Year 9 - Remote Learning Tomorrow and Friday
You will be aware that staffing levels have been incredibly challenging in the last few weeks. We have been managing our staff absences through the effective use of Cover Supervisors who are specifically employed to cover teachers who are absent. We have also been using a number of agency cover/supply teachers for a considerable amount of time to help the school run as normally as possible. Given the current situation, a number of supply teachers have also been made unavailable due to contracting Covid themselves thus compounding our staffing issues.
At the time of writing this letter we have seen a huge reduction in the number of student positive cases, which currently stands at 16, with no new cases being reported yesterday. However, we currently do have 8 staff positive cases, including myself, with a further 11 staff being absent for other reasons. It is for this reason that we’ve had to take the difficult decision to send Year 9 students home to access remote learning on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th of February. Under normal circumstances we would like to have given our parents and carers more notice but unfortunately more staff have reported in sick today, and so we have been forced to make this difficult decision. The Year 9 pastoral team will contact the parents and carers by the close of play today, of certain students who we feel should still come into school for face to face teaching. Parents will be aware that we have recently sent Year 7 and 8 home for similar reasons. At that time, we took the decision to not send Year 9 students home because they were in the middle of completing their options process and we didn’t feel that it was fair on them at such a critical time. Year 9 students should access ClassCharts each day where they will be able to engage with pre-recorded lessons similar to the work they accessed during Lockdown 3.0.
We appreciate that this is a huge inconvenience to Year 9 and their parents and that you may find this concerning. We are continuing to monitor the situation but hope and expect to offer face to face learning after the February Half Term Break.
Steve Rogers (Headteacher)