The COVID-19 pandemic poses serious challenges and this is an unclear and daunting time for us all. By working together and providing you with as much up-to-date information as we can, we as a school community want to support you as parents and carers to help your children to engage in learning outside school and to manage their return to the classroom.
On this page you’ll find links to letters we’ve sent home during the past few months, advice from the government and details about how we plan to welcome your child(ren) back in September.
This page is updated regularly with new information, so please keep checking back. There is also a link to this page from the school information tab on the school app.
On this page you will also find other advice, resources and useful links.
We would like to reassure you that our reconnect plans for our Year Group bubbles will continue unchanged. We will give advance notice if and when we deem it appropriate and safe to make any changes. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the safety of all our school community.
Please also be advised that we have received the following message from The Department for Education to share and circulate to all parents/carers:
|Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. It will be available to download on Thursday 24 September.
Click on the image below to view the Introductory Booklet for full details of how to download the App:
Check out the newly created "Back to School" website by St Helens Council. This is a new website for parents, carers and their children and is part of the ‘All in’ attendance strategy. The site contains the latest government guidance for parents, some videos relating to top tips and will be added to as new documents are developed. https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/backtoschool
We have studied the Government guidance meticulously and taken all appropriate advice to ensure that we can have the students back in September whilst maintaining the safety of all students, staff and families as much as possible. We have thoroughly reviewed our Health and Safety risk assessment and have drawn up plans for the autumn term. Please note that these plans could change if circumstances change and that they will be constantly reviewed and updated as the term progresses.
Please note that this phase is a replication of the Y10 face-to-face events, which took place at the start of June and worked exceptionally well so we feel confident that with everyone’s cooperation it will work for the whole school.
Phase 1 - reconnect
Year 7 and Year 11 will return to school on Monday 7th September and the remaining years 8-10 on Tuesday 8th September.
Each year group will have their own area of the school in which they will stay and they will also have their own entrance/exit point and specific toilets to use. Children will stay in their areas and staff will move to them. There will be a one-way system in each of the areas.
Break and lunch arrangements will be staggered so that no two year groups will mix. For the first few weeks, the food served will be from a limited menu and will be grab and go bags. There will also be food available to buy at break.
The highest of standards and responsibility will be expected from all students regarding the safety of everyone and any defiance of the safety procedures will not be tolerated.
All children will be expected to be in FULL school uniform. Chewing gum is most definitely banned and all other school rules will apply from day 1.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances children should arrive at school no earlier than 8:15am and no later than 8:30am.
All staff and students will have a temperature check on entry and will be expected to adhere to appropriate social distancing and hand washing procedures.
Each year group will have specialist teachers for their core subjects and then blended learning for foundation/option subjects. For KS4 there will be some face to face and an element of online learning both in school and at home. KS3 will have project based learning in foundations subjects. In addition to their academic subjects, all students will have appropriate pastoral support.
This first phase approach will enable us to get all students back in and routines in place that will ensure learning takes place in a safe environment. It is expected to remain in place for two weeks before being reviewed and will very much depend on the national and local COVID-19 pandemic situation.