Firstly, I would like to extend our thanks to parents, carers and students for the commitment they have shown towards their studies in these unprecedented times. I would also like to thank all of those who have taken the time to contact us to thank school for the work we have provided and the provision we have put in place. Your support is warmly appreciated by everyone here at Don Valley.
On Thursday 2nd July, the Government announced that schools will fully reopen from September and I write to you now with an update on our plans to reopen our Academy. In order for us to do this safely there are a number of changes we have had to make to the Academy day.
We are keen to provide as much information as possible, to help students, parents and carers plan for the months ahead. In addition to this letter we will be posting regular updates and information via the school gateway app, on our website and twitter pages.
Changes in September will include:
✓ Year groups will be taught in their own ‘bubbles’. This means they will be in year groups and will not be allowed to mix with other year groups in the Academy. This includes their break and lunchtimes. Unfortunately we will also have to suspend VMG’s until guidance allows year groups to merge again.
✓ Year groups will have their own ‘zones’ within the Academy. The vast majority of their lessons (except for specialist teaching such as PE, Technology, music, computing and Art) will be taught in their zones.
✓ The teachers will now move to the students as opposed to the students moving around Academy.
✓ Students will follow a curriculum and lesson structure which is as close as possible to that which they are familiar with. Minor adjustments may need to be made to allow for our new working arrangements and to ensure all students are safe.
✓ Any specialist rooms used will have a thorough clean if they are being used by different year groups.
✓ There will be staggered start/finish times and year groups will use different entrance/ exit points to minimise overlap between different year groups.
✓ Students will need to bring their own bag and will be given a planner and knowledge organiser on their first day.
✓ Each desk will have a stationery pack which includes a black pen, pencil, erasure, ruler and highlighters. Students can bring their own pencil case and stationery.
✓ The assembly hall will be converted into a second dining space to enable year groups to separate at break and lunch time.
✓ All students will be expected to wear correct Academy uniform from September including full PE kit.
✓ There will be no breakfast club however we will be offering all students a ‘bagel on the blue line’, which they can eat as they make their way from the bus or the gate to the Academy.
✓ Students will be asked to arrive on or as near as possible to their start time and go straight to their lessons.
The entrance to the Academy has now changed. Please check the video below to see where your year group entrance is. When you arrive at your entrance you will be greeted by your learning manager and sanitise your hands when entering the Academy.