Issue 21- Parent Bulletin 5th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have all watched with anguish as events in the US have developed this week. The battle against inequality of all kinds is at the core of our mission here at AGFS. Protest alone is not enough, we need to move on to strategy and action. Education is that action and within this field, I am proud of the work we are doing at AGFS. Our resolve to keep our community safe and provide a high-quality education for all of our students has never been higher.
The Government confirmed that from June 15th, secondary schools can offer some face-toface support in school to year 10 students only. We are really looking forward to having some students back at school and being able to see them in person. However, our live online learning provision will continue to be the main form of education that students receive for the remainder of this academic year.
If your child is already attending our community classrooms for key worker and vulnerable students, they can continue to do so regardless of which year group they are in. If your child has specific health vulnerabilities, they should not come to school. Further details are available here. Our plan for the remainder of this academic year is as follows (also see further detailed information contained lower down within this bulletin):
- Week beginning 8th June: Students graduate into the next year group and follow their new timetable of lessons online. Community Classrooms continue.
- Week beginning 15th June: All students continue with online learning.
- Week beginning 22nd June: Years 9 and 10 completed end of year examinations on exams.net and normal lessons are suspended. Lessons for Years 7 and 8 will continue where they will complete an ‘examined activity’. Year 10 students will be invited into school in small groups for pastoral mentoring sessions with school leaders (Year 10 parents will be contacted separately).
- Week beginning 29th June: As above. Week beginning 6th July: Remote lessons resume. Assessment review and refinement activities.
- Week beginning 13th July: Last week of term. Students will receive end of year reports (email and post) including knowledge gap analysis and summer work will be issued.
We have already undertaken a great deal of detailed work to put in place the measures needed to make school as safe as it can be for our students and staff. In line with government guidance, no more than 25 per cent of Year 10 are permitted to be in at any one time, and they must remain two metres apart from each other. The time students arrive and leave school will be staggered.
We all have a role to play to stop the spread of infection. Current NHS guidance states that if any student has symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild, they must not come to school. If a student shows any symptoms at school, we will contact their parents or carers so we can send them home. Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate and stay at home for at least 7 days from when the symptoms started and they should immediately arrange to have a Coronavirus test. Everyone in the household of someone with symptoms must stay at home for 14 days, or until they receive a negative test result - they should not go to work, school or use public transport or taxis. Nobody should go out even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise must be taken at home.
If a student’s test is negative, they can come back to school. If the test is positive, they cannot come back to school until they have recovered, the minimum time they must stay at home is 7 days. If your child has a Coronavirus test, you must let us know the result as soon as possible.
All the information about what to do if you have symptoms is available on the Government website here.
At school, we will make sure that students follow the strict hygiene measures required and that they wash their hands often. Please make sure that your child understands how important it is for everyone to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water and that they cough and sneeze safely into a tissue or their elbow.
This has been a challenging time for everyone. We know that some of our Year 10 students may be anxious about coming back into school, some may have had relatives who have been ill with the virus, others may have been bereaved. We will do our very best to make sure that all students are supported and enjoy popping back into school. Please do let us know if your child might need some extra help and support.
Our teachers and school staff have worked incredibly hard to put all the measures needed in place to make our school safe, we really appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we made our plans. I look forward to seeing our Year 10 students back at school very soon. In the meantime, thank you for continuing to support your child from home with online learning and submission of work. I will update all year groups with arrangements for September as soon as government guidance is published.
Mr Spiers, Headteacher