Lockdown (Jan-Feb 2021)
Lockdown 3: January - February 2021
Late on Monday 04/01/2020 the government announced that the country would be going into Lockdown, to curtail the spread of the new-varient coronavirus.
The government's press release is available here:
Please see the FAQs below for information about how All Saints' is responding.
Is school open?
All Saints' will be operating throughout the lockdown.
We will be providing on-site education to pupils who are classed as vulnerable (have an EHCP or a social worker) or whose parents are critical workers.
We will be providing remote education to all other pupils, as described here:
Which children can come into school?
The goverment list which pupils are expected or eligible to attend on-site in their guidance here:
What is happening with classes and timetables?
For 04-08/01/2021 pupils and staff who are on-site will follow their usual lesson timetable, in their usual classrooms.
From 11/01/2021 pupils will be grouped into year-group bubbles, with one bubble per classroom. Teachers and education support staff will be on a rota to supervise these pupils in school. All pupils, on and off site, will follow their ususal lesson timetable for online learning.
What is happening with exams?
We are awaiting further details to be published on gov.uk:
** 20/01/2021: Consultation on 2021 Exam Series **
Late on Friday evening the DfE and Ofqual launched their consultations for the summer 2021 exam series.
There are two consultations with regard to both GCSEs and Vocational Qualifications.
These consultations run for two weeks with the deadline being Friday 29th January 2021 at 11:45pm.
The main PDF documents should be read first and then you can respond with your views and opinions.
GCSEs in Summer 2021
Vocational Qualifications in 2021
On 06/01/2021 the DfE shared the following infographic on Twitter:
Do pupils need to wear uniform?
Yes, pupils should attend in normal uniform or PE kit.
What catering is being provided?
School meals were provided as normal during the week of 4-8th January. Free School Meals registered pupils who were learning remotely could still order and collect a lunch each day.
From Monday 11th January school meals will be provided as normal for all pupils on-site, including FSM-registered pupils.
From Monday 11th - Friday 15th January we were able to provide food parcels for FSM-registered remote-learning pupils.
From 18th January to 12th February we will be using the government National Voucher Scheme to provide vouchers to the families of all FSM-registered pupils.
The government and local authority have not yet announced their plan for FSM provision for the Spring Half Term Break.
** 20/01/2021: Free School Meal Vouchers For Pupils Learning Remotely **
School has now placed our order for vouchers with Edenred and the voucher coded order have been fulfilled - so the families should all have received their codes by email. (Please check your spam box if you haven't received your voucher code.)
Where families have requested postal vouchers they will be sent later today and should arrive this week.
The codes provided are cumulative - they are for £15 per eligible child per week for four weeks from 18/01/2021 to 12/02/2021 - so £60 per child.
As the codes have now been ordered and fulfilled the school is no longer able to change email addresses or to assist with redemption queries - please address these to Edenred directly.
What is being done to keep on-site children and staff safe?
Our COVID-19 risk assessment and management plan is on the Coronavirus Risks and Management page
The core principles for keeping everyone safe remain the same:
- people who are ill stay at home
- reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible
- minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
Additionally we are working on plans for on-site COVID-19 testing.
If any staff or pupils have specific health concerns we will support them through individual health risk assessment and management plans, as described in our COVID-19 risk assessment and management plan.
With our vastly reduced number of pupils on site, and with everyone following the core principles of distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene, school remains as safe as it can be.
What is happening with on-site COVID-19 testing?
The government's guidance about on-site testing is available here:
Please see our 'On-Site COVID-19 Testing' page for further information.