06/01/2021 - Update
We were extremely disappointed to hear the announcement by Boris Johnson that, yet another 'Lockdown' and school closures were required to reduce the risk of the transmission of the new strain of COVID. That being said, staff have been working tirelessly over the last couple of days to combine Boathouse Meadow and Brunel College into one site to ensure we have a fully equipped, staffed and functioning onsite COVID 'Lateral Flow Testing' (LFT) facility. Risk assessments have been reviewed and heightened (please see attachments below) to enable the school to re-open safely and for physical and virtual learning to commence on Monday 11th January 2021.
If a physical place a school has not been offered: All teaching and learning will be delivered virtually via TEAMS. All students have been issued a bespoke virtual timetable and assigned a student iPad to enable them to access their lessons.
If a physical place at school has been offered: Due to the increased transmission rate of the new strain of COVID, all students that are accessing physical provision at Brunel College will be required to wear face coverings when moving around the school site throughout the school day, as well as undertake COVID Lateral Flow Testing (LFT), prior to the start of their daily provision. It is really important that your child arrives prior to 9.45am for morning sessions and 1.45pm for afternoon sessions. This is to ensure we have the staffing capabilities to carry out the COVID LFT.
Attendance:Students must attend all timetabled lessons and arrive punctually. If your child is unable to attend on a specific day you must let the school know as soon as is possible. For students attending school our usual attendance expectations and procedures remain the same, however if your child is unable to attend school due to illness or other authorised absence they will be able to access their learning virtually from home.
GCSE Examinations: There have been numerous reports in the media regarding the cancellation of GCSE examinations. We are yet to receive official clarification of how we will be reporting on student attainment and progress and we will endeavour to keep you informed as and when we receive additional information on this subject.
Free School Meals: For students that are on roll with us; eligible for free school meals and accepting a physical place at school they will receive a meal whilst at school. For students that are on roll with us; eligible for free school meals and have not been offered a physical place will receive free school meal vouchers, to the sum of £15.00 per week.
Safeguarding & Behaviour: Our main aim is to educate your child on the risk of coronavirus transmission and the need to keep everyone within our setting safe. In light of this, an addendum has been added to our behaviour policy. This is to ensure that our response to the coronavirus outbreak emphasises keeping all staff and students safe.
Continuous refusal to adhere to social distancing or follow instructions regarding the control measure which are in place, without question will result in a sanction, and you will be contacted and asked to collect your child.
Visitors: We are currently not excepting any visitors onsite. Please ensure we have up-to date emergency contact details.
Coronavirus symptoms: Please do not send your child to school if they or anyone they live with is experiencing coronavirus symptoms, and instead follow official self-isolation guidance. Regular reminders will be given about this.
Anyone self-isolating with symptoms must access testing and engage with the NHS ‘test and trace’ process;the school will help you to do this.
If a symptomatic person comes into school, becomes symptomatic or presents with a positive LFT whilst they are at school, they will be sent home immediately or isolated until they can be picked up. Please ensure that either yourself or another responsible named adult can be contactable throughout the school day.
Only in exceptional circumstances will staff take symptomatic children home themselves.
If a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus, the school will contact the Local Health Protection Team, informing all persons that have had close contact.
Close contact means:
Direct close contact – face-to-face contact with an infected person for any length of time, within a metre, including:
- Being coughed on,
- A face-to-face conversation, or
- Unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
- Proximity contact – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected person
- Travelling in a small car with an infected person
We appreciate that this is yet again a very testing time for our whole school community. Please be rest assured that staff will remain on hand to talk to you about any concerns you may have – all of our usual means of contact is available. The strength of our school lies in the whole community so it is really important to maintain these links during these challenging circumstances.