Information to Parents and Carers
8 July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Please note: the last day for key worker/ vulnerable provision will be Weds 15th July (see below)
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Information about the local offer over the Summer
Here is the link to the latest SEND newsletter: Covid period - Joint SEND Newsletter - Summer Opportunities July 2020 - No5
Please do take a look at the newsletter which is more focused on time sensitive summer opportunities. Some have dates that are fast approaching for sign up so if you are interested in putting your child forward for an opportunity please sign up as soon as possible.
Previous newsletters are listed at the top of Hackney Ark’s Resource Centre entry on Hackney’s Local Offer website here
SEND information and resources during the current pandemic can be accessed via the following links:
Successful face-to face-support days
So far this half term, we have had very successful face to face support days for Years 7,9, 10, 11 and 12. Year 8 days are planned for next week: 8C on Tuesday 14th, 8A on Wednesday 15th. If your child is due in on one of these days, please confirm asap so that transport is alerted where appropriate.
All students attending these days have been pleased to see their classmates, reconnect with staff and be back in school. It has been great to see them again!
Making contact with students who haven’t been in
There are some students and families that we really do want to make contact with and/or see in school before term ends. For one reason or another they have not been part of the face-to-face support days organised so far. We will be using Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July (the last 2 days of term) to do this, so will be unable to run our key worker provision on those days.
Please note that he last day for the key worker provision will, therefore, be Wednesday 15th July.
Home learning packs
Home learning packs will again go out next week by post; please let us know if they do not arrive.
What will September look like for students?
Perhaps the biggest question on your minds is ‘what will be happening in September?’ I wanted to give you some headlines now and then follow that up with more information next week, and then again in August.
Schools have had the government guidance a bit less than a week now, and, although the direction of travel is clear, how things can work in practice is not yet clear (especially for secondary schools with practical subjects and rotating teachers). That said, the clear direction of travel is to have all students and all classes back in school for as normal an education as possible as soon as possible in September. Unless, of course, there is a second peak of the virus and the ‘dial’ needs to move backwards locally or nationally.
Planning for different options
We now have to plan for a number of different options, and implement the most appropriate option nearer the time. Our preferred option, of course, is the one above, where, after a short period of adjustment, your child will be in school with their class 5 days per week following a regular timetable.
Updated risk assessments
Schools are now legally obliged to update all their risk assessments over the summer, including the risks to students, and the availability of staff based on medical conditions etc. We are commencing this work now, and discussing with all staff how to make each area of school life as safe as possible whilst still being able to function as a school.
For September we will be planning a short, phased reintegration of students into the new ways of teaching and learning, play, eating, moving around the building, and managing when things get difficult. We hope to return all children to full-time education in as short a time as possible.
Next week we will provide a further update on what this will look like, and our options if the situation is better or worse than at present.
With best wishes
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