COVID Update – March 2021

COVID Update - March 2021

At 7pm on Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister addressed the nation to present the government plans to ease restrictions and move the country out of the current lockdown. Clearly a focus for us was on the return to face-to-face learning in School for students and a return to in-school working for the majority of staff.
 
Our plans are as follows:
 
Friday 5 March 2021
In order to prepare for our return, staff will be requested to attend school on Friday 5 March to receive their first lateral flow test and to use the time to prepare for the following week after a period away from the School environment. 
 
This day will be a preparation day and no learning will be set for this day. Students may use the time to complete any outstanding assignments/tasks/revision.
 
Week of 8 March 2021
As announced, we will return to face-to-face learning in the week beginning 8 March. We will have a phased return of students to accommodate the testing processes on site. This is a huge logistical challenge.
 
During the week of 8 March students will either;
  1. Be invited into School to be tested during one day. No learning will be set during this day for the year groups invited, or
  2. Be in school and will follow their normal timetable, or
  3. Receive Remote Home Learning. Expectations for Remote Home Learning remain as per the weeks prior to this return date with a live real time timetable.

 

Testing Group

Return to School

Remote Home Learning

Monday 8 March

Year 11 and Year 13

None

Year 7-9, Year 10/12

Tuesday 9 March

Year 10 and Year 12

Year 11 and Year 13

Year 7-9 

Wednesday 10 March

Year 8 and Year 9

Year 10 and Year 12

Year 7 

Thursday 11 March

Year 7

Year 8 and Year 9

 

Friday 12 March

 

Year 7

 
 
From Monday 8 March we will return to the staggered break/lunch timetable timings for all students.
 
Monday 8 March will be allocated to test Year 11 and Year 13 only. Learning will continue for all other year groups via Remote Home Learning.
 
Tuesday 9 March – Year 11 and Year 13 will return to School. Year 10 and Year 12 will be tested on this day. Year 7-9 will learn via Remote Home Learning.
 
Wednesday 10 March – Years 10-13 will be in school. Testing will take place for Years 8 and 9, Year 7 will learn via Remote Home Learning.
 
Thursday 11 March – Years 8-13 will be in school. Testing will take place for Year 7.
 
Friday 12 March – All students will be in school. 
 
Parents will be contacted by the testing team to explain fully how to access the testing area and the timings involved for each year group. When not being tested, the students will have a screen free day to prepare for the return to School the following day. 
 
Week of 15 March 2021
All students will have returned to School and will continue to be tested as per the organised programme from the testing team.
 
This week is the start of the Year 11 Internal Assessments. Separate guidance information has been sent to Year 11 students. When Year 11 are not sitting their assessments, they will be in their timetabled classrooms revising and will be supervised by the timetabled member of staff for that period. 
 
Week of 22 March 2021
This week is the start of the Year 13 Internal Assessments. Separate guidance information has been sent to Year 13 students. When Year 13 are not sitting their assessments, they will be in their timetabled classrooms revising and will be supervised by the timetabled member of staff for that period. 
 
Precautionary Measures
From Monday 8 March:
  • Return to the staggered timetable timings
  • One way system
  • Staggered break times and lunch times
  • Face coverings are mandatory in-transit to, from, and around School
  • Face coverings are mandatory indoors across the School, including classrooms, where social distancing is not possible. This excludes PE teaching venues
  • Face coverings are voluntary at break and lunchtimes, except indoors and in dining areas where they are mandatory unless eating
  • Staff face coverings are voluntary if social distancing can be maintained in the classroom. Two metre zones identified in all teaching areas
  • Hand sanitisers across the School
  • Social distancing measures across the School 
  • Multi-touch surface cleaning available with wipes across the School
  • No large scale gatherings or meetings – use of online platforms
  • Whole School Risk Assessment
  • Individual Risk Assessments for identified staff and students with specific measures added
 
Home-School Transport
Can we reiterate the expectations for all students who travel on Home-School transport. Face coverings are mandatory on the route to, from and in the bus park as well as on the bus throughout the duration of the journey. Students must sit with fellow AGS students and preferably in year group clusters to reduce the contact points should any student test positive.  
 
Extra-curricular activities 
These activities will be assessed in the coming weeks through specific conversations with staff leaders. Any additional information will be shared through normal communication routes. 

COVID Update - Our timeline

On 20 March 2020, the School formally closed under the guidance of the UK Government. Throughout the time we have remained open to Key Worker children and on 8 June welcomed a small group of Year 10 and Year 12 students as our priority group. 

From 1 June, phase 3 of the Remote Home Learning Procedure was instigated that raised expectations for face-to-face learning via Google Meet for all year groups, alongside existing Google Classroom and Screencastify learning. 

On 22 June we held two weeks of tutorials, run by subject specialists for our Year 12 students. 84% of the cohort attended these tutorials across the fortnight and had the opportunity to be in small groups with specialist staff for their A Level subjects. 

On 6 July we then held two weeks of tutorials, run by subject specialists for our Year 10 students. 90% of the cohort attended these tutorials across the fortnight, providing an opportunity for Year 10 to learn in small groups for at least five of their subjects, up to a maximum of all ten GCSEs for some.

On 3 September 2020 we welcomed back to School our new Year 7 and Year 12 cohort for a transition day. The following day, 4 September, all year groups returned to School.

We put in place control measures and adapted the School day to ensure we minimise contact fo our groups. Full guidance was provided to staff and families. 

The uniqueness of our current situation never fails to amaze us, but equally, enthuse and motivate as we enter new territory and trailblaze our path as one community.

We have welcomed a small number key workers children into School on a daily basis, as well as a priority group from Year 10 and Year 12 since 8 June 2020. 

We have already donated lab coats and protective gloves to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, as well as laminated sheets for safety visors. We hope there will be more to follow.

Some of our Year 12 students, supported by staff, are collecting food donations to support our local community. 

Many of our Old Aylesburians are sharing their stories of isolation and their supportive initiatives for the NHS such as OA Dan Silvertown’s Lockdown Haircut www.lockdownhaircut.com

OA Martin Murphy (Hampden ’05) uses his design talent to create a ThanksNHS T shirt…and it’s selling like hotcakes! 100% of the profit goes straight into our NHS. Please buy it here: https://thanksnhs.org 

Where we are now

School will once again only be open to Key Worker and Vulnerable students. The rest of the community will be learning from home.

Full guidance has been sent to staff and families.

Our latest School Newsletter is available here