Parent Briefing – 14 May 2021
Update on face coverings in education
This week the government have announced that it is no longer necessary to recommend the additional precautionary face covering measures put in place in schools from the 8 March. From Monday 17 May, face coverings will be optional for students and staff in classrooms, corridors and communal areas. Students are asked to continue to carry a facemask with them to school every day in case it is required. Please be aware that the reintroduction of face coverings for students or staff in schools may be advised by the government for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. Facemasks are still required on school transport unless individuals are exempt. The latest transport guidance updated on May 12 can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020 and the updated operational guidance for schools can be found here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985138/10_May_Schools_Guidance.pdf
Lateral flow test reminder
As we continue to make positive progress along the government’s roadmap to recovery from the pandemic, we would urge all of our families to remember to continue with the twice weekly use and reporting of lateral flow tests. Making sure you carry out and report your lateral flow test results to both the College and the NHS is a really important part of keeping the College COVID safe for all of our staff and students. Thank you to everyone who is routinely reporting their twice weekly test results. From Monday 17 May, as restrictions are eased by the government in line with step 3 of the roadmap, and more social mixing is permitted, regular lateral flow tests will be a vital part of identifying and containing the virus.
On the 10th May Ofqual released their latest guidance for awarding grades in the summer of 2021. Their full statement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/guide-for-students-released-today-by-ofqual
Years 7,8,9,10 Youth Support Services
Launceston College is required to pass student information to our local authority and / or provider of youth support services as they have responsibilities in relation to the education or training under section 507B of the Education Act 1996.
If you haven’t yet selected your preference for data sharing with Youth Support Services please click the link and complete the form, this will take just a few moments. https://forms.gle/G13Ly5i3Do2TixXE8
Year 7 Adventure Learning
We are excited to be able to announce that Year 7 will be able to take part in two days of adventurous learning this summer term with their tutor group and House.
We want all of Year 7 to be able to take part, this will be a fitting finale to their first year at College in which they have not been able to enjoy the benefits of the wider College experience due to COVID restrictions.
Day 1 will be on the moor working in teams.
Day 2 will be in College working towards their presentation.
There will not be an overnight stay but day 1 will be a slightly extended day to allow for their moorland experience. Letters will be sent to parents shortly outlining the plans for the two days.
The dates are as follows:
College reflection day
|Trevithick||Mon 28th June||Tue 29th June|
|Rescorla||Thur 1st July||Fri 2nd June|
|Hepworth||Mon 5th July||Tue 6th July|
|Causley||Mon 12th July||Tues 13th July|