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Update: 10th July - Information Regarding September Re-opening

Posted 10th July 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Although our plans for September are far from finalised, I am aware you will have questions about the organisation of the school day and what our plans will be for re-opening. I have attached below a brief outline of our plans for September, although this is subject to change depending on the local and national picture around Covid-19 at the time. 

What we are putting together is, we believe, the best offer we can make to all students, taking into account current government guidelines. Our plans will allow all students to return to a full-time timetable in September, although concessions will need to be made in some subject areas. The plans outlined below are subject to successful Risk Assessments being completed and agreement with our Governing Body.

Information for parents and carers  –  School re-opening for September 2020

  • School will close to all students on Friday 24th July and we plan to re-open for all Year Groups at the start of the Autumn term.
  • School will be open to our new Year 7 and Year 12 students only on Monday 7th September.   This is to allow our Induction Programme to take place for all our new students, as this was not able to happen during the summer term. Details of Induction Days will be sent separately to parents/carers of students involved.
  • Students in all other Year Groups will start term on Tuesday 8th September.
  • All students should attend school from the start of the Autumn Term in September, on either 7th or 8th September, as indicated. Government guidance states: this means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.
  • Students will be taught in six Year Group ‘bubbles’ and will have lessons in separate areas of the school site. Year 7-11 will be in separate ‘bubbles’. Year 12 and 13 will be together as one Sixth Form ‘bubble’.
  • To allow for effective hygiene and to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, hand sanitizer will be placed at the school gates for students arriving and leaving each day. There will also be sanitizer placed at entrances to corridors and classroom blocks. There will be aprox 50 hand sanitizing stations placed around the school site, in addition to existing handwashing facilities in student toilet areas.
  • Teachers will move to each classroom and between ‘bubbles’, as per government guidance, maintaining a 2 metre distance from students at all times.
  • Support for SEND students will continue from September, with Teaching Assistants allocated to each ‘bubble’. Student PCPs will be written and reviewed as normal.
  • Start and finish times are to be confirmed, but we will be operating a staggered start and finish to the school day. Students will be asked to arrive at a given time from 8-30am to 9-00am and different Year Groups will use different entrances.*
  • Lunchtime will be reduced from 55 minutes to 40 minutes, to allow for an earlier end to the school day without reducing teaching time. Timings for the end of the school day are to be confirmed, but will likely be between 2-50pm and 3-00pm*
  • There will be a school bus available at the start and end of the school day. Timings and routes are to be confirmed.*
  • Students travelling to school via public transport should refer to the appropriate government guidance at that time.
  • Movement of students within each ‘bubble’ will be allowed, but students will not mix between ‘bubbles’ during the school day. Movement of students around the school site will be kept to a minimum.
  • Key Stage 3 students will remain in the same room for most of their lessons, but there will be some movement to specialist classrooms for some subjects within the Year Group ‘bubble’. There will be more movement within Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form ‘bubbles’ to allow for students to access specialist rooms for GCSE and A level courses.
  • Students will have their break and lunchtimes in their ‘bubble’.
  • Students are required to bring their own school equipment, as equipment cannot be shared between students. This includes:
    • Pens and pencils
    • Ruler
    • Eraser
    • Calculator. We recommend the Casio fx-83GTX (available on-line for around £11) but if   your child already has a scientific calculator, there is no need to purchase a new one
    • Maths set
    • Glue stick
    • Coloured pencils
    • Small curved-edged scissors
  • Students should bring an individual small bottle of hand sanitizer (50/60ml) to keep with them at all times during the school day.
  • All students should be in full school uniform on returning to school in September. Latest government guidelines state: Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
  • Uniform can be purchased from any of our 3 official suppliers; details are on the school website. We would recommend purchasing uniform on-line, or checking with the suppliers whether they are operating a counter sale service.
  • Students in our Sixth Form should follow our published dress code.
  • Plans for delivery of the PE curriculum from September are still to be finalised, but will likely focus on light exercise for students in their school uniform, at least for the first half-term.
  • Students will need clean trainers for PE, but we are not asking parents/carers to purchase new PE kit at this stage.
  • School kitchens will be open for all students. There will be a reduced take-away Menu available, with a range of sandwiches and a hot food option each day, which will be accessible to all students at different serving areas around school. Students eligible for Free School Meals will receive these in school as normal; the voucher scheme will end after the summer holiday.
  • Students should not bring cash into school and all meal accounts should be credited via wisepay. Any funds deposited on student meal accounts before school closure will remain. Details of how to use wisepay are available on the school website, or can be sent to parents/carers personally via contact with our admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk email address, if requested.
  • Lockers will not be accessible to students at the start of term, unless they are located in the rooms allocated to the Year Group ‘bubble’.
  • School Behaviour Policy will be amended to reflect these changes to the organisation of the school day and will be shared with parents, carers and students ahead of the start of term in September. All current school sanctions will remain in place, although we hope they will not be required for the vast majority of students.

*Details and timings to be confirmed week beginning 31st August, taking into account potential changes in the local situation and any change to government guidance over the summer holiday.

If our ongoing Risk Assessments lead to the plans outlined needing to be changed ahead of the summer holiday, I will let you know as soon as possible. Otherwise, parents and carers can plan ahead on this basis, although final confirmation of re-opening will not be possible until the end of August/beginning of September.

If you have any questions about our re-opening plans, I would be happy to answer these via the usual channels.

Thank you for your continued support.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

Posted 10th July 2020

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Cleaner.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss)

Posted 9th July 2020

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 10 Student Survey

Posted 8th July 2020

All year 10 students have been sent a survey to complete by Monday 13th July. They should find a link to the survey in their school e-mail inbox. This important feedback will help teachers in their planning for next year.

Results Days 2020

Posted 8th July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the arrangements for this year's Results Days have been modified. Students have been sent information regarding the new arrangements via their school e-mail accounts.

If you think you have missed out, you can download a copy of the arrangements for this year's Results Days below:

Results Days Arrangements 2020

Update: 7th July

Posted 7th July 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

Thank you to those parents and carers who responded to our recent survey. The results can be viewd via the link below:
Survey Results: LCS COVID-19 Response

Overall we are pleased with the positive responses we have received from parents and carers. We are aware that what we have offered over the last few months is not perfect - it was never going to be - and there are issues and comments we will be taking on board to improve our future planning. As a school, the scenario we have been dealing with since March is not one we have ever faced, or thought we would have to face, in the past and, as such, there were no plans for it. I would like to pay tribute to all our staff for what they have done in offering the best we possibly could for our students and to the students themselves, as well as parents and carers, for their support in making it work. It has and will continue to be a team effort.

One regular question from the survey, and one I have been asked by several parents since closure, relates to the use of live streaming of lessons. I have attached a link below to an article from Schools Week which hopefully provides some additional context to the issue. I have spoken to a number of Headteachers in local schools who have shared our concerns over live streaming and, although this is a very good question raised by parents and carers, I can assure you it is not a case of every other school doing it where we are not.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/coronavirus-teachers-warned-against-live-streaming-lessons/

Towards the end of last week, OFQUAL issued a consultation on exams and assessments for students who are due to sit exams in Summer 2021. I have attached the consultation at the link below, for all parents and carers interested in reading it; it will be of particular interest to parents and carers of students currently in Year 10 and Year 12. Details of the consultation and how to respond to it are contained in the document. We will respond as a school, once we have considered all of the points raised.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897137/Consultation_on_proposed_changes_to_the_assessment_of_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_in_2021_020620.pd

We are at present continuing to plan for September, using the guidance received from the government last week. My last email update shared a couple of key elements of our plans already decided and I will provide further information as soon as possible.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Parent/Carer Survey Responses

Posted 7th July 2020

The results of the Parent/Carer survey regarding LCS' response to the COVID-19 outbreak are now available. Thank you to everyone that sent in their feedback.

You can view the results here: Survey Results: LCS COVID-19 Response.

Year 10 - Work Experience in September 2020 Update

Posted 3rd July 2020

The LCS Careers department have sent out an important update to Year 10 Students and their parents/carers with regards to their planned work experience placements in September 2020.

You can find a copy of the letter under Parents > Communications > Letters Home.

Update: 3rd July

Posted 3rd July 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We are at the end of another school week and I would like to, once again, pay tribute to all our students, parents and carers for their continued hard work and support.

A reminder that our parent/carer survey closes this evening, so please respond to the email link if you have not already done so. Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your views.

Yesterday we officially saw government guidelines for September reopening, which are extremely detailed and will take some time to fully digest. We have 3 weeks now before end of term to finalise and publish our own plans for September and, barring any local issues of rising infections or 'local lockdown', we are confident that we have time for the relevant plans and risk assessments to be drawn up and the necessary consultations to take place.

I can confirm now that we are planning for a full return for all students in September. How we do this has still to be finalised, but some decisions have already been made.

At this stage, the main things I can confirm are that school will not be open to students during the summer holidays, as I stated in my previous update.

We have also decided to hold our Induction events for our new Year 7 and Year 12 students, postponed from this term, on the first day of Autumn Term, 7th September. This means that only students from the new Year 7 and Year 12 groups will attend on that day and we aim for all other Year Groups to return to school on Tuesday September 8th.

All remaining details for our return to school in September will be shared as soon as they are finalised.

In other important matters, with the current national and local focus on racism and social inequality, I have been working on a joint statement on behalf of the school in response to current events. The statement has been agreed by myself, our Chair of Governors and Governing Board and representatives of staff unions as a joint school response and, I hope, speaks for itself. I have attached a link to the statement (below), which has been published on the school website.

http://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/_alert/files/statement_equality.pdf

As a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak and development of the 'Track and Trace' programme, it has been necessary to update our Privacy Statement in relation to our sharing of data with outside agencies. A link to the statement addendum is below:

http://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/data_protection/files/privacy_notice_covid.pdf

Finally, for your information, I have attached a link (below) to the latest government guidance on schools, for parents and carers. This guidance was last updated on July 1st.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak#resources-and-support

I hope you find the information above useful and, as always, I am happy to respond to any points or questions you would like to raise in relation to anything I have included in this email. Please contact me at school if you wish to and I will aim to reply to every message.

Enjoy the weekend. 
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Induction

Posted 2nd July 2020

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Induction

LCS Virtual 6th Form Induction is now live, consisting of 29 videos with information about the 6th Form and subjects, and a social media site to allow potential students to chat to each other and ask staff and current 6th form students questions, and information booklets. All students holding offers should check their emails for details.

Year 6 Induction Information

Posted 21st May 2020

Parents of Year 6 students starting at LCS in September should have been sent a letter containing information relating to the induction process.

Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, we have made much of the information available online. There are various video messages and a virtual tour to help students familiarise themselves with the LCS Staff and school site.

The information contained in this letter, as well as the video messages can be found under Parents > Induction Process.