Monday 18th January
Update for Parents and Carers
Dear Parents and Carers,
You will know that on Monday 4 January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Full details of the latest lockdown restrictions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.
We would like to thank you for the understanding and sympathy you have shown to the challenges our school has faced in adapting at very short notice to the changes the government has requested. During the period of national lockdown, Government has advised schools and colleges to allow only children and young people who are considered vulnerable, those with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or with a social worker to attend for face to face learning.
For the national lockdown to be effective, it’s important that we keep the numbers attending school as low as possible whilst allowing those who really need to be in school to have access to place. We are reminding parents and carers that all of us, including children and young people, should stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and you should only send children into school if there is no way they can stay at home and learn remotely. Children with at least one parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker are eligible for a school place. If there is an adult working at home or able to take leave from their non-critical job, this will be deemed as a safe alternative. Please consider the needs of children who cannot safely stay at home because of their personal circumstances or additional needs and those working on the frontline in health and social care, education and in community protection that cannot work remotely when choosing whether you really need to send your child(ren) into school. We may request simple evidence to verify the critical worker status of parents and carers, including seeing a work ID badge or pay slip or a letter from your employer.
We might need to operate a waiting list if we are unable to safely accommodate the number of children whose parents request places and we may ask you to consider sending your child(ren) for some days, but not every day for face to face learning.
You can find a full list of children who may attend school or college and those considered to be critical workers at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
We have been working hard on improving our remote learning provision and this gets better day by day. We are keen to hear your feedback about remote learning, so will be sending a survey this evening to hear your views about what is working well and what isn’t. Please fill this in as soon as possible. We shall then create a working group with a parent representative from every year group, to look at remote learning across the school, so that we can really hear your views and ideas. This group will meet next Monday 25th January at 3pm. If you are interested in joining this group, please register your interest by ticking the relevant box towards the end of the survey. As we are keen to do this quickly, you will need to register your interest by 9.30am on Thursday 21st January. There is limited space so do sign up only if you are able to commit to attending the meeting.
We will be adding the latest risk assessment to our website for your information.
What children and young people can and cannot do during the national lockdown
It’s important that we remember that the rules of a national lockdown also apply to children and young people. The latest lockdown rules mean there must be no household mixing indoors and the opportunity for a household or individuals to meet just one other person (not household) outdoors for exercise whilst maintaining a distance. We know it’s difficult and children and young people especially get bored; however, it’s vital that we all stick to these rules to protect ourselves, our family and friends and to reduce infections in our community. The sooner we can do this; the sooner everyone can return to normality.
We appreciate the pressures and difficulties that a national lockdown places on you and on your children. We know that this is a difficult time and that remote learning can be challenging, however ultimately your efforts will save many lives. Thank you for working with us to provide the best experience possible for your children during this time.
As always, please contact us through the school office if you have any questions or comments.
The Senior Leadership Team