Dear Parents and Carers
School Update on impact of Covid 19
Please read this letter carefully as it sets out Larches’ plan for supporting students throughout this current crisis.
Firstly can I express on behalf of the school and its Governors our deepest concern for those vulnerable students, families and teachers who have been disproportionately impacted upon by this virus. We all hope you are safe and stay healthy.
Larches has been affected badly by this crisis. Staffing and student attendance has been affected and the vulnerable category of staff who cannot risk exposure to the virus due to underlying health conditions is a constraint.
Advice from the Government, Public Health England and the Local Authority is changing, complex and difficult to implement quickly given our current staffing crisis and the amount of preparation needed.
All pupils have access to online learning via a school email address. Teaching staff will be setting work regularly. There are also various online links to learning on the school website under the curriculum tab. Please contact me on the number below if you have any concerns or queries about this.
The school will open for those deemed “vulnerable” as required. Please contact Mrs Mitchell directly on 07967630212 should you require this provision and it will be arranged.
At this time this is students with EHCP, those who have a social worker and students of parents identified as “key workers” however I must state that this should ONLY be used if you have no other safe alternative.
Year 11 students, regardless of category will no longer come to school.
If you do not have a computer/laptop or some other means of accessing the internet please contact Mrs Mitchell. We will then make arrangements to have work printed out and sent to you.
THE SCHOOL WEBSITE WILL BE THE MAIN FORM OF COMMUNICATION
This is a very trying time for all of us and it’s a situation that I have never contemplated or planned for therefore I ask you to be patient as this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. We need to look at the experience in other countries and be prepared for this situation to last right up to the summer break.
I am deeply upset for our Year 11 students and those other Year 11s across the country who have worked so hard for their exams and have been denied the opportunity to take them.
A decision has not yet been made as to how they will be awarded grades and as I know more about this I will share this on our website.
As said earlier, please keep checking our web site as it’s the easiest way for the school to keep communicating.
Finally Government advice is still that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school. The best place for children at this time is at home practising social distancing.
Students’ education will not suffer by staying at home as any students who do come into school will just be supervised to complete the online tasks set.
Keeping you and your family, staff and their extended families safe at all costs should be everyone’s priority at this time.