As we begin a second lockdown (this time with schools open to all students), I wanted to write to reassure and remind you of the protection measures and support in place for your child.
Last night the Department for Education released additional guidance for schools which comes into effect on Monday 9th November. Whilst safety always remains paramount, it is important for students’ education and social, emotional and mental health that we maintain a sense of normality and routine so, for the most part, there are minimal changes. Our school day and curriculum will continue as they have since September with the same stringent protection measures in place. The students have adapted brilliantly to these and we continue to be very proud of their sense of personal responsibility, positivity and maturity.
The minor changes that MAY affect you are outlined below:
The government advises that extracurricular clubs should pause during lockdown. From Monday 9th November we will be cancelling all after school clubs. Break and lunchtime clubs will continue as part of the normal school day.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Children
“Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow original shielding advice. Parents are advised to contact to their child’s GP or specialist clinician if they are unsure whether their child is still classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.”
If your child IS still classed as CEV, then they should shortly receive a government letter and you should contact your child’s Head of Year to apply for a COVID-IEP Remote Learning arrangement.
Clinically Vulnerable (CV) Children And Children Living With CV/CEV Household Members.
“Children who are clinically vulnerable or have underlying health conditions but are not clinically extremely vulnerable, may continue to attend school in line with current guidance. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend education.”
Again, we would like to reassure you that we have all the recommended protection measures in place. However, we also recognise that these are challenging times and you may have specific family circumstances that you wish to discuss. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s Head of Year via the contact us page of the website.
Visitors to Bodmin College
For the safety of all we continue to limit visitors to essential pre-booked appointments only. We also ask that parents support us in keeping visits to a minimum by ensuring your child has everything they require for the day avoiding the need to drop anything off. If the item is absolutely essential for that day then please ensure the item is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Other useful information
- Face-Coverings in Schools – There is currently no change to our current College policy on face-coverings. Full details are available in our parent FAQs and washable, reusable face coverings are still available via our College Shop for £1.10. Unless exempt, please ensure that your child brings a clean face-coverings in a plastic bag to school each day along with at least one spare.
- Transport To/From School – There are no changes to our advice for transport to/from school, however we continue to encourage students to walk or cycle where possible. With this in mind, we are pleased to be launching a new Ride & Stride scheme which is not only healthier, better for the environment but also encourages social distancing. Look out for details in our parent bulletin, website and social media.
We know that a second lockdown may bring additional challenges to you and your family. Please be assured that as always, we have an exceptional level of support available for your child. If they are worried in any way they should speak to their tutor, Head of Year or our student support team who will be able to help. For parents/carers affected by lockdown difficulties, I have included some useful links at the end of this letter.
Finally a reminder that despite lockdown, there is always much to celebrate. There are many wonderful stories of community spirit and students’ success shared regularly on our website and social media. Please do take a look and support us in congratulating their amazing achievements and contributions.
I hope that this letter provides you with the updated guidance you need. Remember that all Covid19 related information is available on our website along with regularly updated Parent FAQs. Should you have any other questions or queries, please use the contact us section of the website.
Thank you for again for your much appreciated and continued support.
Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Useful links for Parents/Carers Facing Difficulty in Lockdown
- Cornwall Council ‘Together for Families’ – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/covidresilience
- Samaritans – 24 hour free helpline 116 123 or org.uk
- MIND (Mental Health charity) – 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9-6) or org.uk
- Cruse Bereavement Care – 0808 8080 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30-5) or org.uk
- Cornwall Bereavement Network – for practical advice following a bereavement 01872 252713 (Mon-Fri 9-4). For emotional support services, 01726 829874 (7 days 10-6).
- Refuge (advice on dealing with domestic violence) – 24 hour helpline 0800 2000 247 or org.uk and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help
- Turn2Us (financial support charity/grants) – https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Turn2us-Funds/Turn2us-Coronavirus-Grant-Fund
- Parenting programmes for supporting children of all ages- https://www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/integratedworking.page?integratedworkingchannel=1