17th August 2020
I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. I also want to take this opportunity to apologise to you if you feel we have not communicated with you enough regarding your child returning back to school in September. We were expecting another Government announcement last week regarding the full return of staff and students to school in September and we did not want to send out information earlier in the summer holidays and then have to change this after the Government announcement. It now appears, however, that there have been NO changes in the Government directive to get students and staff back into school.
As a school, we have made the decision to have as normal a school day as possible for all students and staff. We believe that it is really important that all students get back to their learning in a normal school environment, always ensuring that both staff and students are not at risk of infection. Students will be in ‘Year group bubbles’ which will rarely mix, and each year bubble will enter and leave the school at different times through different entrances/exits and have their lunch and breaktimes with their year group bubble ONLY. All students will be expected to wear their full school uniform have a school bag and school equipment. Ideally, they need to bring in their own water bottle and their own hand sanitiser. Staff will dress in formal professional attire. We believe that this familiarity will help both the staff and the students to get back into normal school routines, expectations of learning and behaviour.
We also recognise that the new Year 7 students have had NO opportunities to familiarise themselves with the school building and systems due to having no induction transition days. So, on Thursday 3rd of September ONLY Year 7 students will be in school. This means that your child in Years 8-11 is NOT expected into school until Friday 4th of September for a very short but important introduction session. Your child is expected to attend this session at the given time in FULL school uniform. During this session they will be given their school timetable and their Tutor will explain to them what precautions and systems are in place in order to keep them safe in school. They will also be given WHICH entrance and exit to use each day and WHAT time they are expected to come to school each day. Hopefully after this session, your child will feel more reassured and less anxious about coming back to school on Monday the 7th of September with the rest of the students.
Friday 4th of September
Years 8-11 on this day will enter and leave the school site through the MAIN STUDENT ENTRANCE at the front of the school at the following times.
Year 8 8.45am – 9.30am
Year 10 9.45am – 10.30am
Year 9 11.00am – 11.45am
Year 11 12.00pm – 12.45pm
As from Monday the 7th of September
Different Year group bubbles will enter and leave the school site from different entrances and at different times. This allows for more social distancing and making sure that the year group bubbles do NOT mix.
Staff will explain WHERE the Stiups Lane entrance is on Friday the 4th of September to students.
|Year Group||Entrance and Exit Points||Starting Time||Finishing Time|
|7||Main Student Entrance||8.30am||2.15pm|
|8||Stiups Lane gates||9.00am||2.30pm|
|9||Main Student Entrance||9.00am||2.30pm|
|10||Stiups Lane gates||8.45am||2.45pm|
|11||Main Student Entrance||8.45am||2.45pm|
It is very important that a year group knows their EXACT starting and finishing times. They will only be allowed to enter the school site at their year group bubble time and not before. I know this is NOT ideal if you have different children in different year groups. If students do arrive early for school, then they will be expected to wait away from the school site until it is their exact starting time. Staff who are on duty will tell students when they are allowed to enter the school site.
If you are wanting to drop off or collect your child from school, please make sure that you do NOT congregate near the school gates but agree a meeting point with your child away from the school site. This supports social distancing
On the website, I have also put on a frequently asked question sheet for ALL parents and students to read. Hopefully you will find this useful and it will reassure you about all the measures that we have put in place to protect students and staff at KPHS. We have made the decision to make the wearing of face masks OPTIONAL until further notice. This is to reduce anxiety and to reassure everyone. If your child is going to wear a mask, then it needs to be a face mask and NOT a face scarf
There has been a lot of planning and preparation done over recent months to prepare the school building for the safe return of all staff and students. We will expect everyone to wash their hands and sanitise frequently throughout the school day and there are lots of handwashing /sanitizing equipment around the school site. We have increased the cleaning systems and procedures in school. Staff and students will constantly be reminded throughout the school day to keep their social distance and to pass each other on the corridors quickly and safely. It is really important that we work together and support each other at this very difficult time.
A new Headteacher, Mrs Langley takes up post after the October half term. As from the 1st of September until Mrs Langley starts, the present Deputy Headteachers, Mr Carey and Mr Kolbuck will be the joint Headteachers of KPHS. I retire on the 31st of August, so I wish every success to Mrs Langley, the staff, students and the Governors. I’ve been very proud to be the Headteacher of KPHS for the last 10 years and I know I leave the school in very capable hands. Mrs Langley is an experienced Headteacher and is an inspirational and exceptional leader.
If you unsure about any aspect of this letter and the frequently asked question sheet, then please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times, it is greatly appreciated.