Parents are reminded that lessons will end at 3pm from this date for all students except Year 11 (please see below.) The later finish was put in place to facilitate a rearranged lunchtime including different sittings and additional cleaning. It is now clear that the arrangements are working extremely well and the sensible attitudes of the students mean that we are able to safely get all students through lunchtime more quickly than we thought, allowing them to begin afternoon lessons earlier than anticipated. School bus services have been informed and will be available at the new finish time of 3pm.
As I wrote earlier in the week, our systems and protocols have been well planned and children are following the new routines and protocols every day. Every child is a member of a bubble group of pupils who remain in specific zones each day, including break and lunchtime. All lessons have returned to normal and students are working hard with their teachers to make up for lost time. In classrooms I have visited, there is a real buzz of learning and students are telling me how much they are enjoying being back in school. However, I am concerned that a small number of pupils are not attending as regularly as they did before Covid and some may even be using the virus as an excuse. Please be reassured that confirmed cases of the virus in school are still very rare and the school has a very thorough risk assessment, agreed by Tameside Health and Safety Team and monitored regularly by the Governors’ Covid committee.