Following on from my letter, dated 22nd October 2020, I am writing to give you another update regarding the phased return of students to campus from Sunday 1st November.
Yesterday, we received further clarification from the Ministry of Education (MOE) regarding the continuation of e-learning and the possible introduction of blended/hybrid programmes. Although we are still analysing the documentation, it is our understanding that the MOE are prepared to give schools some autonomy in deciding the best course of action for their students, as long as schools stay within the stated guidelines.
In addition to the above information, it is worth noting that since my previous letter, we have been contacted by a large number of parents requesting that we continue with our e-learning programme until such times the situation stabilises.
Given these facts, and that the safety of our students and teachers must be our over-riding priority we have decided upon the following course of action:
- Only Year 13will be allowed to return to school on Sunday 1st
- The school will continue to liaise with the MOE and the Ministry of Health (MOH) regarding best practice and will review the situation weekly. Once the situation allows, we will implement a phased return to school for different year groups, with our examination groups (especially Year 11) being given priority.
- The documentation provided by the MOE states that schools can start their Kindy (KG) programmes, but these must be on-line. Mr. Darren will be sending parents more details early next week.
I would also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a new health and safety video (link below) that we have posted on the school website. It outlines our protocols and procedures for the return of students and should answer any questions your might have regarding this matter.
As the situation develops, we will endeavour to keep all parents updated. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Dr. Glenn Canterford