12th August 2021

 

Dear Parent and Carers

Phased Return to School from Wednesday 25th August 2021 - Further Information

I hope that you have all been enjoying the weather this summer.  It’s been glorious.  You have no doubt been enjoying the Olympics and getting out and about. Whatever you have been doing, I hope that you are all safe and looking forward to the start of the new academic year.

I am writing today to confirm arrangements for the start of term.

 

Phasing back to school from Wednesday 25th August

Students returning to school need to complete 2 lateral flow tests in an accredited testing centre.  We have set up our test centre again at Ivanhoe and will be ready to start testing from Tuesday 24th August. This will affect the dates that students return to school.

In summary:

  • Year 7 students will return to school on Wednesday 25th August after testing on Tuesday 24th August.
  • Year 8 students will return to school on Tuesday 31st August after testing on Friday 27th August
  • Year 9 students will return to school on Wednesday 1st September and be tested in two groups:
    • Those on buses or private transport will be begin their testing from 8.15;
    • Those who walk should arrive at 12.30

Year 9 will then stay in school and attend normal lessons.

 

Students in Year 7 will be sent a letter and Year 8 will receive a message on MYED to attend an early test prior to their first full day in school.

A detailed outline is in the grid below

Please be reminded that if students are diaplying any symptoms of COVID -19, they must NOT attend school.

 

Date

Year Group

Who is in the building?

Wednesday 25th August

Year 7 full 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 will be collected and taken to the testing centre and then escorted to the new form room.
  • Students who walk to school – please arrive between 8.30 and 8.40 where  you will be greeted and taken up to the testing centre and then escorted back to your new form room

 

Year 7 students who have had a first lateral flow test should arrive between 8.15 and 8.30am (or on their school transport as normal) where they will be guided to the rear of the building to be greeted by their their tutors.

 

Thursday 26th August

Year 7 in school

Year 7 following normal timetable

Friday 27th August

Year 7 in school

Year 8 for testing

Year 7 following normal timetable and Test 2

Year 8 invited in for Test 1 then return home.

Bank Holiday Monday

Tuesday 31st August

Year 7 in school

Year 8 full return

Year 7 students in school, extended form time followed by a normal timetable

Year 8 students who have had a lateral flow test should arrive between 8.15 and 8.30am (or on their school transport as normal) where they will be guided to the rear of the building to be greeted by their their tutors. They will have their second test that day.

 

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

  • Students who arrive at school on a bus OR by a taxi / car will be collected and taken to the testing centre and then escorted to the new form room.
  • Students who walk to school – please arrive between 8.30 and 8.40 where you will be greeted and taken up to the testing centre and then escorted back to your new form room

 

 

Wednesday 1st September

Year 7 in school

Year 8 in school

Year 9 return in two phases being tested in school

Year 7 students in school with an extended form time then following normal timetable.

Year 8 students in school with extended form time then following normal timetable.

Year 9 students who arrive on the bus or take private transport attend school at normal time and will be escorted to the testing centre.

Year 9 students who walk to school arrive at 12.30 and will be led to the testing centre. Please ensure your child has already had lunch.

Thursday 2nd Sept

All students in school

All students following normal timetables.

 

Arriving at School Procedure

Students must arrive on site between 8.15 – 8.35am, unless arriving on a bus.  Students must walk directly to school and not congregate in groups. We require all students to be in their assembly points in the back playground by 8.35 to ensure a smooth start.

•             Year 7 students will assemble on the Tennis Courts

•             Year 8 students will assemble on the Playground

•             Year 9 students will assemble on the Astro turf pitch/field

During the school day

Timetable

Your child(ren) can find their Timetables on Moodle.  On their first days back in school, students will have extended form time with their tutor to run through some reminders about school routines and orgnanisational structures.

Breaks and Lunches

We  have decided to retain a split lunch to reduce queuing and give students more outside space to run around. Your child will be assigned their lunch and break slots on their timetable. 

Early break is at 10.00/Late Break at 11.00 – 20 mins

Early lunch is at 12.20/Late lunch is at 1.20 – 45 mins

Year 7 will always have early break and early lunch. 

Year 9 will always have late break and late lunch.

Year 8 breaks and lunches will vary on alternate weeks.

 

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. 

All students will need to attend school on their first day back wearing full uniform. Thereafter, on the days when your chils has PE we will expect students to come to school n their Ivanhoe PE kit. Your child should check their timetable to find out what days they have PE.

Your child will also need a warm waterproof coat so that they can remain outside for breaks and lunches.  All classrooms will continue to be well ventilated. 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 when the weather turns colder.

Equipment

Your child must bring to school every day:

  • A sturdy school bag – rucksacks are the best choice.
  • A waterproof coat;
  • A reusable water bottle;
  • A planner (which we provide);
  • A pencil case equipped with a black or blue pen plus spares, pencil, rubber, ruler, pink pen (no sharpeners please);
  • A small bottle of hand sanitiser is recommended if they have sensitivity issues;
  • 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.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitiser is recommended if they have sensitivity issues;
  • 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.

Departure from school

All walkers will be dismissed from class at 3.05. Those students who catch the bus will remain in classrooms until their bus is called.

Covid Mitigations

Masks

The new guidance does not require students to wear masks in school.  However, the bus companies are encouraging mask wearing on the school bus although it remains optional.

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.

Pre-recorded and directed tasks will be available if they are are self-isolating following a test.

Home testing

You may have seen in the government announcement that it is intended for students in secondary schools to be offered two home tests per week until the end of September.  The guidance states that once students have completed two lateral flow tests in school, they will transition to home testing.  Testing kits will be provided by school and your child will bring them home during their first week at school.

Hand washing/sanitising and Ventilation

We will continue to encourage students to handwash and use hand-sanitiser on entry to classrooms. Increased handwashing and ventilation across the school will be prioritized.  If your child is sensitive to hand sanitiser, please can you ensure they bring a small bottle of sanitiser with them.

 

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

Mr. Stevenson

a.stevenson@ivanhoe.co.uk

Miss Wright

Mrs. Cresswell

Year 8

Mrs Watson

r.watson@ivanhoe.co.uk

Mrs Hill

Mr Berrow

Year 9

Mr. Mills

s.mills@ivanhoe.co.uk

Mrs. Stewart

Mrs. Lane

 

Keeping in touch

Please make sure that we have your most up to date contact details – both phone number and email. The MyED app 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. 

All of the staff here at Ivanhoe are looking forward to welcoming our students back to Ivanhoe for the new term.

 

Kind regards and best wishes

Mrs. Allford

Headteacher

16 Aug 2021

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