25th June 2020
RE: Year 12 Academic Supplementary Provision Phase 3 – subject to government guidance
Dear Parent /Carer,
It was wonderful to see the Year 12 students who attended our phase 2 provision this week. We hope that your son/daughter found the experience to be worthwhile and useful, the feedback from the students on the day certainly indicated this to be the case.
We are now in a position to provide you with further information about how your child can access Phase 3: In-School Subject Specific Support.
Phase 3 – In-School Subject Specific Support
In addition to MSTeams students are ALSO invited to attend a further 2 one-hour onsite sessions per subject. These will be aimed at providing personalised academic support with a specialist teacher to supplement the online learning.The arrangements will be very similar to this week, with the timings and routes detailed below. We have tried to minimize the risk of sessions clashing but if you are affected by a subject clash please contact CE@bodmincollege.co.uk and we will endeavour to arrange an alternative.
Students should arrive promptly at the designated start time using only the designated route. For students that have more than one session in the day and wish to stay onsite, we have arranged a limited number of socially distanced work stations in the 6th Form Common Room. See below for details.
Remote learning will continue for all students with the introduction of MSTeams alongside the current provision on SMHWK (now Satchel One).
Students with more than one scheduled session:
For students who have more than one scheduled session in a day and wish to stay on site, we have arranged a limited number of socially distanced work stations in the 6th Form Common Room. Students staying onsite should use only the Common Room area and 6th Form Garden. Students should bring packed lunch. Lunches can be pre-ordered if required and will be delivered to the Common Room.
Arrangements remain the same as Phase 2. We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, parents may not want their child to access this support and may decide not to send them into school. No action will be taken against parents or carers who make this decision. However, you will be notified in the usual way if your child is absent for safeguarding and courtesy reasons, this will apply even if you have informed us that they will not be attending.
Government guidance has now changed allowing students with medical conditions to attend if the parent wishes. Our social distancing and hygiene arrangements are stringent and in line with government guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#parents-and-schools-with-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-children
Please do not send your child in if they or anyone in your household has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with symptoms.
Check the guidance for further information and advice on testing. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Safety and Hygiene:
We have implemented the following protection measures to minimise the chance of infection:
- We are still maintaining 2m social distancing throughout college.
- Maximum of 8 students at each entrance and in each classroom at any one time.
- Staggered start times to ensure this.
- Classrooms have been arranged with 8 desks spaced at least 2m.
- Supervised sanitising or hand-washing facilities at each entrance.
- Desks, chairs and surfaces are minimal and cleaned thoroughly between sessions.
- Tissues and bins available for ‘catch-it, bin-it, kill-it’.
- One-way contraflow system to prevent passing in corridors.
- Pastoral support team on hand to support and reassure students.
We ask all students to acknowledge, the importance of following instructions and adhering to these measures.
For social distancing reasons, we would encourage students to walk, cycle or arrive by car (not car-sharing). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer school buses at this time. We would discourage public transport if possible but if this is your only option, we would advise reading the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers Any students travelling on public transport should remove their face-covering when they arrive at school and place it in a plastic bag.
Students must ensure that they respect social distancing rules on the journey to and from school. We will be unable to accommodate students who arrive in groups not adhering to the 2m distance.
Equipment, Uniform & PPE:
Students should bring their own pens, pencils, planner/notebook. Sharing of equipment is not advised.
Students should be dressed appropriately for college, in clothes that are easily washed at the end of the day.
Government guidance states that PPE is not required and should not be worn in school as all social distancing measures and hygiene measures are in place. PPE used incorrectly can increase the risk of infection.
Our phone lines are now open between the hours of 10am-12noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to reduced staffing, waiting times may be longer than usual and we would still encourage you to use the contact us page of the website. If you need to contact us in an emergency please use the Duty SLT mobile 07826 637935. This is for emergencies only and not general enquiries.
I hope this provides all the information that you need regarding Phase 3 and that these additional face-to-face in school sessions will provide our Year 12 students with the support they need to get the best out of their remaining remote learning provision for this academic term. Staff will continue to provide personalised virtual support and we hope that we will be able to welcome all students back on a full-time basis in September. We still await government guidance regarding the new academic year, but please be assured that we will be in touch as soon as possible.
In the meantime, thank you once again for your continued support and understanding.
Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams