Once again a big thank you to our KPHS community for your support over the last week – it is appreciated and the staff and students here are working hard to maintain as much normality as possible. We have started to see fewer cases in general, but those that do occur still require us to close bubbles and isolate contacts which can mean that the disruption caused does not necessarily fall in line with the case numbers. You can do so much to help simply by being vigilant with symptoms, not sending them in if they have a temperature, persistent cough/sore throat or breathlessness – and I know you are doing all you can to help us keep things going, so thank you.
Please note that the students are starting to forget their masks a little more as time wears on – please support us by making sure they are equipped when they leave the house. We will also have to start charging for the many masks we hand out daily, so if we do supply them you may see a nominal cost of 25p appear on ParentPay. Wearing a mask is not a solution in itself of course – but taken with the many other measures in pace it makes a difference and is a mark of respect for others while the pandemic continues. If you believe your child is exempt from wearing one, please contact Ms Griffith to arrange a pass if required.
In January I am looking at ways to alter our timetable so that we can reduce the size of the bubbles in all year groups and also ensure standard-length lessons for all students, this will mean the quality of what we can deliver will improve again, but it will mean planning very carefully how we bring them back in January, so we that we can arrange them in their new bubbles and timetables smoothly and without risk of mixing the new bubbles. As soon as I am confident we have a model that will achieve this I will share it with you of course.
If you are a parent of Y11 – please tell them well done from me! Their online attendance has shot up since we moved our lessons into a more live format and they are trying really hard – I am so proud of them, it isn’t easy to be disrupted in this way but they are persevering and doing so well. They deserve great credit.
As we come out of lockdown and into Tier 3 again, please remember that the restrictions are not very different from what is in place now for us; there should still be no mixing of bubbles in homes or gardens (this includes the students, who should not be mixing outside school) – but I think it is worth noting that perhaps now we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel – if we can keep following the guidance now, maybe next year will get that bit easier more quickly. Speaking as a parent of two children with exams next year, I hope that, by working together to keep transmission low, we can help all our young people have a more typical summer and a fairer chance at doing their best – but, we need to follow the restrictions now if this is to happen. I know how hard it is – and I know how hard you are all trying. Thank you – it will make a difference.