13th November 2020
I want to thank you for your support and warm welcome since I joined KPHS – and please tell your children how grateful I am for their friendly welcome too! This has been an unusual start to a new job as you might imagine – while any new Head wants to review provision and find the most important areas to develop, there is so much more to get to grips with just at the moment.
Firstly – I am reviewing our model and structures in terms of the bubbles in place and the timetable we follow to make sure it is the best compromise we can have between quality provision and safe operations. There have now been two cases where we have been able to keep contacts down below 30 – but I must be really clear with you all and say that we are still having several cases a week reported and that does mean we have to take action as best we can to try and halt transmission if that person has been in school. The contact tracing system and seating model we now use will allow us to reduce possible contacts in some cases – but not all. Where we can keep numbers asked to isolate down, we will do so, but we will also act safely.
To help us reduce the numbers of students asked to isolate when a +ve case is identified, it is important we all remember the following:
1: Do not send your child into school if they have any covid related symptoms (persistent cough/sore throat, difficulty breathing or high temperature) and book a test for them, keep them off until the result arrives.
2: Do not send your child into school if they – or any member of their household – is awaiting a test result.
I do understand that it is frustrating to keep them home, but if they are at home, they cannot generate contacts at school, and that means we do not need to close any bubbles linked to them – and the risk of transmission is reduced.
Secondly, you will have seen that we have made some changes to the way our online learning works for when children are asked to work from home. Next week I will make sure you have a summary available to you of how this will work – the aim is to increase the amount of lessons the children can access “live” online or with a teacher available to chat to them and respond to questions. The staff here have worked hard in the last two weeks to increase their own skill set in this – we are determined that we will provide education as continuously as possible this year in all circumstances, and we will get better at doing so all the time.
Thirdly, I do want to tell you how beautifully KPHS students observed the Remembrance Day silence this week and how fantastic their work was on this theme. If you don’t follow any of our Twitter or Instagram pages it is worth doing so to see what the students are up to – you will be proud of them.
Finally, as always – do have a lovely weekend, stay safe and stay home,