‘Lockdown’ update: 24.03.20

As per the Prime Minister’s announcement last night concerning ‘staying at home and staying away from others’, our schools will remain open only for the children of key workers, and those that have been identified as vulnerable.

We have strict guidelines in place regarding hand hygiene and social distancing. Our available staff are operating a rota throughout the period.

We will continue to provide you all with as much structure and support as we can during this very difficult time.

Stay safe everyone.

Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

A family’s guide to online learning at XP

Dear parent / guardian,

We have created ‘A family’s guide to online learning at XP’ which can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlink, or the image below.

Part of our strategy revolves around helping students and families to structure their days in order to establish routine. Where possible, we would like students to follow their normal timetable and complete the work that has been set by their teachers. A ‘weekly planner’ will be available for each year group and published on our website on a weekly basis. This will provide a very brief overview of the week in order to highlight what students should be working on.

Whilst the weekly planner will provide an overview of the week, Google Classroom will be used to provide specific details for tasks. Staff will be able to set work, provide resources, and even create videos in some instances which will go some way in ensuring that families are supported.

As mentioned, following the normal timetable is only a suggestion but establishing a routine at home may help families to ensure that students can focus on their learning.

We are also setting up a ‘Parents support centre’ which will be released as soon as possible. This will contain useful resources, a contact list for teachers and staff, and other information to support parents during this time.

Best wishes,

Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

Contacting school when closed

Over the next few weeks if you need to contact either school please email the usual office email address. If it is urgent please call on 01302 898792 option 2 for the XP East school. You will not be able to get through to XP but all enquires can be handled at East.

Update 19/03/20

We will keep our schools open for as long as possible, whilst ensuring that we keep our students / children safe. This is our top priority.

* Updated on 20.03.20 due to the recently released Government guidance on key workers.

As you are aware the Government has announced the closure of all schools from the end of the day tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020.

We will be keeping the school open for those children whose parents/carers work as key workers and those who are open to social services, support agencies or have an Education, Health and Care Plan. Key Workers that we are aware of include:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

I am sure you will appreciate, a plan needs to be prepared urgently and therefore we would really appreciate a response to the following request:

  1. Please contact the school offices as soon as possible should you believe you fall into one of the categories listed above. We appreciate the phone lines may be busy, therefore please also use our admin email if you need to which is office@xpschool.org
  2. Please state your child’s name and your reason you request your child to remain in school during these difficult times.

We are continuing to look at supporting our families who are entitled to free school meals and will provide updates as soon as we can. Please keep checking the website daily for updates. 

Best wishes,

Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

School closure update:

Please find below an update from the XP Trust on the current situation. 

After the UK Government’s announcement yesterday we would like to update and clarify our plans on the Coronavirus situation, as from (today) 18th March 2020.

We confirm that we will continue to support our school community by:

From 23rd March 2020, 

  • Keeping our schools open for the children / students whose parents work as ‘key workers’, defined by the government as NHS staff, Police and Delivery Drivers, more details to follow on this.
  • Opening the schools for children / students who have a Social Worker and/or Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Ensuring children / students who receive Free School Meals will be able to access the schools to collect a free Meal provided by the school (further details to follow from the schools themselves)

For children / students who have been asked to stay at home by the UK government, we can confirm that:

For those parents whose children will continue to come to school on Monday 23rd March, please could you support the schools by ensuring:

  • Your children / students wash their hands before they come to school and when then get home
  • You keep the communication between home and schools open via email, websites and phone calls 
  • Follow the government guidance on household self isolation 

Schools will continue to send out updates where the situation changes and for your reassurance and information.

As always the usual lines of communication to schools will be open if you have any specific concerns related to your child or circumstances.

Thank you for your support at this time.

Accessing our curriculum online

The video below provides parents and students with instructions on how to access our curriculum online.

All of our students are familiar with Google Docs and Google Classroom, and each of them have an email address which will contain updates on what they should / will be doing.

Please bear in mind that our staff are still teaching lessons, and some of them are in self isolation because they have symptoms of the virus.

However, you will see that our expedition and subject websites have been part of our practice for some time now and we are in a strong position to continue our work remotely.

Extended Study / Home Learning for X24 STEAM

I have asked all students join a class in Seneca to help with extended study and home learning in addition to the resources on our expedition website here:

https://sites.google.com/xpschool.org/c24-year9-sagas-2020/cs4

 

 

Joining Seneca

Students have been sent a link on Google Classroom. They must first make sure they are logged into their school account …@xpschool.org.

Students should then go the google classroom https://classroom.google.com/ and click on the link that I have shared.

X24 Devices for session tomorrow.

Students in X24 will need devices for tomorrow’s Common Mission session in the afternoon. They will working on building Google websites, but this does not work on phones or tablets so where possible if they have a laptop or Chromebook, please encourage students to bring them in as we have a limited number of devices in school and are reserved for students who don’t have access to a device.

Thanks for the continued support.