YEAR 10 RETURN TO COLLEGE
Further to my letter of 21st May and as promised, I am writing to you again today with further details regarding the programme for the return of Year 10 students to school. As stated previously, the return to college for year 10 students will look very different to the educational experience that they were accessing prior to the lockdown.
The college will be operating a two-week timetable over a four-week period commencing Monday 15th June and ending on Friday 10th July. There will be a maximum of 36 students invited to attend on any one day. Within those 4 weeks, your child will be scheduled to attend college once per fortnight (twice in total). Your child will only be permitted access to the college on their allocated dates.
Over the coming days you will receive a personalised letter that has been sent via Royal Mail containing details specific to your son/daughter.
Your child will be expected to arrive at the college at 8.30am. Staff will be present at the entrance to the college to facilitate students’ safe entrance. All staff and students will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Anyone showing signs / symptoms of COVID 19 will not be permitted entry onto the campus.
Each group of nine students will meet in an allocated area signposted in the centre of the car park. Students will be directed to their designated area by a member of staff. The meeting point has been designed to promote social distancing.
Students will be escorted into the building by staff at staggered times.
The college day will run as follows:
Period 1 8.35am – 9.25am (50 mins)
Period 2 9.30am – 10.20am (50 mins)
Period 3 10.25am – 11.15am (50 mins)
Period 4 11.20am – 12.10pm (50 mins)
There will be a 5-minute changeover period between lessons. However, students will remain in their allocated seat and classroom during the changeover and staff will transfer to a new room. It is important to stress that the staff and students attending on any particular day will remain as much as is practicable, a consistent group across the four week period limiting the potential for cross contamination.
Students will be dismissed by staggered release between 12.10pm and 12.20pm. Lunch will not be provided and the college day will end before lunchtime. Students entitled to a free school meal should have received their entitlement through the Edenred Voucher Scheme.
There will be no formal break, however students will be permitted to go to the toilet as and when required. This will alleviate any queuing for toilets at set times. A hand sanitising station will be set up adjacent to the entrance to the toilet and students will be expected to sanitise their hands when entering and exiting the toilet.
Students will not be expected to wear a tie or blazer. We ask that all students attend the college in shirt and skirt/trousers, this is to reduce the requirement of students to wear items that are traditionally more difficult to wash. Please could we also kindly ask that uniform is laundered between your child’s allocated days onsite and preferably upon his/her return home.
I can appreciate that you may have some safety concerns and as such here are the measures that will be in place:
- Classrooms have been set up to allow a minimum of 2 metres between each student.
- Student’s temperatures will be checked upon entrance to the college by infrared monitor and any student with an elevated temperature will not be permitted to enter the college building, parent/carer will be contacted.
- Students will be required to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the college site.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to each classroom.
- Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised prior to each day’s lessons commencing and at the end of each day.
- Students are permitted to bring a bottle of water and a snack to college with them.
- Students must bring their own equipment
- Staggered entrance to the building/classrooms.
- Staggered dismissal at the end of the Period 4.
- The 2-metre social distancing rule will be adhered to at all times.
- Classrooms will have a Perspex screen fitted to allow students to present their work and have discussions with staff in a safe controlled space.
We have taken advice from the Department for Education and Manchester City Council to ensure that we are following the guidance. We have looked at various models to facilitate some ‘face-to-face support’ for our Year 10 students in an environment that is safe for everyone and we believe that what we are offering is a best practice model.
Our students have experienced an unprecedented setback to their education and we believe this is the best plan possible to ensure that your child has a chance to see his/her teachers, discuss any concerns around his/her studies and have some face-to-face teaching before the summer break.
At the time of writing, the College can confirm that the 705 and 768 College bus services’ will not be in operation. TfGM are operating their scheduled bus services at a reduced capacity to meet social distancing measures. Please be aware that in line with Government guidance, students should avoid public transport if these journeys can be made by alternative means. Please continue to check our College website and social media platforms for updates.
Where students are unable to attend please be assured that we will not be challenging this. We will however be completing Safeguarding Checks in line with our revised procedures. It is important to reiterate that no student should attend college if they or any member of their household are showing symptoms of COVID 19 and/or if they have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms of COVID 19 in the past fourteen days. If your child will not be attending on their allocated dates, please report the absence in the normal way by contacting the attendance office on 0161 826 1032 by 8.30am on each day of absence.
We look forward to safely welcoming your child back to the college.
Please take care and stay safe.
Mr M Haworth