COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are delighted to welcome students back to school with a phased return from Monday 8th March. Please see information below for further details.

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that we do all within our power to reduce the impact of the pandemic on students learning and attainment and to keep our students, staff and wider community safe.

All communication will be via the school website and emails to parents, please regularly check your emails and read all information carefully. The letters area of our website will be updated with all outgoing emails.

We thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging period.

Return to School 

I am delighted that remote learning has drawn to a close and that we have been able to safely welcome our pupils back to site. Please read details of the arrangements below. I want to thank you all for your support throughout, particularly with remote learning.

Ms Whyte

Arrangements for Lateral Flow Test 1 (LFT)

In line with Government guidance, pupils should be continuing to regularly conduct at home COVID tests. Tests are now available nationally and can be ordered from the gov.uk website. Any student displaying symptoms must isolate, get a PCR test and keep the school informed.

Arrangements

The arrival time at school reverts to 8.30am (at the latest) for all Year groups and the departure time reverts to 3.05pm. Years 7, 8 and 9 should use the side gates.  Years 10 and 11 should use the forest gates. Years 12 and 13 should use the front entrance. Boys are asked to go to their usual ‘Year bubble’ areas on arrival at school.
Boys should arrive in full school uniform fully equipped with a school bag, books, exercise books, equipment etc ready for learning. In line with recent DFE guidance, boys should wear a plain face mask both in lessons and in communal areas around the school. Hand sanitisation is provided in each classroom but it would be helpful if each boy could carry his own hand sanitiser to speed up entry to classrooms. The homework timetable will revert to what it was in the Autumn term. This is available on the school website.
A robust catch-up programme has been put in place and shared with parents separately.

What to do if your child must isolate

If your son or any member of your household has Covid symptoms must isolate immediately and not attend school (click here for NHS advice and up to date information). Please contact the school immediately via 0207 561 7800 where you will be given further advice. Isolating students are expected to learn remotely, please see our 'Home Learning' section below for further information. 

Home Learning

If students have to isolate they must notify the school immediately via the school's main reception on 0207 561 7800.

Isolating students should follow their normal school timetable and log into to GoogleClassroom for each of their lessons. Attendance will be monitored.

For Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 all lessons will take place via GoogleClassroom, whilst homework will continue to be set via ShowMyHomework.

For Years 11, 12 and 13 all lessons, classwork and homework will take place via GoogleClassroom.

Please carefully read our Virtual Learning Guide, this was distributed to all students along with their usernames and passwords during the first week of November. If your son has misplaced his log in details please email enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk

Do remind your child to take breaks away from screens as well, and also make time for having fun and connecting with friends and family.

Parent Support

We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we want to take the chance to say thank you for all you are doing in supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.

Dr Emma Silver and Highgate School have kindly shared a talk on 'Parenting in Times of Uncertainty' which provides information and ideas to support parents. The talk discusses how we might overcome some of the unique challenges the pandemic presents as parents. The talk contains Dr Emma Silver's thoughts on what a balanced digital diet looks like, and explores how to support your child’s online learning and how we can help our children manage anxiety and uncertainty among many other useful topics. 

We have put together a Parent Guide to GoogleClassroom for further guidance on how your son can use GoogleClassroom to access lessons and complete work during this period of remote learning.

We held a Parent Support Session on Tuesday 26th January, offering support and guidance covering;

  • E safety
  • Pupil well-being
  • Parental well-being
  • Healthy living
  • Using GoogleClassroom for remote learning

If you missed the session or would like to revisit the information, you can view the presentation slides here:

Virtual Parent Meetings and Events

Unfortunately most large school events have had to be cancelled for the time being, however where possible we will be offering the event virtually.

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting or event please read the invite email carefully and ensure you are able to log on and access the meeting. We recommend you attempt to access the meeting in the days prior to the event to allow time to resolve any log in issues. 

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting via GoogleMeet you can find access instructions below:

GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications

We are aware that this is an anxious time for many of our students. We will communicate any information we receive from Ofqual and the exam boards to our GCSE, A Level and BTEC students and parents as soon as we receive details. Please ensure you regularly check your emails for any updates.

Parents of Year 11 and Year 13 students have been invited to virtual meetings on Thursday 6th May where you will receive detailed information regarding your son/daughter's qualifications. Please check your emails for instructions on how to access this live virtual meeting.

Any students who require further support or guidance regarding their GCSE, A Level or BTEC qualifications are welcome to email our Exams Officer, Ms D Gaiu via gaiu.d@sta.islington.sch.uk 

Student Wellbeing

This is a challenging and unprecedented time. Understandably the situation will be causing some concern and distress to our students and their families. As a school we strive to support families in adapting to Home Learning and coping with the impacts of this pandemic.

Staff members will be calling the families of each and every student on a weekly basis to check on progress with subjects, resolve any online platform access issues, support Home Learning and monitor student wellbeing. Students and parents should feel free to raise any issues or concerns during these calls.

Please find below links to online resources that offer mental health support for children and young people.

  • Childline – offers ideas for managing mood and allows access to 1:1 counselling through a web chat; their advice line is 0800 1111
  • Kooth – offers access to resources for managing mood and has an online feelings diary
  • WoeBot – an app that has been developed for teenagers to help them manage low mood and to relax; it can be downloaded for free on a smartphone or tablet

If a young person is worrying about the coronavirus or struggling with self-isolation, there are a couple of websites that they might find helpful:

  • Young Minds
  • Mind
  • CARIS Bereavement Service – Children and young people bereavement support. For parents and teachers we can offer phone support about how to help children with their bereavement issues: 

Other useful links for further support:

We will provide more information on all of the above matters as and when we have it.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of our students and their families at this time.