Important notice regarding week commencing November 16th

Dear Parents and Carers

You will be aware from ongoing communication from school on both our website and Facebook page that a number of our teachers and support staff have not been in school over the last few days as they are either self-isolating or are being tested for Covid 19. The decision to send these staff home has been taken following recommendation and guidance from Public Health Walsall and with the health, well-being and safety of both students and staff at the centre of that decision. I am pleased to say that in general they are fine but of course on the basis of the results of their tests and the guidance that surrounds this, they have had to stay at home.  

As a result of this ongoing situation regarding staffing and ultimately the need to ensure the safety of all and the effective running of school, we will need to take the unfortunate decision to bring the following year groups in to school on a rota basis as follows for the coming week commencing Monday November 16th.

Monday November 16thYears 7 and 9 to remain at home
Year 8 return to school
Tuesday November 17thYears 7 and 9 to remain at home
Year 8 to remain in school
Wednesday November 18thYear 9 to remain at home
Years 7 and 8 to remain in school
Thursday November 19thYears 7 and 9 in school
Year 8 to remain at home
Friday November 20thYears 7 and 9 to remain in school
Year 8 to remain at home

We have ensured that all relevant agencies and bodies have been informed and are aware of the measures in place to continue to safeguard the wellbeing and health of our students both in school and whilst isolating. Remote learning will be issued for all pupils using Show My Homework. This will include the work that would have been covered in lessons. There is a clear expectation that all students will complete the tasks set. We will monitor engagement and will communicate with Parents and Carers regarding any concerns as to students’ levels of engagement.

We have completed staff training regarding the provision of virtual/remote learning and will be providing similar training for all students commencing Monday coming November 16th and across the week as Year groups are in school. It is our intention to commence using this as a method of supporting our students learning whilst at home, where logistically possible.

It is also important that all pupils are sensible whilst away from school and to follow all the national lockdown regulations and restrictions we all have.

Our school buses have not been affected by our current circumstances and continue to run both morning and evening. Students using our buses are still expected to wear their masks travelling both to and from school.

School is running as normal for all other students and as such students in Years 10 -11 and the Sixth Form are expected to attend.

I am sure that you will have a number of questions and would ask that you direct them to school at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.