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Online Learning Statement from Mr Brady - 

At Dene Magna School, our online offer means that ALL students will still be taught in live lessons by their teachers. We do this using Google Meet and Google Classroom, both of which are safe to use because they link to the student and staff accounts. Staff have all been trained on the use of these platforms and we continue to work on our own CPD so that we can ensure that these lessons are the best they can be.

Any student who does not have access to the technology needed to work online is allocated a Chromebook from the school and, where needed, the school will issue wireless 'dongles' to help with connectivity.

Students follow their normal curriculum and lessons but we do move to 50-minute lessons to allow staff and students a comfort break and to reduce exposure to screens for long periods of time. 

The school is open to vulnerable children and those of critical workers and we ensure that there is in-class support for these students. Every child on the SEND register is allocated a key worker and they check in to ensure students are accessing their learning. Students with EHCPs will continue to work with their allocated TA (where applicable). TAs are all working online and are available to support students in lessons. Students in receipt of the Pupil Premium remain a primary focus in all that we do (including feedback and support).

To support wellbeing and safeguarding, we start every day with check-in for tutors. Any issues can then be flagged up to the pastoral team and we also operate an immediate contact policy regarding non-attendance to online lessons.

Important information:

The arrangement of transport will be the same as they were in the autumn term for face coverings,

seating bubbles, school bubbles, waiting at the bus stop and cleaning of vehicles. 

Below is a reminder of the detail of these points that we sent to you in August last year:

1.       Face coverings: Secondary school students must wear face coverings on all school transport and                                                                                                                                                                                                            public transport, this includes any students that are brought to school by taxi/minibus.

2.       Seating bubbles: Students that travel on GCC contracted routes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (those which only take GCC pass holding students) will need to sit in their ‘year group bubbles’ on the bus                                                                                                                                                                                                    as they did in the autumn term. Obviously the driver is not going to know each child and what year group                                                                                                                                                                                          they are in so we need the students to sit in their correct bubbles and not try to sit by their friend in a                                                                                                                                                                                                  different year.  On busy routes where every seat needs to be used,, there will be students from different                                                                                                                                                                                                   year groups sat by each other as this is unavoidable where two bubbles are adjacent.

3.       School bubbles: Where we have a GCC contracted route that serves more than one school, we will                                                                                                                                                                                            separate the route on to different vehicles so that only one vehicle serves one school.  Privately operated                                                                                                                                                                                           routes that take several schools on the same bus (mainly grammar schools) will still operate as normal as                                                                                                                                                                                               this is the only way to make the service viable.  We have put additional capacity into the public transport                                                                                                                                                                                         network across the county to allow for social distancing and bubble transport

4.       Waiting at the bus stop: Students need to social distance from each other whilst waiting at bus stops,                                                                                                                                                                                        only students from the same household or year group should stand together.  Like many of the above                                                                                                                                                                                                   measures, we are dependent on students taking responsibility for this themselves and being sensible.

5.       Cleaning of vehicles:  We can assure you that our operators have increased their cleaning schedules                                                                                                                                                                                                       on the vehicles and they will be thoroughly cleaned each day and cleaned between different bubbles                                                                                                                                                                                                  using the vehicle.

Useful links:

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing

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