School Closure: September Reopening

16 Jul 2020 | BY leekhigh

Dear Parents and Carers,

School Closure: September Reopening

I hope that you and your families remain safe and well.

Following the recent publication of the Department for Education’s guidance on reopening schools in September, I wanted to briefly update you on our plans for Leek High.

Provided the COVID transmission rate does not go up, school will reopen to students in Years 9, 10 and 11 on Wednesday 2nd September. Students in Years 12 and 13 will return on Thursday 3rd September.

We are currently updating our plans and risk assessments to ensure we can do this safely. Our full plan for reopening is attached with this letter, but I want to highlight these key points:

We will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. You may have read that some schools are considering dropping subjects and just focusing on English and Maths. We are not planning to do this. Students will continue to study a normal timetable as far as possible, with only small changes to how we teach some practical subjects to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

We will take all reasonable steps to keep students and staff safe. We will be allocating each year group specific zones around the school site that they must remain in at break and lunchtime. We will operate a staggered food service at break and lunch with each year group allowed in the canteen only within specific time slots. We will continue to implement strict rules about handwashing and social distancing.

Our normal expectations for behaviour will apply; we have amended our behaviour policy slightly in response to COVID-19, a summary document is also attached with this letter. Please note that our uniform policy is unchanged; students should return in normal full school uniform in September. Our policy on mobile phones also remains the same with students expected to keep phones in silent mode and out of sight throughout the day.

We are looking forward to seeing all students back again in September. I hope that this gives you some reassurance that we will start to move back towards normal schooling. Following the recent Year 9 and Year 10 pastoral and academic reviews we will be uploading tutor summary reports to the INSIGHT parent portal in the next few days. Year 12 students will also receive a tutor report.

Thank you for your support throughout this unprecedented period of school closure.

I hope that you have an enjoyable summer.

Yours sincerely
P. Evans
Headteacher

COVID-19 Leek High School – Closure Summer Term Update September Reopening

LHS COVID-19 September Reopening Plan [DRAFT]

LHS Behaviour Policy-COVID-19 Addendum [July 2020]

LA Letter to Parents and Carers about getting to school 2020

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