Dear Parent / Carer
I would like to start off by thanking the students for how well they engaged in the live lessons this week. It was a steep learning curve for all of us at the start, but as the week went on we became more comfortable with the technology and were therefore able to teach some great lessons. As I have said previously, there is no substitute for face-to-face teaching, but I do feel this is by far the best provision we could have offered our students this week. Please do take a moment to share your thoughts on the remote learning offer this week in the questionnaire at the end of this letter.
Many of you will have seen in the news on Thursday that the remote learning provision will continue during the first week back after the holidays for all students, apart from Years 11 and 13 who will continue with their lessons and mock exams in school as planned. Further detailed information for these two year groups will follow from their Head of Year. Therefore, for the week beginning Tuesday 5th January, year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 students will be expected to follow their timetabled lessons online at home. To ensure remote learning is focused and students feel supported, we will continue with the provision of live lessons delivered from school (unless a teacher is unwell or unable to present in front of a camera), with the exception of core PE lessons. All students will follow their individual timetable including form time in the morning where their register will be taken. The register will also be taken at the start of every lesson so we can monitor students’ attendance throughout the day. Your son or daughter will be given a TEAMS invite for all their sessions via their school Outlook (email) address.
For Skooler issues the support number is 020 8344 2125.
For any IT technical issues please do contact the IT team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or, if the matter is urgent, on:
Tel: 020 8344 2104
Tel: 020 8344 2180
Tel: 020 8344 2102
If you feel there may be a day where childcare will be extremely difficult, we will do our best to accommodate your child if they are not self-isolating. Please do contact email@example.com with your request.
Reports and MCAS
This week should have seen the release of our new My Child At School (MCAS) app and the distribution of reports. Due to key members of staff being absent from school, these will both be delayed to the new year.
Mass Testing in Schools
Over the holidays we will be working to find a solution as to how we, as an educational institution, can additionally find the resources and time to periodically test large numbers of staff and students in order to help reduce the spread of the virus and avoid any future outbreaks. Part of the remote learning feedback questionnaire above also asks parents and carers to consent to their child undergoing periodic COVID tests, for example, at the start of term or when we see a rise in cases in our school and community. The questionnaire also asks parents and carers to express their interest in the possibility of being involved during the process of administering tests. Further information about mass testing in schools can be found here- https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/12/15/mass-testing-in-schools-your-questions-answered/
Please do take a moment to share your thoughts on the remote learning offer this week and the Covid Rapid Testing Process here.
In the meantime, we wish to continually track the spread of the virus in the East Barnet Community. It is really important therefore that, if your child either becomes unwell with COVID over Christmas, has a positive contact, or is isolating and will not be returning to school in January, you notify us via the form below:
Covid Winter Fund Scheme
The local authority has confirmed that all students in receipt of Free School Meals will qualify for the Covid Winter Fund Scheme and receive a voucher to the value of £63. In January all families entitled to this scheme will be notified when the vouchers will be distributed.
All this leaves me to say is what a year 2020 has been for us all! The resilience our young people, staff and families have demonstrated through such a difficult time has been impressive. We will continue to hold on to hope as we know brighter days are ahead, and we will continue to support and look after one another during this turbulent time. Do get some rest and enjoy time together. We look forward to welcoming all our students back in the new year.
Government guidance for the Christmas period: Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
During the holidays if your son/daughter feels anxious or overwhelmed then then please do use the online wellbeing platforms suggested below:
Kooth has 24/7 advice for young people about their wellbeing. It’s even open on Christmas day.
Young Minds has a useful parent helpline.
Anna Freud has a number of podcasts explaining common mental health concerns for young people and offers support to parents/carers.
We are delighted to premiere our Christmas Concert on the following link: https://youtu.be/onYtnWgqGxU Enjoy!