15/1/2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well and had a restful break.

Update to school opening

It remains the case that schools remain closed for onsite learning until after February half term for all students apart from key worker and vulnerable students. Please wait to hear from school to confirm what will happen after half term as things are constantly changing.

Thank you for your ongoing support, we have good attendance to online learning from the vast majority of students. All children should be following their online learning timetable and attending all lessons. Please can you make sure that students are attending all of their lessons and complete all work set. We can minimise the disruption to their learning with your assistance.

Those students and parents that do attend site must continue to wear facemasks and use hand sanitiser whilst on the school site as well as keeping two-metre distance at all times.

If you do need assistance with anything, please can you contact the school by phone or email and not attend the school site. We have minimal staff working onsite and we can assist you with most queries virtually. If you do need to attend site please contact the school and arrange an appointment.

Coronavirus

There is currently a National lockdown in place. This means that you should be staying at home and not mixing with other households. Please encourage any family members that are offered the vaccine to take advantage of this to keep them safe.

If any student is ill, then you still need to inform us by either ringing the school after 8.15am or if it is Covid then by completing the Covid form on our website. If there is a positive Covid case in your household then the entire family must isolate. Students can still access online learning if they feel well enough to do so. We need to minimise the spread of Covid.

FSM Vouchers

For those entitled to Free School Meals and have requested a hamper for next week, these will be available in the usual way. The National Voucher Scheme starts again from Monday 18th January and we will be in touch with details of this to FSM families next week. This is great news as it means that families have more choice over what they can provide for their families and as these will be sent directly to you, you do not need to attend the school site.

Year 10 and Year 12 Progress Evening

The Year 10 and Year 12 Progress Evening will still be taking place and more details will be sent to these year groups next week.

Year 9 Vaccinations

All year 9 parents should have received a letter concerning the HPV Vaccination clinic that will be taking place on Tuesday 26th January. Please do call and book an appointment if you have received this letter. The HPV vaccine protects against several types of cancer and is therefore important to receive.

Midlands SOS Information

Please find a link to some information from St Giles on a free parental session that they are running on Gangs and Country Lines awareness. County lines is about young people being at risk of potential exploitation by drugs gangs by being used to sell illegal drugs outside of their local area: St Giles information.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Bate

Headteacher

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