March Full Re-opening of School

Everyone at FHS is really looking forward to seeing the full return of all staff and students during week beginning 8 March.

Important Communications

Testing

Students will require three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests as they return to school and prior to commencing self-testing at home. Full information on these arrangements can be found on our Test Centre web page.

Please click here to access the testing programme prior to return to school.

Return to School

To enable the testing programme to be successfully completed, there will be a phased return to school as outlined below. Students will resume normal timetabled lessons on these dates:

Tuesday 9 March

  • Year 11
  • Year 12
  • Year 13

Wednesday 10 March

  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • (Years 11-13 continue)

Arrival Times and Gates

Please note the staggered arrival times and gates below (click image to enlarge):

Bubbles

Students will return to their bubbles and be taught the same timetable and in the same rooms that they used prior to lockdown.  The week beginning 8 March is a Week 2. Student timetables are available on Class Charts.

Face Coverings

The re-opening guidance received from the Government has indicated that face coverings (masks) must be worn in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained.   This will be reviewed at Easter.  Students will require a face covering which will need to be worn throughout the day.  Where students are outside at break and lunch time they will be able to remove their face covering but should try to maintain a distance from their friends.

A very small number of students may be exempt. The government has refined the list of exemptions for schools and identified these students as:

  • Those that cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical impairment or disability, illness or mental health difficulties.
  • Those who speak to, or provide help to, someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.

A small number of children who are exempt have chosen to wear an exemption lanyard which helps to prevent them being challenged.  If you think your son or daughter may be exempt please discuss this with his/her Climate for Learning Leader in the first instance.

The wearing of visors or face shields is not permitted under the Government guidance and useful guidance about how to remove face coverings safely can be found here.

Whilst this will prove a challenge for all of us in our school community we understand it will bring some peace of mind to parents that students are both affording greater protection to themselves as well as protecting others

Please ensure you also read the information letters at the top of this page which contain more detailed arrangements for the full re-opening of school, including lunch arrangements, equipment and support arrangements.