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26
FEB
2021

Letter to Parents and Carers – College Reopening

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am pleased to be able to write to you today with details of the reopening of Bideford College to students from Monday 8th March. As I stated in my letter on Tuesday, this will need to be a phased return so that we can offer and process a COVID-19 test prior to their return to the classroom. The information below describes how we will be organising this return.

Friday 5th March

Sixth Form students will be provided with an appointment to attend the college’s on-site testing centre on this day. They will only remain on site for the duration of the test and will spend the rest of the time engaging in remote learning. There will be no live lessons on this day for these students so they have the flexibility to attend the testing centre. All other year groups will continue with remote learning at home or on-site if your child is eligible to do so.

Monday 8th March:

Year 10 and 11 students will need to arrive at college at the staggered times listed below. On arrival they will be tested for COVID-19 and following the receipt of a negative test result will attend their normal lessons. All Sixth Form lessons will take place as scheduled so students should arrive for the start of the college day at 8.45am. Years 7, 8 and 9 will continue with their remote learning. The existing on-site provision will be available for eligible students in these year groups who have been using this during this last period of college closure (please email Mrs Vowles if this is no longer required).

Tuesday 9th March

Year 7 and 9 students will need to arrive at college at the staggered times listed below. On arrival they will be tested for COVID-19 and following receipt of a negative test result will attend their normal lessons. All Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form lessons will take place as scheduled so students should arrive for the start of the college day at 8.45am. Year 8 will continue with their remote learning. The existing on-site provision will be available for eligible Year 8 students.

Wednesday 10th March

Year 8 students will need to arrive at college at the staggered times listed below. On arrival they will be tested for COVID-19 and following the receipt of a negative test result will attend their normal lessons. All other year groups should arrive at 8.45am to attend their normal lessons.

Thursday 11th March

Normal college day

                                                          Overview of return times for all students

Date Year Group
7 8 9 10 11 SF
5/3 (Friday) Remote learning Remote learning Remote learning Remote learning Remote learning Testing day with remote learning
8/3 (Monday) Remote learning Remote learning Remote learning Staggered start Normal college day
9/3 (Tuesday) Staggered start Remote learning Staggered start Normal college day
10/3 (Wednesday) Normal college day Staggered start Normal college day
11/3 (Thursday) Normal college day

 

Staggered arrivals

In order to be able to offer testing to students before they return to the classroom it will be necessary to operate a staggered start time on the day of their first COVID-19 test. This will avoid the need to group large numbers of individuals together whilst the tests are being taken and processed.  Students should arrive at the following times on their testing day:

Arrival time Student group
8.45am Students arriving via school transport
9.15am Arthur
10.15am Brunel
11.15am Coleridge
12.15pm Farwell
1.15pm Hepworth

 

Any student who is not participating in the testing programme should arrive at college in line with their cohort phased return. For example, a Year 7 student in Coleridge house should arrive on Tuesday 9th March at 11.15am.

I will write again at the start of next week to explain the process for arrival and what students will be doing during the waiting periods. A video will also be available to show students.

If you have queries about any of this information please contact the student’s tutor.

All the staff at the college are really looking forward to welcoming our students back soon. Whist I understand that the phased return may seem frustrating, it is a really important part of safely reopening the college and ensuring our young people enjoy uninterrupted education moving forward. Thank you to the many people who have already provided consent for their child to take part in the testing programme.

Please see my letter yesterday for more information about the asymptotic testing in college: https://bidefordcollege.org/letter-to-parents-and-carers-nhs-test-and-trace-covid-19-testing-students/

If you agree to your child taking part in the testing programme you will need to complete a Student consent form for COVID-19 testing at Bideford College: https://forms.gle/RejtoT7zne3fpjNV8

Sixth form students will need to complete the form themselves: https://forms.gle/RejtoT7zne3fpjNV8

 

If you have an queries about the testing process please contact Mrs Jewell, ajewell@bidefordcollege.org.

 

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend,

Dr C Ankers

Principal

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