Parents Letter 22.05.20

Dear parent/carer,

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 10th May, we have worked up plans at KCC to be able to reopen to students in Years 10 and 12 as a gradual and phased response when necessary. We are really keen to see and support our students and have missed them over the last 8 weeks. With the absence of any published specific advice for secondary schools it is impossible for us to give you definitive plans at this time. We do not yet know if secondary students will be permitted to return and must wait for further information from the government. Currently there are no plans to reopen for Years 7, 8 or 9. The remote learning arrangements will remain in place until further notice. If there are issues for your child in accessing the online learning then please do not hesitate to contact us:

Whatever happens regarding re-opening, I do want to assure you that at the heart of our future decisions will be one core principle:

To maximise the effectiveness of teaching and care for our students, whilst safeguarding the health and well-being of everyone onsite.

When it is right for us to reopen we will follow the most up to date advice and guidance available.

The College Day and Learning Environment

Under the current guidance we have planned for and are ready to teach students in Groups or ‘Educational Bubbles’: Students will interact and work only within groups or ‘educational bubbles’ of maximum fifteen pupils with one or two members of staff. Each ‘bubble’ will be located in a separate zone. Our intention is to restrict the number of interactions between groups.

Lunches: Students will be offered a limited catering option or you may choose to send them with a packed lunch.

Equipment: Students can only bring their coat/sun hat and, if applicable, their lunchbox with them to College. All other equipment (e.g. stationary) will be provided through individual packs issued and kept at College. (This may vary for Sixth Form students). If your child is in Year 10 or 12 and has been loaned a laptop from College they will need to bring that in to College with them on the days that they attend.

Hygiene: a detailed cleaning protocol and schedule will be implemented for all zones of the college site which are used, following the available guidance.

Uniform: students will not be expected to wear school uniform. It is recommended that clothing worn is washed regularly.

Social Distancing Code of Conduct

When we are given clarity over the timeline for reopening, as part of the ‘Next Steps’, you will receive a copy of an updated Code of Conduct for behaviour in College which will outline how we will expect students to practise social distancing and the instructions that must to be followed. If the Code of Conduct is not followed, then students will not be permitted to return to College until a meeting has been arranged between parents/carers and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. There is a second attachment for you to read, from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning for Devon; we would like to draw your attention to the paragraph in which she states: It may not be possible for very young children and older children without capacity to follow instructions on social distancing and in this situation, we do not expect those individuals to attend.

Next Steps

Further information to follow: we hope to be able to update you further on the 1st June, having received clarification from the government and Department for Education.

It is important to note that clinically vulnerable or shielded children will not be expected to attend, and those children who live with someone who is medically certified as clinically extremely vulnerable should attend only if they can follow social distancing. Children who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) may attend.

The following link is for parents and contains further information about these categories:

How can I help my child prepare to return to school? We know that students will be feeling a range of emotions about returning to school, from excited to nervous. It will be helpful for them to hear about the information in this letter and be able to talk about it with you. It is especially important that students understand five key parts of the return to school:

• Understanding that following adult instructions without argument is essential to keep everyone safe

• Practising regular, thorough handwashing (tunes like ‘Happy Birthday’ two times to help check the time spent!) after every activity or after coughing or sneezing

• Practising ‘Catch It, Kill It, Bin It’ when needing to cough or sneeze

• Being within one group and not interacting with other groups

• Practising social-distancing from other students and adults, staying 2m apart

If students come to College already familiar with these, this will help them with a confident and successful return.

Thank you in advance for your support as we begin the gradual and phased reopening of the College.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if we can help.

Yours faithfully

Tina Graham