Coronavirus briefing update No 20 Thursday May 21st 2020

Coronavirus briefing update No 20 Thursday May 21st 2020

Dear all,

Well here we are at the end of the most extraordinary half term any of us have ever experienced, and at the risk of repeating ourselves we want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support throughout this period.

As we set out earlier in the week, we are planning to be open for more boys on site from Monday 1st of June, and will be open for up to half the boys each week. If any of you didn’t receive this information, please let us know and we will re-send it. Please note we can only make plans for those boys we know are returning, otherwise we will need to make the assumption that they are staying at home. We will be keeping a close eye on the national picture and the guidance from DfE and NASS, just in case there is any change in advice to schools. We will also be sharing our risk assessment with you next week when we have added the final details.

Our plan is to come into school on Thursday next week and make the necessary changes to the environment with signage, sanitisers and social distancing measures etc. We will take some video footage of this and share it with you, so you can use this to share with your son. Once we have decided on the groupings for week 1 and week 2, which we hope to have completed by Wednesday, we will be contacting the transport departments in each LA so that they can liaise with you regarding the transport arrangements. Please note that we have no control or decision-making powers when it comes to transport arrangements, so if you have any questions or concerns you will need to take them up directly with the LA.

Next week, we will also be sending out the half term ‘lockdown’ special edition of Headlines, as well as providing you with more information about changes to the Pathways Day process. As you can imagine we have had to radically rethink this process as we are unable to hold the usual face to face discussions. That being said, we are very happy with the alternative we are designing and feel we will be able to address all the issues we need to, in order to prepare timetables and pathways for September.

Alongside this briefing note we have the usual Well-being update from Nikki and Lucy, which I know you are finding very helpful. They will be introducing some of the strategies and exercises, with the boys when they come back after half term, as we know that some of them may have increased levels of anxiety about travelling and being back in a school which looks and feels different.

With very best wishes for the bank holiday and half term,

Kiran, Rob and Rob