September Re-Opening FAQs

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All students should be coming back to the academy in September.

Any student displaying symptoms or who is self-isolating due to symptoms in their household.

Symptoms:

- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Self-isolating procedures

- If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- After 7 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.
- If someone in your household has symptoms, you must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.

There will be no visitors on site unless they have a prearranged appointment.

Please continue to get in touch with us via email or phone. If it is absolutely essential that a parent/carer or visitor needs to come into the academy, then an appointment will be arranged in advance.

Strict social distancing will need to be maintained.

As I am sure you can appreciate there are a lot of new procedures and systems that we have put in place.

We will need to stagger the start of term to ensure that we can check all of our procedures and systems. To give you some context, since the end of March the maximum number of students we have had on site on any one day is less than 100.

We are expecting 1600 students on site with everybody back in September. The following year groups are to be welcomed back on the following dates:

- Wednesday 2 September: Years 7 and 12
- Thursday 3 September: Years 7, 11, 12 and 13
- Friday 4 September: all year groups

The government guidance has made it clear that we need to try to keep groups of students separate and that we need to stagger start and end times and break and lunch times. We understand that if you have more than one child at the academy then it is difficult if they have different start and end times so we have tried to minimise the length of time of our staggers.

We will have different entrances for different groups of students. See the table below for more detail.

* Year 11 will finish at this time for the week only. Following this, there will be a compulsory period 6, further details are below.

There are a couple of things that you must be aware of. As we need to keep students separate, we will not be able to run our usual breakfast club. The student gate will open 10 minutes before students’ allocated start times and students cannot come on site before then. If you are really struggling, it may be possible that we could run early morning supervision to help if you are able to drop your child off before their start time.

Secondly, from this academic year on Monday-Thursdays we have added an extra period on to the day for Year 11 students. This period will be taught and will be a great opportunity for students to start to catch up on some of the learning that they have missed out on. This is compulsory for all Year 11 students and will start from Monday 7 September. We will also use this period 6 for other intervention/ catch up sessions. If your child is involved in these then we will let you know. Other than these intervention sessions, there will be no enrichments. Again, we understand that you may have a child in Year 11 and a child lower down the school so them having different end times would be difficult. If you are really struggling, it may be possible that we can run after school supervision for lower school students.


Breaks and lunches will also be staggered across different year groups with different areas of the academy allocated to different Key Stages.

In the first instance, we will not be able to provide any snacks or drinks etc. for break times; students need to bring with them anything that they would like for their break.

Whilst we re-establish routines across the school, students will either need to bring their own lunch or they can buy a cold lunch which will include: sandwich, water, fruit and a prepacked cookie/cake. We are very much hoping that this is a short-term measure and that we will be able to reintroduce hot lunches soon.

You will also need to ensure that you use School Gateway to top up money on your child’s account as we do not want them bringing cash on site. The loading machines will not be in use. If you do not already have a Gateway account you need to email: office@macademy.org.uk and you will be sent the information that you need to register.

Every effort will be made to ensure that students are kept in year group bubbles (Post 16).

Students in Year 7 will be taught all lessons in tutor groups and students in Years 8 will have all of their lessons in the same ability group. Year 9 students will be in the same ability group for all lessons although the groupings may differ slightly for English lessons. Students in Years 8 and 9 will also have tutorial in their ability groupings meaning that they will not have their usual tutor.

Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 will be taught in their usual classes. Key Stage 4 students will have their usual tutor and Mrs Scott has informed Post 16 students and parents about changes to their tutor groups.

There is no requirement for social distancing between students within the same class or year group bubble.

Our academy is actually classed as a campus. This is helpful as we have different buildings that we can use to separate students out.

Students will be in different zones/areas of the school depending upon which year group that they are in. Students will largely stay in the same classroom and have all of their lessons there, only moving when specialist equipment is needed. Toilets will be allocated for students in the zones they are working in.


Students will be taught all lessons. Some subjects such as design and technology, drama and music will need to adapt but we are committed to ensuring that students follow a broad curriculum. The only exception is that there will be no food lessons for Key Stage 3 students.

We think that it is very important that students have PE lessons; as such all students will have practical PE.

More information will be given as soon as possible on this.

All students must be in full academy uniform. Further details of our expectations in relation to uniform can be found on the academy website, parents tab and then uniform and behaviour.

Students will need to bring all equipment with them that they would need for a usual academy day.

According to the government guidance, "Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission."

Students will need to wear a face mask if they are travelling on public transport.

- We are following all government and Public Health England guidance
- We have conducted a very thorough risk assessment which is regularly updated
- We have made it very clear that if a student or member of staff is displaying symptoms then they should not attend the academy
- We have also made it clear that if a student or member of staff is self-isolating due to symptoms in their household, they should not attend the academy
- On their entrance to an academy building, students will be asked to sanitise their hands using the hand sanitiser we have available
- There are staggered start and end times and staggered breaks and lunches
- Every effort will be made to keep students in year group bubbles
- Bubbles have been allocated classrooms in zones around the academy and we are keeping movement around the site to a minimum
- All adults in the academy will practise social distancing as far as is physically possible
- Students will not be able to move freely around the site

If a member of staff is taken ill on site they will leave site for home immediately.

If a student is taken ill on site they will be moved to a separate room. Parents will be contacted immediately and asked to come and collect the student.

If staff or students have taken ill with symptoms they will be advised to follow government guidance and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. This can do this by visiting NHS.UK to arrange or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone.

We expect the very highest standards of behaviour from all of our students at all times. Over the next few weeks as we establish new routines, it is essential that students display exceptional behaviour. If a student does anything which could compromise the health and safety of fellow students or staff then there will be serious repercussions. Examples of such behaviour include: coughing or spitting towards another person or deliberately failing to maintain a safe distance from others.

Our behaviour policy has been updated and it will soon be available on our website.

We are sure that you understand that all of these things are necessary so that we can comply with the government guidance and so that we can try our best to keep everybody as safe as possible.

I hope you know that we will do everything we can to look after your children and keep them safe but we need your help too.

Please talk to your children and make sure that they understand the importance of following everything that we have put in place.

Students are going to have to be mature and sensible and approach the new school year with positivity and enthusiasm. We have always been lucky to have amazing parental support; we really need your support more than ever.

By sending your child in to the academy you are agreeing to follow all of the above guidelines.