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Year 10 and Year 12 Returning to School Letter - 19.06.20

Dear Parents,

We are all very excited to be welcoming Year 10 and Year 12 back to BSKL on 24th June. 

You will be aware that there is a strict SOP in place from the MOE and we have been working hard to ensure we are compliant. On Wednesday 17th June the MOE arrived at BSKL unannounced and did an inspection of the campus and questioned us on all our systems and procedures. They said we were compliant and ready to open on the 24th. For all families intending to send their Y10 or Y12 child back to school, please fill in this Yr10&Yr12 Travel and Health Declaration before the end of Monday 22nd June, without receipt of this, school will not be able to allow your child back to school. 

All Year 10 and 12 will have a virtual assembly on Monday 22nd of June 2020 at 8.00am. Ms Mcleod, Mr Scragg and Mr Ashford, as well as the rest of the senior leadership team and the pastoral team will be there. The pastoral team will go through the SOP with the students, and reassure them about returning to school. Please feel free to sit with your child and join the assembly. Students need to join the google hangout assembly via this link

Mornings:

All parents please ensure that your child shows no signs of the symptoms. Taking your child’s temperature before they set off for school is strongly advisable.

Arrival at school:

All students must be dropped off on the roadside before the Lower Hill Campus guard house. They must be wearing their mask before they exit the car or bus. They will need their mobile phone to scan the QR code. Signposts will guide them where to go in order to have their temperature taken before entering the secondary campus. Any student who registers as having a temperature of 37.5 or above will be taken to the Isolation Room (next to Lower Hill Campus reception). The nurse will re-test and contact parents if the reading remains high.

Here is a video to help you and your child familiarise yourselves with the process.

Secondary campus:

In order to be compliant staff and students must follow the directional signage and the social distancing markings laid out within the campus. Entrance will always be by lift and exit by stairs. Here is the link to floor plans for both levels showing the directional flow and the classrooms being used

Here are two short videos to help you and your child familiarise yourselves with moving around the secondary school and which areas will be in use.

Lunch and break times:

Students will be expected to bring their own packed lunch (nut free please). Students will need to keep their packed lunch with them in their bag so please consider what food to send in with this in mind. The MOE during the inspection said no water dispensers are allowed, so please make sure your child carries enough water with them during the day.

End of the day:

The school day will finish at 3.30pm.

Students can be picked up from the Level 3 bridge at the top of the hill or at the Upper Hill Campus entrance. In order to help make the end of the day as organised as possible please fill in this form to say which exit you will pick your child up from.

Here is a video to help you and your child familiarise yourselves with the process.

We endeavour to make our campus as safe as possible whilst still maintaining an environment conducive to learning by putting the following in place:

Buses:

BSKL has liaised with the  bus companies to ensure that monitors and drivers will be wearing masks and that the bus will be cleaned frequently with high quality cleaning products including seatbelts, handrails and door handles. Monitors will be extra vigilant for signs that a child is unwell. Children will be seated apart, according to the SOP from the government. They must wear their masks during the journey.

Canteen:

The canteen will not be used by Sodexo but it has been arranged so students can safely eat their packed lunch brought in from home whilst socially distancing. Please bring your own cutlery.

Classrooms:

All classrooms to be used have been deep cleaned. The Air Purifiers will have been switched on from Monday. Our school’s cleaning programme has been enhanced to include twice daily disinfecting of classrooms, door handles, and desk tops. Classroom furniture has been rearranged to seat students separately to ensure social distancing. Students will enter the classroom from one door and exit from the other door.

What to bring to school:

  • Face mask

  • Water and their own water bottle

  • Packed lunch and own cutlery if needed (please note that there will not be any cutlery available as we do not want children to share equipment) 

  • All necessary books and resources (we will not allow students to share resources so they will need all the necessary equipment needed for learning)

  • Smartphones

  • Reading book

Parents and visitors on Campus:

We would like to minimise the number of parents or visitors on campus therefore all parents need to make an appointment and it can only be between 9am and 2pm. You will need to fill in this Parent/Visitor Travel and Health Declaration Form before the guards will let you in for your appointment

Students and staff will wear masks throughout the day, as soon as they arrive to school. If you would like to send a mini hand sanitiser into school for your child to use then this is welcomed.

We realise that our community has been away from regular school life for a number of weeks which may cause anxieties for some. Our students’ well-being will be a priority for our staff in addition to academic progress. A wellbeing survey will be issued, by our counselling team, to Year 10 and 12 students. Students will also be emailed and invited to book a one to one session with one of our counsellors if needed. 

Thank you so much for your support for our virtual school provision over the past few months.

Kind regards,

Janet Brock

Principal