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Published on 16th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope this letter finds you well. We look forward to receiving many Year 10 students as of next Monday the 22nd of June on a rolling basis. With the completion of the wonderful new build I now consider it safe to do so. As a consequence of this, please be aware that some colleagues will only beable to offer a reduced ‘online’ education platform. Staff are of course planning to mitigate that situation but I wanted to draw it to your attention.
As per the current advice, Year 10 is the only year group we can permit (maximum of 50 students daily). Please be aware that advice often changes including as late as Sunday evening. If circumstances change and we are unable to open Year 10 parents will be emailed, local radio informed and a message will appear on the website. I really hope that doesn’t happen. We have completed a thorough and detailed risk assessment and guidance for all staff and students.
Year 10 Parents
You will receive a longer letter from Mr Hughes. I just wanted to highlight a few points. Most children live locally and should make their own way to school and not be dropped off. Those who live a little further away need to wear a mask if using public transport. If those students are driven in please can they be dropped off in a nearby road to facilitate social distancing.
It is vital that you read Mr Hughes’ letter and complete the google form as required. In short, this is a further reassurance for all the community that social distancing etc will be maintained. If the form is not completed your child will be refused entry to school. The link is in the letter. To those families for whom your son and daughter will not be attending, the work from English, Maths and Science will appear on google classrooms. I hope the current situation improves in order to allow your child to return to school very soon.
I appreciate the economic and emotional impact that many of you will be experiencing. Some staff at Fernwood have been adversely affected and many are also attempting to teach young children. Let’s hope that this situation continues to ease and that come September we will be fully open.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Mr Paul Burke