Notice to parents – Social distancing outside of school

Posted: June 2nd, 2020

As you will be aware, over the last few weeks, we have been very busy preparing the site to offer some face-to-face support to Year 10 students. The safety of our students and staff is our absolute priority, which is why we have followed all government guidance to the letter and have even introduced additional measures to manage social distancing, including a one-way system, colour-coded entrances and routes to limit traffic on corridors, ensuring students remain in one group all day, providing a range of outdoor space so that each group can have their own area at break / lunch times, 2m markings throughout the school, desks have been placed 2m apart, there will be a one in, one out toilet system in operation – and the list continues.
With this in mind, we would really appreciate your support in ensuring that your son / daughter follows all government guidance outside of school related to social distancing and mixing. We have recently received a number of reports of groups of in excess of 15 Year 10 students gathering on fields in the local area, which is in contravention of government guidelines and could potentially put other students at risk of infection when we return to school.
We are aware that this is a very small minority of students, but we do need to emphasise the risk that students who behave this way create in terms of the increase in likelihood of virus transmission when they return to school. There is no doubting that lockdown is incredibly difficult, and we are all craving a time when we can return to life as we know it again – but that time is not with us yet no matter how much we wish it to be.
We are all approaching school reopening with caution, which is why so many steps have been taken to protect the safety of our school and wider community, therefore we would really appreciate it if you could talk to your son / daughter about the importance of operating within government guidelines and the potential consequences of failing to do so. Your support in this matter is very much appreciated.