Not all year groups will start on day one. Some year groups will start on the 30th August, and we will then roll them through and we are aiming to have the whole school back within four days.
We will need to orientate students to the new one-way systems, the social distancing measures, the hand hygiene stations and the new protocols that we’re putting in place around the classrooms and rest areas. We can’t do that for the whole school at once so it’ll be in year groups, across primary and secondary, who will come in on different days for this exercise.
The start and the end of the school day will also be staggered to ensure a smooth drop-off and pick-up, allowing for social distancing. Only parents of children in the early years will be allowed to enter the School, the remainder will drop off their children in safe and controlled areas around the School.
The school buses will also be running at 50% capacity and we are in discussions with our service provider to ensure that they are able to operate within the guidelines set out by ADEK.
For Nursery, FS1 & FS2, only one parent will be allowed on campus and we have established a separate nursery entrance. As a parent, I understand separation anxiety in a normal context, let alone in the days where we’ve had isolation for many months. The drop-off for Nursery, FS1, FS2 and Year One will have a system where the children will be met by the teacher. The parents will stay outside in the Nursery play area. Then the teacher will take the child into the classroom, so the parents won’t actually go into the classroom at all. We are very aware of the need to have a controlled goodbye and are focusing on the pastoral care for each child.
For the older years, we are working with the Municipality and the Police to ensure the pick-up and drop-off traffic moves freely around the campus.