Dear Parent/Carers

I hope that you and your family are well.

I wrote to you on Tuesday 2nd June following the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will start to reopen to Year 10 pupils from Monday 15th June.

I am now writing to confirm the date/s when your child will be required to attend school for masterclasses and support with their teachers in English and mathematics. Pupils will receive two 90 minute sessions of each subject three times before the end of this academic year.

Accompanying this letter (sent by post) are the details regarding when your child should attend. Please ensure that you are very clear and understand when they are expected to be in.

The other subjects will continue to be delivered and supported on line through Microsoft Teams and through the shared links on Starbank Secondary home learning page.  https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/secondary/secondary-home-learning/

It is essential that your child continues to study in readiness for their GCSE and/or vocational examinations in summer 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns about any aspects of your child’s wellbeing or education.

Arrival and departure arrangements

We are putting arrangements in place to keep pupils and staff safe. There are a number of changes to how we will organise the day. The personalised letter accompanying this information for your child, will explain the dates, arrival time, expected for their attendance to school as well as departure times. It is essential that all pupils are punctual to allow the smooth running of the day.

The Government’s advice is to avoid using public transport where possible. If your child travels to school by bus they must wear a face covering or mask for the journey, in line with Government guidance.

If you drive your child to school, please do not get out of your car when you drop your child off and leave straightaway, once you have left your child safely. Pupils should not be walking to school in groups.

Lesson arrangements

When pupils are in school, they will be arranged into small groups or ‘bubbles’ (groups no greater than 15) so as to restrict possible transmission of infection. The specific ‘bubble’ your child is in has been confirmed in your personalised letter. We will also be applying social distancing measures as far as possible, such as by arranging seating, so that individual pupils are separate from each other. Equipment will be provided for you, but it would be best if you arrived to school ready for work.

Break time

Pupils should bring in healthy snacks and a bottle of water to consume during their break time. They will be expected to remain in their seat, in their allocated teaching room, during their break.

Lunch arrangements

Lunch will not be provided as all pupils will leave before scheduled lunch break. All pupils who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive vouchers through the Government’s Edenred scheme.

Hygiene and safety

All pupils will need to wash their hands, or use the hand sanitizer that we will supply, as soon as they enter school, every time they use the toilet, before and after they eat at break time, and when they leave school. They will also wash their hands following lessons and in the event that they cough or sneeze.

We will ensure that materials used by pupils are disinfected after each individual uses them. Our cleaning staff will wipe down surfaces in the classroom, including tables and chairs, regularly during the day. We will ensure that toilets, washbasins and taps are thoroughly cleaned after each use.

Our school has completed a thorough health and safety risk assessment. This has been reviewed and approved by Star Academies and will be with Birmingham City Council by the end of this week, along with our broader risk assessment and reopening plan.

Expectations of pupils’ behaviour

We have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour when they return to school. Our rules continue to be based on the STAR values (shared with all pupils back in February) and have been developed to protect pupils and adults in the school. We expect pupils to show maturity and take responsibility for their own and each other’s safety. The pupil code of conduct, which is published on our website https://bit.ly/BehaviourAddendum as an addendum to the behaviour policy is as follows:

  • Arrive to school and leave to go home at the designated times using the designated entrance/exit route. Do not wait around for friends and do not congregate. Speak to a member of staff if your parent or carer normally collects you and is not on time.
  • Wash hands (or use sanitiser) upon entering and leaving school and after each lesson within the day. Wash hands regularly with soap and water during the day.
  • There must be no physical contact of any type at any time. This includes horseplay, hugging, handshakes etc.
  • Ensure that you ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when you cough or sneeze and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • There must be no coughing or spitting at or towards any other person.
  • The seating plan in the classroom is non-negotiable and is in place for the safety of each pupil. Stick to the seating plan. Do not move tables or chairs and do not leave your seat without speaking to the teacher.
  • Maintain a safe distance from others between and during lessons.
  • Break time will take place in your designated room where you will be able to eat the healthy snacks and drink water that you have brought with you.
  • Do not share belongings (food, stationery, books etc.) with others and do not handle other people’s belongings.
  • Use the toilet designated to you, when it is designated. Only enter the toilets if there is a free cubicle. On exiting the toilet, wash hands thoroughly.
  • If in a computer room, wipe the keyboard and mouse at the start of your lesson as instructed by the teacher.
  • You must tell an adult if you feel that you are suffering from a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Uniform

Pupils will be expected to wear their uniform to school. Their uniform should be washed ready to be worn for the next time the student is expected to be in school, to reduce the risk of carrying infection.

Pupils who are unwell

Any pupil who is unwell should remain at home.   If a pupil develops symptoms of COVID-19 in school (a new persistent dry cough, high temperature, change or loss of smell or taste) they will be taken to a medical room and you will be asked to collect them from school as soon as possible.

Pupils or staff who are tested positive for COVID-19

If a pupil or staff member is tested positive for COVID-19, then the whole bubble of which they are a part will be asked to stay away from school and self-isolate for 14 days. In this way, the possibility of disease transmission throughout the school will be reduced.

Pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable

If your child, or anyone in your household is clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore at high risk of becoming severely ill if they are infected by COVID-19, they will have received a letter from the NHS advising them to shield. In these circumstances, your child should not attend school. (Your child should not attend if anyone else in your house is clinically extremely vulnerable, even if your child does not have a severe medical condition themselves).

If your child is clinically vulnerable, you should take advice from a medical practitioner before sending them to school.

We understand that you may be feeling anxious about sending your child back to school. Please be assured that we will look after them. We very much want to welcome them back. Many things may have changed during the lockdown period but our commitment to working with you in the best interests of your child remains firm. We will, however, respect your decision and not take any action against you if you decide that you do not wish your child to return to school yet.

Please update us

If you are a key worker and require a place for your child (in any year group) to enable you to return to work, please contact Deputy Head Stuart Tonks using the email address, keyworker@starbank.bham.sch.uk  so that arrangements can be made. (Parents of pupils who are already attending school daily do not need to reapply.)

We also need to hear from you if your child is clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable, or if a member of your household is clinically extremely vulnerable. Please contact Deputy Head, Paul Walker using the email address, vulnerable@starbank.bham.sch.uk

Thank you once again for working in partnership with us and helping your child through this uncertain period. We remain committed to helping all our pupils to thrive and realise their potential.

Yours sincerely

Mr. G Ferrante
Secondary Headteacher

Year 10 Re-opening of school letter