Thank you for all you have continued to do this term to keep your children and families safe and well, and to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As we go in to the summer holiday, here are some brief notes which we hope will support you to prepare your child for coming back to school in September.
When is the first day back at school?
For nearly all pupils, this will be Wednesday 2nd September.
For the pupils who may require chest or oral suctioning, this may be slightly later. Over the last few weeks, in response to new NHS guidelines about aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), we have been in discussion with the LA and NHS commissioners and service managers about suction room provision and ventilation, and about specific PPE (and training/fitting for this) for identified staff. These discussions will be ongoing for the next few weeks, and at the moment sadly this matter is out of our hands. We would like to reassure you that we and the LA have been doing, and will continue to do, everything we can to enable these pupils to access school. For these pupils, we will therefore contact you in the last week of the holiday (week beginning Mon 24th August), to update you.
If for any reason your child is not able to return at the very beginning of September, we will discuss with you the ways in which we will support your child’s learning at that time, for example through weekly contact and personalised learning packs.
What about LA Transport?
City and County Transport Services are currently planning to transport the pupils in their Key Stage pod ‘bubbles’, so in vehicles alongside pupils in their own age group. But Transport are still working on this. This might mean that pick-up and drop-off times are different from before. Transport will contact you towards the end of the holiday, but if you need to contact them before then, the contact details are:
Nottingham City Transport Services: 0115 876 1780 (Patricia Bennett)
Notts County Transport: 0115 977 3493 (Linda Blaney)
What if I transport my child myself?
We will ask you to bring and collect your child at the same time as the LA Transport for your child’s ‘bubble’. We will confirm this time in the week beginning Mon 24th August.
We will ask you to wait with your child outside the school entrance, along the 6th Form pod wall, in a socially distanced way.
What measures are school putting in place in September to protect my child?
We will be publishing our risk assessment on the website as soon as the draft has gone through due process. We have already discussed this in detail with the LA Schools Health and Safety Manager and Governors, and have taken in to account some of the questions you have been asking in your weekly phone calls with class teachers. In brief, in addition to the transport arrangements, the key measures are:
Will NHS Health staff be in school?
The Complex Health Needs Team will be in school. Our understanding is that Physios and OTs will be working with pupils in school in a clinical capacity, and SaLT if a specific need for face-to-face intervention is identified. Here is a reminder of some important phone numbers for NHS Health staff:
How can I best prepare my child for September?
What if I have any questions?
I appreciate that this time continues to bring many challenges for families, and hope that you find helpful the attached/enclosed flyer from Nottingham City Council about support for children, young people and families over the holiday period. In September, the School Meals Service will be up and running for school dinners again.
Once again, thank you so much for your continued support. As I said in the assembly this morning, we are all really looking forward to seeing the pupils again in September!
Patricia Lewis (Headteacher)