Update from Mr Wilding - 19th November
Posted 19th November 2020
Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.
To all parents and carers.
Good afternoon from LCS.
There are a few important items in my update today, which I hope you will all find useful.
Firstly, I would like to thank all parents and carers for their feedback on our Remote Learning programme. I have received emails from a large number of people and all feedback has been gratefully received. We have adapted our programme throughout the week and have learned lessons ourselves for how we would do things differently if/when we are in the same position again. Overall, we are happy with how our remote lessons have gone so far and with the vast majority of students who have engaged in a positive manner.
7RMF are due to return to school from their period of Remote Learning on Monday, followed by Year 9 and Year 11 on Thursday 26th November. Please remember that these dates for students to return are only if they are well and not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. If your child is symptomatic, no matter how mild the symptoms may be, or if they are self-isolating due to a subsequent positive case since their period of Remote Learning began, they must not return to school. Please also do not send your child(ren) to school if they or anyone in the family is awaiting test results. This applies to all students at all times, as well as to students returning to school from Remote Learning.
The government have recently published updated guidance for parents and carers around school provision during the Covid-19 outbreak. The link to this guidance is below:
On a separate matter, we have started our run of Parents' Evenings which will take us up to the end of the Autumn Term. We held a very successful remote Year 7 'Settling In' evening with parents/carers and Form Tutors on Tuesday of this week and we have two Parents' Evenings, for Year 13 and Year 11 respectively, scheduled in the next few weeks. For the Year 13 and Year 11 Parents' Evenings we will be using a new system of video calls, using software from SchoolCloud. Parents/carers of students in Year 13 have already received this information and appointments are in the process of being booked. Year 11 parents/carers will receive this very soon and will be able to start booking appointments with teaching staff. This is a totally new way of running Parents' Evenings for us, but we are excited about using the system for the first time and I hope it will be well received by parents and carers.
In my last update I promised a link to our recent parent/carer and student survey results. These can be found on our website, at the link below:
Finally, the letter below outlines support available to families through the Christmas period. This letter comes jointly from ourselves and Derby City Council and is aimed at families not already claiming Free School Meals for their children; see below:
Derby City Council recognises that there has been a lot of discussion around the provision of Free School Meals during the school holidays. Locally, we see the need to provide both a short-term solution for the impending Christmas holiday as well a longer-term solution that helps address the root causes of the difficulties faced by families in Derby.
The Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance, which is a collective of organisations working with Community Action Derby, aims to help people break out of the cycle of food insecurity and have provided support in Derby during the time of COVID 19.
In partnership with Derby City Council, they are offering an opportunity for you to access a Christmas top-up package which provides a mixture of nutritional food, as well as some of the traditional treats for your children to enjoy at Christmas. You will also receive some information which highlights how you can access support available to you within the City throughout the year.
Please be aware that this is a top-up package and it is not intended to provide items for the entire two-week period, but as an ‘add on’ to help supplement what you can manage to purchase yourself.
To receive this package, you will need to contact Mrs Love at Littleover Community School. Please send Mrs Love your name, your child’s name, home address and contact details no later than Friday, 4 December via our Wisepay email address which is Wisepay@littleover.derby.sch.uk. By providing your personal details you are agreeing for school to share this information with Derby City Council and Food 4 Thought Alliance.
Your child must not already be receiving Free School Meals to apply for this ‘top up’ package.
If your child has any special dietary requirements, it would be helpful for you to inform us. The items will be delivered to your home address by the Food 4 Thought Alliance volunteers.
We understand the difficulties that COVID 19 has challenged us with this year and therefore urge you to reach out if you require support and not suffer in silence. In spite of these exceptional circumstances, we feel that all families deserve to have a good Christmas.
If you have any questions with regards to this support offer then please feel free to contact Mrs Love via email usingWisepay@littleover.derby.sch.uk
or telephone 01332 513219
If you wish to access this support, please follow the instructions contained within the letter. A downloadable copy can be found under Parents > Communications > Letters Home
Thank you, as always, for your continued support. I am always happy to hear from anyone with comments about the school, positive or otherwise, and would again encourage anyone to email me if they would like to do so. I will do my best to respond to every message I receive.
Thank you. Keep safe.