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Return to school
The Prime Minister has announced that all children will be returning to secondary school in the week beginning Monday 8 March and that they will be offered Covid-19 tests before they return to the classroom. We are very much looking forward to welcoming your child back to St John Bosco College and I am writing to update you on the plans for the full reopening of the school.
From now until Friday 5 March we will continue with our online curriculum. The children who are currently allowed on site will continue to attend as they have been doing. From Monday 8 March we will begin our phased return of children to school to allow time for Covid-19 testing and to reintegrate the children back into the normal school routines.
Monday 8 March will be an INSET day (moved from the original date of 3 March). No lessons will take place that day. Instead, we will use this for Covid-19 testing of students and to provide staff with the opportunity to prepare properly for the return of classroom, rather than online, lessons.
Every child whose parents give consent will be invited into school for a test, by appointment, on 8 March. We strongly encourage all parents to give consent and thereby support the keeping of everyone in our community safe. If you would like to know more about how we test for Covid-19, please watch this short video on our YouTube channel.
Please click this link to request an appointment for your child to be tested. We would like you to complete this by noon on Monday 1 March. Once you have done this, we will you contact you to give your child an appointment time and send you the full consent form. If for any reason you cannot use the link above and want to book an appointment, please telephone the school and let us know. Please note that if your child is currently attending school and you have already given consent, they will be offered a test on Friday 5 March and will not need to come to school on 8 March for this.
Any child with Covid-19 symptoms should not come into school as per previous advice. If anyone in your household tests positive with Covid 19 all members of the household, including children, need to isolate for 10 days; please inform the school if this arises in your home.
On Tuesday 9 March children in each year group bubble should come into school at the times specified below for a reintegration assembly, a full safety briefing, a copy of their new, updated timetable, and a chance to check in with their form tutors. Children will be in school for approximately one hour on this day. Year groups should attend as follows:
Should arrive at school by:
Children will leave school at
On Wednesday 10 March children in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will attend school as normal to follow their normal school timetabled lessons. Children in years 7, 8, 9 will remain at home and will be provided with appropriate age-related work to carry out at home.
On Thursday 11 March all children will attend school, as normal to follow their timetabled school lessons. Please note that, as I shared when I wrote to you in December, in order to increase the amount of curriculum time that we provide for each year group, once students return to school the normal school times will increase. We will continue to operate a staggered start and finish while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place (see below):
Supporting Our School Community
I hope that you and your families are coping despite the difficulties that everyone is facing at the moment. I am aware that a number of families have been having a particularly tough time recently for different reasons and would encourage those of you who are struggling to get in touch with us to see if there is any way in which we can support you.
We have a number of resources on the well-being pages of this website to help you to support your children at home. Click here to read more.
Our Chaplain Fr Saju is always happy to offer prayers for the intentions of students and their families and you can contact him by email at email@example.com . We meet every morning as a staff (online and in person) and pray together for our whole school community, particularly those families who need our support and consolation.
Year 10 parents' evening - New date Thursday 11 February
The Year 10 parents' evening. postponed when the SchoolCloud website, which hosts the online meetings crashed, has been rescheduled for Thursday 11 February from 4.30-7.00pm. A new link for appointments will be sent nearer the time. If you need to speak to one of your child's teachers urgently, please contact the school, or message via your child's Teams, to make an appointment for a phone conversation.
Closure of schools - Spring Term 2021
The government announced the closure of schools to the majority of students from 5 January until February half-term at the earliest.
This means that, with the exception of children identified as vulnerable (with EHCPs or social care involvement) or children of key workers, all St John Bosco College students will be expected to follow their normal curriculum online, at home.
Students should be logged on and ready to learn at the beginning of each scheduled lesson. Teachers will deliver 'live lessons' according to the current timetable. Typically these will take the form of 20 minutes of direct online contact and 30 minutes of written tasks. If your child does not have access to a suitable device or the internet then please complete this online form and our IT team will contact you as soon as possible to find a solution.
Children identified as vulnerable, or whose parents are key workers, will still be able to come in to school if this has been agreed in advance with staff. They should arrive, in full school uniform for 8.40am and they will be dismissed at 1.40pm. They will be doing online learning, under staff supervision, in the computer rooms. A limited lunch offer will be available for those on site.
Covid testing programme
We are doing weekly Covid testing of students currently attending (whose parents have consented) and staff working on site to provide reassurance for all concerned. If your child is attending and you would like them to be tested weekly, but have not yet consented, please contact the school office.
Thank you for your patience, and, let us all hope and pray that the situation in the community starts to improve and that we can move back towards more normal ways of working in the near future.
Under government guidance staff and students will be expected to wear face coverings when they are using indoor, communal spaces. Please ensure that your son/daughter brings a suitable face covering to school. There is not an expectation to wear them in the classroom if normal Covid safety procedures are taking place but should your child wish to wear one in class then of course they will be free to do so. If you’d like to read the guidance for yourself there is a link to it here. We expect that all students follow the new guidance. If your son/daughter has a medical reason why they cannot wear a face covering please contact the school to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.
On another Covid related note I'm delighted to report that we were visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before half-term for a 'spot' inspection of our Covid safety measures. I'm delighted to report that they gave us a clean bill of health and made no recommendations for improvement. The safety of students, staff and visitors remains paramount and we were pleased to receive this endorsement.
Please can I remind all parents that if a member of your household is symptomatic of Covid-19 and awaiting a test result, then you MUST NOT send your child to school until you receive confirmation of a negative result. If you are in any doubt about whether to send your child in to school please call the school on 0207 924 8310 to discuss with school staff.
Safety of students and staff is our priority. We have prepared this short video outlining some of the measures that we've put in place to keep children and staff safe. These include year groups taught in 'bubbles' to reduce contact between groups of students; changes to classroom organisation to reduce movement, remove group work and keep students 'front-facing'; reduction in the school day and the removal of break time to minimise contact between students and increased cleaning and hygiene facilities. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us. We want all of our students to be able to return to school and continue their education while feeling safe and happy. A copy of our risk assessment is available for you to read below.
In the light of new government restrictions imposed on social gatherings of six or more people it is essential that all students make their way home directly once school has finished and do not wait around in the neighbourhood for friends. Students should travel home either alone or in pairs or small groups only. Please support us by reinforcing this message at Home.
It is also important that all students are fully able to access remote learning from home both to support their normal curriculum and to be ready to switch to online learning should we need to lock down again or should any student need to isolate. If your child has any problems accessing the remote learning on Teams then please contact the IT support team on 0207 924 8310 or by email IT_helpdesk@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk
Sadly we've had to postpone our annual prize-giving ceremony given the restrictions in place on non-essential gatherings. We are continuing to offer after-hours, socially-distanced, individual family tours to prospective parents who are seeking a school place for September 2021. Full details can be found on our admissions page. Please do encourage friends who have children in year 6 to come along and visit the school.
SJBC Covid Risk Assessment 18.10.2020
If you would like to look at some of the materials that were shared with students and parents last year please see the list below.