Returning to School in September 2020
I am writing to you to inform you of the arrangements we will have in place for the reopening of Kendrick School in September 2020.
As you know, schools were issued with government guidance to help them reopen their schools with all the appropriate safety measures in place to keep students and staff safe. At Kendrick we have read the guidance carefully and produced an executive summary which summarises how we intend to welcome back our students and staff in September and how we will organise the school and the learning of our students in school. Please read the document below carefully.
You will see from the summary that we have outlined five key principles which will guide us in our plans. These are:
- Everyone returns in September; staff and students
- Safety for all is the top priority
- Focus on best quality learning and teaching
- Mental health and well-being of all are considered and supported
- Contingency planning and quickly becoming lock down ready
Supporting these key principles, we have identified eight key points outlining how we will manage and organise the school in September. These key points cover the areas of:
- Arrival and Departure
- Timing of the school day
- Movement, Accommodation and Resources
- Lessons and Registration
- Lunch and Breaks
- Extracurricular and events
- Contingency planning
You will see when you have read the document that all students are expected to be in school by 8.25am and will leave school at 3.15pm. During the school day they will have their lessons in their Tutor Base and their subject teachers will come to them. Students will remain in their cohort bubble for most of the school day moving to other teaching spaces only when required for a particular specialised subject. Practical subjects will be limited in scope and a lot of theory work will be covered in the first two terms. The lunch hour has been extended to 1hour and 5mins in order to manage students through the canteen. There will be hygiene boxes in all rooms which will include hand sanitiser and other cleaning items so that desks and surfaces can be wiped down and cleaned as appropriate. There will also be guidance on COVID safe protocols. We will enhance the cleaning regimes across the school. There will be one way systems which will be strictly enforced when moving around the school, except when there is an evacuation when people need to leave buildings by the nearest exit point. Face masks/face shields will be permitted for students and staff but people who come to school on public transport must remove their mask carefully and put it away in a bag and then put on another clean face mask/covering for the school day. All students and staff are asked to bring in their own equipment and their own sanitiser as sharing of equipment is not advised and regular cleaning/washing hands is essential.
We will be providing more detail to the eight points above, as well as updating our risk assessments. This information will be on our website for September 2020.
As you know, with the agreement of the governors, we have delayed the start of next term by two days. Students will return to school on Monday 7th September 2020. This will enable staff to prepare the school and themselves for the return of the students.
I know that there is some anxiety being felt by parents as they prepare for the return of their children to school; I completely understand these feelings. However, I want to assure everyone, staff, students and parents, that we will endeavour to do everything we can to make sure our school is as safe and comfortable for everyone’s return in September. We are fortunate that our new building, Horizons, with an extra nine classrooms and dining space will be finished by September and this additional accommodation gives us more space to be able to keep students and staff separate and safe. We have created an email address for you to use if you have any queries, but we ask that you read the advice carefully before contacting us with any questions. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone for your support during these difficult times. I look forward to welcoming back all our students in September and starting the new academic year together.
Ms Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher
16th July 2020