I hope that this letter finds you safe and well.
We know that you will have seen the news that schools may partially open to Year 10 students as from the15th of June. You will also be aware that the R rate for infection in the Northwest has risen over 1. We have created action plans ready for the return of our Year 10s which includes a very detailed risk assessment plan. This is still with the Local Authority for approval and sign off.
As a result of these 2 things, we have made the decision to delay the opening of the school to Year 10s until the 22nd of June. We will however remain open to the children of critical workers and those in the vulnerable category, as we have done since the lockdown began.
Please be assured that we have NOT taken this decision lightly. We know that many children and staff were looking forward to returning but we must keep our children, staff and the wider community safe.
We apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience and disappointment caused for Year 10 parents and students; however, the safety of your child and our staff is our highest priority.
Year 10 students ONLY– On the week beginning the 22nd of June, every Year 10 child will have some face to face support until the end of the Summer term with a member of staff IN school ONCE per week. This face to face session will support your academic learning as well as your mental health and wellbeing. Next week, a member of KPHS staff will contact each Year 10 family and give you further information of the date and time of your child’s face to face
session with a member of staff the week beginning the 22/06/2020. We have put in place significant precautions and safety measures following the Government COVID-19 guidelines. We also expect every Year 10 student to continue accessing the on line learning each school day. If they are unable to do this, then hard copies of resources can be collected from the school. If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is this group, they should NOT come back into school and should continue with their home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable, you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. I want to reassure you that we are NOT going to be pressurising any student to come into school. It would however, be fantastic to see as many Year 10 students as possible coming in for these face to face sessions so that we can maximise their learning and look after
their mental health and wellbeing.
For Years 7-9 – Since the lockdown started some of you have been having regular contact with a member of our Inclusion team. Starting next week, every student in years 7-9 will be contacted WEEKLY to check on their academic learning, mental health and wellbeing. It will be an opportunity for any family to share with staff any concerns they have accessing the online learning or using the hard copies of subject resources. You will also be able to share with
member of staff any other concerns that you may have. We are here to support you in any way that we can.
Thank you to all parents and students who were able to complete the survey. We have now identified the cause of the technical issue and this will be avoided in future home school communication. The information you provided was very helpful in planning the next phase as we prepare for students to return to school. It also gave us a good insight to how we can better support learning from home as well as the well-being of our students. This week, we were able to launch new home learning websites for each year group by emailing the links to students and texting to parents. These websites contain everything a child and their parent
needs as they work from home, including links to learning, timetables, forms to request work packs, parent and student voice, and a range of well-being support. We will continue to update and improve these websites so please do check them regularly.
It is VERY important that ALL students continue to access the on-line learning/resources offer for their year groups. If you have any concerns (NO matter how small), please contact school and we will try and resolve the problem.
Thank you for your continued support. This is NOT an easy time for anyone, and these are unprecedented and uncertain times.
If you have any questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org