CoronaVirus – IMPORTANT UPDATE 29th June

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS FOR W/B 29th JUNE 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 this link https://forms.gle/qUBaV3jGCbkvnTyT7. If you have registered for the provision, you should be receiving an email from Mr Bettiss every Monday morning asking you to book places for the following week – please contact him at abettiss@romsey.hants.sch.uk if this is not the case.

The booking for the week beginning 6th July closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 2nd July to allow us to plan staffing for the following week. Please note that it is essential that you book a space.  We now have more children on site with 25% of Year 10 pupils on site.  You can also find this link on the School Closure page of the School Website.

Year 10 return: – Many thanks to parents of Year 10 pupils who supported an excellent return for 25% of the pupils this week.  It was an extremely successful return and I know that the pupils who attended were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet their teachers.  There is still a small number of places available for the week beginning 6th July. If you have not yet signed up and would like to do so, please can you contact Mr Marks directly for more information. The registration document has now closed and so this is the only way of securing a place as spaces are limited.

Year 10 practical information: – All Year 10 students should bring full equipment and books etc. on the days they are in school.  Pupils should bring their own calculators as these will be needed.  This equipment should be taken to and from school daily.  The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught daily on Monday to Wednesday.  Pupils should arrive at school by 8.45am on these days. Pupils who are making their own way to school or are being brought to school by car should not arrive on site before this time.  On Thursday, option subjects in block A and block B will be taught and on Friday, options subjects in block C and block D will be taught.  Pupils should arrive at 9.45am on these days.  The departure time will be 2.30pm on Thursday and Friday instead of the normal 3.00pm. Pupils should wear full school uniform.  A time-table of each day is included with this letter. (see attachment)

Year 10 Transport: – Routes and timings for the Southampton buses have been finalised and this information is included with this letter.(see attachment)  The Local Authority transport route will run at the normal times. Parents will not be able to come onto the school site to collect pupils until after the buses have left.

Year 10 Catering: – It is important that parents load their child’s canteen account in advance as they will not be able to bring cash and use the machines in school

Year 10 Children of Key workers or who have EHCPs: – It will not be possible for Year 10 children of key workers to be in both social groups (bubbles) of pupils at school. Parents will need to make a choice as to whether they continue to remain with the cohort who has been together for the past 10 weeks or to join the Year 10 lessons.  Parents of children with EHCPs should contact Mrs Thomas (Learning Support Department) or Mrs Anderson (ASC Resource Base) for further information regarding provision.

On-line learning: – The Department of Education has indicated that whilst we are providing opportunities for some Year 10 pupils to have face to face contact with their teachers, there is a clear expectation that remote education will continue to be the predominant form of education delivery for this year group in line with all other year groups. In previous letters, I indicated that we are putting together a more interactive programme, with audio/video learning.  This is already happening in many lessons and will increase as the term progresses.  This certainly does not replace the core provision which is the work which has been put onto the Google Classroom and it is an expectation that all pupils access and complete this work.  As is always the case with new initiatives, this will develop and improve over time.

School uniform 2020-21: – There will be full details regarding school uniform requirements for next academic year in my next weekly letter for the w/b 6th July 2020. Governors have agreed to increase the uniform grant for pupils eligible for free school meals.  Details of how to apply for this grant will be included in next week’s letter.

Parental visits to the site and communications with pupils: –   The guidance from the Department for Education is that Schools should limit the external visitors to the school during school hours. Parents should come into school buildings only when strictly necessary and by appointment only.  In view of this, we have taken the decision that all appointments regarding pupils, unless absolutely necessary and agreed by the Senior Team will take place via telephone or on-line.

Parents will be unable to drop off forgotten items to pupils – lunches, books etc cannot be passed on. As indicated in my email of the 2nd June, we are advising all pupils to use our kitchen facilities. We will be unable to pass on messages to pupils during the day other than via email to teachers unless in an absolute emergency.

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 – reception is open from 8.30 – 3.00pm daily.  Although parents are not able to visit site at the moment phone calls and emails will be dealt with as promptly at possible. Queries can be emailed to adminoffice@romsey.hants.sch.uk.  All messages will be passed on to the relevant person so that they can get back to you.

Food Deliveries  During these times if you find you are in need 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 – Headteacher