2021 Year Start Update

As the start of term approaches I am writing to brief you, following latest announcements from the government.

From 4th January year 11 and year 13 will work at home and their work will be administered in the same way as other year groups, as detailed in my email at the end of last term:

Remote Education

All work will be set on Go4Schools and students should follow their timetable with lessons at 9, 11 and 1. The lesson rotation for the week is Week B lessons 2, 3, 4
Work is set via the Homework tasks page and students should find everything they need there. Class teachers will be available during the lesson via email or Google Classroom/Microsoft Teams if students have questions. Students must use their school email for any messages sent to staff.

The work will be labelled ‘CLASSWORK’ and 100 minutes is the expected time to be spent on the lesson. Each lesson will have something that students are required to return to their teacher in some form. Students should also tick off the work when completed.

It will be very helpful to check that students are confident with:
Their Go4Schools log-in
Their school log-ins (email, office.com, google)
Where students need assistance this will be available by emailing ithelpdesk@magdalen.northants.sch.uk

Please be aware that there may be a slight delay in all work being uploaded straight away on the 4th January - please bear with us as we juggle the unplanned change to the start of term.
Although the guidance suggests that remote learning will start for all year groups (other than 11 and 13) from 11th January 2021, remote learning for ALL year groups will start on 4th January. Staff will be adhering to the guidance for remote learning as set out on gov.uk

Key workers' children and vulnerable learners

Only pupils of key workers or those who are vulnerable will attend school from 4th January and they will be supervised in school to do the same work that their peers are doing at home. Thank you to all those who have already notified us of your key worker status and your intention to send your child/children in to school on the 4th. If you haven’t yet notified us please do so as soon as possible to help us with planning. You need to use the link as in my email at the end of least term:
Pupils in all year groups who are classed as “vulnerable" (according to the government’s definition) are able to come into school from 4/1/21. They will be supervised to do the same work as their class mates who are working at home. We will contact you individually to let you know that your child has been identified as “vulnerable”.

Parents who are critical workers (according to the government definition) are able to send their children into school form 4/1/21. They will be supervised to do the same work as their class mates who are working at home. If you are a critical worker you need to complete the form below to let us know that you are planning to send your child in.
Key workers' pupils and vulnerable learners attending school from 4th January should bring with them a packed lunch as the canteen will not be open.

Please do NOT send your child into school if they or anyone in your household has any COVID-like symptoms. You should report this to school in the normal way please. If your child is already isolating because of a case or suspected case of COVID please do not send them into school until this period of isolation has come to an end, and notify us of this if you haven’t already, through the absence line.
Please look out for more updates over the coming days and weeks. We will share more with you regarding lateral flow testing and other issues, as they arise.

We had a challenging 2020 and we are ready for whatever 2021 throws at us. Thank you, as always, for your excellent support throughout.

Yours sincerely
I H Colling (Mr)

Key Worker Form