Update on phased re-opening of schools. 15/5/20.

Dear parents and carers

I want to take the opportunity of updating you on our plans following the Government’s announcements about the re-opening of schools this week.  The guidance that has been published gives an indication of what we will be able to offer and the ways this can be implemented following the latest safety guidance.  Schools are asked to start planning on how they will be able to offer some face to face contact for Year 10, in advance of the summer holidays.  The Department for Education guidance for parents can be found here.  We will be in touch with our plans, once they are finalised.
We will be sending to parents, and publishing on our website, the procedures, policies and risk assessments which have been put in place to protect both staff and students. This will allow parents to make informed decisions about the provision we are offering.
Sadly, it currently looks unlikely that we will see the majority of Year 7, 8 and 9 students before September, although we continue to operate for children of key workers and priority children.  If you are returning to work and fall into the key worker category, please let us know by completing the weekly google form to request places.  For those parents who are new to key worker roles, or have not previously shared this information with us, please contact us with confirmation of your role, for example a lanyard or letter from an employer.  All requests for in school provision must be completed by the deadline on the google form, as we need to ensure adequate staffing cover and suitable transport where needed.
In order to support students studying from home, we will continue to provide both online resources, or paper copies where this has been requested.  We are exploring new ways of supporting students working from home after half term, and will be in touch with more details.
I am acutely aware of the pressures of home learning, and want to extend our gratitude to all parents who have stepped up to the role of home-educator over the last few months.  Please continue to do your best to complete the work set, and do not be afraid to set time limits on the tasks that you are completing.  All of the staff are happy to answer questions, and can be contacted by email or google classroom when they are not on site.  We are working on a recovery curriculum to support students when we can return to school fully, and will ensure we continue to draw together to ensure that all students are able to progress and move forward.  Please celebrate the steps students are taking to being independent learners, no matter how small, as these skills are essential to life long learning, not just the completion of school work.
Until we are able to meet as a school community again, stay safe and please do not hesitate to contact us for any support.
Kind regards
Lynsey Slater
Atlantic Academy