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Small Group Teaching from 29th June 2020

Posted on: 10.06.20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are delighted to be able to welcome students in Year 10 and Year 12 back into school from Monday 29th June. It is particularly critical that students who will be facing public examinations next summer receive some much needed face-to-face contact with their teachers. These sessions will complement their online learning.

We are limited by the Government to having no more than 25% of these year groups in school on any one day. All students in these year groups will be expected to attend school in person for one day per week. You will each receive a separate ParentMail later this week giving specific details of when your son or daughter should attend and the lessons they will be having. Obviously, those who have been identified as clinically vulnerable, or who are self-isolating due to either having symptoms themselves (or having been in contact with someone with symptoms) should notify the Attendance Officer via this email address: m.smith2@thamesview.kent.sch.uk and remain at home.

Year 10 Lessons: Year 10 students will receive two 1 hour lessons per day in either English and Maths, Science and Humanities (Geography and History), or their options subjects. 

Year 12 Lessons:  Year 12 students will be given a blend of face to face lessons with their teachers that will take place on the school site and on-line learning.

We have also put in place a number of additional health and safety measures to support social distancing and to limit the spread of infection during these challenging times. These include:

  1. All students will be taught in classes of no more than 13 students.
  2. There will be staggered start and end times to the school day to minimise social contact.
  3. Each group of students will be housed in large spaces where the 2 metre distancing rule can be adhered to. The students in Year 10, the children of Key Workers, and the Sixth Form will be located in separate areas of the school building. They will also use separate entrances. Each area has its own designated toilets.
  4. All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitiser gel as they enter the school building.
  5. On arrival, Year 10 students, will maintain the 2-metre distancing rule and line up outside the main pedestrian gate heading towards main reception. Students will have their temperature checked, using an infrared thermometer, and if their temperature is above 37.8o C they will not be allowed to enter the school building and parents will be contacted to collect them from school immediately. Staff will also supervise the start and end of the school day. Year 10 students will be led into the school by a member of staff, either through the sports hall fire escape or the Discovery fire escape. The students will spend their lessons in the same room, at the same desk. These spaces will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of the school day. The staff will rotate between the learning areas. Each student will be provided with a laptop for use during the school day. This will be thoroughly sanitised at the end of each day. They will be issued with a notebook or exercise book for each of their subjects, which they should take home with them at the end of every day. Pupil notebooks will not be marked, to minimise the risk of infection.
  6. On arrival, Year 12 students should enter the school site via the gate near the Vocational Block and will maintain the 2-metre distancing rule. Students will have their temperature checked, using an infrared thermometer, and if their temperature is above 37.8o C they will not be allowed to enter the school building and parents will be contacted to collect them from school immediately. Staff will also supervise the start and end of the school day. Year 12 students will then enter the Vocational building via the main entrance and will be led up the stairs into their classrooms. Students will stay in their classroom for the whole school day. Each student will be provided with a laptop for use during the school day. This will be thoroughly sanitised at the end of each day. They will be issued with a notebook or exercise book for each of their subjects, which they should take home with them at the end of every day. Pupil notebooks will not be marked, to minimise the risk of infection.
  7. All students are expected to come to school with their full equipment. We will not be able to lend equipment to students, nor will students be able to lend equipment to each other.
  8. There is clear signage around the school to remind staff and students of the need for social distancing, hand washing, and the use of tissues. We will also have sanitising stations at the entrance to each teaching area and students WILL be require to sanitise their hands when they enter and exit this area.

School Uniform From Monday 29th June, we would also like all students, including the children who have been attending our Key Worker provision, to wear school uniform. However, students do not need to wear their blazers from now until the end of the Summer Term.

Free School Meals We will continue to provide FSM Vouchers to all families using the current provider. Key Worker students who are in receipt of Free School Meals will also be able to collect a lunch from the canteen.

School Site The school site will be closed to all parents, with the exception of the car park which may only be used to drop off or collect your son or daughter. Parent should remain in their car during drop off and collection times.

Reception The school reception will be closed to parents and visitors. If you need to contact the school reception, please do so via the school telephone number.

Water Please provide your son or daughter with a bottle of water to drink from during the school day. Our water fountains will not be in use in order to minimise the risk of infection.

Public Transport The current Government advice is “to avoid using public transport, where possible.” If it is not possible to avoid using public transport, members of the public are advised to ensure that they do everything they can to keep to social distancing rules on public transport, and wear a face covering. The Transport Secretary announced on Thursday 4th June that the wearing of a face covering on public transport is compulsory from Monday 15th June. It is our understanding that school buses will not be running at the moment, until further notice. We will keep you informed when this situation changes. Therefore, if it is possible for your son or daughter to make their way to school without using public transport, we would strongly advise them to do so.

Individual Medical Concerns We understand that you may have additional concerns about the return to school, particularly if you believe your son or daughter has medical issues. If you would like to discuss their individual needs further, please contact us via this email address: wellbeing@thamesview.kent.sch.uk.  We will then arrange to discuss these concerns with you on an individual basis.

Year 10 and Year 12 students should continue with their online learning, in addition to attending lessons in school. The current home learning arrangements in place for Year 7-9 students will continue until the Government advises us that it is safe to reopen for these additional year groups.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during these challenging times. We are really looking forward to welcoming Year 10 and Year 12 back into school in the week beginning Monday 29th June.

Yours Sincerely

Gsig

Mr G Rorke

Headteacher

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