Arrangements for the start of the Summer Term (commencing Tues 14th April 2020)
As per my letter dated 26/03/2020, I am writing to remind you that our online remote learning provision will resume as planned on Tuesday 14th April 2020.
Over the past few weeks, a lot has changed and numerous amounts of guidance have been published by the government and other sources. We appreciate that this can be difficult for families to keep on top of and can be confusing at times. We endeavour to keep you informed as best we can. For the start of the summer term our remote learning provision will continue in the same format as it did for the week of the 23rd-27th March, however, we are continuing to review the ever-changing situation and as such will look to publish further guidance on this in due course.
We know that during this unprecedented time, families will be facing their own difficulties and managing remote learning can be challenging. Our primary aim is to support our students and families and ensure that you have access to all the resources you need. How much your child is able to complete will depend on your family’s personal circumstances and we leave that to your judgement.
- Due to the unusually high level of email queries and the reduced staffing, we may not be able to reply to every individual email. We are continuing to send out regular FAQs and Key Information to parents. This is also available on our website home page.
- Communication with staff – students should use SMHW for queries relating to remote learning resources. For all other enquiries, please be mindful that the volume of emails is significantly higher than normal and many teachers are also balancing their own families’ remote learning too. For general enquiries please use the contact us section of our College website.
- The FAQ pages include a series of links to the government’s website. Their advice is regularly updated so to help you keep informed we endeavour to post key information via our Facebook page too. Recent updates include:
- Guidance to support mental and physical wellbeing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing
- Guidance to ensure online safety (item 7.3 on the link below): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
- We continue to provide essential childcare for vulnerable children and children of key workers only where absolutely critical for the child’s safety. Any additional travel increases the risk and spread of infection. Booking required.
Once again, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to you for your continued understanding and support during this period. We recognise that it is a difficult time and that government restrictions and school closures will be affecting families in various different ways. Please continue to stay safe and stay at home this – Protect the NHS and Save Lives.
Have an enjoyable Easter Weekend.
Very kindest regards,
Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams