Urgent letter from the Headteacher
Updated: Jan 2
I hope that you have had a good Christmas with your family and wishing you a very Happy New Year.
I am sure that you have seen the news that the Government has delayed the start of school for all students and that this may have caused unease and concern within your family. I am writing to reassure you that we have a comprehensive plan in place to support your child that goes well beyond that of what the government has proposed.
We will offer virtual learning to ALL students from Monday 4th January as per the plan and timetable I sent to you before Christmas. The Government has suggested that online learning should commence from Monday 11th January, however, I prepared staff for this eventuality and want to ensure that your child is able to be back learning and focused on their studies as soon as possible.
Therefore all students will commence online learning from Monday 4th January. Students will receive messages in Teams from Ms Marshall and an online timetable is attached at the bottom of this letter. It will also be added to 'Covid-19 and Remote Learning' section of the website over the weekend. Furthermore, your child's Tutor/Head of Year will be in contact with you via the telephone next week to 'check-in' with you to ensure that you and your family are receiving the support that you need from us.
Children of key workers or vulnerable students will be afforded on-site provision from Monday 4th January. These students who do attend on site will log in to the online learning that is being offered to all students - this is to ensure that all students receive the same educational provision. If you believe that you are entitled to this provision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your intentions and verification of your status as a key worker.
We are currently preparing for mass coronavirus testing within schools, we will write with further details of how this will fully operate next week. I would appreciate your support in this endeavour, in a bid to keep as many students and staff as protected as possible.
If you have any other queries regarding this email, please email email@example.com. If you, a close family member, or your child are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally today, this very different year comes to an end, and what a year it has been. A year of learning new technical skills for us all as social media, Teams, Zoom and other ways of connecting us have become second nature to many of us. A year of so many ups and downs with Covid-19 taking over our news channels and many of our lives in different ways. However, it has also been a year where we can celebrate all that we have done together. Your support and commitment to our school is something to be celebrated and cherished in so many ways. Thank you for all of your support to our school community over this past year. As we go into 2021, we go in with a hope of a brighter future. What great news that a vaccine has not only been found but now approved to be given to millions to help our country and school return to a better place. I am reminded of the promises of the prophet Jeremiah 30:13 "I will give back your health and heal your wounds" says the Lord. Let us pray that this is the case for all of us this New Year. My prayer for all of us is that we come to know God's gift of peace and strength so that we will experience the promise of Jesus to find "Life in all its fullness".
God bless and Happy New Year,
Mr A O'Neill Headteacher