How We Are Managing The Risk Of Covid-19

 

At Stockport Academy, our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. A lot has changed since we were all since our whole community was last in school together, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our site is as safe as can possibly be when it comes to managing the risk presented to us by Covid-19.
 
Click here to read our most recent update with regards to how we are managing the risk of Covid-19. Please note that masks are should be worn in communal areas and classrooms. Guidance on your child's absence should they develop symptoms during term-time can be found in this letter.
 
Students and their families should be aware of key changes - details of which can be found below. A copy of our Risk Assessment can be accessed here. Stockport Council has also produced this guide to support parents/carers with their child's return to school.
 
If you have any further queries please email us.
 

Mass Testing of Students

Students will be tested in school for Covid-19 when they return - this has already been successfully implemented for our staff and critical worker students who have been on-site during lockdown. You can access an FAQ from the Department for Education here, and more details on how your child's information during testing will be used by clicking here.

On Arrival

  • When students arrive at school all students will be asked to sanitise hands.
  • Students will be in a year group bubble – we will be taking measures to limit opportunities for mixing across year groups.
  • Students will be asked to enter the building by different entrances and to remain in one designated area to limit mixing of year groups; Year 7 student entrance to the atrium, Year 8 refectory doors to the refectory, Year 9 sports hall right, Year 10 sports hall left, Year 11 lower ground fire doors to the hall.
  • Unfortunately, breakfast will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
  • Students travelling by public transport will be expected to wear a mask, students will be asked to place the mask into a sealed bag and into inside blazer pocket during the school day.

Around School

  • There is demarcation tape around school to remind students that they should make every attempt to stay 2m or at least 1m+ away from other students.
  • The most effective method of reducing transmission of the virus is to wash and clean hands regularly - this will be encouraged.
  • All doors in the academy as far as possible will be open in order to reduce touchpoints in school.
  • There are hand sanitiser stations around school in all key areas.
  • All areas of the school will receive more frequent cleaning and there will be hand sanitiser and cleaning spray available throughout the school. We will continue to encourage students to wash their hands regularly and promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for any sneezes or coughs.
  • Students should wear masks around school unless they are medically exempt.

In Lessons

  • Students will be expected to bring their own equipment to school and keep this safe, as sharing or lending of equipment will not be permitted.
  •  Sport and Physical Education will predominantly take place outdoors and contact sports will not be played.  PE lessons will involve activity with minimal equipment.
  • Practical activities in lessons including Science, Food and DT may be limited.
  • Staff will teach from the front of rooms, keeping social distance and students will be seated at desks front facing where possible.
  • There is hand sanitiser in each classroom; students will be requested to sanitise hands on entering and leaving classrooms.

During Break/Lunch

  • Students in different year groups will have different allocated break times.
  • There have been some changes made to our school day to support split breaks and lunches. Afternoon registration has been removed to reduce transmission.
  • Students in different year groups will have different allocated lunchtimes. Some year groups will be restricted to the refectory and outside field area, other year groups will be restricted to our new outside catering pod and our multi use games area space. 

At The End Of The School Day

  • Students in Years 7-10 will finish at 2.40pm, but leave via different exits to maintain their Year group bubbles. Year 11 will finish at 3.30pm.
  • Students will be unable to wait for friends or family in other year groups at the end of the school day in school.
  • Regrettably we will be unable to provide our usual extensive co-curricular offer in the Spring term and we will continue to do this remotely.  As soon as it is possible to extend activities and the school day in our usual way we will do so.

School Visitors

  • Parents and visitors to school will only be by invitation only, therefore if you do need to contact the Academy please do so in the first instance by phone.
  • Should you be invited to attend the Academy, social distancing will be expected in addition to sanitising and the wearing of face coverings.  All contact details of anyone attending the Academy will be collected and filed for 21 days to support track and trace if required.
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Covid 19 Advice for Parents in GM (003).pdf 182KB Covid-19: A Guide For Parents/Carers
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