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Return to School - Changes to timetable

We are making adjustments to the school day for different year groups. This is to allow us to facilitate specific school activities for certain year groups. These changes may impact your child’s start and finish time each day. Each year group is being briefed about these changes and will know when their start and end time is, which gate they should be entering and exiting the school from and when their break times are.

 

Year Group Arrive Break Lunch Line up/Leave
7

2nd Floor (Rm 201-207)

Stepney Way Staircase

8.30-8.40

(Bromley Street gate)

After Period 1 (10.00-10.20)

West Playground

Senior playground and white canopy

After Period 3 (12.20-12.50)

West Playground

Senior playground and white canopy

Food: 2nd Floor

14.50-15.00

(Bromley Street gate)

8

3rd Floor (Rm 301-308, 314-315)

Central Staircase

8.30-8.40

(Stepney Way gate)

After Period 1

(10.00-10.20)

East Playground

After Period 3

(12.20-12.50)

East Playground

Food: East Hatch

14.50-15.00

(Stepney Way gate)

9

1st Floor (Rm 101-108) 

Central Staircase

8.30-8.40

(Copley Street gate)

After Period 1

(10.00-10.20)

West Playground

MUGA and red canopy

After Period 3

(12.20-12.50)

West Playground

Food: 1st Floor

14.50-15.00

(Copley Street gate)

10

Red Block

(Rm 109-11, 208-210, 309-313, GO5-6)

8.50-9.00

(Copley Street gate)

After Period 2

(11.00-11.20)

West Playground

After Period 4

(13.20-13.50)

West Playground

Food: 1st Floor (back entrance)

15.10-15.20

(Copley Street gate)

11

All Saints Block

8.50-9.00

(Bromley Street gate)

After Period 2

(11.00-11.20)

East Playground

After Period 4

(13.20-13.50)

East Playground

Food: East Hatch

15.10-15.20

(Bromley Street gate)

12

St Dunstan Block

8.50-9.00

(Reception entrance)

After Period 2

(11.00-11.20)

Off site

After Period 4

(13.20-13.50)

Off site

Food: Sixth Form Cafe

15.10-15.20

(Reception entrance)

13

4th Floor

Stepney Way Staircase

8.30-8.40

(Stepney Way Gate)

After Period 1

(10.00-10.20)

Off site

After Period 3

(12.20-12.50)

Off site

Food: Sixth Form Cafe

14.50-15.00

(Stepney Way Gate)

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

We have also completed a comprehensive risk assessment to ensure that we are COVID compliant (view risk assessment on the policies page). This is a working document that will be reviewed and updated regularly and as needed. All updates will be posted on the school website and where necessary families will be informed of any changes that will affect them.

Attendance

As per government guidance all students are expected to be in school full time, and the attendance policy will be followed as usual.

Any students experiencing COVID symptoms should stay at home for 10 days and take a COVID test. Parents should contact the School Attendance Officer immediately to explain why your child is not attending school. If your child has tested positive for Coronavirus please inform the school immediately, and continue with the quarantine. If the result is negative, your child should return to school the next day.

If your child is having to self isolate after coming in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus and your child has developed COVID-like symptoms, they should self isolate for a period of 14 days and a test should be taken as soon as possible. If the test proves negative, your child should return to school the next day. If positive, your child should quarantine for the remainder of the 14 days.

The symptom and suspected cases flowchart shows what steps need to be taken by parents. This document can be found on the last page of the risk assessment document.

First Aid and Medical Needs

Support will continue for any students with a healthcare plan. Parents are reminded to ensure that students carry any relevant medication with them at all times in case it is needed at school, during sporting activities or on their way to and from school. In addition, spare medication must be provided to the school’s Medical Coordinator and will be stored in the medical room in case of emergencies. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that an adequate supply of medication is supplied to the school, and to check expiry dates regularly.

Any students who begin to experience or develop COVID-like symptoms during the school day will be sent to the medical office immediately. If concerned, the Medical Coordinator will contact parents and advise on the next steps.

Entry and Exit Information

In order to support social distancing, there are no common waiting areas in the school for students to use before or after school. It is important that students arrive within their arrival window. Similarly, students should not be waiting on the school site or around the school site for friends from their own or other year groups. If students need to wait for siblings from other year groups, we ask that families talk through this with their children at home, and arrange a local meeting point away from the school site where siblings can meet before going home together.

Each year group will be briefed about which entry and exit gate they will use when they arrive and are dismissed. If parents have arranged to collect their child from school, we ask that they do not collect students from the gate. Instead they should arrange a meeting point away from the school site to avoid over crowding.

Punctuality

Students should be on time every day and should arrive to school within their allocated arrival window. We ask that parents discuss routines at home to ensure that their child wakes up and is ready and fed for school in good time. Lateness has a negative impact and eats into learning time.

If a student does arrive late, they should report to the school reception on Bromley Street and sign in. Once signed in, they should make their way as quickly as possible to join their lesson.

Behaviour

We have every confidence that students will follow and adhere to the new rules and processes, and an outline of the addendum to the behaviour policy will be given to all students and is also available to view on the policy section of our website. Behaviour that falls below our usual high standards, especially those surrounding hygiene will be dealt with in accordance to the behaviour policy.

Uniform and Equipment

Uniform Update:

We anticipate that the patches for the school blazers with the new school logo will arrive just after half term. Following this we will be holding uniform appointments in school for all new year 7 students, to be fitted and to purchase a new school blazer. We will also be asking students in years 8 – 11 to bring their blazers in to school for a timetabled slot, where we will be ironing cover patches on to their existing blazers. We will send out further details at the start of the new term.

Students should continue to wear a white shirt, mid-grey trousers/skirt, year coloured tie and sensible school shoes. The ID card lanyard and a sensible facemask is also part of the school uniform until further notice, and your child should be wearing this in school every day.

The mid-grey V-neck jumper is optional. Students who wish to wear a jacket to school may wear a smart black or navy jacket or coat to and from school. The coat should not be worn on school premises.

The guidance for PE remains the same for the Autumn term. On the days where students have PE lessons, they should arrive to school in their PE kit. The changing facilities in school we be closed based on government guidance. This means that students should arrive to school in their PE kit, complete all lessons in their kit and go home in their kit. As the old PE kit was branded, we ask students to wear a plain red PE t-shirt and navy PE tracksuit bottoms. If students do not have this colour kit, they may wear a plain t-shirt and tracksuit bottom (not leggings or running tights) of a different colour as long as the colour and fit are both appropriate. On these days, students will obviously be wearing suitable PE trainers for their PE lesson. This is the only time that students should be wearing trainers.

We hope that all students in years 7-11 will be in their full school uniform with the school blazer by the end of the Autumn term. We will write to you again once the new PE kit and school jumper is available for you to purchase, or swap with any 2019 SJCR branded uniform.

Water fountains are still available for students to use, however students will need to bring a reusable and labelled drinking bottle to fill up from the fountains. The water fountains should be used for filling up water bottles only, students should not drink directly from the fountains.

Students should be equipped with what they need in all lessons. In their school bag they should have black or blue ball point pens, pencils, a rubber and a ruler. It is useful for students to have equipment such as highlighter and glue sticks also.

ID cards will be issued to every student and must be worn at all times. ID cards will be used in place of the finger scan system when paying for meals. The ID card is a new addition to the school uniform, and students will need to pay a replacement fee of £5 should they require a replacement.

Face Masks

Face masks must be worn when moving around the school. This is due to the fact that our corridors are narrow with low ceilings. Once outside the building and in lessons these do not need to be worn. Face masks should be appropriate and not have a slogan written on them. If students are wearing a reusable facemask, guidance suggests that this should be stored in a plastic bag when it is not being used to prevent it from getting dirty or picking anything up from surfaces. Reusable facemasks should be washed regularly at home.​

Hygiene and Social Distance

Staff have been advised to maintain, where possible, a distance of 2 metres from students for the majority of the time. Staff are able to work more closely with students to support them in learning during the course of the lesson where needed. Staff will be provided with face masks and/or face shields on request, so students may see these being worn by teachers in lesson.

We have installed additional hand washing troughs in each playground and additional sanitising stations around the school and in each classroom to ensure that students can wash and sanitise their hands regularly, and we will encourage them to wash their hands when entering the building, prior to eating and when leaving the building to reduce the risk of any potential spread. Classrooms have been arranged to be forward facing towards the board. We also want to re-iterate the importance of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ to reduce any spread of COVID.

Students should not use toilets during lessons. Extra cleaning times are in place to ensure that these are ready for use during break and lunch times. Students need to plan their day to ensure that they have used the toilet before school and, when needed, at break and lunch times.

Catering

We have put in place zoned eating and playground areas. In addition we now have hand washing troughs in both playgrounds to encourage hand washing at the start and end of the school day, and also at lunch and break times. In order to ensure that all of the students are fed and can move about their zones safely, we have modified the food menus on offer. The lunch menu can be viewed here.  For the short to medium term, we will not offer any breakfast or break time provision. Should students want a snack at break time, they should bring this to school with them. It remains the case that students are also able to bring packed lunches to school and they will be able to eat these in their playground zones.

As mentioned, all food will need to be paid for or free school meals claimed using the new student ID cards. For families who pay for lunches, please ensure that you have logged in to Parent Pay and have ensured that your child has enough money on their account to pay for food. This will ensure that the shortened lunchtimes run smoothly.

The new timings for the school day means that there is only a 30 minute lunch, so students need to be organised and ensure that they have eaten, been to the toilet and washed their hands in time so that they are prepared for the afternoon in school.

Extension Classes and Extra Curricular Activities

We are recommencing our enrichment programme at Stepney All Saints. The importance of activities beyond academic work must not be underestimated. Extracurricular activities complement our students’ studies to develop as well-rounded individuals. Indeed, countless studies demonstrate that students who participate in enrichment activities have a marked improvement in their grades. This can be attributed to skills they learn such as better time management to accommodate their hobbies and class activities, better organisational skills and a boost in their self-esteem. Skills learnt in clubs such as debate can be applied in the classroom too, as students learn how to express themselves better. In addition, students can make new friends with similar interests and can take up activities which are new to them.

We will operate clubs within the year bubbles. The full programme will be shared immediately after the half term break and we will advertise this via the school website and social media. Please encourage your child to participate.

Visitors

In order to minimise the risk of spread, and in line with government guidance, all schools are to limit visits to the school site as much as possible. Consequently, parents will not be allowed to visit the school site to drop off items for their children. Please use this as an opportunity to help your child to organise themselves each evening to ensure that they have everything that they need for school the next day. Should there be a need for a member of staff, such as a Head of Year to meet with a parent specifically, details of how to access the school site will be given to ensure that all parties are working with each other safely.

An accurate record of any essential visitors will also be kept in order to support the government’s track and trace system.

Any communications with the school can be made via telephone or email.

Communications with Parents

In our bid to go paperless and also to avoid the possible spread of Coronavirus, we aim to communicate with parents primarily via email and phone calls. It is your responsibility as parents/carers to ensure that the school has the correct contact information so that we can communicate with you efficiently.