Guidance for Parents/Carers

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has made adjustments to its policies and procedures to ensure that we can all stay healthy and safe when the school reopens. The changes relating to each area are listed below.

Uniform Students are expected to adhere to the uniform policy at all times.
All uniform items, except for the school blazer, should be washed every day where possible. The school blazer should be washed at least once a week.
If students have PE on their timetable, they will be expected to wear their PE kit to and from school, as social distancing requirements make the changing rooms inaccessible.
Please note that the uniform policy has not changed and violations, such as false nails, facial piercings, unnatural hair colour and extreme hair styles, will result in sanctions.
Student entry  into and exit from school All students are expected to enter school via the specified entry block (see below)
All students must wash their hands on entry and exit from school
Movement around the building We are introducing teaching and break time year bases. This means that most year groups will have classrooms in a specific area of the school and the teachers will move to the class. There are exceptions of course, such as PE, but we are aiming to reduce movement around the school as much as possible.
Eating and play areas will be year-specific. These will be clarified with the students during their induction days in the first week of September.
Hygiene expectations Toilets will be year-group zoned and there will be high expectations of personal hygiene, with numerous additional sanitisation stations around the building and regular opportunities to use them. Additionally, we would like to encourage your child to bring a personal hand sanitiser to school.
To avoid cross contamination, it is vital that your child brings their own stationery to school, including pens, pencils, eraser and the recommended calculator.
Food provision Please send your child to school with a packed lunch if possible. This will help us to ensure that social distancing measures can be more easily applied.
To protect the catering staff and pupils, we will not be providing hot meals. We will provide grab bags with a variety of options, such as pizzas, pasta pots, baguettes and sandwiches alongside cookies, waffles and drinks. A full list of options and details of how to pre-order food will be emailed out to parents and placed on the school website before September.
As the biometric fingerprint system will not be used, we will put in place a pre-ordering system and the grab bags will be issued in the students’ zoned areas at break and lunchtimes.
The behaviour policy We have made additions to the list of sanctions to incorporate COVID-related behaviours. Please ensure that your child is aware of the potential dangers of spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing, shouting, singing and touching others.
If your child deliberately flaunts the rules, we will have no alternative but to send them home as they will be considered a health and safety risk to all those around them.
Curriculum Students will be following their usual timetable and there will be no narrowing of the curriculum or fewer learning hours per week. Wherever possible, we will endeavour to deliver our normal curriculum.
There might be slight changes to sequencing in order to adhere to social distancing protocols, mainly affecting some of our more practical subjects.
There will be a blended learning offer for those students to have to self-isolate, should that become necessary.
Travelling to and from school Students must follow government guidelines regarding face masks when travelling on public transport.
Students must follow government guidelines regarding social distancing when walking to and from school

Lunch Choice Menu During COVID Restrictions

Due to COVID restrictions and to ensure students remain in their year group bubbles during break and lunch periods, students will eat lunch in a variety of year group bases around the school. To facilitate this and ensure provision can be delivered to each area, an adapted break and lunch menu will be in place until restrictions can be eased.

Cashless Catering:
All students and staff will have to use the online cashless catering system (ParentPay) to upload money onto their account, as the cash upload machines in school will not be accessible. Money can also be uploaded using Pay Points at local shops.

At break time, students will be able to select from a limited provision of drinks and snacks and payment will be taken remotely using the student’s name and form due to the Biometrics Fingerprint recognition system being disabled.

For lunch you will need to place your orders for the week by Monday 9 am of that week. Again, payment will be taken remotely using the information on the form. NB: Free School Meal allocation will be automatically be applied to those students who are eligible. Lunch will be prepared for your child each day and delivered in a sealed bag to their year group base. Students will need to show their school planner as identification to collect their lunch.

We appreciate that this is a very different provision from our usual methods. However, to ensure the reduction in contact points and the maintenance of year group bubbles, there is, unfortunately, no other alternative.

As usual, students are able to bring in snacks and drinks from home as well as a packed lunch.

NB: Students with insufficient funds will be allowed to purchase food for that week. However, parents will be contacted each Friday to ensure funds are reimbursed.

IF YOU REQUIRE A REMINDER LETTER ON HOW TO ACCESS PARENTPAY ONLINE OR WISH TO TOP UP USING A PAY POINT, PLEASE EMAIL finance@st-michaels.sandwell.sch.uk

ONLY COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU WISH TO ORDER LUNCH PROVISION FROM THE SCHOOL KITCHEN.

ANY FOOD ORDERED AND NOT COLLECTED WILL STILL BE CHARGED.

COVID Risk Assessments & Procedures