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Coronavirus

Face Coverings

Due to the national general rise of Covid-19 infection rates and the challenges of maintaining social distancing when moving around the college, I have decided that in all inside communal areas, except classrooms, the wearing of face coverings will be required for students from Monday 14th September 2020. I am sure you will understand that I have not taken this decision lightly, but our expectations have changed in order to continue to keep all of our community safe.

Further, I strongly recommend students wear their face coverings when walking from the car park and bus area to/from college at the beginning and end of the day when it is more difficult to socially distance from students both from our college and other schools.

Students should bring with them to college at least one face covering each day, a plastic bag to keep it in, and personal hand sanitiser to sanitise their hands before putting the face covering on and after removing it.

Exemption requests for students on health grounds should be made to Pastoral Leads – please email admin@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk if you would like to discuss exemption for your child.

Please rest assured that we will continue to regularly review our procedures and adapt them as appropriate.

Organisation

Students will be in year group bubbles in a designated area of the college.

Students will spend the day in the same classrooms, throughout each day. They will not mix with other year groups.

Students will go to break and lunch with their year group and each group will go to break and lunch at staggered times to ensure that social distancing is adhered to.

Lunches will be available from the canteen. Students can bring in their own packed lunch if they wish, but they must not share it with anyone else. All students should bring in their own water bottles – the college’s water fountains will not be operational, however, students will be able to refill their own water bottles at the water bottle filler.

Students must adhere to the Covid-19 code of conduct  - click here.

Cleaning/hygiene measures

Students will be expected to wash or sanitise their hands upon their arrival at college and continue to wash them regularly throughout the day.

Students will not be able to freely walk around the college site. They will be expected to remain in designated areas for their year group all day.

Uniform and equipment

Students should wear full college uniform.

Students will need to bring their own stationery and equipment into college and may not share any items with other students.

Timing of the day

College will start at 9.00 am and students should go straight to their form room on arrival. College will finish at 3.30 pm, with staggered dismissal from 3.20 pm.

Government advice states that where possible students should either walk or cycle to college avoiding public transport. If this is not possible, students should be dropped off at the bus turnaround.

Next steps

The college is continually working hard to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We are confident that our students will be respectful and adhere to the Government’s guidelines. In this connection the college has prepared and will operate under the attached “Temporary Home School Partnership agreement” including the student ‘corona code’ (for use during COVID-19). We ask that you and your child take the time to read and understand the agreement as it is important that students adhere to it during this unprecedented time. Before your child attends college in September you will need to digitally sign the agreement using the link below.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xlm26GtICk2PRQni_NMa3S9Hk0S-doBBsFG7VkhjViNUMFNEQ1dCMVlHNkxVSldXVVIwTFRGRUoxTC4u

Please note that we require your digital signature as soon as possible, but certainly by 1st September 2020.

Key information about our return to college - click here

Full reopening Risk Assessment - click here

PHE Letter - Covid-19 Symptoms - Click Here

Travel - information from Essex County Council

Getting to school

Parents and guardians of eligible students who receive transport to their place of education should have now received a letter outlining transport arrangements for the new school year.

We have been working with transport providers to ensure passengers can travel safely.

When using school transport your child must:

use hand sanitiser before boarding the vehicle (this will not be provided)
wear a face covering if they're over 11 years old (some exceptions apply)
take their face covering with them when getting off the vehicle
Social distancing rules must be followed on public transport, but is not required on dedicated on school transport vehicles.

In line with government guidance, some transport staff may not wear face coverings.

If you can travel safely by walking or cycling, please do so. To help with this, a new dedicated ‘Getting to school’ page has been launched on our  Stop.Swap.GO! website. The aim is to help families develop a sustainable and active travel option for the school run.

It includes maps and information on cycle and walking routes to schools in Essex, as well as suggested drop off zones away from the school gate to reduce congestion. These are being developed for schools in our most congested areas – and schools are being asked for their own suggestions so you’ll see more added as we get closer to the new school term.

DfE guidance on school transport - click here

Alert Level High Letter for Parents and Carers - click here