Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, I hope that you are your families are all keeping well. This is a moment in history that we have shared with each other whilst remaining apart and it is one, we will never forget. I know many of you have experienced bereavements during the period of isolation and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you at this difficult time. This has challenging for us all, but please remember that the school is always here to support you and your child in any way we can. East Barnet School has remained open for the duration of the lockdown, both physically and virtually and we have been honoured to support our key worker parents to have enabled them to continue working. We have tried our very best to support your child as best we can and we will always put them first.
The Government have made it clear now that the predominant mode of education during this half term will be remote online learning and students in Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13 will not return to school this academic year. It is sad to think that we will not see them again until September, but we will continue to engage regularly and work hard to provide the best education we can with the resources we have. Mrs Hurst will contact all parents by the end of this week, with an update on our teaching and learning improvements. For example, we will be utilising live lessons in some areas and developing our use of Skooler further to improve the quality of our delivery.
The Government has also indicated they would like us to provide some face-to-face provision for students in Year 10 and 12 to complement the remote learning they are being provided. As a result, from the 15th June 2020, we would hope to be able to begin to invite students in these two year groups into school. I must stress that this will be slow, controlled and with a very small number of students physically in the building at a time. The health and safety of our community is paramount and we will be cautious to enable us to review the situation daily and make changes to our plans if necessary.
Miss Coffill will contact the parents of pupils in Year 10 and 12 directly by the end of this week to explain the logistics of our plan. It must be made clear to the pupils that while our staff and our values remain the same, there are many safety measures that are explained in this PowerPoint which means that school life will not be the same as it was. We will do everything we can to help your child feel welcomed back to school, but there are some new systems that we all must follow in order to ensure everyone is kept safe. Students will not be in school full time and they will attend for half days only. The first two weeks of our return will be pastoral support; where we endeavour to understand and make sense of the lockdown, the students will have time with the pastoral team to ensure they get to grips with the new routines and we will identify gaps in their learning to help us plan.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school and keep positive, keep safe and keep well.