The government has announced that secondary schools are to reopen to students in year 10 and year 12 on 15th June, providing that there is no rise in the 'R' rate (reproduction rate) as a result of other measures of easing the lockdown.
Understandably, a lot of parents and carers have questions and concerns about their child returning to school. In this section, we have answered a number of frequently asked questions to address those queries. The questions have been divided into five subsections, which can be found in the sidebar.
As always, the safety and wellbeing of our young people, their families, and our staff is our top priority, and we hope the measures we have put in place reassure you that your child will be safe upon returning to school.
At the same time, we must recognise that school life this term will be different to before the lockdown. Government guidelines still highlight the importance of reducing contact between people, including students in schools, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
To do this, we will ensure the students and staff at our school only mix with a small, consistent group called a ‘bubble’. You will find that the term ‘bubble’ is referenced throughout these FAQs, so we’d like to start by telling you what a ‘bubble’ is.
What is a ‘bubble’?
A ‘bubble’ is a defined group of people that one person comes into contact with regularly. It is essential for individuals to be in only one ‘bubble’, and two or more ‘bubbles’ should never cross. By ensuring that they only have contact within their ‘bubble’, individuals are protected against cross-contamination.
To make this possible at our school, students will be in only one ‘bubble’. For example, if a child of a key worker is in year 10 and has been coming to school during the closure, they will not be introduced to another ‘bubble’ when the other year 10 students return.
This approach is non-negotiable, as relaxing these rules would jeopardise the safety of every person in our community.