Return to School Sept 2020

We are very excited to welcome you all back to Eaglewood school this week. Whilst some of you were able to attend many of you have not been with us for many months. I must congratulate all of you for your efforts and commitment to your studies since the Government closed the school to most students back in March.

It is now time to resume normal school, attend every day, and catch up on the work we have all undoubtedly missed. To help you prepare for this we have put together the following information to help you settle quickly and to allow us to ensure we all stay safe.

Some things will be the same but some things will be different and will have to remain different until the virus threat has passed. You will have the chance on Monday to discuss all of this with your tutor and to let us know about any worries you may have about returning to school.

What do I need to bring to school?

From September, you will be expected to come to school every day. You will be able to have lessons in all of your subjects. You will need to be correctly dressed in your full school uniform and you are expected to bring your own equipment so that you are ready to learn.

In the past Eaglewood School has had a dress down Friday for staff and students. This was put in place to make students more comfortable for outdoor education and sporting activities which historically were designated on a Friday. This year, outdoor education activities will take place on different days of the week for different classes and as such there will be no dress down Friday. Students will be expected to arrive at school each day in full school uniform. On the day where a student has outdoor education activities then they are expected to bring suitable clothing with them

It would also be useful to bring a water bottle as we will be unable to share cups.

Do I need to bring hand sanitiser?

Yes please. We ask that you bring your own hand sanitiser to school and use it regularly. Each classroom will also have hand sanitiser available. Students and staff are expected to use hand sanitiser at the start and end of every lesson and all desks will be wiped down at the end of the lesson. The school will provide the wipes. We have also employed additional cleaners to clean the site during the day as well as doing their usual thorough clean at the end of each day concentrating on areas frequently touched.

Do I need to wear a mask?

We will always follow the latest Government guidance in regard to wearing face coverings. This currently states that it is not necessary to wear face coverings when you are in school as there are many other things we will be doing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading. However, if you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask to and from school, in corridors, between lessons and when it may be harder to maintain a 2-metre gap, then you are welcome to do so. In order to ensure lessons are as productive as possible, we will be asking you to remove your masks when you are sat at your desks in lessons.

When is my first day back at school?

Your first day back is Tuesday 8th September 2020, you will have been in school the day before for your Pupil Review meeting with your Tutor. You will be expected to be in school all day, every day. Lessons will happen as normal with class groups moving between rooms each period. We will be operating as a whole school bubble so we do not need to keep classes separate from each other, although it is good practice to minimise the number of contacts of less than 2 metres with others.

What about break and lunch time?

Breaks and lunch time will operate as normal with the younger students going slightly earlier than the upper school. The biggest difference will be that from Tuesday, a hot meal will be available to all students. This must be taken sat down. No one is to walk around the school eating. On the days you have Outdoor Education a packed lunch will be provided by the school.

Will I have PE lessons as normal?

Yes, PE will stay the same, except we are introducing an exciting new range of activities this year. PE lessons will be outside where at all possible. It might be worth bringing a PE kit to change into to avoid getting you uniform hot and sweaty.

Will we still go offsite for Outdoor Education?

This year each class has timetabled outdoor education activities one afternoon a week. On this day students are still expected to arrive at school in full uniform and are expected to bring a change of clothes. The outdoor sessions will run every week and will only not run if our provider deems it unsafe to do so.

Students should bring a full change of clothes including; waterproof top/coat, jumper/sweatshirt, T-shirt, tracksuit bottoms or shorts, socks and sensible footwear (wellington boots, walking boots).

Students will be provided with a packed lunch on the day when they have outdoor education.

Can I travel to and from school in the same way?

The Government advise that students walk or cycle if at all possible. If you are cycling to school, you must wear a cycle helmet. Bikes need to be padlocked to the bike racks at the front of the school.

If you use the school minibus then timings will be the same as before. Dedicated school transport is exempt from public transport guidelines, so face coverings do not need to be worn although can be if you would like to. You will need to sit in your allocated seat and sanitise your hands before entering the bus. The driver will wipe down the bus after each trip with anti-bacterial wipes and will check your temperature before allowing you to get on.

Using public transport has been discouraged by the Government – however, if there is no alternative, you must make sure you wear a face covering and sanitise your hands regularly.

We would ask that you do not hang around by the school gate when you arrive or leave. Please arrive on time and at the end of the day, leave quickly, maintain a 2-metre distance from other students at all times.

How can I stay safe during the day?

Stay alert and remember:

  • Use hand sanitiser at the start and end of every lesson.
  • Bring your own equipment.
  • Catch it, bin it, kill it – sneeze into a tissue, bin it and hand sanitize.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Follow our expectations.
  • Do not spit anywhere on the school site.
  • Physical contact – we recommend you don’t have physical contact with any other students

What happens if I, or another student develop Covid-19 symptoms?

Check for the following symptoms everyday:

  • A new and continuous cough
  • A high temperature (above 37.8°C)
  • A loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell

In line with Government guidelines, we have a very clear procedure in place should anyone develop symptoms of COVID-19 at home or at school. Before school each day you should check for any of the symptoms above. If you have any of them you must stay at home and arrange to be tested as soon as possible, ensuring you let the school know.

If the test is positive then you should isolate at home for at least 10 days and follow the Government’s advice. If you feel unwell during the day with COVID-19 symptoms you will be taken to an isolation room to wait for your parent or carer to collect you. Again, you should isolate at home and arrange to be tested as soon as possible. The school will then trace who you may have come into close contact with and ask the students to isolate at home until the result of the test is known. If the test is positive, these students would then need to self-isolate for 14 days. If you need to isolate for any reason, your teachers will set work for you to complete at home.

How long will the school operate like this for?

At the moment we do not know how long these arrangements will last for – this is a big change for all of us and we will continue to strive to make things as safe as we can. We will keep things under constant review and will continue to follow the advice and guidance we receive from the government.