Dear parents / guardians
I hope this letter reaches you and your family in good health and spirits, although I am all too aware that some of our families have faced tragedy during the current crisis – our thoughts are with those pupils, staff and wider families affected.
Online work is being set every two weeks by all subjects. Some subjects like Textiles, Graphics and Art have set ongoing project based work that will last for the half-term.
All pupils will receive an email detailing their work each fortnight from their subject teachers via their school email. This can also be accessed via the Distance Learning section of the school's Moodle page on our website. All pupils have an email and Moodle login. Should you or your daughter have any difficulty, then please contact us via the school office number or the distance learning email address.
We also have a very small number of laptops still available to loan to families to facilitate online work. If you are interested in these, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe that the Local Authority will be implementing a scheme announced by the Department for Education to provide 4G-enabled devices to homes of some Year 10 students without internet access at some stage. We will, of course, be in touch as soon as we have further information.
Some families have requested paper-based work. Again, this is being set every two weeks by all subject teachers. Packs are posted out by the school office no later than the Friday before. Should you require a pack, please contact the school office via phone: 0121 4648346 or email: email@example.com
I have written to parents and emailed Year 11 students about their summer GCSE exams previously. To briefly restate – exam boards will allocate grades based on a number of factors. Where the grade awarded is low we will encourage students to sit the exam in September. Therefore, we encourage Year 11s to continue with their GCSE studies.
All pupils have access to the Science website Educake and Mathswatch with school logins and the French Department has sent out website lists and logins. Some subjects such as History have all of their lessons and resources on Moodle should your daughter need to access work there.
Please do not be overwhelmed by all of the school work coming out to you and your daughter. This work is available with the intention of supporting home learning and the lock down, not add to the stress of it. We recommend that your daughter tries a little and often with variety. If there is work that she cannot do or is struggling with, then to contact her class teacher via email. We are more than glad to help and to do what we can under these difficult circumstances.
We are able to offer parents access to a free webinar which is provided by an organisation the school works with:
Title: How to help your child study effectively without becoming the enemy
Date: Tuesday 12th May 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Sign up link: https://www.elevatecoaching.info/webinar-uk-1/
Free School Meal Vouchers
Edenred are the company chosen by the Department for Education to distribute the Free School Meals Vouchers. If your child is in receipt of Free School please check your inbox and junk folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The emails have been sent to the primary email you have registered on parentmail and were sent out on or around 21st April 2020.
Please note the voucher will be for 4 weeks per child at a value of £60. These vouchers can be spent at a range of supermarkets.
Vouchers will continue to be sent out on a 2 or 4 week period until schools re-open.
We are aware that many families are struggling with loss of income and delays to benefits. If you are having serious financial difficulties and/or need a foodbank referral, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone school on 0121 464 8346. All contacts will be dealt with in confidence.
We hope that your child is staying physically well whilst staying at home, but we also hope that they are looking after their mental health. Staying in some sort of routine can be very useful to ensuring positive mental health at this time so having set meal, exercise and bed times and ensuring that screen time is kept to a healthy level.
Keeping in touch with friends via the vast range of technology now available is also really important for young people at this time. All pupils should have had emails and in some cases phone calls from us signposting them to a number of agencies who offer support with wellbeing, Kooth.com online support service is an excellent source of advice and also offers an online counselling service. For further advice on ensuring positive wellbeing, go to the student pages of our school website, emotional health and wellbeing, support outside school. Attached is a poster with details of how you can still access mental health support from PAUSE. If you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing you can contact us at school on email@example.com and a member of the pastoral team will get back to you.
Return to School
While rumours continue to swirl in the press, we have received no guidance at this time when schools will re-open and for which year groups. We have had some useful experience of keeping children safe whilst continuing to teach the children of key workers, and we are actively planning for different scenarios of how best to safeguard children, staff and their families when school reopens. We will continue to take our responsibility to your children extremely seriously.
Meanwhile, if you wish to access the current provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. We would respectfully ask that you don’t send your daughter into school until you have had confirmation from school that we are expecting her in.
In closing, if you wish to raise any comments, constructive criticism or have positive comments on the performance of our school before and during this shut-down, please email me via email@example.com marking the email ‘FAO Mr Jones’. We look forward to seeing your daughter in school as soon as it is considered safe to do so.
Mr N Jones
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