Covid-19 Update / Home Learning
Below you can find all COVID-19 communications and the latest information for Home Learning.
18th March 2021
Unfortunately, we have just been informed, our hot water boiler has broken beyond repair.
The School Premise Regulations 2012 Act states: ... Schools must have an adequate supply of hot and cold water.'.
After discussions with the Health and Safety advisor at The Good Shephard Trust, a decision has been made to close the College building on Friday 19 March and Monday 22 March, as we have no hot water in the building. Any student who returned the Chrome Book that was borrowed from us can collect this between 8.30am and 9.00am tomorrow (Friday).
We would like to reassure you that we have given instructions to our Gas contractors to replace the boiler as soon as possible and as a matter of urgency. We have been informed that this is their top priority. We will update you on Monday 22 March if we need to remain closed after Monday, or students can return on Tuesday.
We are very fortunate to have an outstanding remote learning plan in place, so College is still 'Open' in the Virtual Space. The College day will begin online on Friday 19 March and will continue in this way until we have hot water.
This is not a situation we want to be in. I am sure you understand the Health and Safety of all students and staff must take priority.
4th March 2021 Update
Please see the Letter from the Principal to Parents and Carers dated 4th March 2021 here which includes information about:
- The return to face to face teaching on Monday 8th March
- The Friends of Christ's College uniform sale on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March.
- The requirement for students to remain in their bubbles and also to wear face coverings in classrooms and during activities, unless social distancing can be maintained. (Unless exempt).
- Students who use the College bus, must also wear face masks and sit in their allocated seats.
- Update on the Lateral Flow Testing and how to access home test kits for other members of your household.
1st March 2021 Update
Please see the Letter from the Principal to Parents and Carers dated 1st March 2021 here which includes information about:
- The process for students taking their first Lateral Flow Test during Friday 5th March, Saturday 6thMarch and Sunday 7th March. With a timetable for each year group, so that all students with a negative test result can start back in College on Monday 8th March.
- Tests 2 and 3 will take place three to five days apart and within the College day
- The Later Flow Consent Form which must be provided for the test to take place which can be downloaded here.
- Students with a negative test result will return to school at their usual ‘pandemic’ staggered school timings on Monday 8th March. We will be running the College day as we were from September 2020.
- Food can only be purchased at lunch times.
24th February 2021 Update
Letter from the Principal to Parents dated 24th February 2021 here which includes information about:
- Clarifying the testing process of students to ensure all children are able to return to normal teaching in school after their first negative test result on Monday 8th March 2021.
- Asking for volunteers to support the testing process.
- The provision of home testing kits for twice weekly testing.
All children are to return to face-to-face teaching from Monday 8th March 2021. This is something we have all been very much looking forward to, and we will do all we can to ensure a safe environment for all students, staff and essential visitors.
Students should return to face-to-face education following their first negative test result. Testing is voluntary. If consent is provided, students will be asked to self-swab in the college’s testing area. To ensure all children are able to return to a normal teaching day on Monday 8th March, we aim to start testing from Friday 5th March, with tests taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in college. We will offer 3 tests, 3 to 5 days apart as per the Government direction.
We are able to open to all students on the 8th March if we can recruit volunteers to help with the lateral flow testing. If you are able to support (or any of your adult family or friends), full training would be given and you can offer as much or as little time as you are able. If this is something you can offer we would be grateful if you could complete the Google form using this link here :
Once students have been tested 3 times in college, they will be provided with home test kits for regular testing (twice a week) and results must be reported to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed, online or by telephone (full instructions provided with the kits). Students with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. You will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result if the test was done at home. Those with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend college.
Plans for returning to teaching on site will be confirmed before Monday 8th March.
Should you have any questions or would like further clarification, please get in touch initially through Progress Leaders or by using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Christ's College Remote Education Plan January 2021 here
ONLINE LEARNING PROTOCOLS
The following expectations are in place for all virtual Google Meet lessons:
• The student timetable will run as normal with current timings;
• Virtual teaching will take place as whole class groups: there will be no one-to-one sessions;
• Teachers will be mindful of the needs of all the students and be flexible in their teaching style;
• Teaching Assistants will continue to support students as directed by the SENDCO.
• All students will be expected to attend, on time, with a register taken;
• Attendance will be carefully monitored and our attendance policy followed;
• Tutor time will follow the usual year group timetable, as directed by the Year Group Progress Leader.
• There will be 30 minutes of interactive teaching at the start of each lesson, after which students will complete tasks set by the teacher, via Google Classroom or subject specific app;
• After the initial interactive section, the Google Meet session will continue for the duration of the timetabled lesson. Students will complete the tasks set, with both staff and students muted. During this time, students may ask for support from the teacher through the chat function, which may in turn lead to a verbal discussion;
• Students will still be set homework as usual;
• Staff and students will wear appropriate clothing, as should anyone else present in the household;
• Computers and/or mobile devices should be used in an appropriate location with, where possible, a neutral background;
• All students must enter the Google Meet lesson with their camera and microphone switched off: settings should only be changed following teacher instructions;
• The language used throughout will meet the usual College expectations: professional and appropriate;
• Teachers and students will communicate with each other during the Google Meet lesson: should another member of the household wish to communicate with a member of staff, they should do so by following the usual home-school communication channels;
• Teachers will continue to follow the school’s reward policy by awarding house points for meeting our core values;
• Students will be expected to follow our behaviour policy. Failing to address any poor behaviour choices after a friendly warning and C1, the student may be removed from the session by the teacher. This would be akin to receiving a C2. Behaviour incidents will be reported to the Progress Leader;
• Significant disruption, rudeness, or inappropriate conduct will result in the student being removed immediately from the session. The matter will be reported to and followed up by a member of the senior leadership team;
• Any student or member of staff alarmed or concerned by any online session (either for content, breach of this policy, or other worry) should immediately contact the Vice Principal;
• All virtual teaching using Google Meet will be recorded by the teacher leading the lesson, to ensure the safety of all students and staff;
• All recordings of these live sessions are protected under GDPR and stored on appropriate UK servers. They exist only for safeguarding purposes and not for further broadcast or transmission if students are included in the video recording. For example, a recorded session of a teacher demonstrating an example where no students are included would be acceptable for later use;
• Christ’s College manages the overall permissions and settings in G suite, and will disable certain features for the adequate safeguarding of students.
Current Government and Surrey County Council local guidance/updates regarding COVID-19 can be found below:
Government (England) here
Surrey County Council here
Government (England) Guidance For Full Opening: Schools here
Please find below any communications that Christ's College have sent out to date linked to Home Learning and Covid-19