Dear parents and guardians
Please find attached a letter from Sheffield City Council, outlining the council’s position on the re-opening of schools based on advice from the Director of Public Health. In short, the council is asking schools not to increase numbers of students before 15th June, to allow time for the test and trace system in Sheffield to become established.
This does not affect our plans as we had already made the decision not to begin increasing numbers of students in school until 15th June at the earliest, to give us time to respond to updated government and local health advice. Over the half term break, we did receive some updated guidance for secondary schools which said that we should have a maximum of one quarter of all Y10 students in school at any one time from the point we begin to open more widely. We are adjusting our plans based on this guidance and the feedback from parents of students in Y10 who have responded to the survey sent out before the half term. We will be publishing more detailed plans for reopening as well as an update to how home learning will be supported this half term later this week, unless there is any change which causes us to have to further review plans.
Many thanks for your continued support and my best wishes to all our students and their families.
Mr S Davies
-- Letter for Parents --
Please see below for an addendum to our Safeguarding Policy.
Please see below for advice for parents when your child is unwell
Best wishes to all our students and families.
Please find below some useful advice and guidance on working at home:
Please find below information from our Sheffield Public Health Director, Greg Fell about social distancing as a family and keeping healthy during these uncertain times:
Update 24th March
I hope all is going well with our students who are working at home. Please see some helpful advice for good mental health during this period of lockdown.
-- Healthy Minds Leaflet --
Having joined millions doing the ‘PE with Joe’ along with my daughter this morning, I would very much recommend that for our students and their families if you can find 30 mins in the morning. You can access a live stream at 9am each day, or follow the workout via Youtube at any time by going to this link; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Update 20/03/20 - Please note the Letter for Y7-Y12 parents below has been updated with information regarding Key Workers and Free School Meals
Please note, we will be contacting all key workers later today who told us they may need their children to come into school to confirm details of this arrangement. We are also directly contacting any other students who need to come to school on Monday.
Any other children who arrive at school from Monday 23rd March onwards will be sent home unless and until we receive further guidance from the government.
As we come to the end of an unprecedented week a few key reminders before school shuts today for the majority of students but remains open for children of key workers and vulnerable students.
A reminder that the first piece of government advice is that during the current public health situation the safest place for all children if possible is at home and if this is feasible for your child then try to follow this. Not all children of key workers or vulnerable children need to be in school if they can safely be accommodated at home during school closure. Some of this will obviously be done in consultation with the school and we are initiating contact with home where we feel that is appropriate.
In line with the government guidance, we will continue to provide staff supervision for students whose parents are key workers who would not be able to attend work if their children are not in school.
We will not be running normal lessons during this time. Students will be supervised doing the same work that is being set for those who are staying at home.
The guidance for everyone is to stop unnecessary travel and contact with others in order to slow the spread of the virus. This means that students should not come into school where it is not necessary for them to do so. They will not be missing out on provision that is different to those who are working from home.
Please if you have not yet seen it can I guide you towards the letter that Mr Davies sent home yesterday and the link below to the survey for the children of key workers. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience so that for safeguarding and supervision reasons we know who we expect to see next week.
Thank you all for your continued support and god bless to all.
Mr Scriven - Designated Safeguarding Lead
You will no doubt have heard the government announcement about school closures from Monday 23rd March. You will also be aware that children of key workers and those who may be particularly vulnerable will be able to attend and of alternative arrangements regarding summer examinations for Y11-13.
We need you to:
1. Scroll down and open up either the section of our website titled ‘Letter for Parents of Y7-12 students’ or ‘Letter for Parents of Y13 students.’
2. Please read these letter(s) through carefully.
3. After reading the relevant letter, if you believe that you are a key worker AND that you will need to send your child into school for supervision/child care reasons, please scroll down to complete the ‘Key Worker Parent Questionnaire.’ This will enable us to plan adequate supervision over the coming days and weeks.
The letters give you all the information that know right now. We appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and that it is far from ideal. We will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.