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UPDATE - 10 Jul 2020

July 10th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

This week we have continued to work up our plans for reopening in September. We will send out detailed information before the end of term but our guiding principle as always will be to keep our school community safe. This includes the children, staff, families and any of the agency workers that need to access the school environment. Sadly we will not be able to welcome visitors without appointments and even then any visit in person will need to be judged essential by school staff.

 

Falmouth School will deliver all of the courses to all year groups which will ensure that we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and that students are prepared for any examinations in future. There will be a period of review at the start of the year to ensure students understand the topics covered in lockdown, but also that they settle back into the routines of school after, for what has been for many, an anxious time in lockdown.

 

Health and Safety Law and Government guidelines require that we assess and put in place control measures that mitigate risks. Our plans through lockdown have required this and we will continue to follow these expectations to protect children and the whole school community. We will be using year group ‘bubbles’ and the school will be divided into zones for each year group. Children will have all of their lessons in the same zone. Years 7 and 8 will be in the same room for almost all of their lessons, more like their experience in primary school. Year groups will not be allowed to mix and so our routines will continue through break times and will restrict access to the canteen.

 

The Government has repeated the advice that good hand hygiene, ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ respiratory hygiene routines and social distancing are vital. Anyone with any of the symptoms of Covid-19; a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste, should not attend school and stay at home for 7 days, and that household should self-isolate for 14 days. We will be guided by these principles and also expect everyone to engage and abide by the NHS Track and Trace system.

 

With all of the constraints of lockdown it has been difficult to keep building our relationships with families and the community. However there have been many fantastic initiatives taken to keep celebrating the successes that students have achieved or to keep in touch with members of our community. On the school website you can watch the Virtual Sports Presentation Evening, listen to the music competition winners, read about our virtual sports week, Miles in May challenge, newsletters etc. The Transition pages for Year 6 students have a whole range of videos and messages. In addition, our form tutors have been calling home all through lockdown to make sure that we have supported all of our children in whatever way we can. Whatever the restrictions we have to impose in September, we will be delighted to be physically back in school with students in person!

 

Best wishes

Alex George

Interim Headteacher

 

Posted at 15:52 on 10th Jul 2020 Back