10th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope this letter finds you well and that you are continuing to stay safe. I would like to say a huge thank you for the support you have given Ninestiles and your child in their return to school over the past week or so. It has been fantastic to welcome the new Year 7 students, who have fitted in so seamlessly, and also to welcome back our other year groups who we have missed immensely. A particular well done to the Year 11 students who have returned with a renewed work ethic and understanding of how limited their time in school now is.
Our phased return was implemented to allow us to understand the logistical challenges around the new operating procedures and ensure every student and staff member was able to carry out the new routines and hygiene processes safely. Following this successful return, and after listening to the views of parents, we are able to implement a few adjustments to the school day, which will hopefully help support those families with siblings in multiple year groups and ensure that students have as little disruption as possible to their learning experience.
Therefore, from Monday 14th September, students will follow this school day pattern:
The multiple entrances and exits have enabled us to keep year groups separate in their bubbles with a high degree of certainty and so we will continue with this system. We will also continue to allow Year 7 to leave a few minutes earlier (at 2:50pm) until Friday 18th September, at which point they should be familiar enough with their route and surroundings to leave at 3pm.
To continue to keep your children, your families and the staff at Ninestiles safe, we do need your help and cooperation on a number of matters around the start and finish of the day:
Whilst I very much hope we do not have to go into a further lockdown, we know that there is a possibility that this might be the case at some point in this academic year. In this letter, I want to share our contingency plans with you so that you and your children know exactly what to expect.
If we are informed of a positive case during a school day, our first action would be to contact our Public Health England Local Health Protection Team. We would take their advice about any required actions.
If your child is in the year group that had to be sent home, they would revert to online learning, similar to that which they participated in before the summer. This would be done quickly to ensure there was no loss to learning. Staff are also busy working on expanding our use of Microsoft Teams to allow a greater number of live on-line lessons to take place should the need arise.
Thank you again for your support. It is fantastic to see our Ninestiles community coming back together and to see our students back in, enjoying their learning.