Update from the Academy
Thank you for your understanding and support over what has been a very unusual half term. It has been lovely to receive so many positive emails and messages from parents who appreciate the ‘extra mile’ that staff are going. Many of you will be aware from our communications that staff have been working relentlessly to ensure parents are kept well informed with regards to self-isolation procedures and that quality ‘live lessons’ are taking place. I have been really impressed with the manner in which students have responded to working under the ‘new normal’ procedures that are in place in the academy and I spoke to them this morning to congratulate them.
We have been able to provide ‘live lessons’ through Teams for the vast majority of our students who have been asked to self isolate. We appreciate this is not as effective as being in the classroom, but it is allowing staff to model and scaffold learning and for students to then be able to apply their new knowledge. Feedback so far from parents, students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive.
We have been extremely lucky to have managed seven full weeks of uninterrupted learning for the vast majority of our students. Some parents may already be aware that in the event of a child having to self-isolate, we have been issued with standard letters from Public Health England, which we circulate immediately. Please be aware that the directive from Public Health England is for schools to employ a rigorous process to identify students who have been in close contact with a confirmed case, so that entire year groups do not have to self-isolate for 14 days. The criteria that defines close contact is based upon the distance and duration of contact between two people. Staff use the same set seating plan for each class, so that in the event of a confirmed case we can easily identify those students who are classed as ‘close contact’.
Should your son/daughter test positive for Covid-19 during the half term break please let us know immediately either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing or texting 07970040479. If a member of your household tests positive the rest of the household should self isolate for 14 days from the date of the onset of symptoms, or where there are no symptoms, from the date of the positive test.
Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and/or
high temperature and/or
a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
Deep Clean over Half Term
Although we haven’t been advised to do so, we are conducting a deep clean over the upcoming holiday. We feel this is a further precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the school community.
Your son/daughter was provided with 3 washable face coverings in September. If you need to buy replacements they are available on our parentpay shop: Parent Pay Shop
Free School Meals
We are pleased to confirm that the Chief Executive and the Major of Doncaster Council has made the decision to provide vouchers over the holiday for families in receipt of Free School Meals. Arrangements are being put in place for the vouchers to be distributed via email on Monday 26 October.
If, as a result of changes to your circumstances, you wish to apply for Free School Meals, please use the link to the Doncaster Council website below
We are keen to provide as much information as possible, to help students, parents and carers plan for the months ahead. In addition to this letter we will be posting regular updates and information via the school gateway app, on our website (www.theallsaints.net) and twitter page (@Delta_RASA). You can register for an account on the school gateway website www.schoolgateway.com where you will be able to view the desktop version. Alternatively, you may wish to download the free smartphone app - available on Apple and Android supported devices. Just search for and install “schoolgateway” from your app store. All you need to register is the e-mail address and mobile number that we have on record for you.
We appreciate the half term holiday will not be as we all expected, but we hope you are able to enjoy some quality family time after a very different, but productive start to the academic year.
Take care and stay safe.