Dear Year 10 Students, Parents & Carers
Re: Partial Reopening
Good news! It’s finally time to welcome back our Year 10 students to Ingleby Manor School for some face-to-face teaching starting on the 18th 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 list but I hope you will find it informative.
How will you teach safely?
Students will be taught in bubbles of not more than 8 students 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 Ingleby Manor this is 32 students. We plan to invite four groups into the school at a time, for one day per week (excluding Wednesday when the school will not be open to Y10 to allow deeper cleaning). This will allow staff to teach to the individual gaps identified from the recent assessment papers. Work can also set appropriate work to support students when they are learning from home. In addition, we will offer some small group tuition in the Bridge for more vulnerable students, with not more than three invited in at a time. The emergency childcare hub will be in a separate part of the school with a separate entrance, dining and toilet facilities.
What will you teach?
The time we have for each student 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, which will allow students to try to complete as much of their core subjects as possible, as well as one session of their option subjects.
What about the school day?
We will be asking students to come into school for one day each week. There will be two different start times, two different break times, two different lunch times and two different finish times. Two groups will arrive at 8.30am and finish at 1:30pm. Two groups will arrive at 8:45am and finish at 1.45pm. Before students enter the school we will take their temperature using a contactless digital thermometer, ask them questions about their general health and ensure they sanitise their hands before they enter the building. Students will then be held in the Main Hall on two meter distanced spots before being allowed to walk to their classroom. Students will go one by one from the Main Hall and be supervised by 3 members of staff (to ensure social distancing) to their classroom.
We will ask them to wash their hands before and after break as well. If a student is unwell, they must stay at home - now is not the time to be brave and struggle on!
Who comes in when?
A personalised timetable has been created for everyone. This will tell you what day you will attend each week, what lessons you will have on each of the weeks, your start time, break time, lunch time and finishing time. The day and timings you attend will be the same every week.
If you chose not to attend the first week, you are welcome to attend week two and thereafter.
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 students 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.
What are bubbles?
A bubble is the term used to describe a group of students who will be kept separate from others. Bubbles have been created based on option subjects they have chosen. 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 sanitizer and wipes as well as a radio to call for a first aider or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
There will be two cleaners on site for 8 hours each per day. This means that toilets and sinks are frequently washed, as are frequent touch points such as door handles and stair rails. When students go to break the touch points, desks and seats will be cleaned again. There are wipes in each toilet area for students to clean the surface they have touched for extra protection. This will be supervised by a member of the pastoral team.
Once your child leaves the school 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 students to wear school uniform in order to ensure that clothes can be washed as soon as students get home. They are expected to dress modestly – no crop tops, ripped jeans etc and I do not want them to wear jewellery or false nails. Students should not bring a bag as everything will be provided. Students are also advised to tie back long hair. Mobile phones must not be used, heard or seen – they are not permitted.
Students will be closely supervised to ensure health and safety guidelines are followed and social distancing is observed. We know students 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 student 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 students to bring their own food and drink into the school unless there is a medical reason for doing so. Students will be given two bottles of water – one for the bubble and one for lunch. When students have their half hour lunch between lessons we will provide food. In the first instance this will be free of charge. We will provide vegetarian and non-vegetarian, hot and cold options, fruit and a drink. Students will be able to choose when they arrive in their first lesson. Grab bags with their orders will be safely delivered to the classroom.
Students of key workers
If your child attends school each day due to the fact you are a key worker, they will continue to access this provision on four days of the week. On their allocated day they will attend lessons as stated in their timetable. Communication will be made regarding your preference of start and finish times, as these vary to the key worker child care on offer in school.
I am sure you will have a lot to think about now. If you still have questions you can contact us via email at email@example.com
Finally a message just for Year 10…
I know how worried you will be about the future and what next year will look like. Everything I have 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 progress with your qualifications which will give you a bit more 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. I have attached some additional questions and answers that only you may be concerned about when returning to school. If you are worried in anyway, please reach out to any member of staff who I know is there to support you.
If you haven’t already confirmed your place, please do so immediately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org . In order to carefully control the bubble sizes I need to know if you plan to attend.
Ingleby Manor School