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St Alban's Catholic High School

St Alban's
Catholic High School

Covid19

Update from Mr Baker and the Leadership Team

September 2020 - School Re-opening Letter


Further details of September re-opening information

From Wednesday 9th September, after year group induction sessions:

Start of Year Packs for each year group are also available - click here

Below you can find a copy of our risk assessment and behaviour policy addendums for students and parents/carers for the current COVID-19 situation:

Risk Assessment COVID-19 addendum for September 2020 - July 2020

Risk Assessment COVID-19 addendum for Students and Parent/Carers - June 2020

Behaviour Policy COVID-19 addendum - May 2020


Details of when and how all other students will return to school at the start of the Autumn term will be available soon.


 

Virtual Assembly from Mr Baker - 7th May 2020

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Contacting your teachers or form tutor by email

We have set up a new Staff List page so that you can email your teachers or form tutor easily if you have questions. You can get to this page by using this link: www.st-albans.suffolk.sch.uk/StaffList/

To email a member of staff you should use their initial followed by their surname@st-albans.suffolk.sch.uk

For example, Mr J Smith would be jsmith@st-albans.suffolk.sch.uk 

Please remember that it may take a while for them to reply to you, as many have families they have to help look after or they may be unwell. Please be patient. 

 

Cancellation of GCSEs and A levels in 2020

As you will be aware, the Government has decided to cancel all GCSEs, AS and A Level public exams this summer. As a consequence many of you will, no doubt, be wondering about the next steps for your son/daughter if they are in Year 11 & 13. 

Below is a copy of a letter to students from Ofqual which was published on Friday 3 April. This seeks to offer reassurance to everyone about how grades will be calculated. Following the Easter break, the school will be in communication with you regarding the process of school assessed grades.

Letter to students - Summer 2020 grading


Support for families with English as an additional language:

British Councilhttps://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/covid-19-support-for-parents

You can also find links to Covid-19 advice in 11 different languages on our Student Support page.

Advice for Parents/Carers following the announcement of school closures can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

You can also find information and support from Suffolk County Council at this link:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-closures/

 

In the light of the recent UK Government announcement, St Alban's is now closed, except for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

For the foreseeable future work will be set on our learning platform eSchools.

Departments may also use the school email system to send information using the email groups set up for each class. Each department will also be using a variety of resources online to support learning.

Please check this website and your emails for further information.

Please follow the advice from the UK Government and stay safe.

Below are copies of our previous letters to parents/carers:

Update for Parents/Carers - 26th June 2020

Weekly Update for Parents/Carers 24 April 2020

Letter to Parents/Carers 4th April 2020

Letter to Parents/Carers 27th March 2020

School Closure 23 March 2020

Letter to parents/carers 17th March 2020

Letter to parents/carers 12th March 2020

Trips and Visits

All future educational visits are cancelled or on hold, at present. We will inform parents and carers as soon as we have information about when such visits will be able to take place. We are in contact with EVOLVE, our risk management team for trips and visits, and we will post further information here. 

Department for Education helpline 

The department for Education have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please call this helpline if you have any concerns about COVID-19 and how this may effect your child's education.

They also emphasise that personal hygiene continues to be the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages with your family and friends.

How to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus

 

Common Questions

You can find answers to a number of common questions on the COVID-19 virus at the following NHS web page:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

 

If you have any questions or concerns relating to this matter please contact the school.

 

eSchools

For further information and guidance relating to using our eSchool digital learning platform please click here