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Letter from Mr Burke 04/01/2021

Published on 6th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Due to the ongoing government announcements, we would like to update you on our plans for the
coming weeks in school.

From Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January the school will only be open for face-to-face
education for those classed as vulnerable or critical key worker children. The children in these
categories should arrive at school, in full uniform, at 8:45am and go to the main school yard where
they will be greeted by staff. The usual high standards of behaviour for learning are expected and no
mobile phones are allowed. We would however like your child to bring their own headphones to
school if possible so that they can access live lessons and interactive work on Google Classroom. If
your child is in Year 11, they will be taught according to their timetable between the 5th and 8th
January. Live lessons will be delivered via Google Meets and work will be set on Google Classroom
following their timetable.

From Monday 11th January, the school will remain open for vulnerable and critical key worker
children. Year 11 students are also currently expected to return to school on Monday 11th January.

If your child is in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 they will be learning remotely from Tuesday 5th January until
Friday 15th January. These year groups are not currently expected to return to school until Monday
18th January. During this time, we will provide high quality education remotely. From the 5
th to the 8th January work will be available for Years 7, 8 and 9 on Google Classroom. For Year 10, live lessons
will be delivered via Google Meets and work will be set on Google Classroom.

It is imperative that students complete and return all work set on Google Classroom following their
teacher’s instructions and fully participate in live lessons via Google Meets. During live lessons, we
expect student to engage as fully as they would in a classroom setting. In order for this to happen,
students are expected to be visible to their teachers (have their cameras switched on) and
contribute via microphone or the chat facility as requested by their teachers. Registers will be taken
during all lessons. (Submission of work on Google Classroom will used for registration purposes
when lessons are not live.)

We understand that many students, particularly those in examination years, will be particularly
anxious about not being in school at this time. If we can do anything to support them outside of the
remote learning provided, please contact their Head of Year.

With regards lateral flow testing planning has started. However, there remain a significant number
of challenges to be addressed. I cannot guarantee at this time that lateral flow tests will necessarily
be in operation at this stage. We will update you as required should any of the above information
change as and when additional government announcements occur.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.

Kind regards

Paul Burke
Head Teacher

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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