Returning to school FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - SEPTEMBER 2020

 

 

 

 I am worried about my child travelling to and from school

TfL have issued the following information https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/schools-and-young-people/travel-guidance-for-schools?cid=reopeningeducation about their additional bus services specifically for young people travelling to school.

 

We encourage pupils to cycle to school and we ask that parents ensure that they wear a helmet at all times.    The bike shed is within the school grounds and is secure during the school day.   Pupils can bring bike locks if they wish to use them  

 

For those who do not cycle to school, The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is well connected through bus routes, as well as Stratford International, Stratford Tube, Pudding Mill Lane and Hackney Wick Overground stations.

 

There is no access for cars to the school site and we advise parents to avoid dropping pupils off along the road, as this causes congestion and can be dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians.

 

Will my child be expected to wear a face-mask in school?

 

Secondary students will need to wear a mask during lesson transitions - not in class or when outside. Full details are included in the document on face masks. Primary students do not need to wear masks.

 

Will staff be expected to wear a face-mask in school?

 

Staff will be provided with visors when working in prolonged close proximity with students, and during lesson transitions in Secondary.

 

How will classrooms and communal areas be cleaned to minimise the risks?

 

Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day in communal areas. As part of our collective efforts to ensure good hygiene, students will sanitise their hands on entry to any classroom, and Secondary students will also sanitise surfaces they have used during lessons.

 

How will you minimise risks at school associated with COVID?

  • Movement around the building will also be sequenced and supervised by staff.
  • Enhanced cleaning of the building, toilets and classrooms will be enacted.
  • Doors and windows will remain open wherever possible to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Hand-cleaning will be structured into the day and hand sanitiser will be available on entry to school and in every classroom. We are also happy for pupils to bring in their own sanitisers for personal use.
  • As was the case before lockdown, parents must ensure that school uniforms are washed regularly.

Parents, pupils and staff will engage fully with the NHS Track and Trace programme. In order to protect the integrity of these plans, we need your support in ensuring the following:

  • Send your child to school if they are fit and well. From September, attendance at school will be mandatory and it is important that all pupils come back to school and resume their education.
  • Do not send your child into school if they, or anyone else in your household have symptoms of coronavirus. In this instance contact the school as soon as possible who can provide further advice.

How will class bubbles be organised?

 

Students will be in year group bubbles; each year group will be kept separate.

 

I am, or my child is worried about returning to school, what should I do?

From September, attendance at school will be mandatory and it is important that all pupils come back to school and resume their education.  

In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor or class teacher if you have any queries or worries.

 

Will Reception be open from September?

  • The school reception will remain closed to parents and other visitors.
  • The office will be staffed accordingly to answer calls and emails.
  • You will not be permitted on school grounds without a prior appointment.
  • Call 0203 146 8000 or email bmaenquiries@bobbymooreacademy.co.uk

 

What food will be available at lunchtime?

 

Our new catering providers, Caterlink, will be offering a grab-and-go service at lunch. There will always be vegetarian options available; all meat will be halal. We will then aim to expand the menu provision from October half term, and would welcome discussion with parents and carers on this in due course.

 

 

What are the start/finish timings for September 2020?

 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Monday 7th September (attendance for all these year groups will be compulsory thenceforth)

Year group Entry Gate Start of day Morning break/playground Lunch in hall (large and small hall) Lunch/Playground time End of day
Reception Gate A 8.40 10.10-10.25/infant 11.30-12 12-12.30/infant 3.25
Year 1 Gate A 8.45 11-11.15/infant 12.15-12.30 12.30-1.10/infant 3.30
Year 2 Gate B 8.45 11-11.15/junior 12.15-12.30 12.30-1.10/junior 3.30

Year 7

Monday 7th September (attendance for this year groups will be compulsory thenceforth) - arrive 8:00 (Pupils to approach from the West Ham stadium and use the track gate adjacent to the West Ham shop).  Finish at 15:10. Pupils are reminded to bring a reading book.

Year 8

Wednesday 9th September (attendance for this year group will be compulsory thenceforth) arrive 8:00 (Pupils to approach from the West Ham stadium and use the track gate adjacent to the West Ham shop). Finish at 15:10

Year 9

Wednesday 9th September (attendance for this year group will be compulsory thenceforth) arrive 8:00 (Pupils to approach from the barrier near the Greenway/Viewtube and use the yellow gate to enter school).  Finish at 15:10

Year 10

Tuesday 8th September (attendance for this year group will be compulsory thenceforth)  - arrive 8:10 (Pupils to approach from the barrier near the Greenway/Viewtube and use the yellow gate to enter school).  Finish at 15:10

All pupils will return on Thursday 10th September arriving as follows:

Year 7 - Arrive 8:00 (Pupils to approach from the West Ham stadium and use the track gate adjacent to the West Ham shop)

Year 8 - Arrive 8:10 (Pupils to approach from the West Ham stadium and use the track gate adjacent to the West Ham shop)

Year 9 - Arrive 8:00 (Pupils to approach from the barrier near the Greenway/Viewtube and use the yellow gate to enter school)

Year 10 - Arrive 8:10 (Pupils to approach from the barrier near the Greenway/Viewtube and use the yellow gate to enter school)

How will PE lessons be arranged including changing room use?

 

PE will be largely outside during the first few weeks, and equipment will be cleaned between usage by different bubbles. Changing rooms will be subject to enhanced cleaning protocols in a similar way to classrooms.

 

Are pupils returning on a full or part-time basis?

All pupils will return to school on a full-time basis

 

Will detentions happen?

Yes, detentions will continue but until further notice they will be held within year group bubbles

 

When will my child get their timetable?

Your child will receive their Form Tutor details along with their timetable for the academic year on their first day.

 

 

What are the term dates for 2020-21?

Term dates can be found on our website: https://www.bobbymooreacademy.co.uk/Term-Dates-2020-21/

 

What are the school expectations?

Please do refer to the website for our expectations and uniform https://www.bobbymooreacademy.co.uk/Secondary-Uniform/

Expectations around uniform and appearance are strictly adhered to.

Outdoor coats can be purchased from any store but they must be black, dark grey or navy and match their school uniform as much as possible.

Any logo/branding should be small and discreet. Any child who arrives at school without the appropriate uniform will be sent home.

 

Do pupils need to bring school bags and stationary? 

Yes.   All pupils need to ensure they have the correct equipment for their return to school.  

they must not share any of their equipment with other pupils.

 

Where can I find previous newsletters?

Year 7 pupils can find transition newsletters here:

https://www.bobbymooreacademy.co.uk/Transition/

All other pupils can find newsletters here:

https://www.bobbymooreacademy.co.uk/News/Newsletters/

https://www.bobbymooreacademy.co.uk/Primary-Newsletters/