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Co-Principals' Letters to Parents

27th March 2020
head@hattonacademy.org.uk

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) UPDATE – 27 03 2020

A huge thank you for the support you have given your children in studying independently this week. The school remains open to serve the students of key workers and again we thank our families who have responded to the plea to use the school care places only if absolutely necessary. Any child who can be kept safely at home should be, and staffing on site is now at an absolute minimum to keep our own staff safe. Can I also take this opportunity to please remind parents that students should not be out and about mixing with one another, but in their own homes during this period of time.

Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. We are aware that for some this might include worries about educating children at home and dealing with the work being set for your child online. Many families are undoubtedly really enjoying this, but just in case it's proving stressful we want to just to reassure you that we do not want the work provided to add to you or your families’ worries.

Please try to remember that this is not home-schooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Normal home-schooling is a choice, where parents consider, plan for it and become their child's school teacher in very particular and personalised ways. Our present arrangements are, at best, distance learning. It's also new to everyone (teachers and families) and evolving all the time with some technical difficulties and teething problems. We are aware that this can mean that applications run slowly or not at all.

When there are times of the day that your children cannot access learning, please remember that there are lots of activities that students of any age will enjoy and benefit from including: baking; crafting; gardening; exercising; card and board games; jigsaws; keeping a daily journal (written or audio or video - this will be fascinating in years to come!); watching educational programmes on TV; listening to music and, most importantly, reading, reading and more reading!

We have also listened to feedback from parents and from next week you should see a reduction in the amount of tasks set by teachers. We have asked all teachers to set tasks that will appear on Edulink at the start of the day with an end point at the end of the week. Staff have also been asked not to set any learning tasks over the Easter Holiday, students are still welcome to complete any tasks that have already been set. For the week beginning 30th March students in year 7-8 will receive 3 task a day based on the timetable below.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 7

Year 8

Year 7

Year 8

Year 7

Year 8

Year 7

Year 8

Year 7

Year 8

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

Science

Maths

Science

Science

Science

Science

English

English

Science

Science

English

English

English

English

English

English

Art

Art

Geography

Geography

History

History

MFL

MFL

Maths

Maths

Students in years 9,10 and 12 will continue to receive tasks based on their normal school timetable.

We are still waiting for clarification on the way in which exam boards will be awarding grades for students in year 11 and 13. The priority for these students should be getting ready for their next stage in education; this could be pre-reading for college courses, sixth form study or University courses.

For all students, we understand that they are working at different paces and with different levels of home support. If students are struggling or would like some support from their teachers or form tutors, they can contact them if necessary. However, please remember that staff are at home with their own families and will not be able to respond immediately.

In the meantime, please look after one another and stay safe. We will continue to keep you updated over the coming weeks.

Take care and thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours Sincerely,