Update - 29 January 2021
January 29th 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
We were all pleased to hear from the government this week that there is the prospect of returning to school, even if that is some way off and depends on statistics of vaccination, as well as the infection rates. We have been informed that ‘If the Government achieves its target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by 15 February then those groups will have developed immunity from the virus around three weeks later, that is by 8 March. It is for this reason that we hope it will therefore be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.’
We therefore expect to begin reopening from 8 March. So far we have not had any information as to what this will mean – whether it will be for some year groups, or for some of the time. As always, we will let you know as soon as we hear.
In the meantime thank you for continuing to support remote learning. Children must make sure they continue to work hard in all years. There is still no decision as to what assessments exam groups will need to take and these could still involve testing. There will be very little time to review topics before the end of Year 11 or 13, whatever is decided by the examining bodies. Teachers are receiving work from students in all Year groups and are annotating their ‘blue sheet’ assessment tasks with their areas for improvement. These routines are crucial to the learning process. We will also continue with producing the set of reports that are scheduled to be sent out to parents at the end of the half term. Please ask your child to show you how they are set work and how they submit it on ShowMyHomework, if you have not already seen this. Can I also remind parents of students in Year 8 that their Parents’ evening is on Thursday 4 February. The online booking system will open on Monday afternoon.
Tutor time drop-ins are working well. We are exploring whether students should be allowed to have their cameras on which will enhance the online experience and enable students to see their friends. Students can turn off their camera should they wish to. There are rules that students will have to abide by of course and some parents will not wish their child’s video to be used in this way. We would be interested to hear your views on this, by Wednesday 3 February please on email@example.com .
The Department of Education has also let us know that all schools will be closed for the February half term. They have again asked school leaders to support the track and trace process over this holiday. Therefore, in the February half term holidays, if your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, please contact the school as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Please do not phone school in the holidays as there will not be staff in school to take your call. If we are informed of a positive case we will liaise with Public Health England and then follow their instructions to notify any close contacts, asking them to self-isolate.
With best wishes
Posted at 13:05 on 29th Jan 2021 Back