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12th January 2021

School counselling drop-in sessions during lockdown

Coronavirus and lockdown have created a new and uncertain time for us all. Many young people – particularly those who had problems before the outbreak – are worried about the effect on their mental health. The most important thing to remember is that if you find yourself worried or anxious, you’re not alone.

If you feel that you would benefit from talking to someone,  then please come in and see us.

We are offering drop-in sessions at school, so if you would like to speak to a school counsellor, please contact us to book an appointment either by email or phone:

counsellor@stepneyallsaints.school

June: 07990 04507         Rubena:07436 132900

We are on site  Monday-Friday      9 am-3pm

Please note that we will need to have parental permission for you to come in to school.

11th January 2021

Reporting Positive Covid-19 Cases

All parents/carers can report if their child has tested positive for Covid-19 via the following link – https://forms.gle/qPjr8gZPHygcxuqLA

7th January 2021

Timings of the school day

After feedback from staff, students and families, we wanted to adjust our timings for each school day during the lockdown so all students are following the same schedule.

From Friday 8th Jan:

Period 1: 9.00 – 10.00

Period 2: 10.00 – 11.00

Break

Period 3: 11.20-12.20

Period 4: 12.20-13.20

Lunch

Period 5: 13.50 – 14.50

Thank you for all your support for our online lessons and please direct any questions to us via info@stepneyallsaints.school

 

5th January 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Re: lockdown and remote learning  

Since I wrote to you yesterday circumstances have changed significantly. As the country has moved into tier 5 and a lockdown, only vulnerable students and the children of critical workers are to attend school in person from Wednesday 6th January. All other students are to remain at home and to engage in their remote learning.

I have attached a reminder of who counts as a vulnerable student or a critical worker to the end of this letter. Should you wish your child to access this provision, please complete this online form.

Our remote learning provision

As you will be aware, schools are required to have a remote learning plan in place so that any child who cannot attend school because of COVID-19 does not miss out on their learning.

Our remote learning provision has been developed with our students and their families in mind taking into account feedback and the experience of students and staff to date. We believe that this strategy works best for the children at our school.

A summary of our remote learning plan is below.

Our approach takes into account the multiple demands placed upon families at this time for example access to devices and demands on parents.

What you need at home

Students will need access to a laptop, computer or a tablet and, where possible, should have a quiet space where they can work without interruption.

We have provided a large number of laptops and SIM cards to families to facilitate remote learning where there has been a need. In addition, we have today sent out a Google Form to all students for them to complete informing us where there is a need for a laptop or internet access.

What we expect from your child

It is important that students engage with home learning. The timetable for your child is in the school planner or via the SIMS parent app.

What you can do to help

We appreciate that our school closure will present some challenges for you. We kindly ask for your support so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for your child during this time.

We do not expect you to watch your child all day, and we would not expect parents/carers to get involved in remote lessons in place of our teachers. However, it is helpful if you can take an active role in your child’s learning by asking them about their day and what work they have done.

Our top tips:

Please keep in touch with us and do let us know if you are having any difficulties with remote learning, or if you have any questions. You can contact us through info@stepneyallsaints.school

Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Woods

Headteacher

A reminder of the definitions of ‘critical workers’ and ‘vulnerable students’

Critical workers are those who work in:

Vulnerable students are those who:

If you are not sure if you or your child fall under these definitions, please contact the school on info@stepneyallsaints.school.

Vulnerable students and the children of critical workers who wish to attend school should arrive in full school uniform at 8.40am on Wednesday 6th January through the main school entrance. They will follow the same curriculum and timetable as usual, as will students learning from home.

 

(All information correct as of 4.1.21 1pm)

4th January 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Re: our approach to the staggered return to school

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and that despite the restrictions in place and a number of our students, staff and families self-isolating or testing positive for the virus, you were able to enjoy the Christmas break.

The Secretary of State for Education announced to both schools and the general public last week a number of changes for the new term as a result of a high infection rate among secondary age students and in response to increased rates of transmission nationally. Tower Hamlets was announced as one of the Covid-19 contingency areas of the UK and as a consequence the government has implemented a staggered return for students at the start of term (see link).

On the week commencing 4th January:

On the week commencing 11th January:

On the week commencing 18th January:

Please note that the current contingency areas will be reviewed by the government on Monday 18th January and as a result details may change. We will keep you fully informed whenever we have any government updates.

The staggered return to school is to give us time to establish a COVID-19 testing system within the school. Here is what we know so far about the rapid testing programme recently announced by the government:

As soon as the government publishes more information on the testing programme, we will let you know by via the school website.

Thank you so much for your continued support as we respond to this evolving situation and we look forward to welcoming your child back to school in line with the dates above.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Woods

Headteacher

 

A reminder of the definitions of ‘critical workers’ and ‘vulnerable pupils’

Critical workers are those who work in:

Vulnerable pupils are those who:

If you are not sure if you or your child fall under these definitions, please contact the school on info@stepneyallsaints.school.

Vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers who wish to attend school should arrive in full school uniform at 8.40am on Wednesday 6th January through the main school entrance. They will follow the same curriculum and timetable as usual, as will students learning from home.