Dear Parents and Carers,
As the school term draws to a close on what I would describe as quite an extraordinary term, I would like to thank you all for your continued support, cooperation and understanding as we moved very quickly to a different way of learning.
We have swiftly moved to online learning to ensure there is continuity in the curriculum for young people. We are aware that this has created challenges and potential tensions at home as many of you will also be working from home. We recognise your valuable contributions in these very challenging times.
Learning is important but not more important than a happy home environment and wellbeing. We would ask that you make us aware of any challenges resulting from the school work being set and continue to prioritise the wellbeing of your family.
You will be aware that schools routinely check attendance and have procedures in place when children do not physically attend. As you would expect, we have been reviewing our arrangements in light of school closures.
Teachers are being asked to monitor the ‘virtual attendance’ of each pupil through engagement with the online learning tasks or check ins with school staff. They are asked to alert the members of the Guidance team if children and young people are not visible so that we can check that everyone is ok, in most cases this check will be done through Groupcall. If you receive a text, please reply and let us know you are ok.
Teachers will not be posting learning activities over the Easter holiday period. The central team have been pulling together some ideas for families which may be of interest to you. It is entirely your choice whether to engage with these. digital learning hub.
I hope you enjoy the holiday period and are able to relax and spend time with loved ones at home. We look forward to our virtual school being operational again from Tuesday 21st April.