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Parent/Carer Update Dec 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Following careful consideration, I am writing to inform you that we will be switching from face-to-face to remote learning from Monday 14th December 2020.  The school building will close to learners on Friday 11th December 2020.

During the course of the academic year we have developed our online learning platforms to enable us to successfully deliver lessons via Microsoft Teams.

The level of engagement from our students has been excellent and we believe that the move to remote learning is the safest and most effective way to ensure continuity of learning for all during this final week.

A recent WG and WLGA announcement regarding schools in the run-up to Christmas stated that ‘moving to remote learning will only be used where it is proportionate to the prevalence and impact of the virus within the locality’.

As you are aware, cases in Flintshire continue to rise. Alongside this, according to the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) statement released on 7th December, concerning the pre-Christmas period, ‘it is to be expected that numbers of school students in self-isolation as a ‘bubble’ contact will continue to grow as cases in the community rise’.

We are acutely aware that any positive case that we have confirmed next week would result in whole year groups having to isolate over the Christmas period, including Christmas day.

This would have a huge impact on our community and I feel that the switch to remote learning is a proportional approach to safeguard this period for families.

All teachers will deliver their lessons from school and we will follow the modified timetable below, for all years, to ensure the continuity of learning is prioritized.

LessonStartFinish
Lesson 109.10 am10:00 am
Lesson 210:10 am11.00 am
Break11.00 am11.20 am
Lesson 311.20 am12.10 pm
Lunch12.10 pm 01.00 pm
Lesson 401.00 pm01.50 pm
Lesson 502.00 pm02.50 pm

We will be making arrangements for students eligible for free school meals to receive direct payments for this period. For students with specific learning requirements which cannot easily be met through online provision, or if students do not have access to ICT at home (including a smart phone) please contact Mrs Beverley Davies at the school, by noon on Friday December 11th stating your concerns/requirements.

We will continue to do our best to support the overall wellbeing and education of all of our students in line with our ethos, each students provision can be tailored to suit individual needs where essential.

Thank you for your continuing support during this period and I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.

Yours faithfully

Mr P Smith

Headteacher