Update from Mr Wilding - 27th January
Posted 27th January 2021
Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents/carers.
To all parents and carers.
Good afternoon, from LCS.
A few short updates from me today, as well as some links to important safeguarding information and free training opportunities for parents and carers.
On Covid-19 testing in school, students currently attending school in 3 Year Groups have been tested so far, with the remaining students' tests taking place tomorrow and Friday. Students will then be tested every 3-5 days, as per the timetable I issued previously, where consent has been gained.
We continue to test staff who are in school on a weekly basis.
We are expanding our Remote Learning provision this week to include more 'live' lessons via Teams for students in Year 9, with further expansion planned for Year 8 and Year 7 from next week. Please encourage your child(ren) to attend these 'live' lessons and ask them to check emails regularly for details and timetables.
We are expecting to hear more about the planned assessment of students at GCSE and A level for this summer as a result of the ongoing OFQUAL consultation. This should be early next week and we will arrange to inform students and parents/carers when we have the information.
On wider school re-opening, we have been promised “2 weeks notice” of any decision being made by the Secretary of State. There continue to be conflicting views on the subject of schools reopening to more students and the government have set out several key factors they will need to assess before this can happen. As with information on GCSE and A Level assessment, I will inform all students, parents and carers as soon as we have more information and guidance.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and I have emailed all students with a link (below) to a film produced by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Newark, Nottinghamshire to commemorate the event. We have been visited numerous times by staff from the National Holocaust Centre and students from LCS visited last year as part of a regional student conference. The film is short, but very powerful, if you are interested in watching it.
I have also attached (below) details of national campaigns to help identify the signs of child abuse, as well as information on how to support young people and families coping with bereavement. We are supporting both campaigns in school and have additional information available on our website.
Finally, Derby and Derbyshire NHS are offering free training for Parents and Carers on safer use of technology. The link below is for an event in March and contains a separate link for anyone wishing to sign up.