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Information for families with children in Year 10

Published on 22/05/20

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 10s - are on track to start receiving face-to-face support from their school from Monday 15th June. But they don’t expect these students to return full-time. The government has also published guidance for families with children in secondary school.

When will you re-open? 

We will open to Year 10s from Monday 15th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so. 

Will you re-open full-time? 

No, Year 10 students will return to school on a part-time timetable. Students will be split into groups based on what subjects they are taking. 

We will contact families directly to let them know when their child can attend school. 

Which students can attend school? 

Year 10 students can attend part-time. 

The children of key workers and vulnerable children continue to attend full-time. 

How are you preparing to re-open?

We are taking a number of steps to make sure we can open as safely as possible. Our school is being deep cleaned over half term. 

  • We have installed hand sanitiser in all of our classrooms 

  • We have no-touch thermometers available 

  • Teachers have PPE for medical emergencies  

  • We have put up signs to remind students to wash their hands 

  • Perspex shields will be added to reception 

  • Corridors, classrooms and the canteen are marked every 2m to make social distancing clear 

  • Desks/workstations have been moved apart to adhere to social distancing

How will you keep my child safe? 

Students will be split into groups. They will stay with their group throughout the day – different groups will not mix. Each group will have their own dedicated outside space. 

  • Desks/workstations have been moved apart to adhere to social distancing 

  • Social distancing markers have been placed throughout the school 

  • Handwashing/sanitising will happen before entering and leaving the school 

  • We will encourage regular handwashing/sanitising 

  • In the toilets, some sinks will be closed off so that students are distanced when using them 

  • Personal belongings (food, pens, books etc.) will not be shared 

  • Doors will be kept open to minimise anyone touching door handles 

  • A one-way system is in place to control movement around school as required 

  • Only teachers/teams timetabled to be in school will attend  

Will there be increased cleaning? 

Yes. Over half term the school will be deep cleaned. 

We will also be increasing cleaning throughout the school day. This includes: 

  • Touch points, such as handrails and door handles 

  • Toilets 

  • Emptying of bins  

  • Tables and surfaces 

We will also have a weekly deep clean of all spaces in use. 

Will children be social distancing? 

Yes, we will insist upon social distancing; there are markers on the floor throughout the school. 

 Each group will also have a dedicated outside space. 

Children will use different entrances/exits to the school and there will also be a staggered end to the day. 

In shared areas, such as toilet areas, some sinks will be closed off to make sure people are distanced from each other.

How will teachers be protected? 

We have PPE available for teachers dealing with medical emergencies. 

What will my child be learning? 

Our teaching teams will continue to deliver GCSE courses on a reduced timetable.   

How will my child enter and leave the school building? 

There will be different entrances and exits for each group to again reduce the necessity for groups to mix. 

All entrances/exits used will have hand sanitiser stations. 

The end of the school day will be staggered, so that children can be distanced when they leave the site. 

We will contact families directly to let them know further details. 

Will my child have to wear uniform? 

Yes, but they won’t need to wear their tie and blazers are optional. 

Will you provide lunch for my child? 

No. You will need to provide a packed lunch, snacks and a drink for your child. 

If you are eligible for free school meals, vouchers will continue to be issued.

Will my child be able to use outside space? 

Yes, they will be able to go outside with their group. They will have a dedicated outside space. 

They will sanitise their hands when they leave and re-enter the building. 

I’ve received a letter from the NHS saying I should be shielding. Should my child attend school?  

No. If you have received a letter from the NHS instructing you to shield, we don’t expect your child to attend school.

Will you continue to look after key workers’ children? 

We will continue to offer full-time care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. 

Will remote learning continue? 

Yes, we will continue to deliver remote learning to year groups not in school. This includes year 10 when not attending lessons on-site. 

What should I do if I have questions? 

If you have any questions, please email the school on:  contactus@eastpointacademy.org