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Redborne Upper School

Redborne Upper School

& Community College

COVID-19 strategy update letter to parents 19/03/2020

COVID-19 strategy update letter to parents 19/03/2020

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Following my letter sent yesterday and the Government announcement yesterday evening, I am writing to update you on our evolving strategy for managing the Coronavirus situation and upcoming school closure.

As I am sure you are aware, the Government announced yesterday that all schools in England will be closed with effect from Friday afternoon (20th March) until further notice. However, many schools, including Redborne, will remain open with a skeleton staff to provide childcare supervision for vulnerable pupils as well as children of key workers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers. We are currently planning how to manage this provision and will send a separate communication to request this information from those of you who feel you may be eligible and would like to take advantage of this offer.

Prior to this announcement, we had advised you that Redborne would be closed to all pupils except those in Years 11 and 13 due to staff shortages and this remains the case for today and tomorrow.

Pastoral Support and Wellbeing

We recognise that this is a really challenging time for everyone and are doing everything we can to support all of our pupils and staff. The senior leadership team and I visited every Year 11 tutor group this morning to explain to the pupils what will be happening over the coming weeks and months, as far as we are aware, and to answer any individual questions. If you or your son or daughter have any questions or concerns regarding pastoral support and wellbeing then please contact the Year team via e-mail in the first instance.

Free School Meals

If your son or daughter is eligible for free school meals, you will shortly be issued with a Tesco voucher to the value of £42 to allow you to purchase food, either in-store or online, for the two week period between now and the Easter holidays. This arrangement will either continue after the Easter holidays or be replaced by any national initiatives that may become available.

Remote Learning

Although there is no statutory obligation on schools to provide online or remote learning, we are very keen to keep supporting our students and are in the process of putting together a package of online learning for all year groups.

 

In the main, students will be sent an invite via their school email address to join a Google classroom. (There are no codes to access). For the one or two subjects where another forum has been used, the students have been personally informed by their class teacher.

 

We aim to provide material to support independent learning. This will usually be in the form of:

 

-a video tutorial or a link to some learning

-questions or some assessment material to support learning

-Where staff are available to do so, they will feedback on any work that gets submitted back to them. This will be done during school hours only.

 

Our staff have been working very hard to set up systems and provide appropriate provision for years 9-13. This is a large task and we appreciate your support and patience whilst we continue to work on this.

 

Where students do not have ready access to the internet or a laptop, then we may be able to provide paper resources. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to lend out any laptops.

 

Finally, if your son or daughter is ill please do not send them into school regardless of their symptoms.

 

Thank you again for your support and understanding as we try to make the best of a challenging and constantly changing situation.

Kind regards

Olly Button

Headteacher

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Flitwick Road, Ampthill,
Bedfordshire,
MK45 2NU

01525 404462