Safe return 2021
Students who are considered ‘vulnerable’ (children with an EHC Plan, young people who have a social worker) or are the children of critical workers (key workers) should return to school on Tuesday 5th January, in full school uniform.
Remote Learning information
We have worked hard to refine our remote learning offer, based on our experience of the first lockdown and over the past term, and your child’s education will be as close to in-person learning as possible. It will include registering at the same time for form time at 8:45am. They will then follow their usual timetable, with a mix of lessons streamed live or pre-recorded lessons with teachers available for questions throughout.
I appreciate this is an anxious time for all families and particularly those expecting to take exams in the summer. In his address, the Prime Minister said that not all exams would go ahead, and that the Department for Education would work with the exams regulator, Ofqual, to make alternative arrangements. While we do not yet know what these arrangements will include, please be assured that – as was the case last year – we will work tirelessly to make sure Rockwood Academy students are as
well supported as possible.
Timings of the day
We appreciate this news may cause you concern, but I would like to reassure you that your child’s online education will be as close as possible to any normal day in school: students will register at the same time for form time at 8:45am.
They will then follow their usual timetable, with a mix of lessons streamed live or pre-recorded lessons with teachers available for questions throughout. Please note there will be no period 6 – intervention class for years 10 & 11 until further notice.
Laptops & Technology
CORE Education Trust is committed to ensuring every student has access to a laptop, and you should have already made arrangements to borrow a device if needed.
As we were already expecting to provide remote learning for the first part of the term, your child should be aware of the arrangements for accessing their education online. However, should you need more
information about accessing Microsoft Teams or to borrow a device, please do not hesitate to contact the Pastoral Manager or Senior Link.
Mr Khan – email@example.com
Mr Donaldson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Shaheen – email@example.com
Mrs De Jesus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Sahota – email@example.com
Mr Cooke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Ali – email@example.com
Mr Howes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Walker – email@example.com
Mrs Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org:
We are in this together
If you have any questions regarding access to remote learning programmes or issues with technology, please get in touch.
Testing in our schools
As we have done since September, we will do everything we can to help keep staff and students safe, and in the classroom. Following the government guidance, my team and I have already begun to develop plans for testing and will be using the early days of term to fine-tune them. Here’s what we know so far about the rapid testing programme recently announced by the government:
- Students who are identified as a close contact of someone who’s tested positive will be eligible
- All staff will be eligible
- While testing will be optional, we’ll strongly encourage staff and students to take part
- We won’t ask your child to participate in testing without their consent (or yours, as appropriate)
- Those students returning to school first will be offered testing first
- If someone tests negative, they’ll still need to follow our social distancing and hygiene measures.
- If someone tests positive, we’ll ask them to self-isolate in line with government guidance
- I will be able to share more details in the coming days including a consent form and an instructional leaflet.
- Students have responded very well to the COVID arrangements we have introduced this year – I am confident they will react maturely to this latest measure.