Further to the official approval by the KHDA, we are delighted to confirm that Foremarke will start the academic year 2020-21, with all pupils returning to our fantastic campus, for the whole day, every day.
There will be some modest adjustments to drop off and pick up times for some year groups, to ‘stagger’ the arrival of larger groups of pupils at busy times. We are confident that the health and safety of our pupils and our staff will not be compromised by enabling all pupils and all staff to return safely to school on 30th August, whilst still adhering to strict health and safety protocols, including social distancing.
The safety and wellbeing of the whole community remains our top priority, but we also want to ensure that continuity of learning is secured and that we do all we can to help our pupils thrive academically, socially and mentally. Pupil well-being is at the forefront of our minds.
Please be in no doubt that Foremarke will exceed the minimum health and safety requirements for schools, which were recently shared by the KHDA. These requirements include:
- Strict drop off and pick up arrangements, including taking the temperature for everyone who enters the school
- Maintaining physical distance guidelines throughout the school day
- Limiting the numbers of students in classrooms.
- Identifying potential medium and higher risk activities, such as music and team sports, and ensuring that any resumption is gradual and subject to thorough risk assessment.
- Sterilising and cleaning the school on a regular basis
- Organising the students’ day to avoid high concentrations of students in any one place
- Limiting gatherings and suspending group activities such as assemblies, school trips, celebrations, sports events and student camps
- Reducing the bus capacity to 30%; maintaining social distancing on buses; taking all passengers’ temperatures on boarding
- Ensuring that support & maintenance service staff do not enter the school when students and staff are present
- Appointing a trained health and safety official to ensure compliance
We are also reviewing some of the positive outcomes in teaching and learning from this intense period of distance learning; Foremarke intends to continue to provide a degree of distance learning in Term 1 in order to maintain continuity of learning and to protect the health of the most vulnerable.
We look forward to welcoming you to Foremarke.
Stay safe and we will see you soon.