Recent communication from the Principal


Update 06/01/21


ALL PARENTS:

Just a brief update at the end of the first day of our school closure.

We have had a some fairly significant issues in ensuring that all students could access Microsoft Teams live lessons. Many of our students had forgotten their passwords and / or email addresses. We knew that some students would forget this information, but we were certainly caught off guard by the scale of the issue. This is especially given the amount of communication we have put out about how to log into Teams. It has taken some time today to ensure that all students can now log in and, in most cases, this is now resolved.

As a result of today’s challenges in getting everybody logged into Microsoft Teams, we have increased the number of staff who can re-set passwords. If you still have log in issues, please now ring the main office on 01484-657-541. There are a number of staff now trained to assist in password re-sets and the sharing of email address information. The ICT support line is now only for more complex and / or technical issues.

A reminder that for Live Lessons, your child should simply follow their own timetable. Below is a reminder of the outline of the school day. This will help you see when each year group has their scheduled lesson. It has been complicated by the split lunch arrangements which remain in place for the Live Lessons:

Yr Groups/Periods

Yr7/Yr8

Year Group/Periods

Yr9/Yr10

Year Group/Periods

Yr11

p1

9.00-10.00am

p1

9.00-10.00am

p1

9.00-10.00am

p2

10.00-11.00am

p2

10.00-11.00am

p2

10.00-11.00am

Break

11.00-11.15am

Break

11.00-11.15am

Break and Lunch

11.00-11.45am

p3

11.15-12.15pm

p3

11.15-12.15pm

p3

11.45-12.45pm

p4

12.15-1.15pm

Lunch

12.15-12.45pm

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Lunch

1.15-1.45pm

p4

12.45-1.45pm

p4

12.45-1.45pm

p5

Y7 –
1.45-2.45pm
Yr 8 –
1.45-2.50pm

p5

Yr9- 1.45-2.55pm
Yr10- 1.45-3.00pm

p5

Year 11 –
1.45-3.05pm

Free school meals – We are still in discussion with the local authority in trying to understand how parents will receive this entitlement. More details to follow.

Face to face lessons – For the first day of school closure, we made places available to Year 7 and 8 students only, as well as vulnerable students in all year groups. This was on the basis that those in Years 9 – 11 can generally self manage in terms of access to live lessons at home. This gave us time to iron out issues with remote learning for all students at home. We can now also support the children of key workers in Years 9-11. Please contact school as soon as possible if you require a place for your child.

School uniform is not needed for face-to-face lessons. A reminder that students should bring a school bag and equipment. Headphones are also needed in order to access the live lessons at school.

From Monday, face-to-face schooling will start at 8.45am for Year 7, 8.50am for Year 8 and 8.55am for all other students. Lessons will still start at 9.00am. School will finish at the times indicated above.

Laptops – We have been provided with a supply of laptops to be distributed to parents of children in receipt of free school meals. We will be starting in Year 11 and working down from there. It is unlikely that students not in receipt in receipt of free school meals will receive a laptop. However equally we are applying for a new batch of laptops and this may further help those parents without the necessary technology for Live Learning. It is worth stressing that most modern mobile phones will be able to download Microsoft Teams (from the relevant App Store) for Live Lessons. This is not as effective as a laptop, but it is a useful alternative. We are also purchasing more laptops and will have these in school soon.

Year 11 Parents – Please look out for a separate email about planning for the summer awarding of grades. I will share with you everything that I know at this stage.

Thanks again to the vast majority of parents who have been patient and understanding. The online learning should now move on at pace. Whilst it is no substitute for face-to-face teaching, it does give every child a chance to stay engaged in their learning.

I will provide further updates in due course.

Best wishes,

Darren Christian

Principal, SNHS


Update 31/12/20


Dear Parents,
Delayed start to school – January 2021.

I hope that you have a restful break and spent time with friends and family, at least as far as possible. It has been a hard year but there is now a clear pathway out of the pandemic. We hope to have things back to normal towards the end of this academic year. In the meantime, there is still much work to do in order to manage our school through this important phase. The key priority is to control the spread of the virus, whilst remaining open to all students. The government has made a recent announcement regarding the delayed start to January 2021 spring term schooling. Here is a summary of the announcement and specifically how this applies to SNHS students:

1. School will open on Tuesday 5 January 2021, only to key worker children and those identified as vulnerable. This will be on the normal staggered start i.e. Y7 – 8.30am / Y8 – 8.35am / Y9 – 8.40am / Y10 – 8.45am / Y11 – 8.50am. These students will attend normal lessons. There will also be a normal staggered end to each day and lunch will be provided.
2. All other students will undertake remote learning through our Microsoft Teams platform. This will entail up to 5 hours of learning online each day. Practical subjects such as PE will not offer live lessons. THIS HELP SHEET  will assist your child in getting logged on to the system. It also includes a helpline for any password or login issues.
3. School will open to Year 11 only, on Monday 11 January 2021 (with an 8.50am start). These students will receive a test for Covid-19 (subject to having the system fully operational). Year 11 students will then follow a normal school week.
4. The main school will return on Monday 18 January 2021. This will be on the normal staggered start and it will be a normal school week. We are planning to have a system of in-school Covid-19 testing up and running by 18 January 2021 so look out for further detail on this.

If you are a key worker and have not yet requested a place for your child, please use the link below to complete the form. This includes parents of Year 11 children and parents of vulnerable students (i.e. looked after children and those under social care orders or children with EHCPs):
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3g3BGS0lZ0WndU93tAGQizVM3Yxd-1xNtafaGmLWs_lUMlI5TTVIUVdSOEExMERUWVdCT0JRWlcyMi4u

If you have completed the form, you can assume that a place has been allocated for your child. If you have not completed the form please do not send in your child as no provision will have been made. Also our attendance team will only track the attendance of those who have returned a form. We will be monitoring the attendance to the live online lessons and may be in touch if your child fails to log in.

If you require the loan of a laptop, there are still some available. Please contact school on Tuesday morning to request this.

Students entitled to free school meals will be able to claim a voucher. Please contact school for more details on this.

Year 11 parents – we were planning to start a Saturday morning catch up programme but this been delayed by at least one week. Look out for further detail on the revised start date next week.

Please check your emails carefully over the coming weeks as the situation continues to evolve rapidly. You should also share these communications with other parents, especially if you know that they are less likely to check emails. This email is also included as a ‘pop-up’ on the school website and there will be an alert sent out via Twitter.

You can contact me directly using dc@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk or by texting 07717-822-283.

I will be in touch again next week.

Best wishes,

Darren Christian,
Principal, SNHS.


Update 18/12/20


Dear Parents/Carers

Essential Reading – December 2020

Please see the below end of term information and video:
Teams for Parents
Letter to Parents
Lottery and Public Health Letter
Video message from the Principal

Key points if you do not have time to watch the video:
• If any SNHS student tests positive for Covid-19 between now and December 24 2020, please ring me URGENTLY on
07717-822-283. I will then inform all close contacts of the need to self-isolate.
• Year 11 students must return Tuesday 5 January 2021.
• Vulnerable students (such as those with EHCPs, those working with social care and Looked After Children) can return
on Tuesday 5 January 2021 (please fill out the form at the link below if your child is returning on this date).
• Students entitled to Free School Meals are not classed as vulnerable and should not return until Monday 11 January
2021.
o Those students not in school but entitled to FSMs their details will be passed to the local authority who will
provide support.
• Key worker children will be able to return Tuesday 5 January 2021 (please fill out the form at the link below if your
child is returning on this date).
• All other students will be expected to work online until Monday 11 January 2021. The attachment above has a mobile
number to ring in order to reset passwords and obtain your child’s school email address. This will be needed for access
to Microsoft Team Live Learning from home.
• Form to complete for parents of Key Worker and Vulnerable Children asking you to declare your intentions to send in
your child on Tuesday 5 January 2021 where they meet the criteria above (except Year 11 who will be expected to
return in all cases). This is a critically important safeguarding measure as we must have an accurate record of who to
expect to attend. If you do not return the form, we may not be able to accept your child on the first day. The link to the
form is show here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3g3BGS0lZ0WndU93tAGQizVM3Yxd1xNtafaGmLWs_lUQTQyOVVQODRaR1QxVVFTU0JESFVPM081NS4u by 4:00 pm Christmas Eve.
• Those needing a laptop can contact school on Tuesday 5 January 2021 and one will be loaned (subject to availability).
• Rapid coronavirus testing is expected to be rolled out in January 2021 on school site.

Have a great Christmas break and see you all in January 2021.

Thanks,
Darren

Darren Christian
Principal, Salendine Nook High School.
Email: dc@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk
Mobile: 07717-822-283


Update 23/10/20


Dear Parents/Carers

Half Term Update – October 2020

Thank you for your patience over what has been a challenging term for everybody. In terms of Covid-19, we had no cases for around the first 5 weeks of the school year, but then more recently, community transmissions have come into school and there has been some evidence of within school transmissions between our older students. At the point of writing to you, we have had 16 positive cases of Covid-19. Our tracing system has then identified on average 20 ‘close contacts’ per case. This was done through checking seating plans and the 2 metre radius of each case, as well as friendship groups i.e. those students likely to have been within 1 metre for more than a minute. Most of the cases are in Year 11 as things stand. Whilst confirmed cases amount to only around 1% of the school body, it has meant that around 280 students have had to self-isolate.

I have been in discussions with three other local secondary schools and our numbers, worrying as they are, compare favourably with those schools. So whilst there is nothing positive about the virus or the disruption it is causing, we are not out of kilter with the experience of other secondary schools.

Parents have been extremely understanding despite the obvious frustrations of lost school time and also the worry about the virus itself.

Please rest assured that we are operating completely within Public Health England Guidance and Local Authority Infection Control advice.

We expect that the next half term will be even more disruptive and challenging. To help with the anticipated increase in self-isolation when it comes, we are currently working on a new development to our Remote Learning plans. We will be piloting Microsoft Teams Live Learning (MTLL) with one year group initially. Look out for further details on this. All students will receive training on how to access MTLL and parents will be provided with important information. If the pilot is successful, we will extend the MTLL experience to more students.

For this first half term, the school re-opening philosophy has been ‘business as usual with  adaptations’. For next half term, given the expected trajectory of the virus, the approach will be one of ‘protecting core education for all’. This will lead to some operational changes to school business in order to ensure that we can deliver higher quality live learning for those forced to self-isolate.

The half term break should give us at least some reprieve and we expect a full complement of students back straight after the break.

Please remember that if your child has any symptoms, you must not send him/her into school. Please also remember that if you have concerns you should message me directly. I would ask all parents to avoid using social media to comment on perceived issues at school. It is always better and more helpful to raise your concerns directly with me.

Finally, a note of caution to parents of children who have had to self-isolate once already. It may well be that your child returns only to become another ‘close contact’ of another positive case after half term. It is a real possibility that children will experience continued disruption and I can only apologise in advance. However, it really is essential that we follow the letter of the medical advice from the Local Authority and central Government. This is our best chance of stopping within school transmissions of Covid-19.

I wish you all a good half term break.

Thanks,

Darren

Darren Christian
Principal, Salendine Nook High School.
Email: dc@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk
Mobile: 07717-822-283