2 October 2020

Friday, October 02, 2020

Dear Parent,  

 

I hope you are all well and safe.    

 

This week’s updates include:  

 

Microsoft Teams  

All pupils have now had tutorials and an in-depth lesson on how to use our Microsoft Teams learning platform.   

 

New website  

Our new website is now available.  It is still very much a ‘work in progress’ but you should find it much easier to navigate, especially the mobile version. 

 

Year 6 ‘Open Evening’ events 

If you have a child in Year 6, we now have two videos on our website which will help them get to know our school a little better.  As you know, we have not been able to have our normal open evening.   Mr Westbury has been to visit the Year 6 classes in our primary feeder schools, and we are going to send information out to parents about an on-line presentation/meeting with me and Mr Westbury.  The two videos, ‘Virtual Open Event’ and ‘Virtual Open Event – Information video’, are in the ‘About Us’ section of the website.  Please call school if you need any help with the application process.     

 

Liverpool Echo article: ‘The hardest primary and secondary schools to get into in Merseyside’ 

On Monday, in an article in the Liverpool Echo, Holy Family was named as the 7th most difficult school to get into on Merseyside and the hardest high school to get into in Sefton.  I’m not sure where they get their information from, but it was nice for the school to be recognised in this way. 

 

Reminder - What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case  

It has been lovely to welcome our Year 8s back to school on Thursday, but unfortunately, on Tuesday, we had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 11 and the year group are now self-isolating until 7th October.  Thank you to all the parents in Year 11 for your quick response and cooperation. 

 

This is a reminder of our protocol if we have a confirmed case:   

  • We will contact all parents/carers of children in that year group immediately.  
  • We will send you a message/Teams Form about what arrangements you will make for your child to get home.  You must reply to this message so that we can ensure you child goes home safely.  You will have to either come and collect your child from school (either in person or collected by a family friend/relative), or they must walk, cycle, or go home on the school bus.   We have been informed that pupils cannot use public transport.  If your child uses the school bus, walks, or cycles, they must go straight home and not visit any shops etc.  
  • We will arrange a deep clean of the areas of the school site used by that year group.  Depending on what time of the day the year group is sent home, we may need to close the school the next day to facilitate a deep clean.  
  • We will inform all parents in other year groups that we have had a confirmed case.    
  • All pupils in that year group must self-isolate until a specified date.   Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate unless their child develops symptoms.  
  • We will send you an email with details of how your child can access Microsoft Teams and other materials to support their learning at home.    
  • Your child’s lessons and resources will be on Teams and your child’s teacher will be on-line (on Teams) to answer any queries/questions at their normal lesson time.  For example, if your child has Maths Period 1 on a Wednesday, their teacher will be on-line to answer questions at that time.  If your child does not have access to a device which supports the Teams App, please contact school.  
  • If your child receives Free School Meals, a 10-day food hamper will be available for you to collect at the school office.  

 

‘Tiers’ – possible responses to a local lockdown 

Yesterday, the Government announced more restrictions in the Liverpool City Region.  Whilst these new restrictions do not change the way the school is currently operating, we may have to change how we operate in the future based on what is happening locally.  The Government have asked all schools to be ready to respond to any further restrictions/local lockdowns.  These responses are known as ‘tiers'.   Below is a summary of each ‘tier’ and what might happen if there are further restrictions: 

 

Tier One 

All schools remain open and continue to allow all pupils to attend with face coverings being worn when pupils and staff move around the premises. 

Tier Two 

Schools introduce a rota system whereby some pupils are educated in school and others receive their education remotely. 

Tier Three 

Schools are open to selected year groups only, with pupils in all other year groups educated remotely. 

Tier Four 

Schools are closed to pupils from all year groups with all pupils accessing their education remotely. 

 

For Tiers Two, Three and Four, school will remain ‘open’ for all vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers, just as it was in the previous lockdown. 

Thanks again for your feedback, patience, and cooperation, we really do appreciate your support.   

 

Have a great weekend,   

 

Mr Symes 

Posted by Jenny Leonowicz

Category: Headteacher's Letter