Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.
To all parents and carers.
Good afternoon from LCS.
I have deliberately waited until now to send my first email update of the new half-term, as we have been awaiting guidance on the continued opening of schools during national lockdown. This guidance arrived late yesterday afternoon.
In short, there appear to be very few new aspects of this revised guidance which will affect us at LCS. The main change is the move to compulsory face coverings for all students and adults in communal areas of school buildings, although the revised guidance still does not make face coverings compulsory in lessons. As we have already been operating this system since mid-way through the last half-term, our rule on face coverings will continue as it currently is.
I have asked staff to be increasingly vigilant in enforcing this rule, together with other aspects of our safety and hygiene protocols, and I have spoken to all students yesterday about the need for us all to follow the rules for our own safety. I would respectfully ask all parents and carers to continue supporting us with our hygiene rules and I would thank you again for the support you have shown so far this year.
The revised government guidance also references transport and reminds parents and carers that if bringing or collecting children from school by private vehicle, that this should preferably be for single household use. Students using public or dedicated school transport, such as a school bus, should continue to wear face coverings at all times.
Attendance at school remains compulsory for all students, unless they are medically unfit to attend for whatever reason, including Covid-19, or instructed to self-isolate as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Students absent for Covid-19 related reasons will be set work remotely throughout their illness, or self-isolation period.
The original advice over shielding for extremely clinically vulnerable students no longer applies in most cases, although parents are advised to speak to their GP if they are concerned.
As I have previously highlighted, it is essential that students displaying Covid-19 symptoms access a test as soon as possible and do not attend school. Students should not attend if they have been tested and are awaiting test results, unless the test has been taken as a routine part of a student or parent/carers job and they are not symptomatic. This would apply, for example, to those parents/carers or students who work in a care home.
Finally, on Covid-19 related issues, I would be grateful if all parents/carers could make sure they have provided us with up-to-date telephone numbers and email addresses. If you have changed your details recently, please contact us so we can update our records.
I mentioned in a previous update that we were looking at various ways of delivering Parents' Evenings remotely for the remainder of this year. We have decided to use a similar system to other schools locally, which facilitates appointments with teachers via video-call link. The system we are planning to use is called Schoolcloud and a link to instructions for making video call appointments is attached below:
Appointment times can be booked through the same on-line system and we will be contacting parents/carers of Year 13 and Year 11 students soon with instructions for their Parents' Evenings, which are on 24th November and 3rd December, respectively. Please do not contact us with questions about this at present, but please wait for further instructions around the date of your child's Parents' Evening; we hope to send information to each set of parents/carers around 2 weeks before each Parents' Evening date, to allow time for appointments to be made.
The Year 7 'Settling-In' Evening will proceed on 17th November as previously stated, with phone calls to parents/carers from each Form Tutor; we will not be using the Schoolcloud system in this case.
I will issue a further update early next week, unless there are further changes to government guidance in the meantime.
Best Wishes. Keep safe.