Dear Parent /Carer
I wrote to you prior to the half term holiday to update you on our current position following the latest government announcements. Although we continue to operate our childcare provision for children of government identified key workers and vulnerable children, we are now in the process of planning our next steps forward to accommodate more students and we would be grateful for your assistance by returning some information to enable us to make further preparations.
From the week beginning 15 June, secondary schools will be able to offer face to face support for Year 10 and Year 12 students. Year 10 have been prioritised by the government as they are already engaged on their GCSE courses and are preparing for key examinations next year. We would strongly recommend, wherever possible, that your child attend these sessions, which will provide vital catch up opportunities aimed at addressing the impact of schooling already missed.
In terms of practical arrangements, the government has stipulated that only one quarter of each year group will be able to attend on any one day. With regards to Year 10, this means that we will be able to provide every student with one day per week of bespoke teaching alongside continuing remote education. We will be following government guidance and anticipate that class sizes will be significantly smaller than usual. This will enable us to ensure sufficient distance between students in their classrooms. We will also be implementing stringent social distancing and strict hygiene measures. Further details of our provision will be supplied to parents in advance of any return to the academy.
In addition, the Department for Education has provided the following guidance to schools and parents:
- No one with symptoms should attend a setting for any reason;
- Eligible children- including priority groups- are strongly encouraged to attend their education setting, unless they are self isolating or they are clinically vulnerable (in which case they should follow medical advice);
- If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, they should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to, and the child is able to understand and follow those instructions;
- Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.
If you would like more information, the government has produced the following document for parents and carers:
In order to plan for face to face support for Year 10 students, we would like your help in establishing the number of children we need to plan to accommodate by asking you to complete the short survey below by Wednesday 10th June.
I know that many of you will rightly have concerns about health and safety. Ensuring that the site is safe for staff and students has been our priority over the last few days, as we work towards a wider re-opening. It is important to note that a full risk assessment has been completed to ensure the safety of students and measures have, and will, be taken to adhere to social distancing.
Finally, we would like to thank you for your patience and support throughout these unprecedented times.