Monday 4th January 2021
Dear St Marylebone parents, carers and students,
Hello and happy new year to you!
Term began for staff today with an INSET day on plans for the next few weeks, unconscious bias, curriculum development, sharing good practice for remote learning and further covid-related health and safety.
As a brief reminder of what we sent out on 30 December:
- The only students to attend on-site Tues 5 – Fri 8 Jan will be vulnerable and children of critical workers.
- On-site in w/c Mon 11 Jan: vulnerable and critical worker children plus Year 11 and Year 13
- On-site w/c Mon 18 Jan: to be confirmed, all students attend on-site from Mon 18 Jan, except Year 12, who attend from Weds 20 Jan when their mocks start.
- Year 11 mocks will run from 11 – 19 Jan (the same timetable, just delayed by one week)
- Year 13 mocks will run from 13 – 20 Jan (the same timetable as originally planned)
- Year 12 mocks will run from 20 – 27 Jan (the same timetable, just delayed by one week)
- Free School Meals vouchers will continue to be issued to families of students not attending school on-site.
- All students not on-site should remain at home and connect with remote learning. This will start daily with live online registration via Google Meet at 8.30am on Tuesday 5th January.
- Remote learning means students should follow their usual timetable, logging into Google Classroom for each lesson. As far as possible, lessons will be live online via Google Meet. There will be occasions when teachers have childcare commitments, are unwell or have other difficulties providing live lessons. In these cases, learning will still be made available via Google Classroom, with learning resources and / or pre-recorded audio / visual materials. Students can always contact their teachers directly via Google Classroom.
There will be some date-changes to some up-coming parents’ evenings and other events, as a result of the changes above. We will soon issue an updated version of the “pink sheet” – the school calendar for this year. Look out for this in the Bulletin and on your email.
You can read the Government’s information about covid-testing in schools here. We will let you know if and when the School is in a position safely to implement this testing programme. Be assured that consent will be sought before any student is tested and we will issue information and consent forms before undertaking any testing. If and when we begin this process, it might affect the dates on which students return to the school sites. Meantime, there are now a number of local testing centres for symptomatic and asymptomatic people, which are free to access and which you can use if you want to.
Remember, no-one should come to school if they:
- have covid symptoms
- live with someone with covid symptoms
- are awaiting a covid test result
- live with someone who is awaiting a test result
- have recently tested positive for covid
- are a contact of or live with someone who has recently tested positive for covid
- have returned from abroad and are required to quarantine.
If in doubt, read the NHS advice here and / or call 111.
If you need to report your child’s non-attendance (for any reason, not just covid), please use the MyEd app in the usual way.
Our Epiphany service this morning highlighted the importance of our collective spirit, dedication, good faith and kindness. As we go forward into this new year, there are likely to be more developments, so we ask for your patience and trust. Thank you for your ongoing support.