Temporary Operating Practices
These are effective from Monday 11 January 2021 onwards
These should be read in conjunction with V2.7 of the STA Revised Operating Procedures
Updated 2 March 2021
Anyone displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 MUST NOT come on to the school site.
They must self-isolate at home and arrange a test.
Lateral flow consent form for students can be found here.
Important information regarding our March reopening in a letter from Principal, Gary Carlile can be found under letters to parents here.
Site opening hours
The site will be open from 8.00am to 4.00pm each day.
Pupils that should be attending or are welcome to attend
Vulnerable Pupils (including all pupils in the Alternative Curriculum Group) should attend.
- Parents and carers of these pupils were all contacted on Monday 4 January and Tuesday 5 January 2021.
- If they do not attend, their absence will be recorded as ‘condoned’ (C code) and someone from the school safeguarding team will be in periodic contact to check on their wellbeing.
Children of Critical Workers are welcome to attend.
- However, it should be remembered that the reason for school closures and the national lockdown is to reduce the transmission of the virus by reducing everyone's social contacts. The provision in schools for Critical Worker's children is to allow Critical Workers to do their critical work. It is not to supervise children just because they might work better at school (because would be true for all pupils) when they could actually work from home. Critical Workers MUST only register for this provision if they absolutely require it.
Instructions for pupils attending onsite provision
- Pupils must arrive between 8.25 - 8.45am for registration and a prompt 9.15am start to lessons.
- They should enter site by the main pedestrian entrance and head to main reception.
- Any students arriving after 8.45am will need to use the intercom to gain access to the site.
- Pupils will depart from school from 2.50pm from the main pedestrian exit.
- They must not loiter or wait for friends, but depart immediately.
- If they are being collected by parents in vehicles, we ask that the parent remains in their vehicle rather than congregating around the gate.
Alternative Curriculum Group
- Pupils in the Alternative Curriculum Group have the same working hours and are required to follow their normal timetable.
- School uniform is required.
Hands. Face. Space.
- Whilst on the school site, face coverings must be worn, social distancing rules followed and hands washed/sanitised frequently (as a minimum this must include when pupils arrive on site, enter buildings or classrooms, have used the toilet, and before and after they eat.)
- Pupils will be provided with sanitising wipes to clean keyboards and mice before and after use.
- For each classroom, a seating plan will be recorded on the first day of the week and pupils will have to remain in these places throughout the week.
- During tutor time, pupils can order food for lunch time. Pupils eligible for FSM will receive this free of charge. Each pupil that needs to will place their lunch order during tutor time.
- The pupils from each room will be escorted to the dining room, one group at a time.
- Pupils will sanitise their hands and then line up using the social distancing markers. Once they have collected their food they will make their way to the seating in the dining room. Pupils from each year group will be allocated a separate area of the dining room to sit in.
- Pupils should bring headphones as they will be using school PCs to access the same online lessons as their peers.
- They should also bring exercise books for the lessons they have that day and suitable stationery to write and work with (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, calculator).
Timings of the Day
- From Monday 11 January, the timings of the school day will be:
- Testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’. Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests can help staff and students remain in the Academy safely. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our Academy open as safely as possible.
- For pupils younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
- Pupils over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
- Click here to complete form.
Instructions for pupils NOT attending onsite provision
- Pupils not attending on-site provision are expected to engage with online learning.
- This will be provided in the form of live lessons over Teams that follow their usual timetable.
- From Monday 11 January the timing of lessons for all pupils will be:
- Pupils attendance will be recorded using ClassCharts and year teams will contact parents of pupils not engaging.
- If there are any barriers to a pupil engaging with online learning, these should be communicated to the relevant year team to see if the school can resolve the issue. There are a number of ways the academy is trying to do this:
- DfE Laptops: Over 100 devices have already been loaned or given to pupils and we are awaiting a further delivery.
- Data: Pupils without adequate access to data at home have been supplied with Data SIM Cards (provided free by Vodafone) and we can now request DfE data dongles.
- Increasing Mobile Data: Some mobile network providers are temporarily increasing data allowances for mobile devices. Schools need to request the mobile data increase on behalf of pupils and will write to parents in order to collect the data required to do this.
- Pupils eligible for FSM will receive electronic supermarket vouchers.
Contacting the Academy
- If parents need to contact the school they can do so in the following ways:
- The Covid-19 Information Hub on the website will be regularly updated with key information.
Instructions for staff attending onsite provision
- We anticipate we will require two PC rooms for onsite provision.
- Rooms will be set up so that pupils are well distanced from each other (additional chairs will be removed) either sat side-by-side or back-to-back:
- Pupils must sanitise their hands on entering the classroom and be given a sanitising wipe to clean their keyboard and mouse.
- Pupils must adhere to the seating plan recorded at the start of each week.
- Pupils must be registered, and the names sent to the Attendance Officer, Mrs R De Paola.
- They will always be a minimum of one qualified first-aider on site. They will be based in the admin office or in a classroom with students.
- If a first aider is required, then they should be radioed by the member of SLT on duty.
- They will follow the usual Covid-19 procedures (including the wearing and disposal of PPE) for dealing with first aid incidents as laid out in V2.6 of the STA Operating Procedures, logging the incident using the online first aid form
Staffing rota for onsite provision
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
- In the event of an emergency evacuation the alarm will sound.
- Pupils and staff should leave the building via the nearest safe exit and line up in the main courtyard at socially distanced intervals.
- The SLT on site will register pupils and staff to ensure everyone is present and accounted for.
- Site staff will confirm if and when the building is safe to re-enter before switching off the alarm and informing the Lead member of SLT.
- Pupils will be informed of these procedures at the start of each week of provision by the members of SLT supervising the provision.
- If a member of staff from the onsite provision rota is unable to attend through illness, they should inform the Deputy Principal, Kevin Ainslie and email email@example.com by 7.30am of the day of absence so cover can be arranged.
- If a member of staff providing online provision is unable to work due to illness, they should contact their line manager and email firstname.lastname@example.org by 7.30am on the day of absence. Heads of Faculty are expected to have plans in place to provide online learning for colleagues that are too ill to teach (and also in the event that they themselves are too ill to teach or set cover work).
- Leave of Absence requests for all staff should continue in the usual way.
- If there are insufficient members of staff, first aiders or site staff to operate the site safely the site may need to temporarily close to all pupils.
Areas out of Bounds
- Classrooms not being used for onsite provision or examinations will be out of bounds.
- A notice will be placed on each room to record any visits to the room and site staff and the lead member of SLT on site must be informed.
Staff visiting site
- STA staff not on the onsite provision rota may visit the site should they need to, but this must be done without disruption to online learning provision and with the prior consent of the Principal so that it can be agreed which rooms they will visit and site and cleaning staff can be alerted.
- If you are classified as CEV and /or are pregnant do not come into the Academy site.
- If you have an individual RA in place, you must get this reviewed by your Line Mananger.
Other visitors to site
- Other visitors (including parents) will NOT be allowed on the Academy site without the prior consent of the Principal. They will be required to read and abide by these Temporary Operating Practices, V2.6 of the STA Operating Procedures and the associated Risk Assessment.