Parent Update 8 January 2021

Released On 8th Jan 2021

Parent Update 8 January 2021

8 January 2021

Dear Parent

Parent Update

Video briefing to accompany letter: https://www.loom.com/share/0fdfebec48f54eddbc3a834886b25f13

I am writing to update you on the plans following the latest government announcement and will detail as much information as we currently know.

Online Lessons and Expectations

This week, I have been really impressed by the students’ proactive approach to their online learning. We have had 100% attendance in many online lessons and seen excellent engagement. Students have adapted brilliantly to their live lessons and have submitted really high quality work that demonstrates the progress they are making, despite the unusual circumstances.

All lessons will be taught remotely, until at least February half term. Lessons will continue to take the form of a 15 minute live lesson, with subsequent work set by the teacher. Students will be expected to ‘turn in’ their work at the end of each lesson or at the latest 5pm. Students need to have cameras and microphones turned off during the lessons. On the occasion a member of staff is on site supervising students or unwell, work will be set but the live lesson will not take place and a message will be added into the subject Team to inform students.

Tutor time for all year groups will continue to happen from 8:20am – 9:00am. In addition, tutors will be contacting home on an individual basis, fortnightly, to check on your son/daughter and to resolve any issues that might have arisen. Some students will receive phone calls from either the safeguarding, SEND or pastoral team rather than their tutor.

A reminder to students that they must follow the ICT User Agreement and ensure that all online conduct is safe and sensible.

Microsoft Teams Solutions

We understand that there will be issues at times with accessing Teams, passwords and other technical issues. Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust are supporting all schools to resolve issues raised. Please use the email address or phone number below. They will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

Contact the BTCT IT Helpdesk at: bct.helpdesk@educ.somerset.gov.uk  or call 01935 676 255 to leave a voicemail and we will help as much as we can. When contacting the helpdesk, make sure you leave your name and contact number.

Below is a link to the school website, where you will find information on Teams, as well as other useful information. https://www.stanchester-academy.co.uk/online-learning/online-learning.htm

Safeguarding concerns

For any safeguarding concerns, please email: safeguarding@stanchester.co.uk or contact the school reception on 01935 823200 and ask for the Safeguarding Lead; we will respond as soon as possible.

Reception

Reception will be available daily, between 8:30am - 3pm for phone calls only. However, if your call is regarding Microsoft Teams issues, please contact the BCT Helpdesk as outlined earlier in this letter. If your call is regarding attendance, please press 1 for attendance and leave a message.

Lateral flow testing for COVID

Students and staff who are on site will have access to our Lateral Flow Testing Site. On their return, the wider student community will also have the available to them.

Students on site

The school will continue to be open at normal times for children of key workers and vulnerable students. If your child is on site from Monday 11 January, please see Epraise for details around this provision. As you know, we have been asked by the Department for Education to limit the numbers of students on site in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID. Therefore if your child can be at home accessing remote learning, they should be.

If you require your son/daughter to be in school, please contact the office on office@stanchester.co.uk

A definitive list of those classed as Key Workers, is located at the bottom of this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Exams

Year 11 OCR exams will take place on Monday 11 January and we wish students the best of luck.

The Year 11 GCSE exams planned for summer 2021 will not go ahead. The Government have made it clear that there will be a system introduced to generate grades for students and we will update you as soon as we have further details.

Return to school

At the current time, we are expecting students to return to school on Monday 22 February 2021, but will await further clarification from the Government. As normal, we will update you as soon as we know further details.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours Sincerely

Tamsin Grainger

Acting Headteacher