Planning for September
You will have heard from the Government that they expect all students to return to school in September. To meet this ambition, they have produced the following guidance:
We have learnt a lot from our increased contact with year 10 and the planning required. We also understand that guidance can change rapidly and that the situation we find ourselves in can change significantly in a short space of time. Due to the likely shift in circumstances and developments in guidance that are expected we are embarking upon two periods of planning:
- Initial planning to identify and share our broader principles around re-opening in September.
- More detailed planning in August so that our plans and risk assessments reflect any changes in guidance and/or circumstances. We understand and fully support the importance of getting this right; COVID-19 is still a significant risk and cannot be taken lightly.
Our principles for opening in September
We have already planned a number of adaptations to school that will be implemented during the summer break to support our students return to school:
- The procurement of hand sanitiser and dispensers for all rooms
- The purchase of PPE and screening equipment for our first aid team
- The increased capacity in our cleaning team to support more regular cleaning
- The procurement of required PPE for our cleaning team
- The implementation of new classroom layouts so all students are facing the front and avoiding face to face seating plans
- The implementation of Perspex screens where face to face contact cannot be avoided (e.g. Canteen, PC rooms, Music practice rooms)
- The implementation of new room numberings and a one-way system
Information to help you prepare and support our plans to re-open
- On our return KNBS, will be a cashless site. Students' accounts to buy food will need to be topped up online via ParentPay. This is to eliminate the risk for students and staff of handling cash.
- We expect all students to be wearing our normal uniform in September; this should give you all enough time to have uniform refreshed for then. Click here to read our uniform information.
- Although we are implementing hygiene zones in all classrooms it would be helpful if students had their own personal hand sanitiser and tissues
- Students cannot share equipment, and specialist equipment will need cleaning between uses. It would be brilliant if you could help us by ensuring your son is well equipped:
- Two black pens, a pencil, a ruler, a rubber, all in a pencil case
- A water bottle
- A full-size bag
Non-essential but extremely helpful items:
- coloured pencils
- protractor and compass
We can confirm the arrangements of the first week of term:
- Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd will now be Staff Training Days so that we can ensure everyone is up to speed with the arrangements and protocols around reopening
- Thursday 3rd will be Year 7 Induction day which was cancelled from 1st July
- Friday 4th September we will be open to year 7 and year 11
- Week beginning 7th September we will welcome all other year groups for an induction into how school will work for them; we expect all year groups to have at least three days in school that week.
- Week beginning 14th September we expect all year groups to be in school, following our revised timetable, full time.
Our detailed planning for opening in September
When our ‘Planning Team’ meet towards the end of August we will share our detailed plans, protocols, risk assessment and FAQs. (There will be an opportunity for families to ask questions so that they can be added to the FAQs).
The current guidance is linked to this page, however, we expect this guidance to be revised, therefore by finalising our plans in August we will have up to date guidance and relevant contextual information.
Preparing for life after COVID-19
It is likely that September will be very different to what we are used to. We all want to see our boys back in school, and by supporting each other we can achieve this. Although we may need to operate staggered starts, ends and lunches, this crisis, however, should not stop us looking forward to a future, hopefully without the limitations that COVID-19 has put on us all.
Therefore, we have worked with staff to reorganise our long-term plans for the school day. The school day was changed some time ago to support the Sports Hall being built. Therefore, we are proposing the following changes to our school day from September:
- Increasing the length of lunchtime so we can accommodate more students, provide more social time and be able to run more activities during lunch break.
- Increasing the length of afternoon form so that we can support our students in their personal development, organisation and self-reflection.
- The end of the day is therefore at 3:05 which still allows suitable time for fixtures, extra-curricular activities and additional lessons to support students taking examinations.
We would be interested in your views and you can share them via this link:
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