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Parental Communication regarding Holyhead School and the COV-ID 19 virus

posted Mar 18, 2020, 8:38 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 8:39 AM ]

Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank you for your continued support. Your cooperation and understanding has made it increasingly possible to manage student/staff safety and continue to provide a good quality education.


I have created a new section on the school website where you can find everything you need in relation to the school's response to the national challenges we are all facing. Please follow the link on the homepage. 


The students who are in attendance today have been informed that the school Website and Twitter account will now act as the main source of communication with parents (assisted by ParentMail). This is where daily announcements will be posted by 7.30 am. Specifically, it will outline which year groups are affected by partial closure. 


The plan as at 18/3/2020 at 12.45 is as follows;


Day

KS3 and KS4

KS5

Thursday 19 March

Closed to Year 8 and Year 9

Year 12 and Year 13 to work from home in the afternoon if they are on 'free' period or their teacher is absent

Friday 20 March

Closed to Year 8 and Year 9

Year 12 and Year 13 to work from home in the afternoon if they are on 'free' period or their teacher is absent




Monday 23 March

Planned for closure to all students except Years 11,12 and 13

*to be confirmed



Please ensure you are continually checking the website for updates. This will also include how to manage the arrangements for students receiving Free School Meals and for those who do not have ICT access at home. Crucially, it also gives instructions on how to manage ‘Google Classrooms’, the schools virtual learning environment. 


We have asked you to respond to a form which replaces the previous Home: School Agreement. It is vital that you complete this. This has been shared via ParentMail. We have also asked that you ensure your contact details are up to date.   


The next request is that you let us know immediately if you are a front line NHS member of staff or care worker. We request that you notify us via our enquiry email address ‘enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk’  This may mean different arrangements for your child in the event of school closure. 


I am also writing to confirm our plan to close to all staff and students at 2.30pm on Friday 20th March 2020. This early closure is designed to enable staff and students to be able to ensure they secure adequate provisions for members of their family who are over 70 or experience some other form of vulnerability. If their shopping is already completed, it’s a chance to check in on elderly relatives and help around the house. Community and family values have never been so important! It's only one hour but it’s a chance for everyone to focus upon ‘kindness’, something that binds our unique and special community. 


I apologise for the constant communication over recent days. However, I hope you recognise my intention to ensure that the school is prepared for every eventuality and that you as parents/carers, are given every available piece of information to keep your family safe. 


I will write a separate letter should the Government decide to action full school closures.


Yours faithfully,


Ross Trafford

Principal