The De Montfort School
The De Montfort School
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Back To School - September 2020
Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find all the key information you need ready for our return to school in September, including the latest TDMS policy on the wearing of face masks. Please be assured that we have put significant measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. Here is another copy of our main letter with Q/A, our map indicating entrances/exits/zonings, the schedule of which year groups come back when and a student checklist which we will be using on your child's first day.

Click here for the letter home. (English)
Click here for the letter home. (Polish)
Click here for the letter home. (Romanian)
Student Checklist

Year 6 Zone Map
Year 7 Zone Map
Year 8 Zone Map
Year 9 Zone Map
Year 10 Zone Map
Year 11 Zone Map

TDMS Return to School Update (4th September 2020)

Week 1
Monday 31st August 2020 - Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 1st September 2020 - Staff CPD Day 1
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - Staff CPD Day 2
Thursday 3rd September 2020 - Years 6, 9, and 12 (9:00am Arrival)
Friday 4th September 2020 - Years 6, 9, 12 and Years 11 and 13 (9:00am Arrival)

Week 2
Monday 7th September 2020 - Years 6, 9, 12, 11, 13 and Year 7 (9:00am Arrival - Sixth form 11:00am arrival)
Tuesday 8th September 2020 - Years 6, 9, 12, 11, 13, 7 and 8 (9:00am Arrival - Sixth form 11:00am arrival)
Wednesday 9th September 2020 - Year 10 and ALL year groups. (9:00am Arrival - Sixth form 11:00am arrival)

Wearing Face Masks - Updated 28th August 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Further to a meeting (27th August) between Public Health Worcestershire (PHW) and Worcestershire Headteachers, I would draw your attention to the following:
- Please note the distinction between face coverings and face masks
- Face coverings protect other people primarily by you not transmitting droplets
- Face masks (fluid resistant, surgical level) protect you
- Visors are not effective – they help protect eyes, but they do not provide sufficient coverage for nose/mouth protection
- Face coverings are not mandatory and not necessary, if all other control measures (social distancing, hand washing/sanitising, bubbles, ventilation) are in place
- Face coverings are not needed in classrooms, as bubbles are in place. At TDMS, these are year group bubbles
- Face coverings can impact on learning and can be used incorrectly, thereby increasing risk
- Face coverings are only useful in communal areas if social distancing is difficult to enforce
- Corridors are low risk as movement between rooms/areas has only brief direct exposure
- Contact tracing is based on close contact (more than 15 mins at a 1m distance)
- WHO: Over-12s should wear face covering ONLY if the school can’t guarantee 1m distance AND there is widespread transmission in the community
- Worcestershire has low transmission
- Ensuring symptomatic people are not in school is the single most important measure, followed by handwashing/sanitising, ventilation, social distancing and minimising cross bubble contact. All of these are more effective than face coverings
-Parents need to be aware that mingling on the way/to from school is the greatest risk as this might mean prolonged and cross bubble exposure

TDMS position @ 28.08.20:
Parents/Carers have the option to instruct their child to wear a face covering or face mask. Here is a useful online guide on how to wear a fabric face covering correctly:

This position will be constantly reviewed as further information/guidance becomes available

Wearing Face Masks - Updated 26th August 2020

In addition to the guidance on wearing masks on dedicated transport, the government has determined that the wearing of masks in school corridors/communal areas in communities where there is a low incidence of Covid-19 as in Worcestershire, is at the discretion of the Head. Although, we have been planning for the school return throughout the summer and have put in place significant safeguards at TDMS, we understand that this is an anxious time for everyone returning to school and especially those starting a new school. We have decided that you should be able to make the decision as to whether your child should wear a mask to/from school and in corridors/communal areas. This parental choice regarding masks applies to all year groups (not just those in Year 7 and above).

In classrooms, all children are seated side by side (not face to face) and rooms will be well ventilated, so we do not consider it necessary for masks to be worn in the classroom. This is endorsed by the government's guidance.

Staff will also be able to make their own personal decision regarding the wearing of masks, including whether to wear them in the classroom, as we know staff are more significantly vulnerable than the children.

It is essential that masks are worn properly and kept secure in a named sandwich/Ziploc bag in their school bag when not being worn and that your child uses hand sanitiser before putting their mask on and taking it off.

This is our position as of 26th August, but please do check the website regularly as we will amend this policy if we receive further advice from Public Health England/Worcester County Council or the government.