Posted: 27 August 2020

Full School Reopening – September 2020

27th August 2020

Dear parent/carers,

Full School Reopening – September 2020

You will be aware that there have been several changes to the guidance for schools from the Department for Education over the summer. We are now in the final stages of our preparations for reopening school to all students so I am writing to give you some key information regarding the safe return of all students and the ways that we will ensure that the school remains COVID-Secure.

Please read all of this letter carefully; there are some changes from the letter we sent in July.

Start of Term

School will be significantly different in September. We are therefore operating a staggered start to ensure that each year group has time to fully understand how school will operate. We will also have transition activities for our new Year 7 students who missed out on our usual transition programme in July.

Monday 7th September                       Years 7, 12 and 13 only

Tuesday 8th September                       All Years at 8.25 am

We have undertaken an extensive risk assessment across the whole school, every classroom has been deep cleaned, measures have been put in place to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness and furniture has been arranged to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

If you would like to see the full risk assessment, this will be available on our website before the start of term: https://prospect.reading.sch.uk/news/

In order to reduce community transmission as much as possible, students will be kept in year-group bubbles and will have only limited access to different parts of the school.

Arrival at School

All students must arrive at their designated entrance by 8.25am each morning, ready for an 8.30am start. In order to maintain the COVID-Secure status of the school, students who are late will not be admitted (unless by prior arrangement – e.g. due to a medical appointment. In these cases they must be escorted to main reception by a parent/carer).

It is our intention that all students will have their temperature taken on arrival at school and will be asked to return home if this is elevated. It is essential that we have your correct contact details as if your child displays symptoms during the school day, we need to be able to contact you as a matter of urgency. Please contact Mrs Clyne jclyne@prospect.reading.sch.uk  to update your details.

On their first day, all students will be issued with a lanyard with their name and year/house details. This must be worn at all times.

Students will not be allowed on site without their lanyard.

Year group entrances and bike sheds

  Entrance Bike Shed
Year 7 Honey End Lane – Bike Sheds Honey End Lane – Bike Sheds
Year 8 Honey End Lane – Tennis Courts Honey End Lane – Bike Sheds
Year 9 Cockney Hill – Nursery Cockney Hill – New Bike Racks
Year 10 Cockney Hill – Maestros Cockney Hill – New Bike Racks
Year 11 Cockney Hill – Maestros Cockney Hill – New Bike Racks
Year 12/13 Cockney Hill – Main Reception Cockney Hill – New Bike Racks

 

Please note that parents/carers are not permitted to drive onto site and students must be dropped off before the school gates.

Face Masks

We have carefully considered the advice of the World Health Organisation and the recent change in advice from the Government. All students will be required to wear a face mask at lesson changeovers in school corridors. They do not need to be worn in lessons, or when students are outside. We will not be able to supply face masks and we ask that your child’s mask is appropriate for the school environment – we suggest plain, washable fabric masks. Students will not be allowed on site without their mask; however, if there is a genuine reason why your child cannot wear a face mask, please contact Mrs Clyne jclyne@prospect.reading.sch.uk in confidence.

The School Day

Students will need to supply all their own equipment; this will not be able to be borrowed from other students/teachers.

As a minimum, each student will require:

  • 2 black/blue pens for writing
  • 2 pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Rubber
  • 30cm ruler
  • A highlighter
  • At least 3x coloured pencils
  • Compass
  • Protractor

Please ensure that your child has all the necessary equipment for learning. Students will also benefit from having:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1x red/green/purple pen for marking
  • Scientific calculator
    • KS3 – Casio Fx 839TX
    • KS4 – Casio Fx 991EX (also suitable for KS3)

 

Although we hope very much that there will not be any further lockdowns, you may wish to consider buying a laptop or tablet for your child to use at home. We will continue to use MS Teams as an important way of setting work and we would encourage your child to use this technology at home. Exercise books will not be taken home; homework should be done via MS Teams.

The Home-School Agreement, setting out our expectations of behaviour, is attached. It is essential that all students are aware of these expectations which have been put in place to ensure that the school remains COVID-Secure and is safe for other students and staff. If you have not already done so, please spend some time before the start of term reading through this with your child. Students who are unable to meet these expectations may be asked to work online at home to ensure that all students are able to learn in a safe and disruption-free environment.

Uniform

We understand that Stevenson’s have experienced some difficulties with stocking key items. We are aware of this and students will not be penalised if they do not have the correct item of school branded uniform. However, all other items should meet the school’s uniform requirements. Only one single-stud earring is allowed in each ear, no other piercings are permitted in school and only clear nail varnish is permitted.

PE

On the days that they have PE, students should wear their PE kit to school as they are not able to use the changing rooms. During the colder months, they may wear plain black joggers/tracksuit bottoms but they must not have any visible branding on them.

Food/Drink

Students will have access to the canteen only ONCE a day; Years 7, 8 and 11 at first break and Years 9, 10, 12 and 13 at second break. Innovate will be providing a limited food service of predominantly ‘grab and go’ items; students must be aware that they will be operating a ‘no touch’ policy and students will have to pay for any items that they touch.

All our water fountains will have to be turned off, so we suggest all students bring a drink in with them each day. Energy/sports drinks are not permitted.

Toilets

Students will not be allowed access to toilets during lesson times; they will be available only at lesson changeovers and breaktimes to ensure they can be frequently cleaned. If your child has a medical condition which requires immediate access to the toilet, please contact Mrs Clyne in confidence jclyne@prospect.reading.sch.uk so a toilet pass can be issued.

Absence due to COVID-19

You will be aware that the Department for Education’s expectation is that all students should be in school full time from the start of term. However, there are a number of circumstances in which your child should not attend school due to COVID-19; this will not be counted as an absence if it is due to the following circumstances:

What to do if… Action needed: Return to school when…
…my child has Coronavirus symptoms ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate

·         Get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test result

…the test comes back as negative
…my child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days

·         Inform school immediately about test result

…they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they still have a cough or other minor symptoms – these can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
…somebody in my household has Coronavirus symptoms ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate

·         Household member to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test result

…the household member’s test is negative
…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate for 14 days

…14 days of self-isolation has been completed
…NHS Track and Trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate for 14 days

…14 days of self-isolation has been completed
…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

·         Provide information to school as per attendance policy

 

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed

·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate for 14 days

…the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed
…we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding ·         Do not come to school

·         Contact school as required by your Head of House

·         Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

… you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

 

Please follow our normal absence procedures by phoning the school absence line or emailing our attendance officer, Mrs Turner kturner@prospect.reading.sch.uk. We will continue to ensure that all teaching resources are uploaded to MS Teams so your child will be able to continue to work at home during this period and we will be in daily contact to support their learning.

Visitors to site

All visitors to the school site need to be kept to a minimum. Please do not come onto the school site unless you have a prior appointment with a member of staff. We will not be able to hand out forgotten items to students during the school day, so please do not bring these in. Wherever possible, meetings will be conducted remotely via Zoom or Teams.

Further Information

We appreciate that this will be a very significant change to the way school operated prior to the pandemic and that it will take time to get used to the changes. We do not know how long these arrangements will have to continue, but it seems likely that it will be for much, if not all, of the next academic year. We will be going through this information in Zoom meetings prior to the start of term, which will also give parents/carers an opportunity to ask further questions:

Year 7 and 8

Thursday 3rd September 3-4pm

Meeting ID: 919 8073 7899

Password: 5u722v

 

Repeated at 6-7pm

Meeting ID: 961 5001 5528

Password: 0u584h

Years 9-11

Wednesday 2nd September 6-7pm

Meeting ID: 968 1891 4167

Password: 5j716w

 

Repeated on Friday 4th September 3-4pm

Meeting ID: 974 1995 0903

Password: 3q064s

Additional Concerns

If you have any additional concerns, or feel that your child will need additional support in school to help them maintain our expectations, please contact either your child’s Head of House, or our SENCO, Mr Birk, jbirk@prospect.reading.sch.uk prior to the start of term.

As always, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support in these very unusual and challenging circumstances. I am confident that we have done everything that we can to ensure that school will be as safe as we can make it for students and staff in September and that we will be able to continue to deliver a very high standard of education to your children,

With warm regards,

Mr D Littlemore

Headteacher

 

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