20th November 2020
I write to thank you, as always, for your support of us and the students and to remind you that we remain under lockdown at this time, so outside school or other essential business, the students should not be mixing.
I am sure many of you are aware that there has been some local tensions affecting three or four areas of Rochdale in recent days – some young people are definitely not doing as they should and are out and about mixing and even causing some problems for each other. While many of those involved are not Kingsway students, a very small number are getting themselves into difficult situations. As a parent, this is extremely worrying, and it is important that I am honest with you in describing some of the risks that exist for our young people at the moment.
Firstly, the more they mix with others from other schools – even if there is no trouble – the greater the risk of transmission of the virus which we cannot then easily track.
Secondly and more importantly however, if they are getting involved in rivalries with others, the risk of transmission increases with every contact and every argument – and the risk of them being hurt, drawn into a row or becoming a target themselves increases as well. I don’t want our young people stressed or vulnerable because they have not been able to keep themselves out of trouble, especially now.
Please keep reassuring your children that if we all follow the guidelines life is easier for all of us – and if you know your child is going out when they shouldn’t and you would like our help in dealing with it, please get in touch.
The vast majority of students are getting things right however and this week we have been able to run a “mini assembly” for Y11 to give them some information about this year and what will happen next for them. Parents too have been brilliant this week at keeping us in in the loop with any possible symptoms in the household and keeping students at home if there is any risk – thank you for this, it is so appreciated and makes a real difference to our ability to keep as many students as possible in school, as well as reducing the risk of transmission.
As promised a couple of weeks ago, we have done some work on our online learning offer, and there is now a document on our website – our Continuous Curriculum Plan – which will give you an idea of what we are trying to do, what is expected of the students when they are at home and how to get them online. If you are struggling with this and need some help, please contact your child’s Head of Year or out ICT support team, we are here to help.
Have a lovely weekend,