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Year 10 Updates

Latest Update on increasing contact with Year 10

Thank you for all those that responded to the information that we sent you regarding our plans around increasing contact with your son.  The feedback was very useful and it has helped us to tailor the information in this update.  We have also been able to increase the number of FAQs to address specific questions.

We understand and share the importance of getting this right, COVID-19 is still a significant risk and cannot be taken lightly.  We hope this information is useful in helping you decide what is right for your family.  All we ask is that you let us know if you do not feel that your son can attend these planned phases so we can support with an increased virtual offer. (Share this information by clicking here)

KNBS phased approach
Phase 1 - Remote Learning
Planned start date: In Progress
  • Work and resources for students to complete at home.
  • Remote learning via SMH, GCSE Hub and additional resources, as directed by subject teachers, trying to help keep you up to date.
  • Curriculum booklets establishing a clear view of the work being covered at this time.
  • Support and updates via website and regular Year 10 email.
  • Communication between students and school is encouraged and facilitated through SMH and email.
  • Students who are completing work and communicating with their teachers receive feedback.
  • Some staff are producing videos to help students understand difficult concepts.
  • Pastoral staff are available to discuss issues, and there are good levels of communication between families and Mr Hanson, Head of Year.

Phase 2 - Remote Learning+
Planned start date: In Progress (Commenced: 8th June)

Overview:

We are planning to add a number of virtual face-to-face opportunities for students.  These ‘drop-in/Q&A sessions’ will be built into our remote learning offer. 

Organisation:

  • safeguarding protocols have been put in place including 2 staff attending any online meeting/session
  • all sessions will be invitation only and hosted on Microsoft teams
  • students will be emailed an invite and it will feature in their calendar on Microsoft teams
  • a schedule of drop in sessions will be published here and email invites will go directly to students
  • each session lasts for 30 minutes

Required preparation for students and families:

  • Students should access their emails and log into Microsoft teams using their school email and password.  See the help guide for more info. 
  • If students do not know their emails/password they should request support via the form below.

Virtual Drop In/Q&A Session Schedule (Week beginning: 6th July 2020)

Virtual Drop In/Q&A Session Schedule (Week beginning: 13th July 2020)


Phase 3 - One to one review meetings           
Planned start date: (Commenced: 15th June - Completed: Friday 3rd July)

Overview:

Students will be invited to attend academic and pastoral review meetings.  These has many purposes

  • to check in with the boys
  • support them and reassure them
  • to review where they are in their learning so that we can provide appropriate personalised resources to help them stay on track

This phase will most likely lead to adaptations to the curriculum booklets once we have a more advanced understanding of how our students are coping.  It will also help us to review the work we are setting and tailor that and the seminars to what we have found out in these reviews.

Organisation:

  • there will be no more than 30 year 10 students attending school on any one day and these appointments will be staggered to avoid any bottle necks, these appointments will be scheduled no earlier than 9:30 to avoid peak travel times
  • students will register in the drama studio where:
    • students should use the toilet and sanitise their hands before registering
    • screening questions will be asked
    • students’ temperature will be taken using a non-contact thermometer
  • if students have not brought writing material with them, they will be given some at this point (clip board/paper/pen), it will not be re-used on the same day and sterilised before it is re-used.
  • review meetings will be held in the history block and a one-way system will be in operation
  • hand sanitiser is available in each review room and students will not sit at a desk to avoid cross contamination
  • students leave by a separate gate to avoid coming into contact with peers
  • students will be invited to attend on two or three review mornings so that they can speak to all their examination teachers

There are two purposes: firstly, to check in with the boys, support them and reassure them; secondly to review where they are in their learning so that we can provide appropriate personalised resources to help them stay on track.   This phase will most likely lead to adaptations to the curriculum booklets once we have a more advanced understanding of how our students are coping.

Required preparation for students and families:

  • Students should review the schedules very carefully and attend on time on their scheduled day and time in order to support the staggered meeting times.  
  • Students should bring with them paper to take notes and a pen. If students do not they will be provided with a new pen and paper. 
  • If students are not attending these face-to-face meetings please let us know using the sharing information form below.
  • Parents need to be able to collect their son from school asap* if they show symptoms linked to the virus.
  • Parents acknowledge - in allowing their son to take part in this phase - that they have read this page, FAQs, and attachments carefully.
  • Parents should review their circumstances every time their son attends school to ensure he nor someone in his household is symptomatic.

*preferably within 30 minutes


Phase 4 - Subject Seminars
Planned start date: To be confirmed

This helps us stagger sessions to ensure we can avoid congestion.

We are exploring how these seminars could be uploaded so the students could refer to them afterwards, or those that needed to shield or self-isolate could access them from home.

Overview:

Following on from the review’s students will be invited into school for seminars.  These are sessions where content is delivered by teachers and activities are introduced to check their understanding.  It enables students to ask relevant questions, and teachers to identify and address misunderstandings and misconceptions.  These sessions will be tailored: e.g. in option groups, subject areas, core subject sets or specific needs identified in the reviews. 

Organisation:

  • there will be no more than 30 year 10 students attending a seminar
  • no more than 2 seminars will run on any day and start times will be staggered to avoid bottle necks
  • student sessions will not start before 9:30am to help them avoid public transport peak times, however we suggest that they walk or cycle (provision is being made for the safe storage of bikes at the back of the Gym or in the Drama studio)
  • seminar sessions are due to last approximately 90 minutes
  • Students will register in the drama studio where:
    • students should use the toilet and sanitise their hands before registering
    • screening questions will be asked
    • students’ temperature will be taken using a non-contact thermometer
  • the main seminar venues are the Gym and the lecture theatre students will be allocated a seat in their venue which they should take up immediately and wait for the session to start
  • hand sanitiser is available at the doorway of every venue and in the toilets, students should use this before entering all venues
  • breaks during the seminar will be taken at students’ desks, although they may be permitted to chat to peers they will not be permitted to move around the venue and must stay in their allocated seat
  • toilet trips will take place as and when needed, rather than on mass, to avoid bottle necks and overcrowding, students must follow the one-way system
  • at the end of the session students will be dismissed in small groups from the venue leave using the one-way system (see Map) to avoid coming into contact with peers
  • students cannot use phones during sessions however they can bring them to school so that you are able to contact them at the end of their session
  • only one seminar will take place each day in any one venue and these will be thoroughly cleaned each afternoon

    Required preparation for students and families:
  • Students should review the schedules very carefully and attend on time on their scheduled day to support the organisation and controlled welcoming of students. 
  • Students will bring a note taking book to use on every visit to school and should bring their own writing equipment (if they do not it will be given to them to keep and they should bring it to each session).
  • If students are not attending these seminars please let us know using the sharing information form below, we will try and support these students as best we can virtually.
  • Parents need to be able to collect their son from school asap* if they show symptoms linked to the virus.
  • Parents acknowledge - in allowing their son to take part in this phase - that they have read this page, FAQs, and attachments carefully.
  • Parents should review their circumstances every time their son attends school to ensure he nor someone in his household is symptomatic.

*within 30 minutes

 Subject Seminar Schedule (Week beginning: 13th July 2020)


 

Test and Trace

The ‘track and trace’ initiative is essential for us to keep our community safe.  We have sought feedback from those that have used the testing system so far and it seems to be working efficiently with results coming back on average within 48 hours.  We advise that anyone needing a test should opt to use the Edgbaston Cricket ground test centre as some delays are being seen in the receipt of the home tests.

You can book a test using this link: www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Please remember that:

  1. A student should not attend school while he, or a member of his household, is waiting for a test result
  2. Any positive test should be reported to the school so we can inform the families of anyone that was in the same seminar/group so that they can book a test

Updated FAQs – 01/06/20

As this is the first time we have had to plan for a situation of this nature, these are not so much Frequently Asked Questions – they are more answers to questions that we think you may wish to ask.  They will help you understand our thinking and procedures to ensure that these phases can work.

They now include answers to questions raised in the stakeholder surveys.

Does my son have to wear uniform?  I am worried about him bringing germs home and me not being able to wash it every day.

For the foreseeable future, we do not expect out students to wear uniform - they can wear their own clothes whenever they are in school.  However, we do not envisage that the boys will be in school every day for quite a long time.

Should my son wear PPE?

The guidance from the Government is clear - they do not expect staff or students to wear face masks/coverings.  The advice is that there is no need for them due to the other measures in place, therefore, they are not being allocated to or provided by school.  However, our stance is to encourage our community to take all of the precautions that help keep them safe and reduce anxiety, e.g. students and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask/covering if they so wish to when attending school for any reason.


What should I do if my son has asthma?

We expect that some students will still shield and not physically attend.  If this is the case, it would help us if you complete a sharing information form so that we can help you.  If you and your son want to attend sessions but are worried about underlying health issues you should take medical advice before taking part.

What measures are in place to minimise the risks?

There are a number of measures in place for when the boys start to attend school for their allocated time slots:

  • On arrival, everyone will use hand sanitiser and go straight to their allocated room and seat.  Students will use the same desk during any sessions, and those desks will be cleaned before anyone else is expected to use them the next day (students are welcome to bring their own supplies of sanitiser to use as and when they need to).
  • A one-way system has been set up so that social distancing can be adhered to; 2 metre markings can be found on the floors.
  • Any workstation used for a review meeting or a seminar will be at least 2 metres apart, and often more.
  • Toilet breaks will be as and when they are required by individual students to minimise the numbers using them at any one time.
  • Toilets are fully stocked with hand sanitiser and antibacterial soap.
  • Seminar times will be staggered to avoid congestion on arrival and exit times - they will also avoid early morning or late afternoon so those using public transport can avoid rush hours.
  • Regular work breaks during seminars will be held at students’ desks to avoid physical contact.
  • We shall minimise the number of rooms used so cleaning can be effective, thorough and regular

What if we qualify for free school meals?

During this time of phased increases to face-to-face contact, we will continue to subscribe to the free school meals vouchers scheme so that qualifying families can bring their own meals.

What if I think the risks are still too high for my son to attend?

If this is the case then we will respect your decision and try to work with you as well as we can.  We would keep setting remote learning work and would attempt to make available the same opportunities for your son virtually, wherever this is possible.

What happens if the R rate rises?

If there was an increase in the R rate or our local circumstances became overwhelming, we would move back up the phases OR we would stay at the same phase but move the provision to virtual rather than asking our boys to come into school.

Will the canteen be available?

Due to the risks, we will not be serving food in school.  The canteen will not be open and we will not run sessions through lunch time.  Breaks are incredibly difficult to manage if social distancing is to be adhered to.  If students want to bring snacks, they are permitted to do so, and they can eat them at their workstation which will have been cleaned and only occupied by them.  We would, of course, expect students to eat their own snacks and not share these with others.

How do you intend to maintain social distancing?

The Government guidance has helped by only allowing 25% of a year group in school on any one day.  For us this is 30 year 10 students.  We have put many measures in place to maintain social distancing:

  • appointments for the 1-1 review sessions will be staggered to avoid large numbers and are limited to 30 boys during the whole session
  • seminars are limited to one a day to avoid boys coming into contact with various groups
  • students will be allocated a seat in their venue for their sessions
  • all venues can achieve at least 2m distancing
  • the school has a new one-way system with 2m distances demarked
  • toilets will be used on a need must basis to avoid a peak in demand and overcrowding
  • all year 10 will enter the building and register at the Drama block to avoid coming into contact with keyworkers or visitors

What measures are in place to screen students as they enter the building?

Year 10 registration will be completed in the Drama block.  Here there is room to socially distance when signing in and student can double checking the seating plan for their session.  All boys will be expected to use the toilet area and sanitise before enter the school proper.  A screening questionnaire will be used to check on student or family symptoms and a non-contact thermometer will be used to monitor student temperatures.

My son is vulnerable and will need to stay at home, will teachers call him to explain the work and give him a chance to ask questions?

Our drop-in sessions as explained in phase 2 will give all students a chance to drop in to virtually meet their teachers and ask questions.  Teachers have also been responding to any student who has sent them a message either on SMH or over email.

What measures are in place to stop students meeting up after school sessions?

All boys will sign a code of conduct when they attend their 1-1 reviews.  This reminds them of the need to social distance and follow the lockdown rules.  It is difficult though as the lockdown rules become less clear.  If parents do not feel that their son will follow their instructions on this matter it may be worth opting for a more virtual experience.

My son doesn’t know his school email, how can he find this out?

If any student has forgotten their email or password the simplest thing to do is to visit the website and fill in the request for support form, our IT team will help you gain access.  Alternatively, students/parents can email Mr Hanson who has helped many of our boys log on.

My son would feel uncomfortable doing a virtual drop in?

Once students have logged in and said hello to their teacher, they can turn off their videos and just listen if they are uncomfortable with their video being seen.

What happens if a student does not follow the social distancing rules?

I am certain that Year 10 will enjoy the opportunity to do something different and will value any contact with staff and their peers.  It is paramount, however, that students do follow the social distancing rules.  We have set school up with visual reminders, and staff will also support and correct students were necessary. 

The Government guidance is clear: students who behave in a way that puts others at risk can be asked to work remotely from home.  This will certainly be the case at KNBS.

How should my son get to school for his allocated sessions?

This is something to discuss with your son. We encourage walking or cycling as this avoids public transport and supports healthy exercise.  Students should also consider social distancing as they meet friends who they may not have met for some time.  It will be very difficult for them as they will have missed their friends immensely.  We will make extra bike storage space available for anyone wishing to cycle, though suggest, as always, that a bike lock is used.

How can my son access his emails so that he can use Microsoft Teams?

To access emails, your son should complete the ‘request for support’ form on the website.  His password and log on details will then be shared with you. 

On the website, Year 10 page, there is a guide to using Microsoft Teams.  The sessions available to him will appear in his calendar - this is often the easiest way to join a session.

Why are you not using ZOOM?

The school subscribes to Microsoft 365 which gives our students access to their work from home and the Microsoft software packages for free use anywhere.  By using their school emails and Microsoft Teams software, there are a number of safeguarding layers already in place that would not appear on Zoom.  For instance, as all staff have Teams too, it makes it easy for all these drop-in sessions to have two members of staff on the call all the time to support safeguarding; also, no-one from outside of the KNBS community could log on to the session.

Is the school still open to keyworkers and vulnerable students?

Our current provision to support these students will remain in place.  This provision will be in a separate part of the school to avoid congestion or risk compromising social distancing measures.  For those in Year 10 who attend this, they can come to the normal provision and then go to their reviews/seminars. 

If my son is not feeling well, should I send him in?

We are operating with reduced numbers of staff, however there will always be a qualified first aid member of staff on site.  These though should be for emergencies. If your son is injured or unwell before coming to school, it is best if they stay home and rest.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be self-isolating and organising a test for COVID-19 – these are now available to anyone over the age of 5.

What happens if the school has a confirmed case of COVID-19?

Anyone with symptoms should organise a test as soon as possible.  We will keep detailed records of who has attended school; if your son had been in school at the same time as the confirmed case, we would inform you via text.  We would postpone face-to-face contact for a suitable period of time, and students would only be expected to resume these sessions once they had completed a suitable period of isolation or have a confirmed negative test.

When the boys finally take their GCSEs will any consideration be given?

There is no information about this at the moment.  We would expect there to be some changes to the expectation or the process and will be lobbying on this basis.  We will inform you immediately if we receive any information or updates.

Has the school risk assessment been completed?

The school has completed a thorough risk assessment process that has been scrutinised by the Governing Body and shared with Birmingham City Council.