I am delighted to update you with even more positive news, following the Chief Minister’s announcement yesterday evening.
We are ready to welcome all students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 back to school from Monday 22 June. The school will operate almost normally, subject to a few extra protocols, e.g. regarding hygiene and illness. I must reiterate that if your son/daughter has any potential symptoms of Coronavirus, you must not send them to school and must follow public health advice.
As per the previous letter, we will be encouraging students to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day; when they arrive at school, before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and if they sneeze or cough, and I would ask you to promote these enhanced hygiene measures at home, too.
The Minister of Education has been clear that attendance at school is optional until September. We suggest that it will benefit students greatly to choose to attend, particularly now the school experience will be so much closer to normal. Due to their own or family circumstances, some students may be unable to do so. If this is the case please let us know. We will seek to support students learning from home as best we can, recognising that our main focus is shifting back to classroom-based teaching and learning.
We have been informed that normal school buses will operate from 22 June, and the school canteen will re-open too. School uniform will be optional for the remainder of this term.
We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter back to school. If you have questions please contact us.
Mr K Winstanley