Return to the Academy: Week Beginning 8th March 2021
1st March 2021
As you will be aware all schools and academies are starting to return to a ‘normal’ curriculum from the 8th March 2021.
The government have set out requirements for this process and in order for these requirements to be met has allowed provisions some flexibility within the first week to achieve these. At Bradfields there will be a phased return implemented but it is important to note that once the start date for each pupil has been reached then the following government directives apply:
- Attendance will be mandatory for all students unless they have a shielding letter, are isolating due to potential contact with a positive case, or are absent due to any other reason that would normally mean they were absent, such as illness for example.
- Shielding letters for other members of the household do not prevent students attending school.
- There will no longer be a register code available for schools and academies to use for general absence around COVID such as, anxiety about the virus etc. that does not impact on attendance.
You will have been aware from previous correspondence and phone calls that testing will continue on site at Bradfields. All students, who have permission, are required to undergo three tests on their return and then fall into a regime of two tests a week. Whilst we will have a series of home test kits available it is our intention to keep as much of the testing on site as we possibly can. This will maintain a consistency for the students. We will be in touch again to find out if you would prefer to administer tests at home.
The following table shows the tutor groups and year groups that should return each day.
Return Mon 8th
Return Tues 9th
Return Weds 10th
Return Thurs 11th
Lessons as normal
|All Primary students||All students from yesterday continue to attend||All students from yesterday continue to attend||All students from yesterday continue to attend||
Lessons continue as normal
|The remaining Year 7 students||The remaining Year 12 students||The remaining Year 10 students|
|The remaining Year 8 students||The remaining Year 13 students||The remaining Year 11 students|
|Mr Tullett||The remaining Year 9 students||The remaining Year 14 students||All students have returned and lessons start as normal.|
|All Critical Key Worker students that have been attending to this point should continue to attend.|
|Day ends at 2.15pm||Day ends 3.15pm|
Whilst the increased numbers of tests are carried out, and to allow students to settle back into the academy, the first three days will be tutor based. As previously we will end the day at 2.15pm and transport will leave site at this time to bring students home.
During this week there will be no live remote teaching. Assignments will be uploaded for students to access whilst they await their return day.
During the 8th, 9th 10th March 2021the returning students will be in their tutor groups whilst testing occurs. They will follow a re-integration curriculum along with activities around events that are occurring such as Fair trade and charity events.
Positive COVID cases
The guidance remains unchanged around symptoms and positive cases:
- If there is a case in your household then students should not be sent to school, but everyone should be isolating for 10 days and then returning to schooling or work if they are well enough. Students can access remote learning during this time if they are well enough.
- If students are unwell, or appear unwell in the morning please do not send them in.
- If students become unwell during the day they will need to be collected. The medical team will advise as to whether or not a COVID Test needs to be booked. Please note that if a student is showing symptoms they cannot be tested in the onsite centre as this is purely an asymptomatic test centre.
If you know you are not going to be contactable during a day, or there will be a delay in being able to collect your child then please make sure alternative arrangements are in place.
- If there is a confirmed positive case in school we will send those students who have had direct, close contact home to isolate for 10 days, as was done before.
Examinations and Qualifications
Whist we know that the Secretary of State for Education has written to OFQUAL setting out his, and the Department for Education’s, desires for examinations we have not had final confirmation from the individual examination boards as to exactly what this means for our students.
Those sitting GCSE qualifications will move to a Teacher Assessment model as last year.
There still needs to be exact clarity around all of the other qualifications that Bradfields’ students undertake. As soon as we have received this we will write again with the detail.
Sixth Form Beyond Thursday 11th March
As you can see from the table, all teaching is planned to be resumed from Thursday 11th March onwards. This is with exception to work experience as currently due to the government’s Road Map many businesses will not have returned at this point.
We will minimise contact and numbers in school by asking those students that would normally have a placement with an outside organisation to remain at home on the days that they have work experience until their placements are back up and running.
Those students who do not have a placement but attend Work Experience sessions should attend as normal.
This will mean:
- The Bradfields Catering group attend as normal as their placement will be on site at Bradfields, and so available.
- Those students who have a work experience placement within the academy to attend this placement as usual.
- Year 12 students awaiting their placements to resume will be at home Thursday and/or Friday depending on when they access work experience.
- Year 13 students awaiting their placements to resume will be at home Wednesday and/or Friday depending on when they access work experience.
- Year 14 students will be at home Wednesday and Thursday.
If students are part of a Work Experience Remote Learning Group, then they should access this on the relevant days.
Further Detail for Return:
Students should return to wearing uniform or following the sixth form dress code, whichever is appropriate. We do, however, understand that it is some time since uniform was worn and replacing old, outgrown items has not been easy. We will, obviously, be flexible around this but do need to know if there is an issue. Detail around PE and dress for that will be issued under separate cover.
Please can we ask that you ensure your child has their own pencil case basic equipment for each day and that they do not bring in any unnecessary items into the academy.
All students will need a coat as break and lunchtimes will be outside.
Staff and students in Year 7 and above will wear face coverings in communal areas and classrooms. Those staff and students who are exempt will have an identifying badge.
All students are required to have a sealable small plastic bag to put their face covering in if they need to remove it.
As the numbers of students increase on site we shall continue to maintain our high standards of cleanliness.
- Hand sanitation will continue upon entering and exiting each area or lesson.
- Additional cleaning will occur throughout the day.
- Shared resources will be sanitised after use or quarantined as necessary.
- Rooms will be treated with the Zoono spray which protects surfaces from virus germs for 30 days at a time.
- Staff and students in Year 7 and above must wear face coverings in communal areas and classrooms unless they are exempt.
- The one-way system will be in operation.
- Students and staff will walk on their left along corridors and the walkway.
- We will continue to eat lunches in classrooms but look to see how we can extend the range of foods available.
- Breakfast Club will be open from the 8th March 2021.
- After School Club will open soon to provide that additional childcare support.
- Although classes will be functioning as normal there will be no extended indoor gatherings such as assemblies.
- Students will be encouraged to spread out during break and lunchtimes outdoors.
- Social distancing will be maintained as far as possible in the building at all times.
- Rooms will be kept well ventilated
- There will be additional playground markings to help students line up at the beginning of the day and at the end of break and lunch times.
- The guidance around PE and changing rooms is also being updated. We will be in touch with further detail about the PE arrangements after the 11th March 2021.
This has been a long hard road to get to this point, and we appreciate the work and support shown by all of our families. In the next few weeks we will see if the return to schools in the country is a success or not. We are all hoping for a success but for this to work we need staff, students and families to continue to follow the guidance at each stage. As before, if we have an outbreak in the academy then this has to be reported in detail to Public Health England who can refer this on and fine people if they are not seen to be acting in the spirit of the guidelines. We must continue to work together to keep our community safe, so that this is the final lockdown needed.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.