1 September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, I hope I find you and your family members healthy and happy as we move to the end of the summer break. As promised I am writing to confirm the arrangements our school community will need to follow to ensure the safe opening and day to day management of CHS South for all community members. Although many of the plans remain unchanged from the proposal I outlined at the end of July, we have reviewed and refined our processes in line with national guidance issued over the summer break. Attached to this letter you will find a number of documents to support your child’s return to CHS South:
• CHS South Guide for September 2020 Opening
• CHS South Risk Assessment for Full School Opening
• Face Covering Guidance for CHS South families
• Ready, Respectful, Safe Guide
Please read the documents carefully and discuss their contents with your child to ensure they know what to expect when they return to us in September.
The arrangements for our school opening have been informed by guidance from the Department for Education, Public Health England & the NHS. This guidance has shaped our risk assessment process to provide solutions to mitigate any risk presented by the wider opening of schools. This process of assessing and mitigating risk will ensure that students and staff are safe to return to school full time, however it does mean that we have had to make considerable changes to the way we will operate.
As you will be aware the Government has now announced that in areas of local lockdown, face coverings need to be employed by Secondary age students and staff in certain situations where social distancing isn’t possible in schools. We will be asking students and staff to wear a face covering outside of classrooms in communal areas inside our building unless they are exempt. If your child is exempt please let us know by contacting us at [email protected] so that we don’t ask them to wear a face covering.
We have also been made aware of a small number of families who have faced issues obtaining uniform for September due to the current situation. If this has been a problem for you, please get in touch so we can discuss this with you. If existing CHS South families have replaced items of uniform over the summer and no longer require spare items, please consider donating them to the school for our uniform bank.
The changes to the systems and processes at CHS South for September opening are significant.
To support students to adapt to these changes we are phasing each Year Group back into school as follows:
• Year 7: Students attend school ongoing from Thursday 3rd September 8:45am – 2:45pm
• Year 8: Students attend school ongoing from Monday 7th September 8:45am – 2:45pm
• Year 9: Students attend school ongoing from Wednesday 9th September 8:30am – 2:30pm
As the Autumn Term commences on Thursday 3rd September, we will be issuing work for students on Microsoft Teams from that date until the date they return to school; we will then be using Teams to issue home learning tasks and support materials for students.
In preparation for their return please consider your child’s journey to and from school prior to their first day back with us. We encourage students to walk or cycle to CHS South wherever possible, or to safely use public transport if necessary. All students will enter and leave site via the main gate on Mauldeth Road West and at the end of their timetabled day will need to begin their journey home immediately or move to a safe meeting point well away from the front of our school site; please do not arrange to drop off or pick up your child on site at CHS South or outside the front of the main gate at the start or end of the day. Whilst we encourage parents to interact with our school community, safety must be our priority. If you wish to visit site, please make contact by phone or email first to allow us to manage this process safely for you and our school community.
To help students understand how the routines have had to change we also include a document outlining our expectations, using the ‘Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe’ format that they are used to; these will be re-iterated to all students upon their return to school and there will be time for them to ask any questions they may have. Alongside the changes in the school, there will be an additional focus on student wellbeing and mental health throughout our pastoral curriculum and we will support individuals further as necessary.
Finally, we’re here if you need us. Our Pastoral Team are contactable should you need advice or support. If you or your family have been personally affected by COVID-19, we would also ask that you contact us so that we are aware and can provide support. We understand that all families have been under pressure during the past few months, and we want you to know that we will do our utmost to support everyone as we move forward.
We are excited for the new school year and can’t wait to see everyone in person over the coming weeks.