Last updated: Thursday 2nd April 2020
Firstly, a huge thank you to all of you for supporting the school during week one of the Closure. The positive feedback has been much appreciated by my colleagues. I hope your children have been able to work successfully and productively while they have been at home with you.
If any of your children have become ill with Covid-19 or have to self-isolate during term time, please will you inform the attendance line on email@example.com.
On other practical matters, we understand your concerns about GCSE and A-level grades. Unfortunately we have not had the data collection tool from OFQUAL/Exam Boards that will be required before any grades are submitted. Any inquiries about grades will therefore be dealt with by the school’s Leadership Group only and not Heads of Department or subject teachers. We will contact Year 11 and Year 13 Parents again, once we are clear about the methodology for calculating grades in lieu of this summer’s public examinations. In the meantime, we cannot guarantee responses to such inquiries before the end of term. We cannot accept or assess any work submitted by GCSE or A-level candidates after the recent mock examinations, unless it is for legitimate coursework purposes.
We are pleased with the initial feedback on Portal online curriculum resource. Please can you bear in mind some of the longer tasks could be spread over time rather than necessarily tackled within the time slot suggested. Online learning needs to be enjoyable as well as productive. You will know better than us if your child is making best use of the suggested two hour slots. There is no expectation that any student goes beyond these sensible limits in the interests of their own health and enjoyment.
The Government has now published social distancing guidance for educational settings and created a single website for all guidance and advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.
We have been made aware that some parents in the County have been approached via text and/or e-mail in relation to Free School Meal arrangements in light of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We understand parents have been asked to provide their bank details and personal information about children who are eligible, including names and dates of birth, with a promise that money will be sent to them directly. This information is not accurate. Further information will be available from government later in the week which will confirm it is the school which will be managing the voucher system in consultation with a government’s identified provider. Please do not respond to any messages you receive about this matter unless they come directly from the school.
Can we also take this time to remind you to be aware of anyone who contacts you either directly or via social media offering services for your family in these difficult times. Unless you can trust them, you should not be sharing personal information related to you or your family as it may not be used in the manner you would have hoped.
Will parents who are key workers and require supervision for their children over the Easter holiday and beyond please fill in the Parentmail survey form if you have not done so already. This will help hugely with our planning. To access the form please log on to your ParentMail account then go to Forms > select Form > complete Form > submit Form. Supervision will be carried out over the holidays on the basis that I and some of my colleagues from the Leadership Group will supervise such an operation. If you would like to be involved and are already DBS checked, please do let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). It will be purely voluntary work.
Do please look after yourselves in the ways we have all become accustomed to nowadays from the health point of view. Keep washing those hands and don’t forget to keep your distance when necessary.
Best wishes and keep safe,
Dr John Weeds
Best wishes and keep safe,
Dr John Weeds