Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are all keeping well, and looking forward to returning to school next week.

This is a bitty letter as it includes lots of information. There is a video on the college YouTube account and website that may help clarify many of the issues in this letter, it can be found at:

https://youtu.be/SCpe5nqGqg0

https://oakgrovecollege.org.uk/covid-procedures/

On this website link there will also be the new risk assessment and protocols booklet for staff. These have been updated to reflect March 2021.

Parent gate protocol

Students in Koa and Animus should be collected from the parent gate at 2:45pm for a rapid handover. Sixth form students should be collected at 2 50pm. Subject based learners (those in Avatar, Marvel and Da Vinci) should be collected at 3pm.  Parents should ensure they are wearing a mask and are socially distanced from each other (please wait on the far side until your time slot).  Please do not arrive earlier than stated, and please also leave the grounds as quickly as possible to avoid any bottlenecks.

Your Space Parent Counselling Service

To support our families we have established a telephone counselling service that will be available without referral. This is available on Wednesdays from 10am until 11am starting on 10th March.

Contact number: 01903 209991

OGC has established this service with our counselling provider for students (who have always done an excellent job). This will run as a trial: please do make use of it if you wish to. If no one uses it then we will withdraw it.

Timetable for return:

Year group/ area of college Day for first Covid test (families will need to bring students in for this 10am -1pm) Return to college
Year 7 Thursday 4th March Monday 8th March
Year 8 Friday 5th March Tuesday 9th March
Year 9 Monday 8th March Thursday 11th March
Year 10 Tuesday 9th March Thursday 11th March
Year 11 Thursday 4th March Monday 8th March
Year 7 Koa Thursday 4th March Monday 8th March
Koa Tuesday 9th March Wednesday 10th March
Sixth Form Monday 8th March Wednesday 10th March
Animus Friday 5th March Tuesday 9th March

The timetable has changed for first tests to ensure we can fit all the tests in during the first few days back and allow all staff to be back in class by Monday 15th March.

Masks for the return to college:

There are a number of points that have changed compared to the last time when all students were in college:

  • Masks should be worn in college (including classes) and around college by students who can tolerate this
  • Masks should be worn in classes where this does not impact on communication in class by staff

Testing in college;

The whole staff team has now moved to home testing on a twice weekly basis.

Annual reviews:

These will continue to be remote meetings at present.

Swimming pool:

This will not be open in the week commencing 8th March and we hope to open as soon as possible after the 15th March. The new filters are in, the new hoists are in, new lighting in the pool has been fitted and we await two specific screws to fit a filter back on and then we can start to fill it up (this takes time to do, heat the water and get the chemical balance right).

Free School Meals

The voucher system stops from next week and we cannot issue vouchers going forward. We can issue food parcels if and where these are needed for families where students are still needing to shield.

West Sussex County Council have also confirmed they will not be providing FSM vouchers over Easter.

Thank you to all of you for your support, cooperation, nurture and encouragement over this lockdown. You have all worked hard to support each other, your young people and the whole college community. It will feel strange all coming back together again. It is also exciting! We are looking forward to moving back to more forms of normal. We are looking forward to develop, re build and enhance our connections with all students and to help them thrive, learn and mature.

As a team, families and the staff have the ability to ensure all our young people will continue to be successful and develop, where “everyone matters and every day counts”.

Hopefully this is the last Friday evening lockdown letter you will ever see!

It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with you all.

#proudofteamOGC

Yours sincerely,

Phillip

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

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