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Letter from the Headteacher - A Wet and Windy Week

Dear Parents and Carers


It’s been a good week at The Ilfracombe Academy and we are very happy to report that Covid cases have significantly reduced. Whilst we hope that this continues to be the case, we will continue to keep our current measures in place. It has been really encouraging to see so many students engaged in extra-curricular activities which again is one more significant step back to normality.


Below are a few points that I would like to make Parents/Carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 4th October.


Football Fixtures

It was an encouraging start to the school football season with our Year 7 and 10 teams recording great victories against Braunton Academy. The Year 8 and 9 teams also showed great resilience and courage throughout their games although they unfortunately lost. All players were a credit to the school showing respect for their opponents. I had the enormous pleasure of managing the Year 9 team and it great to see students participating to the best of their ability and I was immensely proud of the way the boys conducted themselves. The Girls’ netball was unfortunately cancelled due to poor weather but we encourage all students to attend training sessions so they can be selected to represent the school.


No Parental Spectators at School Sports Fixtures

The North Devon Headteachers have made a joint agreement that, at this time, parents and carers will not be able to spectate at school fixtures. This will be reviewed as and when the case rate in North Devon comes down. We realise that this will be a disappointment for parents and carers but we feel it is a necessary measure at this time.


ClassCharts

We encourage all parents/carers to download the ClassCharts App so they can track their child’s performance in lessons each day. Parents/carers can access not only when students may have received negative points but also how your child is being rewarded for all aspects of school life: effort in class; upholding school values; excellent quality work to name but a few. This is useful so that you can offer supportive conversations at home when needed and possibly reward your child for a great day’s work.


Remote Learning Update

Thank you to those parents that highlighted an issue with our pre-loaded home learning resources. The departments have now rectified this and students that need to self-isolate are now able to access the resources through ClassCharts.


Covid 19 Update

We’re delighted to see that the number of cases has reduced this week and we hope that this continues to be the case as we move towards the October half term break. We will continue to follow the measures we have in place and will review them next week if things continue to improve.

The current case numbers are as follows:

· Year 7 3

· Year 8 1

· Year 9 3

· Year 10 0

· Year 11 0

· Year 12 0

· Year 13 0

We also have 2 support staff that have returned a positive PCR.

Please see below for advice on how to stop the spread of Covid-19.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 12 to 15 Year Olds

You may have seen in the press mention of Covid vaccinations being offered to 12 to 15 year olds this autumn. This is a contentious issue for some. We will try to offer parents and carers as much information as we can so that you can make the right decision for your child. The authorities are suggesting that vaccinating young people should help to reduce the need for young people to have time off school and should reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools.


The main purpose of the COVID-19 childhood vaccination programme is therefore to provide protection to the young people who receive the vaccine and to reduce the disruption to face-to-face education this winter. We have been made aware that the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team will be visiting The Ilfracombe Academy on Tuesday 19th October 2021 to administer the Covid 19 (Pfizer) vaccinations. This team will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme and will be legally responsible for the delivery of the vaccine. Parents and carers should expect to hear how consent is going to be gained in the next week.


As ever, the school will continue to monitor and make any adjusts in our way of working in line with any further guidance. This guidance will always be clearly communicated to our students and their parents/carers.


Measures that help to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19; please

speak with your child to support these measures at school.

Do:

  • Ensure LFD tests are taken twice weekly; we advise Sunday and Wednesday evenings, please report results to school

  • Please also make sure that a phone call is made to the school reception (01271 863427) for any positive cases.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available clean surfaces often, paying particular attention to surfaces touched often (e.g. light switches or electronic devices)

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag immediately and wash your hands

  • Wear a face covering in indoor, out of classroom, communal spaces at school and on public transport

  • Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day


Link to Covid 19 guidance is available here - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Public Health England has updated its parental guidance. Please see this link: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


The guidance offers with answers to some frequently asked questions and includes NHS leaflets which explain the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.



I wish all our students and their parents a great weekend.


Yours sincerely




Steve Rogers

Headteacher

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