessons where this is not possible or appropriate, students will be guided to follow social distancing measures.
- Outside of their classrooms students will be guided to follow social distancing measures, including the wearing of a face covering over their nose & mouth in communal areas of the building unless they are exempt.
- All staff will remain 2m apart from students; in the eventuality that closer contact is needed, PPE may be worn.
- Students in each Year group will follow a staggered school timetable that will mean differing starts and end times to the school day; please refer to the tables below for more information.
- There will be a controlled entry into the building. Each morning students will arrive no more than 10 minutes before their school start time and move straight to their lining up position in a designated part of the school playground. Students will be met here by a designated member of staff and escorted into the building.
- Students will be given separate break & lunch times according to their Year Group; please refer to the tables below for more information.
- The school environment has been deep cleaned and there is a process of cleaning of high contact areas during the day.
- Students will be given the opportunity to increase the washing or sanitising of hands during the school day. In addition to the handwashing facilities in our toilets there are a large number of hand sanitiser units installed around the school and outside each classroom.
2. Timetable overview
3. Refreshments & social time
On arrival to school students will still have the opportunity to collect a free breakfast item. At breaktime there will be an opportunity for students to stretch their legs, use the toilets, and get some fresh air; refreshments will not be available, so please provide your child with a healthy snack & drink if you wish them to have one. Lunch will be available for students each day, including free school meals where appropriate. To manage the space in the canteen we will need to stagger entry to the canteen and will designate areas for students to sit and enjoy their refreshments safely both inside and outside. If you are able to provide a packed lunch to your child, this will ensure they are able to make the most of the time available for their lunch break.
4. Curriculum offer
The decisions made around the timetable have enabled us to ensure all students receive a broad and balanced curriculum including all of our usual subjects along with Pathways subjects for Year 9 students. To ensure subjects can be delivered safely we are adapting certain elements of the curriculum where necessary, in particular in Arts, PE & Technology. To support the school community to adapt to the proposed changes we will not be offering after school activities in the first few weeks of term. However, we hope to be able to facilitate an after-school enrichment offer for each Year Group on a dedicated day in the weeks ahead.
5. Student Grouping & Support
Students in Year’s 8 & 9 will be grouped by the ability band they were placed in before the school closed. This will allow us to direct our support and challenge as appropriate to student need. We will monitor student progress over the course of the first half term and review these groups as appropriate. To ensure we maintain the integrity of the bubbles we create this does mean that students will be in these groups for their Form Time period as well as lessons. Whilst this means students in Years 8 & 9 will not meet with their original Form Tutor each day, they will access all of the important information we share in Form Time with a dedicated member of staff each day.
Year 7 students will initially be grouped in their mixed ability Form Groups. This will support our newest students to develop their relationships with other members of their new school community as they join us. As with other Year Groups we will monitor these groups over the first half term and review them as appropriate.
We are aware that some students may feel that they have not done as much as they 'should have' or ‘as others have'. First of all, it is important to acknowledge that this feeling is natural given the fact that students have not been in school for over a term. We have anticipated this and are asking you not to worry. Our teachers have been looking at how we map what each student has learnt and what content needs to be taught again to individuals and even whole classes so they can master the content. As always, we will also continue to deploy our team of Teaching Assistants to safely assist students as necessary both in the classroom and in support sessions.
6. Uniform and equipment expectations
Students will be expected to wear full school uniform each day as shown on our website here: https://www.chssouth.org.uk/parents/uniform
Students will also need to wear a face covering outside of their classroom in communal areas of the school building unless they are exempt.
Due to the controlled measures that we need to put into place there are restrictions about the use of changing rooms for PE. We think that it is really important that our students are still able to access PE, therefore on your child’s identified day for PE, students will be required to come dressed to school in their school PE kit. By this we mean that they would wear their school PE t-shirt and their school black PE jogging trousers. If students usually wear the shorts, then they should wear their usual trousers or skirt over the top of these during the day. All students should then wear their blazer over the top of their PE t-shirt during lessons. We realise this this is not ideal, but this will only be required on the days students access PE.
Students will need to ensure that they bring their own equipment for lessons. They will need a pencil case with the full range of stationary to avoid the sharing of resources and increasing the risk of transferring the virus. It is advisable that students have as a minimum: 2 pens, a pencil and a ruler. It would be helpful but not compulsory if students also had pencil crayons, a small glue stick and mathematical equipment.
As usual we will provide students with their own exercise book for each lesson. Students will need to ensure that they have a bag where they can keep their books and required equipment. Due to limiting movement around the building students will not be able to access their lockers in September, however as the majority of their lessons will be in the same room this should alleviate the need for lockers to some extent.
Students will have access to sanitising stations around the building at different points throughout the day, however if it is permissible for students to carry and use their own branded sanitiser if preferred.
7. Student Attendance
It is expected that all students will be in school full time. However, students should not attend if:
- They are displaying symptoms or if they have received a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If someone in their household has symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), then they must stay at home for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.
We ask that usual attendance procedures are followed and that you telephone the attendance line before 8:30am on 0161 241 9930 if necessary. If a student has tested positive for Coronavirus, we ask that you ring this number and let us know as soon as possible.
If a student becomes ill during the day parents/carers will be contacted and asked to collect them as soon as possible; students will be isolated whilst waiting. In this eventuality we would recommend that parents book an appointment to get a COVID-19 test and inform school as soon as practical after the results come in.
8. Medical Conditions
Every term we routinely update our medical records and the same applies for September. If your child has a medical condition that has been recently diagnosed, or an existing condition that has changed, please inform the school.
9. The school’s COVID-19 warning process of communication from school to parents
In line with the government guidance and in light of the fact that we are welcoming our whole school community back into the building, it is important that we outline our response if cases of COVID-19 are detected. We will want to communicate this information to you as quickly as possible.
If a case of COVID-19 is detected and we believe that your child may have had contact with the case, we will alert you to this by sending a message to you via the school messaging system; to support this please ensure we have the most up to date contact details registered with us.
We will then follow this message with an email with further information. It is probable that this information will inform you that your child will need to isolate for 14 days. This will be an initial safety response whilst Public Health England investigates the matter further. When we have additional information, we will follow up with an email/phone call to clarify matters further and offer further guidance/information. If this situation occurs and you have siblings in different “bubbles” in school it does not mean that they have to isolate; isolation is only for people that have had the potential to be in proximity to the affected member of the bubble.
Please note that the details on the steps to take in response to a reported case of Coronavirus are regularly changing; we will update you with any changes to our processes as appropriate.
10. Distance learning
We have all learnt a great deal recently about effective online learning, and we want to use this to keep improving the school. We have made the decision to continue to use Microsoft Teams as the main online vehicle to deliver all of our home learning and home study, supported by use of Bedrock and Hegarty Maths to develop understanding in English & Maths.
If students have to work at home for any length of time, due to self-isolation or household isolation, they will be able to use Teams, Bedrock & Hegarty Maths to access work to enable them to keep up with their learning. If the school has to close partially or fully during the Autumn Term, then we have pre-planned our distance learning programme, which will follow the same format across the familiar digital platforms. To help students feel more prepared for this we will spend some time with them in the coming weeks teaching them about effective learning habits for online learning.
The sudden entry into the lockdown period, the subsequent speculation around when school would return and the ‘new normal’ means that many of our young people have experienced periods of uncertainty and change.
Your child might have lots of different feelings about returning to school, perhaps they are excited to see their friends, or maybe they feel anxious or worried about going back, some people might be feeling frightened, or stressed about the work they have missed. Whatever they are feeling, it is a completely normal reaction to change and uncertainty. Everybody will be feeling a mixture of emotions and our Tutor Time ‘Restore Curriculum’ will addresses this.
In the initial weeks of the Autumn Term we will build in time to allow our community to reconnect, bring back routines and celebrate the joy of learning. We will also support students to reflect on their experiences during lockdown and think about building their resilience in an uncertain world. If you have any particular concerns about your child and would like further support, please contact your child’s Pastoral Leader or the Admin Team who will direct you concern appropriately.