We are excited about welcoming back all pupils and we are looking forward to seeing the Mount Carmel family back together after several tough months. The arrangements for the start of term can be found below. We have been busy ensuring appropriate risk assessments are in place, therefore there are some changes to the school start and finish times, entry points and some of the routines around school during the day.
We will welcome our new year 7's on Wednesday 2nd September. Pupils should enter the school grounds through the gates nearest to reception and enter the building directly into the hall which is next to main reception. There will be signs and staff on hand to help. Any families who have not returned data sheets please ensure they are completed before you leave your child on this first day. Due to us needing to maintain social distance between families, we aim to stagger the entry to school on this first day and this will be based on pupil surname as follows. Please keep as close to this time as possible, however there is some flexibility.
A - E - 8.35am
F - J - 8.45am
K - O - 8.55am
P - T - 9.05am
U - Z - 9.15am
Pupils will be given the details of the routines going forward on their first day, however from Thursday 3rd September they will enter through the reception gates and come into the building through pastoral at 8.35am. They will finish school at 3pm on their first and all subsequent days.
Only year 7 will be in school on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September.
We will welcome year 8 back on Monday 7th September at 8.50am. Pupils will enter the school grounds through the reception gate and enter the school at the bottom of the PE corridor. There will be staff showing pupils to their form room when they arrive. Year 8 will finish their school day at 2.55pm and they will leave the building through the PE corridor and out of the reception gates.
We will welcome year 9 back on Monday 7th September at 8.35am. Pupils will enter the school grounds through the top gate and enter the school through the science corridor entrance. There will be staff showing pupils to their form room when they arrive. Year 9 will finish their school day at 3pm and they will leave the building through the science corridor and out of the top gates.
We will welcome year 10 back on Monday 7th September at 8.50am. Pupils will enter the school grounds through the top gate and enter the school through the science corridor entrance. There will be staff showing pupils to their form room when they arrive. Year 10 will finish their school day at 2.55pm and they will leave the building through the science corridor and out of the top gates.
We will welcome year 11 back on Friday 4th September at 8.35am. Pupils will enter the school grounds through the side gate near the top yard and enter the school at the RE doors opposite DT. There will be staff showing pupils to their form room when they arrive. Year 11 will finish their school day at 3pm and they will leave the building through the RE corridor and out of the side gate on the top yard.
- We are awaiting further clarification regarding school buses and will communicate this at the earliest opportunity.
- Here is a reminder of the revised uniform requirements issued in July.
School Uniform and Equipment: In order to maintain high standards of hygiene in school, we are asking parents to ensure their child has two items each of school uniform (skirt/ trousers, shirts, tie and jumper). Ideally, pupils’ uniforms should be laundered each day so that pupils attend school each day in a clean set. Please note that we are not asking pupils to wear a school blazer from September. At some point in the future we will re-introduce blazers but at the current time they will not be required. Every pupil will need a suitable bag to contain school books and equipment. Pupils cannot share their equipment therefore it is essential that you ensure your child is well-equipped with pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener and a calculator etc.
- Once in school pupils will be assigned a year group zone and will be kept apart from other year groups.
- Lunch will take place outside of this zone however we will ensure there is no mixing of year groups through the use of staggered lunchtimes. Please can parents ensure children have eaten before school as we will not be providing food at breakfast or break.
- Initially there will not be any cooked food offered, cold ‘’grab bags’ will be the only option. As there is a limited lunch option pupils can bring their own packed lunches.
- Arrangements for homework, intervention and revision sessions will be communicated to pupils on the return to school
- As per government guidelines pupils will not be required to wear face coverings in school and they will be asked to remove them if they arrive wearing one
More information for each year group will added to the school website as we approach the start of the new term.
Please see the following information which is part of our risk assessment that applies to pupils being dropped off on the first day. Please also ensure children are not sent to school who are displaying any of the COVID symptoms. If there are cases within your family, please ensure you keep school informed as we will be working with Public Health England over the coming months.
- Parents/carers are requested not to enter school unless absolutely necessary and by appointment only. When it is necessary for parent/carer to enter the school building they will be instructed to follow handwashing/sanitisation and social distancing guidelines;
- Arrangements are in place for parents/carers to drop off and collect children at specified times, without physically entering the premises e.g. front gate drop-off with staff meeting pupils at the school door
- Parents have been advised that only one parent should accompany their child to the school entrance
- Pupils have been instructed not to touch the front of their face covering
- Reusable face coverings must be placed in a plastic bag that the wearer has brought with them and stowed in a safe place such as a school bag to be taken home
- Those removing face coverings are required to wash or sanitise their hands immediately after removing it
- A bin is in place for non-reusable face coverings on arrival at the school grounds
- The contents of the bin will be disposed of as normal domestic waste unless the wearer has symptoms of Covid-19 in which case it will be disposed of in line with the guidance on cleaning for non-healthcare settings
- All staff and pupils wash their hands thoroughly with warm, running water and hand soap for at least 20 seconds on arrival at school or use hand sanitiser and will go directly to their zone