Parent/Student Guidance for the return to School, September 2021

In setting out the following guidance for staff, PHE guidance has been followed in terms of a system of controls:

  • People who are ill must stay at home.
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene is essential.
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements must be implemented.
  • Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace.
  • Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable.

This document contains detailed guidance on the following:

1. Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

2. The School Day

3. Grouping of Children

4. Measures within the Classroom

5. Curriculum – what will students be taught?

6. Attendance Expectations

 

The full guidance from the DFE can be found here – we would strongly advise you to read it in full:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

In Summary (full details set out in this document):

  • Full school uniform will be worn
  • The full breadth of curriculum will be delivered
  • Where possible, desks will be forward facing
  • Students will need to hand sanitise or wash their hands at the start of every lesson
  • Year groups will have specific entrances to the school
  • There will be a staggered end to the school day 
  • Break times will be in zoned areas
  • Year groups will have a specific canteen to use at break and lunchtimes
  • All social time will be spent in designated areas

1. Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Cheam High School the mental health and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance to us.  At this current time, we recognise our students have been faced with additional challenges to their usual lives and comprehensive support is in place to provide a sense of care, kindness, safety and community so that students can achieve their very best.  Where appropriate, the school will continue to work with external agencies to support our students with any additional difficulties as effectively as possible.

2. The School Day

Year groups

Start time

Break time

Start                       End

Lunch time

Start                       End

End time

7 & 8

8.30

9.50

10.10

12.10

12.40

2.40

9

8.30

10.50

11.10

12.40

1.10

2.40

10 & 11

8.30

10.50

11.10

1.10

1.50

2.50

12

8.30

9.50

10.10

12.10

12.40

2.50/3.50

13

8.30

10.50

11.10

1.10

1.50

2.50/3.50

 

Travel to and from school and information on the start/end of the day:

If using the bus to travel, students should:

  • Wear face coverings on a public bus
  • Face coverings are advised to be worn when waiting for the buses, but this is student choice
  • Students are advised to wash their hands/sanitise when they get on and off the bus

During the day:

  • Break/Lunch times have been staggered so each year bubble to have their own area.  Students will be supervised at all times.

Uniform and use of masks:

  • Students will wear correct, full school uniform, and the usual school rules will apply as regards jewellery, makeup and haircuts, as set out on the school website.
  • Every child MUST bring a face mask and a bag to put it in every day.
  • The face mask must be plain and have no writing or logos on it.
  • Please note that there may be  times or events when students will need to wear a face mask when they are outside e.g. during a fire drill 
  • Students who have a relevant medical condition will not be expected to wear a face mask.  A lanyard and sticker for their card holder will be issued to students who are exempt from wearing a mask. Please email the school if your child has a medical condition meaning they cannot wear a mask.
  • As per government guidance, students should also ensure that they wear a face mask on public transport if they need to use this to travel to and from school.

3. Grouping of Children

  • Year groups will form ‘bubbles’. Each ‘bubble’ will be kept apart from other year group ‘bubbles’ wherever possible and students will be encouraged to keep their distance within groups.
  • The use of sanitiser at the beginning of every lesson will maintain hygienic conditions.
  • As far as possible, staff will remain 2 metres from students and other adults and students themselves need to be aware of their movement in relation to others.
  • Year group ‘bubbles’ will also be allocated a region of the school within which they spend their break times.
  • All zones will be supervised by senior staff and any poor or unsafe behaviour will be sanctioned.

 

Year

Entry & before school/Exit point

Year team base

Break

Lunch

7

Stoughton Avenue entrance, Canopy area

Science Block

Red Hot diner and canopy area

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

8

Stoughton Avenue entrance, M playground

Maths Block

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

9

Chatsworth Road entrance, E playground

E Block 

Red Hot diner and canopy area

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

10

Chatsworth Road entrance, then through the small gym

B Block

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

Phoenix Cafe and M playground

11

Chatsworth Road entrance, MUGA through black gates

Humanities Block

MUGA

Red Hot Diner and canopy area

12

Chatsworth Road entrance, Social Zone

X Block

Social Zone

Social Zone

13

Chatsworth Road entrance, Duo Zone

X Block

Duo Zone

Duo Zone

 

4. Measures within the Classroom

  • Good ventilation will be maintained at all times by opening windows and propping doors open wherever possible.
  • Classrooms will be rearranged to ensure, where possible, students are sitting side-by-side and facing the front.
  • Seating plans will be enforced and students must not leave their desk for any reason without teacher permission.
  • Hand sanitisers will be provided for every classroom. Students and staff will sanitise or wash their hands as they enter each lesson.
  • Staff should try to remain 2 metres from other staff and students, avoid face to face contact with students and minimise time spent within 1 metre of anyone.
  • When being dismissed for breaks, classes with external fire doors will dismiss students through these, minimising congestion in the corridors.
  • ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’, good hand hygiene and social distancing posters will be displayed in every room to remind students of the importance of these hygiene routines.
  • Students should cough into their inner elbow. If students sneeze or cough into their hands, they will be either sent to the toilet to wash their hands for 20 seconds or asked to sanitise their hands. Toilets and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day.
  • Support for students who usually access PLUS will continue – details of how this will look will be given to those students.

5. Curriculum - what will students be taught?

•          It is our intention that all students will receive a broad and balanced curriculum.

•          Students must bring their own equipment 

•          Classroom based resources, such as text books, can be shared 

•          We will continue to monitor Ofqual’s plans for 2022 GCSEs, A-Levels and Vocational subjects and review planning and assessments accordingly.

6. Attendance Expectations

•          Now the circumstances have changed, it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

•          Missing out on more time in the classroom risks students falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school.

•          School attendance will therefore be mandatory again. This means the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

As noted, where necessary, Covid-related matters will be taken into account when attendance procedures are followed.