Coronavirus Update

The latest information regarding the Academy and the Coronavirus pandemic can be found below:

 

25th March 2020

Dear all,

I hope that you are staying healthy and observing the Social Distancing guidelines in the surreal landscape that we find ourselves. We have had a couple of teething troubles with our online provision over the last couple of days, and hopefully we are now settled into a routine. Just to remind you that students should be doing school based learning for between 3 and 4 hours per day. If they are at a loose end then I can also recommend the Headspace app on their iPad or the following YouTube channels – you may enjoy them yourselves!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ – This has live PE lessons at 09:00 each school day.

https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene – This is a yoga channel.

For those parents who wish to follow your child’s progress on Seesaw I have attached a document below to help you navigate this. Teachers will be sending out the class codes to you so that you can set this up yourselves if you choose to.

I will be sending out a newsletter as usual this Friday with these details and others that may interest you.

Kind regards and stay safe,

Les Hall | Principal

Click here to see how to join your childs Seesaw classes

 

24th March 2020

Dear all,

Thank you for your tolerance and patience as we get systems up and running at this strangely surreal time.

I wanted to provide a little clarity regarding the expectations of students over this period of home-schooling whilst we are closed to almost all students.

Firstly, we have had a number of outages of Firefly. These should be resolved by 1:30 today. This is a national problem with their servers. We have provided a number of ebooks for students if you need to keep them busy during an issue like this, but please do not feel obliged to do so. These should be on the iPad already but if not can be requested from staff via email.

Completed work can be sent via email, and some classes are now using Seesaw -if you want to get up to speed on Seesaw then here is a link:

https://web.seesaw.me/parents

We are hoping that students will complete around 3-4 hours of study a day whether this is reading, online work or exercise during PE time. If it is not possible, please do not worry. These are testing times for all.

Once again, thank you for your patience.

Les Hall | Principal

 

20th March 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support. To follow from my update yesterday, a reminder that we have been instructed to close for nearly all pupils as of today.

We now have guidance from the Government – full information 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#critical-workers

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

So that we can arrange suitable provision for this, please complete this form:

https://forms.gle/NZupm5DbHwSYTZVx6

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. If you have a child who is considered vulnerable then you will be contacted directly via the telephone by either ourselves or your Social Worker.

Learning will continue as normal for all students, as per the Remote Learning Strategy yesterday. Students will be asked to work during the normal school day i.e. 70-75 minutes of subject based learning. There will be NO additional homework, and there is no pressure on students to complete the work if they are not able to. We need to be as flexible as possible and I thank you for your help with this.

It is possible that our wonderful Year 11 students have had their learning cut short, however, we are planning to have a celebration of their amazing learning in July and have started the planning process for this already.

There will most likely be new information that is released today by the Government, and if this is the case then I will send out an update.
Thank you once again for the support in these unprecedented times.

Les Hall | Principal

 

19th March 2020

Thank you for your patience regarding sharing of information following the Government’s announcement about school closures yesterday evening.

As you will see, our planning has been timely for this and we are well prepared to continue schooling on a mobile basis via our online channels.

Schools have been instructed to provide, where necessary, supervision for children of key workers from Monday 23rd March, if either both parents at home are key workers, or, if they are within a single parent family, and their sole parent/carer is a key worker. The government’s definition of key workers is people who, in these unprecedented times, are needed on the frontline. This includes those working in the NHS, in care homes, in the police and fire service, and teachers. It also includes people who are involved in essential retail delivery and those suddenly manufacturing equipment such as ventilators. We should receive a more specific definition soon, and if this definition changes, we will inform you.

So that we can arrange suitable provision for this, please complete this form:

https://forms.gle/NZupm5DbHwSYTZVx6

if your child will require such supervision from Monday. It is really important that the information is complete and accurate for our safeguarding procedures. Please also indicate whether or not your child is entitled to free school meals.

If your child is not in school but would you like to pick up a free school meal then please email the following address each morning before 08:30.

mountsbay@aspens-services.co.uk

It will then be available for collection between 12:30 and 1:00.

If you do not qualify for the key worker provision, please ensure that your child completes the tasks set each day as if they were following their normal timetable. Work will be set each day according to the attached graphic. If you are not sure of what subject areas to focus on and when, please use your child’s timetable as a guide. A newsletter will be emailed to you each Friday outlining many of the tasks that have been set for each year group during the week.

It is important that learning continues, as this situation will be resolved and schools will again open as soon as they can. There is a planned Government announcement at the end of Friday, and I will communicate with you about any new information when we receive it.

Once again I thank you for your support during this unprecedented time.

Les Hall | Academy Principal

 

Click here to view our Remote Learning Strategy

 

18th March 2020

Firstly may I thank you for your kindness and support during this difficult time. The Nation often pulls together in times of crisis, but I feel that the parents of students at Mounts Bay Academy support each other and the school in every way possible.

This situation is entirely new to all of us.

We have maintained classes until today, but staffing levels have now become a concern. We have taken the decision, therefore to close for students in years 8 and 9 for the rest of the week.

On Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March – school will be open for students in years 7, 10 and 11 only so we can prioritise their GCSE studies with directed staffing levels. Further announcements will be made regarding other year groups if necessary.

Lessons will continue be set at the appropriate time for all students whether they are in school or not. That means that students will need a work space at home between 08:40 and 3:15. Lessons will be set through Firefly or via the ebooks they have been sent and collected through a variety of ways that their class teachers will identify.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support at this difficult time.

Les Hall | Academy Principal