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Coronavirus

COVID Testing

If you have not already done so please complete the Corona Code and Covid testing form online at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xlm26GtICk2PRQni_NMa3Vt8HxW2SCZBh7pIsQaHSe1UNlNTV0hDMzNSN0dDQzZYVE5RVDVVTzlOVy4u 

You can find a short pictorial guide to the testing process and how the test swabbing is completed here: https://www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk/assets/1-Welcome/Coronavirus/Return-to-college-lateral-flow-testing.pdf

You may find this video, provided by the NHS to support home testing useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&t=50s

Face Coverings

Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings on transport to and from college.

We are strongly encouraging all staff to wear face coverings inside the building, at any time when they cannot maintain social distancing.

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.

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

A guide to home learning can be found here

A summary of our remote education provision can be found here

COVID-19 Catch Up Premium

We intend to spend our Covid-19 Catch-Up premium for 2020/2021 on…

Subsidising laptops for pupil premium students to ensure all students can access remote learning.

External GCSE examiners to support with the marking and moderation of GCSE mock exam for our November series.

Digital devices for our 2022 GCSE cohort to ensure they are fully prepared for remote learning in the event of further national/local lockdown. The devices will also support the college in sustaining new teaching and learning approaches harnessed during the extended period of remote learning.

A whole-school literacy strategy to ensure all students maintain at least expected progress in terms of reading age, spelling age and vocabulary acquisition. Form time reading strategies, library re-development, and enhanced accelerated reader packages to improve average reading ages are just a few of the approaches we will invest in.

A departmental covid-catch-up fund where each department can bid for resources to support students in catching-up on lost learning. This is already active and a number of interventions and resources across music, PE, English, drama and textiles have already been sourced, purchased with some already being used.

A half-termly after-school programme of small group tutoring in English, maths and science. Students who failed to engage consistently with remote learning will be identified from data and invited to attend the weekly session that will run for five weeks at a time with specialist teachers. Supporting resources will be provided along with refreshments and transport where needed/possible.

Well-being resources and interventions. Year 11 were treated to a paint-run as part of the leaver’s events to help create memories and boost well-being. Weekly well-being activities are being run across the college every Monday and Friday during the summer term. Other targeted well-being interventions will be supported via the pastoral team.

As always, should you have any queries, please email admin@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk and the most appropriate person will contact you as soon as possible.