COVID-19 Updates & Remote Learning

January 2021: As all of our students are deemed vulnerable, all of our sites remain open. We know that many of you have chosen to keep your child at home, but please let us know if you decide you want them to come on site and we will set up a programme for them. We believe that we have a good remote learning package with a variety of activities, lessons and virtual sessions as well as some paper and school based learning. Please contact us if you are struggling with any aspect of home/blended learning and we will try to help you with this. The attached link gives more detail and has some frequently asked questions:

What is remote education/learning?

· Remote education: a broad term encompassing any learning that happens outside of the classroom, with the teacher not present in the same location as the pupils.

· Digital remote education: often known as online learning, this is remote learning delivered through digital technologies.

· Blended learning: a mix of face-to-face and remote methods. An example would be the ‘flipped classroom’, where main input happens remotely (for example through video), while practice and tutoring happen in class.

· Synchronous education: this is live; asynchronous education is when the material is prepared by the teacher and accessed by the pupil at a later date.

The local authority are currently offering free courses to parents/carers to help you support your child with learning, mental and physical health during lockdown. Please see the link below and ask your child’s key worker if you need support in applying for these.

Please do not send your child into school if they have any symptoms of Covid. Book at PCR test at your nearest centre. These tests are not being turned around very quickly – often within 24 hours.

We are now offering lateral flow tests in school. You will have received information about this. The testing is voluntary but encouraged. If a member of the school community has a positive lateral flow test, they will need to be collected from school asap, must have a test at a test centre, and self isolate until the result is known. If positive, they must self-isolate for the specified time. If negative, they can return to school. Those who had been in close contact with the person who has tested will be advised about the need to self-isolate – this is only after the positive PCR test, not the test conducted in school. Please contact Louise Cook or Karen Prout if you would like to discuss this further.

23rd September 2020: Please see link for letter from NHS Test and Trace on how to work together to give children their education whilst keeping them and everyone safe.

Students must now wear face coverings if they are using public transport, and we expect them to wear them in all communal areas in school (unless exempt). This does not apply to primary aged students.

We have lots of support and information for you including lots in the link below:

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Updates and advice from the government

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

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