Remote Learning from 14th December

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Wednesday, 9th December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Remote Learning from December 14th
We know students learn best in the classroom with a specialist teacher but, unfortunately, we have had a dramatic increase in COVID cases recently where previously we had very few. Many classes are being taught by non-specialists and in some cases, due to staff absence, we are asking for external supply cover to come in. In light of this, we have made the difficult decision to keep the students, staff, families and East Barnet community safe by moving to remote learning from Monday, December 14th.

Since late last week, we have had a significant rise in the number of cases at East Barnet School. Currently, we have approximately 20% of pupils who are self-isolating across four different year groups, due to being in close contact with a student at school or in the community, along with a high number of staff absent. With the likelihood of this current trend increasing, I am fearful of both having enough staff to monitor the students whilst on site and the impact of increased cover. You may have noticed some other local schools have made similar decisions, due to the rapid rising of cases in our area. While we recognise the extra pressure this places on parents and carers, it is important that we play our part in reducing the spread whilst keeping our teaching and learning provision to a high standard.

Therefore, from Monday, December 14th, students will be expected to follow their timetabled lessons online at home. To ensure remote learning is focused and students feel supported, we are aiming for all remote lessons to be delivered live from school (unless a teacher is unwell or unable to present in front of a camera) with the exception of core PE lessons. The lessons will feature a recall activity followed by teacher input, deliberate practice and teacher consolidation at the end of the lesson. 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 periodically throughout the day so we can monitor students’ attendance to lessons. Your son or daughter will be given a TEAMS invite for all their sessions via Skooler and their school email address.

How to access Microsoft TEAMS:

  1. Visit the EBS school website and click on the Microsoft icon:
  • Login using your school credentials:
  • You will find the Teams icon on the left:

For Skooler issues the support number is 020 8344 2125.

For any IT technical issues please do contact the IT team via email enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com or, if the matter is urgent, on:

  • Tel. 020 8344 2104
  • Tel. 020 8344 2180
  • Tel. 020 8344 2102

As a further consequence of moving to home learning for the final week, families will have control over ensuring their child stays safe in the lead up to the holidays, meaning they can enjoy time with their loved ones with confidence that they will not spread the virus on to vulnerable members of their family.

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 enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com with your request.

Please do note the remainder of this week will continue as normal and on Friday, December 11th we will still be supporting Save the Children charity where students will be in their school uniform but can wear a Christmas jumper over top.  If you have not already done so, please do purchase a Christmas meal on ParentPay.

Thank you for your understanding at such a difficult time for us all.

Warmest wishes,

Mr Hunt
Acting Headteacher
Mr Ireton
Chair of Governors

    

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