Start of term arrangements for students

We hope you are all well and have enjoyed a restful summer break where possible. As we continue to live through the Covid-19 pandemic and begin to reopen our schools, we are delighted to be welcoming back our school community in a safe and Covid secure way. This letter communicates our start of term arrangements for September 2020. We have been working closely with our partner schools across the GFM to revise our plan; so that children attend more sessions than previously communicated to you. This two week period will provide us with some additional capacity to establish social distancing, regular washing of hands and other new health and safety practices before all year groups return for five days a week on Monday 21st September.

When students arrive on site they must enter through their designated entrance to the school site: Student entrances and bike stores by year group Sept 2020 BP  (different entrances for the different year groups.)

Days in School

Start Time

Finish Time

Bubble Colour

Entrance/ Exit to school

Year 7

7/9/20

8/9/20

9/9/20

10/9/20

14/9/20

15/9/20

16/9/20

17/9/20

8.30am

14:45

Blue

Back gate

Henry Cort cycle way entrance

Year 8

8/9/20*

9/9/20

11/9/20

14/9/20

15/9/20

16/9/20

18/9/20

8.45am

*On the first day please arrive at 10:15

15:00

Red

Fort Gate

Brockhurst roundabout

Year 9

8/9/20*

10/9/20

11/9/20

15/9/20

16/9/20

17/9/20

18/9/20

9.00am

*On the first day please arrive at 10:30

15:00

Grey

Main Gate Right

Year 10

7/9/20

10/9/20

11/9/20

14/9/20

16/9/20

17/9/20

18/9/20

10.00am

16:15

Purple

Main Gate Left

Year 11

7/9/20

9/9/20

10/9/20

11/9/20

14/9/20

16/9/20

17/9/20

18/9/20

10.15am

16:30

Green

Main Gate

Right

 

From September 21st all students will return to full time education, five days a week.  Start times and entrances will be the same as in the table above. 

 

 

The first two weeks

During this period  there will be no onsite catering.  Students will need to bring a packed lunch (details for students entitled to free school meals will receive information directly about arrangements for the first two weeks.)

Students’ first day will start with a Tutor session which will include giving details of new systems in place including:

  • The expectation that all students will wear a coloured lanyard at all times to indicate their ‘bubble’

  • Details of break and lunch times.  Students will socialise only with other students in their year group and within their ‘zone’ to avoid mixing

  • Details of how we will mitigate the risk of bubbles mixing, including zoning of the school site, minimising movement around the site, one-way systems around the school, including outside the buildings

  • Where possible how we will be using external doors to enter downstairs classrooms, keeping doors and windows open as much as possible to improve ventilation

  • Our expectations around the use of hand sanitiser on entry and exit to lessons. In addition, we will also encourage students to bring in hand sanitiser for personal use during the day.

  • Information about how plans will be used with much reduced student movement around classrooms which will limit the number of areas that will have to be cleaned between lessons

  • How students and staff will support good hygiene with a brief ‘clean down’ period of 5mins at the end of each lesson

 

Face coverings

We have continued to be guided by Government advice and share the GFM statement below:

The World Health Organisation published a statement on August 21st about children and face coverings. They now advise that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.”

In line with government guidance, in GFM schools where Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. It will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

We believe that our young people will now have access to face coverings due to their increasing use in wider society, and Public Health England has made available resources on how to make a simple face covering.However, where anybody is struggling to access a face covering, or where they are unable to use their face covering due to having forgotten it or it having become soiled or unsafe, we will have a small contingency supply available to meet such needs.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. For example people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if they are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate. The same exemptions will apply in GFM schools, and our teachers and other staff will be sensitive to those needs.

We are very grateful for the feedback and questions from you, following the video that we shared during the summer break. These have been very helpful in developing our plans alongside the updated government guidance. The majority of questions were understandably around the safety of learners whilst at school and how we plan to catch up on missed learning. You will not be surprised to hear that these are also our priorities in how we open our school.

Safety of learners on site

The guidance from the government explains a range of practices such as the regular washing of hands and providing ventilation in enclosed spaces which we will be establishing as routine for all in the first weeks of term. In addition to the changes we are implementing to create ‘bubbles’ of learners, we are also staggering the start of  the school day, creating ‘zones’ on the school site and adding rigorous, additional cleaning routines.

Catching up on missed learning

We are so grateful to the amazing job parents and carers have been doing in managing home learning for the period of school closure, we reiterate our thanks to you for your support, encouragement and challenge for your children. We look forward to seeing them return to school but recognise that it is vitally important that we understand any gaps in learning and act to close these. Assessment will be a key part of the work we do this term, and we are working on ways to assess that does not involve feelings of stress or anxiety.  There are many ways we can assess understanding and we are prioritising this – and then the actions we will take to address any gaps. We have extended time on site for this year compared to previous years and are running additional online lessons (establishing over the course of the first few weeks) that also provide opportunities for additional support.  We will keep in touch with our community with plans for both assessment and strategies to catch up on missed work from the start of term.

We very much look forward to welcoming students back to school next week and to working in partnership with you into the new Academic year.

Our best wishes to you all

Kirstie Andrew-Power, Mike Jones, Ryan Peet and Chris Willis

On behalf of the Brune Park and GFM Staff

 

 

 

Contact Info
  • Brune Park Community School, Military Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 3BU
  • (023) 9261 6000
  • enquiries@brunepark.gfmat.org

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