01 Mar 2021

Letter sent to parents on Friday 5th March

Dear Parent and Carers

Phased Return to School from 8th March – further information

Thank you for your support in early testing this week.  It was lovely to see the faces of students who we haven’t seen in so long, and I was proud to see all those students attended following the Ivanhoe Way behaviours before, during and after their tests. 

Further to my letter last week (which can be found below) I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents, carers and students of the school procedures for when we reopen next week – given most of our students have been away from school for a number of months.  Whilst this letter contains lots of information, please be assured that much of the guidance will be familiar, as it replicates the arrangements in place during the Autumn term. 

Phasing back to school during w/c  8th March

The full details of the phasing back to school, as confirmed last week, can be found in the following grid.  In summary:

 

  • Year 7 students will return from Monday 8th March;
  • Year 8 students will return from Tuesday 9th March;
  • Year 9 students will return from Wednesday 10th AND Thursday 11th March

 

Please be reminded that if students or members of their household are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they must NOT attend school.

 

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Year Group

Who is in the building?

Monday 8th March

 

Year 7 return

Year 7 students who still need a lateral flow test test will be staggered into school:

  • Students who arrive at school on a bus OR by a taxi / car – arrive at 8.30am.
  • Students who walk to school - arrive at 1pm.  Please ensure your child has already had lunch before arriving at school at 1pm.

 

Year 7 students who have had a lateral flow test should arrive at 8.30am (or on their school transport as normal).

 

Keyworker students and other students who have been invited to attend school throughout the lockdown period will attend school as agreed.

Tuesday 9th March

Year 8 return

Year 8 students who still need a lateral flow test test will be staggered into school:

  • Students who arrive at school on a bus OR by a taxi / car – arrive at 8.30am.
  • Students who walk to school - arrive at 1pm.  Please ensure your child has already had lunch before arriving at school at 1pm.

Year 8 students who have had a lateral flow test should arrive at 8.30am (or on their school transport as normal).

 

Keyworker students and other students who have been invited to attend school throughout the lockdown period will attend school as agreed.

Wednesday 10th March

Year 9 partial return

Year 9 students who still need a lateral flow test test will be staggered into school over two days:

 

  • Students who arrive at school on a bus OR by a taxi / car – arrive at 8.30am on Wednesday 10th March.

Year 9 students who walk to school and who still need a lateral flow test will not attend school until Thursday 11th March.

 

Year 9 students who have had a lateral flow test should arrive at 8.30am (or on their school transport as normal) on Wednesday 10th March.

 

Keyworker students and other students who have been invited to attend school throughout the lockdown period will attend school as agreed.

Thursday 11th March

All Year groups back

Year 9 students who walk to school and who still need a lateral flow test test: arrive at school at 9.30am.

 

All other students should attend school as normal.

 

Arriving at school - procedures

Students must arrive on site between 8.15 – 8.30am, unless arriving on a bus.  Students must walk directly to school and not congregate in groups. No cars should enter the school site to drop off or pick up children, unless permission has been granted from school. 

We require all students to be in their assembly points in the back playground by 8.30. This is earlier than our usual start time but it will allow us to safely manage transition in the building minimizing risk.  

•            Year 7 students will assemble on the playground

•            Year 8 students will assemble on the Astro Turf Pitch

•            Year 9 students will assemble on the Tennis Courts

During the school day

Hand washing and hand sanitising

Every child will be required to use hand sanitiser on entry to the building, on entry to every classroom and after break and lunch. Increased handwashing and ventilation across the school will be prioritized.

Timetable

Your child(ren) can find their Timetables on Moodle.  Please be aware that the timetables for the return to school are not the same as the remote learning timetables.  Please encourage students to check their timetables: some students may have PE on their first day(s) back.  On their first day back in school, students will have extended form time with their tutor. 

Breaks and Lunches.

As before, each year group bubble will have separate breaks and lunches. We have rearranged the school day to allow for two 30 minutes breaks: one in the morning and one at lunch time. Your child will be assigned their lunch slot on their timetable and it may vary each day. Please make sure that your child brings a snack for morning break.

  • First lunch: 11.45am
  • Second lunch: 12.25pm
  • Third lunch: 1.05pm

Tutor Group and Teaching Groups

Students will continue to be taught in half year groups in a particular zone of the school and teachers will move to them.  If students move round the building to specialised rooms they must use the one-way system.

The zones are:

Zones

Rooms

Toilets

7X:  Purple Zone

C1 - C4, D1 and Computing Room 1

Lower Corridor Main Block or M6 Toilets

7Y: Orange Zone

C10, C11, M6, M7, D6 and Computing Room 2

8X (was 8A):  Blue Zone

H2 – H6, D3

Upper Corridor Main Block

8Y (was 8E): Yellow Zone

C5 - C9, H1

9X (was 9A): Green Zone

M1 – M5, FLC 1 and 2

FLC Toilets or Changing Rooms

9Y (was 9E):  Red Zone

D2, D7, S3 – S6

Science Toilets

 

Each Year group has been assigned its own set of toilets for use during lessons in their zone. Any shared toilets used at break and lunch will be fogged (steam cleaning system) between sessions and we have introduced enhanced ventilation and cleaning systems in classrooms and across the building.

Uniform and equipment needed

Uniform and Equipment

We expect that all students to return in full school uniform including school shoes which comply with our uniform policy. https://www.ivanhoe.co.uk/policies/uniform-policy. A gentle reminder that all shoes must be plain black in leather or leather look and be able to be polished. We DO NOT accept trainers or canvas shoes.  On the days when your child has PE we will expect students to come to school in their Ivanhoe PE kit. 

 

School coats and school jumpers

Your child will need a warm waterproof coat so that they can remain outside for breaks and lunches.  All classrooms will continue to be well ventilated and as the weather is still cool (March is always described as ‘in like a lion; out like a lamb).  It is advisable to purchase the V neck Ivanhoe jumper to wear beneath the blazer or warm underwear so that your child remains at a comfortable temperature.

 

Equipment

Your child must bring to school every day:

  • Two face masks – one to wear and a spare. In line with the guidance from the government, all students (unless exempt from doing so) will be required to wear face masks during lessons and in shared communal areas at break and lunch.  Please ensure that your child has a comfortable and secure mask they can bring to school each day. 

Government guidance recommends a mask which ideally includes at least two layers of fabric: this guidance can be found here.  If students choose to wear disposable masks, they must be changed every day.  If students forget their masks, masks will be available to buy in school for £1 each (using Wisepay) or exchange for 25 house points.

A plastic bag or container to place their mask in during the school day;

  • A small bottle of hand sanitiser is recommended if they have sensitivity issues;
  • A reusable water bottle ;
  • A planner;
  • A Whiteboard, pen and rubber (previously supplied);
  • A pencil case equipped with a black or blue pen plus spares, pencil, rubber, ruler, pink pen (no sharpeners please);
  • An age appropriate reading book. At Ivanhoe, we are a reading school and our recent research into what constitutes to best progress and learning in all subjects has meant that reading is a priority in this next academic year and ongoing. Please support us and your child in developing or maintaining a regular reading habit by making sure that they always have their reading with them.  In order to aid smooth transitions in class, between subjects, we expect students to have a book “on the go” and to be reading quietly.

Departure from school

Departure from school will also be staggered for each group. Students must go directly home and not congregate in groups. 

  • Walkers in Year 7 will exit at 3pm
  • Walkers in Year 8 will exit at 2.55pm
  • Walkers in Year 9 will exit at 2.50pm

Those students who catch the bus will remain in classrooms until their bus is called.

Self-isolation and home testing

Self-Isolation

If your child is required to self-isolate at home, they will return to their Ivanhoe Remote Learning portal and continue with the work that students in school will be doing. They must check their emails every day if they feel well enough to do so and continue to hand in work as advised by their teachers.

As we return to school on the 8th March, the current home learning provision will change. We will no longer have live lessons, but pre-recorded and directed tasks will be available as students phase back to school; or if they are are self-isolating following a test or being identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Home testing

You may have seen in the government announcement about the reopening of schools that it is intended for students in secondary schools to be offered two home tests per week.  The guidance states that once students have completed three lateral flow tests in school, it is envisaged that they will transition to home testing.  We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education on this – please expect more details on home testing and home test kits to follow once students are back in school.

Staying in touch

Contact with school

Meetings with staff must be by prior arrangement. Your child’s tutor will be the first port of call for any queries.

Pastoral  Support

Overall Responsibility – Mr Bellmore g.bellmore@ivanhoe.co.uk

Year Group

Head of Progress

Care and Guidance support managed by Mrs Sharpe

Senior Staff Linked to Year group

Year 7

Mrs. Watson

r.watson@ivanhoe.co.uk

Mrs. Hill

Mr. Berrow

Year 8

Mr. Mills

s.mills@ivanhoe.co.uk

Mrs. Stewart

Mrs. Lane

Year 9

Mr. Stevenson

a.stevenson@ivanhoe.co.uk

Mrs. Wright

Mrs. Cresswell

 

Keeping in touch

Please make sure that we have your most up to date contact details – both phone number and email. In the event of your child presenting with COVID symptoms, or if they are identified as a close contact of a member of the school community who tests positive for COVID-19, we will need a family member or carer to be available to collect your child as soon as possible.

Please download the MyED app ready to receive notifications from us once your child returns – this is the best way to receive information about recent updates and reminders from school.

I hope this information is a useful reminder of the procedures in place at school, and reassures you that keeping our school as COVID safe as possible is our upmost priority.  We will continue as far as possible to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination.  We cannot eliminate risks entirely, but our safety measures will continue and our changed procedures will mitigate any these risks.

Myself and all of the staff here at Ivanhoe look forward to welcoming our students back to Ivanhoe next week.

Kind regards and best wishes

Mrs. Allford B A Hons, PGCE, NPQH

Headteacher

 

 

 


Letter sent to parents on Friday 26th February

Dear Parent and Carers, 
 
Phased Return to School from 8th March 
 
I am writing today to give you some important updates about how we will ensure a safe phased return to school for all students and staff from 8th March, following the announcement from the Prime Minister earlier in the week.   We are very pleased to be welcoming students back.  
 
Much of the guidance from the Department for Education (DFE) on reopening schools is familiar to Ivanhoe, as it replicates the arrangements in place during the Autumn term.  We will continue as far as possible to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination.  We cannot eliminate risks entirely, but our safety measures will continue and our changed procedures will mitigate these risks. 
 
There are two key main changes to our existing safety measures for when students return to school: 
 
1) All students (unless  exempt from doing so) must wear a mask during lessons; 2) Lateral flow tests will be conducted for all consenting students as part of the return to school  
 
Face masks 
 
In line with the guidance from the government, all students (unless exempt from doing so) will be required to wear face masks during lessons and in shared communal areas at break and lunch.  Please take this time prior to the return to school to ensure that your child(ren) has a comfortable and secure mask they can bring to school each day.  Students will be asked to bring a mask to wear, as well as a spare. 
 
Lateral flow tests 
 
The most recent guidance from the government has made it clear that secondary schools must prioritize testing of all students on their return.  We will test your child – with your permission – three times when they return to school. Thereafter, you will be sent tests to administer at home twice a week.  We will send parents more details on home testing when we receive further guidance from the Department from Education on this process. 
 
Please allow your child to take part in the lateral flow tests.  You will have been sent a message about giving permission: if you did not receive this message, please contact school ASAP.  Lateral flow tests are an additional risk mitigation step to ensure we keep students and our community safe on their return to school.  The more students and staff tested, the safer our community is – and the more asymptomatic students we can identify, the more chance we will have to minimize the spread.  Staff in school have been trained on administering the tests, and we are ready to accommodate more students when we return. 
 

 To enable the logistical challenge of conducting lateral flow testing to all consenting students, the government has given schools the discretion on how to stagger the return of their students over the week beginning 8th March to allow them to be tested on return.  The return to school will therefore be phased to allow us time to administer Lateral Flow Tests.   
 
Remote learning (through pre-recorded and directed tasks) will continue to be delivered until each year group of students fully return to school.  Keyworker students and other students who have been invited to attend school throughout the lockdown period will not require additional lateral flow testing.  Keyworker students and other students who have been invited to attend school should attend school as agreed during w/c 8th March until their full year groups return to school as normal. 
 
The full details of the phasing back to school can be found on the following pages, but in summary: 
 

  •  Year 7 students will return from Monday 8th March
  • Year 8 students will return from Tuesday 9th March
  • Year 9 students will return from Wednesday 10th AND Thursday 11th March 

 
Please take the time to read the information at the end of this letter that details the timings of when each child will return to school. 
 
We intend to begin testing of some students prior to 8th March in order to speed up the phase of return to school.  Parents / carers will receive an invitation via the MyEd app to book a lateral flow test for your child(ren); if you can ensure that your child(ren) can safely get to school for a test, and immediately return home, on the dates listed below:  
 

  • Year 7 students will be invited in for testing on Wednesday 3 March
  • Year 8 students will be invited in for testing on Thursday 4th March
  • Year 9 students will be invited in for testing on Friday 5th March  

 
The testing appointments will be spaced out across the day to minimize the chance of mingling.  It is important that once tested your child returns straight home and wait for the results.  
 
More information on the tests from 3rd – 5th March can be found on the following page.   
 
Uniform and Equipment Please take the time next week to try on uniform ready for return to school. We expect that all students to return in full school uniform including school shoes which comply with our uniform policy: https://www.ivanhoe.co.uk/policies/uniform-policy. A gentle reminder that all shoes must be plain black in leather or leather look and be able to be polished. We DO NOT accept trainers or canvas shoes.   On the days when your child has PE  we will expect students to come to school in their Ivanhoe PE kit.   
 
I will write again next week to update you on our more detailed plan for the return to school.  If you haven’t done so already, please download the MyED app ready to receive notifications from us – this is the best way to receive information about recent updates and reminders from school.  
 
Kind regards and best wishes 
 
 
Mrs. Allford B A Hons, PGCE, NPQH Headteacher 

 

 

 

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