Letter from the Headteacher
Dear Parents / Carers Wednesday 20th May
Summer 2 Term information & return – Tuesday 2nd June 2020
You will have been reading and hearing in the news about
mainstream schools introducing a phased return of students from
the start of Summer 2 term in June as the restrictions from the
Covid-19 lockdown as gradually eased. As a specialist education
provision for vulnerable children, The Bridge has been open to all
existing pupils who have wished to come to school throughout the
lockdown and this will continue from June onwards.
We will be breaking up for half term on Friday 22nd May and
students will be back on Tuesday 2nd June from 8:45am.
We understand that some students are yet to return to their
education provision and may not for some time due to health or
family circumstances, but I would like to take this opportunity to
outline and reassure you what we as a school have been doing for
the past two months as part of our social distancing and hygiene
protocols and will continue to do so in our education settings.
All pupils are required to undertake the following before entering
- Have their temperature taken – if it is above 37.8 degrees, they
will have to return home and isolate for seven days.
- Anti-viral their hands using hand sanitiser provided.
- Anti-viral their phone using the sanitising cleaning wipes provided.
Throughout the day, staff clean tables, door handles and equipment after every period and students are asked to wash their hands on a regular basis. At all times, students are requested to remain at 2m distance from each other and members of staff with classrooms and the lunch area set up to enable this – classrooms facilitate no more than 3 students. We can only accommodate 24 students in Centre and 12 in Yzone due to these new measures at any one time - more than this number will mean that we will have to stagger or reduce our provision for students in order to accommodate government guidelines and our risk assessment.
I also appreciate that some students will not be returning to school at the present time as they, or members of their household, are shielding or classed in the vulnerable category which means they need to remain within an isolated household.
Obviously, many parents/carers will have many questions regarding their child’s education provision during this time and we have produced a FAQ which I hope answers any questions you may have. You can read this on our website www.bec-hants.co.uk/FAQ
If you know that your child will not be returning to school for the summer term, I would be very grateful if you could advise us as soon as possible so that we can adjust the timetable and staffing number accordingly. Likewise, if you wish for your child to return to their education provision, please could you contact us to confirm that this is the case.
I would be very grateful if parents/carers could let the school office know as soon as possible if their child will be returning OR not returning in June so we can plan our provision over the half term. We will be calling to confirm attendance on Monday 1st June if we have not heard from you.
Finally, the last couple of months have been very challenging providing an education provision for our students during these unprecedented times both in centre and with home learning. On behalf of all of my team here at The Bridge, thank you all for your patience, understanding and continued support in enabling us to do this.
Mr C Bayliss
The e-bug project
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home https://e-bug.eu/
Consent forms for off-site visits and Active participation are provided to all new
students and are required to be filled out and sent back.
Please ensure that these are returned, otherwise pupils may be restricted from
taking part in activities.
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