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Message from Mrs Woodfin, Monday 11th May

Date published: Mon 11 May 2020   Author:    Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Monday 11th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you got to enjoy some relaxation over the long weekend.

A few updates:

We remain at 34% of staff currently being impacted by COVID-19.

We have given £9,345 worth of vouchers for the FSM students.

So, the new message from the Prime Minister is ‘stay at home and stay alert’ however, this slight change of message provides no real change to our provision in the near future. The only real sense of a way forward that was mentioned is that it is hoped that students that are sitting exams next year will hopefully get the opportunity to return to school before the end of the academic year.  The key message I take from that statement is that it seems the current core guiding principle for the government for the reopening of secondary schools would be the progress of year 10 and 12 students, so any phased return would obviously need to maximise the attendance of those year groups. However, in my opinion this may change over time to a more economic argument and it may well be that students of parents of particular professions get to return to school first. Or a combination of both? Who knows? There are certainly more questions than answers at this stage. The government plan is however a conditional plan which will respond to the new COVID Alert Levels so we will need to continue to listen to daily guidance and respond accordingly. The Prime Minster is releasing more detail today regarding the modifications of the measures, I will go through this report in detail and update you as needed.   I realise that many of you will be anxious and overwhelmed by this update from the Prime Minister. Please remember, we will continue to work together, your child catching up will be our priority when we return, as a staff we are already working on how that is going to work and what it will look like in the classroom. We must maintain our resilience over these coming weeks and do everything possible to remain connected and support our community. As I said on Friday, please try to not stress about the amount of work your child is completing. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact the teacher directly to get support.

Have a good week.

Stay safe,

Amanda Woodfin



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