September Opening – Safety Measures

Dear Parents and Carers,

We at AMSI are looking forward to welcoming all our students back in September. Despite remaining open throughout the lockdown period for priority students and Year 10s we have missed our students who are the key component in #TeamAMSI!

We have had to balance the need to give all our students a full curriculum with the need to keep students and staff safe. This has meant a huge effort in planning and delivering a model which sees significant changes to our previous way of doing things. I am  sure that you can appreciate that the planning and implementation of this has required a significant change in our school structure. In order to ensure that we are able to welcome students back safely and comply with government guidance, we have had to consider a number of changes to how we have previously done things. I will outline the key changes with regards to student safety, and a letter will follow in a few days to make you aware of amendments to behaviour and movement around the school. These letters reinforce information already sent out at the end of the summer term. 

Bubbles

Students will spend their day within ‘Bubbles’. This will minimise the social contact students have with others. Each Year group will be zoned both for their lesson time and unstructured times. Movement between these groups will be minimised as much as possible, although there will be some times when students will leave their zones e.g. for lessons that require specialist equipment such as PE, or to use the canteen. The zones will be as follows;

Hygiene

  • There are more hand sanitisers fixed on walls that we will expect students to use on entrance to the school building. 
  • Each year group will also have a zoned toilet to use – they should not use any other undesignated toilet. We are also requesting you to send your child in with anti-bacterial wipes/hand sanitiser for them to use.
  • When students are using ICT or Media suites, teachers will lightly spray work areas with disinfectant, and it will be the responsibility of the students to wipe them down at the beginning and end of the lesson. 

School Buildings

  • All corridors are marked to encourage social distancing –  all have key areas which must be kept clear. 
  • Stair cases will be 2 way, and students must walk in a single file and keep left to support social distancing. 
  • Transition around the building must be silent – this is to reduce the risk of infection from saliva when talking face to face. We must respect each others’ safety.
  • Students must not leave their zone unless required to attend PE/Dance/Drama.
  • Students must enter and leave the classroom in silence and in single file. 
  • Classrooms have been set up to comply with social distancing protocol, and it is vital the students sit side by side and facing forward. 
  • Students will not share personal resources – they must use their own at all times. 

Face Coverings 

  • Should students be travelling to school via public transport, they must wear a face covering unless exempt. 
  • Students will be allowed to keep their face covering on in school should you wish them to do so. Please note that coverings worn in school should be a facemask, not a ‘snood’ or scarf. Guidance on the correct use of face coverings can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
  • When removing a mask, hands must be washed prior to storing the mask in a sealable plastic bag.
  • The school will also take guidance from the Local Authority on this issue so expectations may change as we move forward.

If Students are unwell 

  • If a student is unwell in class they should report it to a member of staff.
  • If  the symptoms do not appear to be COVID-19 related, students will  be assessed by the medical team and the normal routine will apply.
  • If a student is unwell and appears to have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the student will be collected by an appropriate staff member who will wear full PPE. These students will be isolated in a ventilated room and parents will be asked to come and collect the student as soon as possible; parents are advised to take their child for a test and inform the school immediately when the results are known.
  • If the test is positive, the student will have to isolate for 10 days. They will have a work from home programme for the duration. 
  • The Welfare Team will keep in regular contact with families and the school will liaise with the Local Authority and Public Health for next steps.
  • If the test is negative, the student should return to school once they are well. 

Most importantly, if your child shows any of these symptoms;:

  • High temperature (above 37.8C);
  • Persistent cough;
  • Loss of smell and/or taste;

Please keep them at home, inform the school and arrange testing from the following website 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

The process below flowchart outlines the next steps for different scenarios.

Process-flowchart

We hope that this information puts your mind at ease as your child returns to school. We will contact you later in the week to outline the key changes in school with regards to behaviour and movement around the school site. 

Susan Service

Headteacher

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