This page contains information for current and new families joining St Chris about the return to physical schooling in September 2020.
It will be the main hub for information related to COVID-19 and the actions that St Chris is taking and may update as the term progresses, and as our response to external developments evolves. Any major updates will also be emailed to parents, but this page will enable you to see everything in one place and will be kept updated, so please bookmark it to refer to.
Over the summer, we have been working to prepare the St Chris site for re-opening in full accordance with the Guidance for Full Opening: Schools issued by the Department for Education in July.
We have created a handbook: A Guide to the School Year 2020-21 – which will give you an overview of what to expect when term restarts on Wednesday 2 September (for new starters and Years 7 and 12), and on Thursday 3 September for all other pupils. Please see below.
School will look a little different as this term starts, and there will be lots of things for our pupils, families and staff to get used to. We’d like to thank you and your families in advance for following all the guidelines and changes outlined below, and for bearing with us as things settle in to a new routine.
We’ve really missed having all of our pupils in school and we can’t wait to welcome you back.
As you’ll see the information in the booklet gives an overview of different areas in the school, however we’re aware that you may still have some additional questions as each family’s personal circumstances differ. If you do will still have any questions after reading the attached please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will get back to you within two working days.
We are placing the specific guidance given to schools from the Government under regular review. We will update parents with any changes that apply to the information sent out to them in the handbook on 25.8.20, in relation to St Chris; for example, we are monitoring and reviewing the Government guidance in relation to the wearing of face masks for pupils aged over 12.
Thank you for the queries and comments we have had thus far, and also for your support in understanding that the situation requires us to constantly assess risk and how we will manage this as an individual school.
We expect parents to have a wide range of views on certain matters in relation to coronavirus and the reduction of its transmission. We are endeavouring to respond to all individual questions as rapidly and as helpfully as we can. We are aiming to do what we believe is appropriate and best in our community but realise that we will not be able to get total concurrence of views on some of the decisions.
Update for all parents
An update and revision to the school guidance is that the self-isolation period referred to in the guidance is in fact now 10 days and not 7.
Please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/. for further information.
Please download the following booklet which contains up to date information about the start of term arrangements:
Updated 8 September 2020
Picture of Senior School drop off areas for first day of term (all pupils):