Planning for re-opening on 8th March 2021

23rd February 2021

 

Planning for re-opening on 8th March 2021

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

We are delighted to be planning our return to face-to-face teaching to start Monday 8th March 2021. We, like you and our students, cannot wait to get back to a sense of ‘normal school’ that we had established in the Autumn Term. We want to achieve this as fast as possible.

 

This letter is to keep you updated with our thought processes, ambition and early planning. This letter does not set out final return to school details.

 

We will be returning to the same routines that we have had in place for this whole academic year (e.g. staggered start times, year group gates, normal lessons / timetables, one way system, year group social spaces and eating areas, hand sanitising on entry to a room etc) but need to make two changes following the government announcement and school guidance published last night.

 

  1. Lateral Flow Testing

We would encourage everyone to participate in the asymptomatic testing programme to help break transmission links by identifying those who may be carrying the virus unknowingly.

 

We have been offering testing to staff and students during lockdown. The test aims to identify anyone who has Covid-19 but is not showing any symptoms. Taking a test remains optional but the more of us that take this test as we return to school the safer our Bridlington School Family is.

 

As students return we will be offering a series of lateral flow tests. A student can return to class as soon as they have had one negative lateral flow test result.

 

We need to plan how we offer this to more than 1000 students and 100 staff bearing in mind the test centre is manned by our school staff who in a fully open school have their normal roles to fulfil. We will therefore need to plan for a phased return offering a lateral flow test to one Key Stage at a time.

 

We are keen that students return as quickly as logistically possible. If the logistics can work then I would like to prioritise exam groups and have Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) return on Monday 8th March, Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) return on Tuesday 9th March and Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) return on Wednesday 10th March. In order to see if this is possible we need to know who will want to access a test.

 

We are investigating the possibility of inviting students in for a lateral flow test appointment next week to receive their first test so they can start asap.

 

Please can all parents / carers return this initial yes / no survey by tomorrow (Wednesday 24th February) at 9am to let me know if you would like your child to take part in the lateral flow testing as they return. 

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iZ2mCbEflEuLKoA0E_AyUoLwdRxkLZtFhjIfiNyOoPJUNTVEWllTNFczNUg1S1ZCRzdGRkNKQUI5Ty4u

 

Once we have initial responses we will then send consent forms prior to testing.

 

n.b. The guidance states that secondary school students and staff will be offered home test kits after 3 school tests have been completed. We are awaiting further guidance on this.

 

 

  1. Face Coverings

From now until the Government review at Easter, face coverings must be worn by students in the classroom “in all situations where social distancing cannot be maintained”.  

 

We understand that there will continue to be some students who cannot wear a face covering as has been the case since we returned in September.

 

Please do ensure that you send your child to school with a facemask and spare as they return.

 

I will be writing to you with further details as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Kate Parker-Randall

Headteacher

 

 

 A full copy of the letter can be seen here



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