I hope this message finds you and your families well.
I am writing further to my previous updates and our usual Friday Parent Forums. We now have a significant number of students back in school with the youngest being our Year 6 students and all year groups in our secondary school with the exception of Year 11. Just on that note Mr Rob Khan will be contacting our Year 11 students and parents to let them know the arrangements for inviting them back into school so that they can bring their Year 11 to an appropriate end having finished all of their IGCSE work. Although they have finished their course and their work is being currently assessed we feel it is important that they have the opportunity to come into school before the end of the year to be with their friends and class mates and finish the year properly.
I am pleased to be able to report that all has gone smoothly with the return of a much larger number of students and the systems and processes designed to keep all of our community safe have worked well so far. We did have a few students who did not arrive with their completed temperature checks and travel declaration forms so we did have to turn them away. I am pleased that these have been rectified and they will be returning as and when all this is in order. We have had no student fail the temperature checking so all has progressed according to plan. As I write I can hear our students going to lunch and all of us here are getting that sense that things are slowly returning to normal.
The next phase of the reopening will be the return of our Year 4 and 5 students in our primary school. Ms Nonie Adams will have sent out all of the relevant forms for completion so please do ensure that you have completed them and they are with your child when they return to school on the 8th June. Bearing in mind our experience of this Monday, please do check your child have both the “14 days Temperature Check Form” and the “High Risk Group Acid Test Acknowledgement” forms with them or, like their secondary peers, they will be denied access to the school.
We are looking forward to our school filling again and being the vibrant place it was before the enforced campus closure of the end of January. Certainly from talking with our students they are very pleased to be back in school. I am afraid we are not allowed to give access to parents and extended family members so please do bear with us on this matter. As I have said before the whole business of school opening is still a sensitive matter for all concerned and the safety protocols are in place to allow us to get our students back to school whilst keeping every member of our school community as safe as possible.
I have spoken to a number of parents who are a little anxious about their child returning to school but we, in conjunction with the education authorities are doing everything we can to keep the risk of infection as low as humanly possible. I was also asked by a parent how long I thought these arrangements would carry on for. It is very difficult to say but as more people return to China from overseas I am assuming that at least some of the controls about who and when people can access the site will remain in place. As the revisions to the requirements take place we will keep parents informed. As an aside we have seen these requirements change since we welcomed back our first students over a month ago now so we expect more revisions as we welcome back increasingly younger children to school.
On this theme we still have our youngest students unable to return. As I have said before this will definitely not happen before the 8th of June. The Shunyi Education Committee is meeting now to decide on further revisions to the health and safety protocols that currently exist to allow younger children to return. These revisions are a process and as we receive the various iterations of them we will work hard to meet them and then following the usual round of inspections, we will be able to give firm information as to the return arrangements. I am sorry for not being able to be more specific than this but I am reluctant to speculate and by doing so, potentially mislead parents.
The virtual school continues for those students who are unable to return to China and join in our reopening. We will do our best to involve them in school life so that we minimise any feelings of ‘missing out’. The work on line will reflect the work being done in school so as to minimise any gaps that could appear between groups of students. One of the main reasons for the additional tuition and mitigation programme is to do precisely this. The resources we have at our disposal are being used to provide this additional provision to make sure that any learning gaps have been addressed, the curriculum has been fully covered and understood. We have high expectations of our students and the rates of progress and levels of attainment. We have no intention of compromising these expectations because of the campus closure and this is why we are choosing to invest in our students learning rather than spending resources on discounting which only means less resources for teaching and learning. We prefer to stick to our principles and live up to our promise that we will do everything we can to help your child excel.
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