Coronavirus – Update 18th May 2020

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS FOR W/B 18TH MAY 2020

 Dear parents and students;

I am writing with my weekly update so that you are aware of any changes to how education is going to be provided next week. Firstly, the school will continue to be open for children of key workers, children who have vulnerable status (receiving support from the Early Help Hub, Children’s Services or with an allocated Social Worker including Looked After Children) or have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and there will be a continuation of the full educational programme. If you have not already registered for emergency child care provision and/or education at the school during closure, and wish to do so, please follow the link below. Please note that it is essential that you book a space as numbers of pupils on site are increasing and whilst we have for the week of 18th May increased capacity we would not want to be in a position where we need to turn away a child that is not booked in due to insufficient staffing.

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You can also find this link on the School Closure page of the School Website. If you have registered for the provision, you should be receiving an email from Mr Bettiss towards the end of every week asking you to confirm your requirements for the following week. Please contact him directly at abettiss@romsey.hants.sch.uk for any queries.

Half- term w/b 25th May 2020 Please note; for the duration of half-term the Community Office will be providing childcare in school. This needs to be booked separately for the Friday only by visiting the following site: https://bookwhen.com/keyworkerscamp

Update on returning to school –   I imagine that you will want to know how we will respond and manage a return to school following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday.  The Senior team met earlier this week to discuss how we could make the school as safe as possible, following guidelines from the Gov.uk website.

Firstly, it is not anticipated that Secondary schools will have a full return for all Year 10 pupils from the 1st June.  The Prime Minister’s statement indicated that from then, secondary schools would begin to prepare for Year 10 and 12 pupils to have some contact with their teachers.  We will proceed with extreme caution and I want to reassure you that we will not be asking pupils and indeed staff to come back beyond supporting the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils until we think the school is ready.

We have already put in orders for signage, hand sanitizer etc for all classrooms that we would be using on the school site. This week, I have personally, along with other senior colleagues and the site team, looked at rooms which could realistically be used whilst maintaining the required social distance and how we would implement a one way system of movement around the site where required.  We have also considered how we would use the canteen facilities and how we would modify the time-table to minimise pupil movement around the site.

Once we have a clear path through this, I plan to share with all of you a short video of how we have prepared the school site for the return of Year 10 pupils. This will be on the school’s You-tube site and we will provide links from the website and face-book.  We will also provide guidance about how we will continue to offer on-line learning through Google Classroom for other year groups and those Year 10 pupils whose parents do not wish them to attend school during this academic year. I mentioned last week that many parents will wish to keep their children at home even if schools do return and the school will not be issuing any warning letters or Fixed Penalty Notices to parents who would prefer it that their children remain at home. This still remains the case following the Prime Minister’s announcement. Equally, parents may wish to have a flexible approach, with their children being in school some of the time and remaining at home at other times to continue home learning.  Sadly, there will be no possibility of cohorts from Years 7 to 9 attending school before September other than through current arrangements.  With regard to Year 6 pupils who will be joining us, Mr Bettiss and I are working out a plan for induction and there have already been some communications with parents of Year 6 pupils.  More information will follow.

 In order to assist with the return of Year 10 pupils, Mr Marks and Mrs Willcocks will be sending out a survey to Year 10 pupils to ascertain how they envisage a return to school and what support they feel they need most. We want parents to be involved with this when the survey is sent out and so we will inform you when the pupils receive it.  Once Year 10 are back in school, we will endeavour to increase the number of video lessons available in the core subjects where possible as I know that many of the pupils are keen to have these.  I know the next few weeks are going to present quite a challenge for all of us but I hope that all of you will appreciate that we are trying to make the communications as personal as possible.   We are liaising with local schools so that there is a consistent approach within the Romsey Community.

Parent support – please do get in touch if you are finding circumstances difficult given that many vital services are closed. You can be assured of our discretion and support.  I have retained the information below from last week’s letter about opening times for the school office, and the Food Delivery service. Please email the school directly, including information about who you wish to speak to.

School office – for the duration of the school closure the office will be open every morning. Messages will be picked up and dealt with daily. All messages will be passed on to the relevant person so that they can get back to you but there will be a delay in response. If you have a more urgent query then please email: adminoffice@romsey.hants.sch.uk which is checked throughout the day.

Food Deliveries – During these times if you find you are in Food Poverty please contact the Community Office via email. Community@romsey.hants.sch.uk  We understand that circumstances can change rapidly and we do wish to support all of our community whether you live in Romsey or further afield.

Mr McKavanagh (Head-teacher)corcorona