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Lockdown (January/February 2021) - important news

Please see the latest email sent to parents / carers from Dr Morrison (dated 5th January) with regards to lockdown information.

Key points:

 

Online learning

From now until February Half Term learning will be online for all year groups. This will be in the same format as we have used since September. Students will follow their normal timetable with Teams lessons.  

Resources for students in KS3 who are individually self isolating

Please see the link below to find a range of resources:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1K7mfKOTTba5sSSV_1SucZ1jZD_IykhIbRxZg4maWmUk/edit?usp=sharing

 

Attendance
Students are expected to attend all their lessons. Registers will be taken with parents and carers contacted if students do not attend. Should students be poorly please contact our Attendance Officers attendanceofficers@furzeplatt.net. Please also continue to use this address to inform us should your child test positive for coronavirus.

 

IT Issues
If students are struggling to access online learning due to IT issues please do contact our IT team at itsupport@furzeplatt.net. If possible, please contact us from the school email address and include your child’s full name and year group.


BTEC Examinations

If your son/daughter has a BTEC exam, students should attend the examination wearing an appropriate face covering. Students will be spaced to enable social distancing and Covid safety procedures to be observed. Students should be in normal school uniform.

 

Years 11 and 13
We will be in contact as soon as we know how students will be assessed. Currently, and contrary to some social media and press reports, the wording used by the government is “we do not think it is possible for exams to go ahead fairly this summer. The Secretary of State for Education will be asking Ofqual to consult rapidly on an approach for alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.”

 

Free School Meals
Those students in receipt of Free School Meals will get vouchers. We are expecting a national scheme. However, without any details at present, FPSS will send vouchers for the first fortnight.

 

Keyworker and Vulnerable Children

As requested by the government we will remain open for keyworker and vulnerable children.

 

Covid Testing

We will shortly have the capacity to offer Covid testing to students on their return to school. We intend to test keyworker and vulnerable students, as well as staff in school, on a weekly basis. Details will be sent to parents and carers of these students and staff in the next couple of days. We are expecting the government to ask us to test other students before their return after half term but will confirm this once we know more.


Full details of the points raised on this page can be found in the most recent email sent to parents / carers and we do expect further updates from the government on a  number of issues raised.

In the meantime, please do help minimise the spread of the virus by following the lockdown requirements.


Take care and keep safe.