Dear Parent/Carer

We contacted all parents/carers yesterday regarding the heating issue on Cantley site (Upper) and promised to keep the situation under review and update you, as necessary.

Due to the extensive nature of the repairs required, coupled with the forecast for poor weather in the next few days, it will be necessary to close Cantley site (Upper) on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Pupils in all year groups except Y11 will have one day working from home this week as outlined below. During this time, they will be provided with online learning activities for each of their timetabled classes, accessed through Microsoft Teams. Pupils should follow their usual timetabled lessons for the day they are not in school.

Thursday 9th December: Y12, Y10 & Y9 pupils work from home. Return to school for lessons as normal on Friday 10/12/21.

Friday 10th December: Y13, Y8 & Y7 pupils work from home. Return to school for lessons as normal on Monday 13/12/21.

For those groups remaining in school, timetables and rooming will be adjusted to move lessons from Cantley Site (Upper) over to Acacia (Lower). We will communicate these changes via School Comms and pupil email as quickly as the arrangements allow.

We are well aware of the difficulty and frustrations caused by having to have year groups work from home, however the health and safety of pupils and staff is our main priority. In the current circumstances this option is in the best interest of safety. Following our well-established home learning routines will allow for education to continue whilst not risking health and wellbeing.

Thank you for your understanding and support in these difficult circumstances.

Mr J Rooney

Dear Parents/Carers

You will be aware of the high number of Covid cases across Doncaster at present and its impact on all schools. We currently have a high number of staff unavailable due tocovid related absence. This has resulted in many lessons being supervised by non-specialist teachers. In some cases, groups are having to be put together to ensure correct staffing levelsacross the wider school.

Whilst operating like this is possible in the short term, it does impact negatively on pupils’ learning. For this reason, we will be putting in place two ‘Home-learning’ Enrichment and Consolidation Days for year groups 7, 8, 9 & 10 this week.

Pupils in 7, 8, 9 & 10 will have one day working from home this weekas outlined below. During this time, they will be provided with online learning activities for each of their timetabled classes, accessed through Microsoft Teams. Pupils should follow their usual timetabled lessons for the day they are not in school.

Wednesday 1st December: Y10 & Y8 pupils work from home. Return to school for lessons as normal on Thursday 2/12/21.

Thursday 2nd December: Y7 & Y9 pupils work from home. Return to school for lessons as normal on Monday 6/12/21.

Y11,12,13 will remain in school on both days and attend normal lessons.

This decision has not been taken lightly. We would much prefer to have all pupils in school engaging in lessons. However, these Enrichment and Consolidation days offer us a great opportunity to keep pupils engaged in meaningful work set by their class teaches and building on areas of the curriculum studied this term.

Thank you in advance for your support

Y10 Pupils will return to school on Friday 1st of October 2021

Y8 Pupils will return to school on Monday 4th October 2021

All pupils in Y8 & 10 will be given the opportunity to complete a PCR test at school. For this to take place it is essential that the consent form: https://forms.office.com/r/iK8K3atjSn is completed in advance. 

Unfortunately, PCR tests cannot be completed without consent. Please ensure you have completed the form before your child's arrival at school. Thank you once again for all your support in this matter.

In the light of the PMs briefing yesterday, the Leadership team have decided the following as the necessary steps to keep staff and students as safe as possible.

From Monday 29th November face coverings will be COMPULSORY in all areas where there are large groups; including classrooms (Boris Johnson has said that they will be compulsory on buses). We will be insisting upon this. Please send your child with a face covering tomorrow.

Assemblies will be suspended until after Christmas and will be reviewed before the end of term.

Visitors, including parents/carers, will not be allowed in school for meetings.

Further information regarding other forthcoming events, including alternative arrangements for Wednesday's Y11 into Y12 evening, will be sent out within the next couple of days.

My over-riding responsibility is that I ensure that staff and students are as safe as possible in school. This action reduces the risk of an uptick in cases, particularly as we get closer to Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support in this matter.

John Rooney

At present we have around 80 cases of the virus with a small number of these awaiting PCR conformation.

As per our Outbreak management Plan (see below) and in discussion and with the agreement of Public Health Doncaster we will be taking the following steps.

  1. Assemblies and mass gatherings will be suspended and reviewed at half term.
  2. We will be issuing extra home testing kits tomorrow to Y8 and Y10 – these year groups have significantly higher numbers than other year groups at the moment.
  3. From tomorrow (29/9/21), staff and students should wear face coverings in communal areas or where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  4. Face to face meetings will be limited to 15 minutes and attendees must wear face coverings, maintaining social distancing.
  5. Students in Y8 and Y10 should wear them in class.
  6. Extra emphasis on hygiene, use of wipes, hand sanitisers and ventilation in rooms. The latter is really very important.
  7. All these will be reviewed as the situation changes.
  8. School must be informed of all cases, confirmed or awaiting confirmation, using the email  

We will be attending a COVID Outbreak control meeting in the next day or so organised by Public Health Doncaster.

This is to look at further actions  that may need to be taken including PCR testing on site and whether some Year Groups should have home learning for a limited time.

I do hope that this clarifies the current but rapidly changing situation.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

John Rooney

Headteacher

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