In line with recent government guidance we are implementing a policy of requiring face coverings in communal areas – for example at social times unless eating, in corridors, before and when leaving the site or at any other point when outside the classroom or learning environment. This is because these are the points where unplanned contact could occur outside planned classes/groups/bubbles.
However, students may be asked to remove a face covering briefly for identification purposes and we would expect them to comply with this request. Face coverings will remain optional when in classrooms/learning environments.
In the same way that there are exceptions for some adults with particular needs that prevent them wearing face coverings we will no doubt need to make exceptions for some students – if this applies to your child, please let their Head of Year know in advance of their return. Please can all parents discuss with the students the reasons for this rule, and the reasons for the exceptions – we do not want anyone isolated or uncomfortable in this situation because of a lack of understanding.
Please note that, in line with many schools, we will consider the face covering part of our uniform policy. Therefore they MUST be plain black, white or grey, with no logos displayed, OR the disposable blue masks currently in general usage. They must be a face covering made for the purpose – NOT a scarf please, this has other connotations that are not to be invited into the school environment.
Staff will also be asked to wear face coverings in the same circumstances.
SEND Improvement Group Survey
Under the leadership of the SEND Improvement Group Education, Health and Care leaders have been working together with families to improve integrated support and services for children and young people with special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND) 0-25 years. One priority is to develop a shared vision on integrated support, to ensure best use of all available resources to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families. Critical to this is learning from families about their lived experience of current services and support and ideas for how these could be improved in order to steer the future vision and plans and offer the best level of support right here, right now.
School community/parent carer family network are invited to participate via a survey located on the Local Offer Home page
The survey will commence on Monday 21st September and will be available for families to complete until Friday 9th October.
In light of the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, Government guidelines state that from Monday 23rd March 2020, if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be.
A list of key workers as defined by the Government are detailed here:
You may be asked to provide evidence of your Key Worker status such as a recent payslip or bank statement.
May we also remind you that if you or any member of your household develops symptoms associated with the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) disease, then you should all self-isolate for 14-days. Please refer to the Government guidelines, the most up-to-date of which can be found on the Government website (www.gov.uk).
With our very best wishes,
Mrs J Langley
The SEND Pupil Support Service is now offering a Parent Helpline. The service is for the parents/carers of children with EHCPs, currently not in school. The service will offer support and guidance to parents who have SEND children at home, and who are currently struggling to support, engage and/or manage their SEND needs. The SEND team may be able to suggest strategies to help parents and carers to engage their child with work set by school. The helpline will be available to parents from Monday 30th March 2020, and will operate between the hours of 9am-1pm.
Helpline details as follows: Monday – Friday:
9am to 11am: 0161-3438381 11am to 1pm: 07971132375