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Key Information & Updates

Date Published:
Thursday 28 January 2021

Our provision is currently only open for key worker and vulnerable students. Further information about the return to school for all students will be posted here soon

The school is open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers only. Children of key workers must be kept at home whenever possible and must only come into school if there is no safe alternative. There is no specialist provision in school, it is supervision only. Given the current national situation it is vital that we do as much as possible to control the transmission of the virus and follow the government advice to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Stay at Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives

This page is updated regularly to provide you with key information and updates throughout the school year. We recommend that you check this page daily for important updates relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We may send out a text message linking you to the updated information on this page and these texts may be targeted. The daily update will show all positive cases reported on that particular day and will replace the update from the most recent day. If there is no daily update posted then no cases have been reported on that day.

Please note that the Covid-19 isolation period is now 10 days. All positive cases of Covid-19 for children that are accessing our current provision must be reported to the school immediately. Telephone the school on (0191)2818486. If you are unable to speak with a member of staff in person do not leave a voicemail, please email us at admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk. There is an urgent need to report all positive cases during term time AND during school holidays. 

ANY CASE UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE

Close contacts of any positive cases will be contacted directly by the school with isolation advice and information about how to access remote learning resources. 

COVID TESTING PROGRAMME

We will shortly be commencing the Covid-19 school testing programme for the forthcoming return of students to school. This programme is part of our measures to keep the school environment as safe as possible for both students and staff. Further information and the consent form can be found and completed here:

 https://www.jesmondparkacademy.org.uk/article/2021/1/20/covid-19-mass-testing-in-gosforth-group-schools.

Testing is voluntary and requires consent. For your child to participate the consent form must be submitted as soon as possible.

FAO PARENTS/CARERS WITH CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

FSM VOUCHERS FOR FEBRUARY HALF TERM

Supermarket vouchers for the February half term have been issued so please check your emails and texts!

Supermarket Vouchers

If a student at Jesmond Park Academy is eligible for free school meals, one of their parents/carers will receive an email or text from a company called Wonde. (We used this company for the vouchers over the Christmas period so you will probably be familiar with them.)

Each eligible student is to be allocated £15 per week for four weeks. (18 January 2021 – 12 February 2021).

We have taken the decision to issue this in ONE voucher to cover those four weeks.

Therefore, for each eligible student at Jesmond Park Academy, a parent/carer will receive one voucher of £60.

Vouchers were ordered on Monday 18 January but there are several steps that have to happen behind the scenes before the company emails them to you. Please be patient and rest assured that they are on their way!

Step-by-step instructions to redeem your voucher can be found here:

https://help.schoolvouchers.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360015110178-How-to-access-your-voucher-step-by-step-instructions-

Most vouchers are received very quickly after selecting the retailer but please allow up to an hour to receive the voucher.

There can be between 6-12 hour delay if selecting Morrisons as your supermarket choice due to the supermarket system.

They also have an FAQ section, which you may find useful

https://help.schoolvouchers.com/hc/en-gb

If you have any other queries or are struggling to redeem your vouchers, please contact school and ask for Mrs Chirnside. You can also email her at cchirnside@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING SCHOOL FROM W/C 25 JANUARY WILL EITHER NEED TO BRING IN A PACKED LUNCH OR PURCHASE A LUNCH IN SCHOOL.

FURTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Remote Learning

There is increased rigour to remote learning and a clear expectation that all students fully engage with it.  At Jesmond Park Academy our remote learning provision on Frog and OneDrive means that students can access learning through a range of expertly designed learning tasks.  Please see the detailed guide to remote learning on the school website, which you can easily access from the second button on the website homepage.  This will solve most of the problems or issues that you may encounter.  It is important that students work to a set routine, led by their timetabled lessons, and in a quiet, appropriate space at home.  Teachers are available for support during the school day and you or your son/daughter can contact them via email. Teachers have been instructed to contact any students not completing work as it is compulsory for them to complete it, just as it would be in school. Students need to complete the work set on the One Drive and then complete Frog Assignments which will be used to assess progress and understanding. They will receive feedback on these assignments. Students can also email work to their teachers if they want some reassurance on any areas of misconception or even just to share a piece of work of which they are particularly proud. We have had a positive start to the remote learning experience and students have already started sending work back for feedback. For all of the latest information on our remote learning programme please click the following link - Remote Learning.

Wellbeing Calls

We will be making regular wellbeing calls to every household to check how well things are going and whether there is anything we can help with.  Please be aware that if there is a ‘Withheld Number’ then it may be from the school so please answer it.  We want to ensure that students are coping, not just with their work, but also with the challenges faced with lockdown and isolation. 

Free School Meal Provision

Free school meals provision will be covered for the remainder of this half term by the voucher scheme. There are more details about this at the top of the page.

Year 11 and Sixth Form Examinations

The Secretary of State has confirmed that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE, AS and A Level examinations this summer.  Ofqual will consult next week on how to fairly award all pupils with a grade to ensure they can progress to the next stage of their lives.

We will of course let you know when anything further is announced but, as you are aware, the situation with this is extremely fluid and new information often arrives on a daily basis.  We have been informed that public exams and vocational assessments scheduled to take place in January can go ahead as planned, however we are contacting students and parents affected directly to discuss their options.  Mock examinations for Year 11 have been postponed until students can return to school.  We will keep you updated on any change of dates regarding Yr13 mock examinations.

This is undoubtedly a difficult and anxious time for Year 11 and Year 13 students.  It is a shame that they will be denied their usual examination experience as they have worked extremely hard and we were expecting very good results.  However, it is more important than every that Year 11 and Year 13 students put the maximum effort into their studies and aim to produce work of the highest quality.  They still have their GCSEs and A Levels to achieve and it is crucial that they do not give up now.  Whichever method the government uses to award grades, it will certainly be based on hard evidence.  This means that any assessed work from now could potentially contribute to final grades.

18th January 2021 - Year 11 Letter to Parents

21st January 2021 - Year 13 Letter to Parents

Vulnerable Students and Children of Critical Workers

The Government have said that vulnerable students and children of critical workers can attend school.  If any vulnerable students and children of critical workers have no other alternative and need to attend school please send an email to admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk with ‘Critical Worker/Vulnerable student’ in the subject heading.  Please state your child’s name, year group and details and details of your key worker status (further details about qualifying categories below). To support us with our planning, state which days you require your child to attend school.  The more advance notice you can give us the more this helps us with our planning.  Thank you in advance for this.

Students who are in school will be supervised to complete their remote learning but will NOT be in normal lessons.  They should arrive for school as normal in uniform at 8.25am and wait outside main reception socially distanced.  Vulnerable children include those with education, health and care (EHC) plans and those who have a social worker (including children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority).  Critical workers are those in the following critical sectors: Health and Social Care i.e., NHS staff, care workers and social workers; Education and Child Care i.e., nursery and teaching staff; Key Public Services i.e., justice system, religious staff, journalists; Local and National Government; Food and other necessary goods i.e., those involved in production, distribution, sale and delivery of food and hygiene goods; Public Safety and National Security i.e., Emergency services, prison; Transport i.e., rail, road and freight transport; Utilities, Communication and Financial services i.e., postal workers, banks, building societies and waste disposal.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.  This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need to do so.  You only need to let us know if your child absolutely needs to attend school because they are vulnerable and/or you are a critical worker.

 

For your information, a close contact is defined as any person who, during the infectious period, has had any of the following exposures:

  • a person who lives with or spends significant time in the same household as a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Having direct face-to-face contact or direct physical contact with a confirmed case for any length of time
  • Being less than 1m from a confirmed case for 1 minute or longer
  • Being less than 2m from a confirmed case for more than 15 mins
  • Travelling in a small vehicle with a confirmed case

 

Students whose Parents/Carers have not been contacted directly by school with instructions to isolate do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance. However, everyone has an important part to play in stopping Covid-19 spreading. These are the things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you, and anyone you live with, getting ill with COVID-19:

 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available from the NHS. Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  Further information is also available at the same link www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION

Letter from the Acting Principals - 12th February 2021

Letter from the Acting Principals - 7th January 2021

Letter from the Acting Principals - 30th December 2020

Letter from the Acting Principals - 18th December 2020

Letter from the Acting Principals - 14th December 2020

Letter from the Acting Principals - 16th October 2020

Letter from the Acting Principals - 2nd October 2020

Covid-19 Absence - A quick guide for parents-carers

BBC Video - A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?

Public Health England - Letter to Parents/Carers - Test and Trace

Local COVID Alert Levels

Key Dates and Contacts 2020-21

 

WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IN SCHOOL: Details about the wearing of face coverings in school can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. You can register your child as being exempt from wearing a face covering using the links below:
 

Year 7 Student Form Link

Year 8 Student Form Link

Year 9 Student Form Link

Year 10 Student Form Link

Year 11 Student Form Link

Sixth Form Student Form Link

 

MAINTAINING A COVID SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT: Our priority will continue to be the provision of the safest environment possible in school to minimise any risk for both staff and students. The work to ensure our school is as safe as possible is subject to constant ongoing review. There are a series of systems and arrangements in place to ensure everyone remains safe. The bottom of this page contains links to our Student Covid-19 Protocol. Our Behaviour Policy and Covid-19 addendum can also be found in the policies area of the website. It is essential that students follow the Covid-19 Student Protocol and our Behaviour Policy to ensure the safety of students, staff and their families. If at any time students fail to follow the Behaviour Policy and Student Protocol or act in a manner that jeopardises the school or the safety of others, parents will be contacted immediately.


IF YOUR CHILD IS UNWELL: It is vital school has the correct contact details and those of emergency contacts. Please make sure that your contact details are up-to-date. If you do need to update us please email admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk


PAYMENT FOR SCHOOL LUNCH: Due to Coronavirus restrictions the machines that students use in school to add money to their account will be out of use. Students must not bring money into school. If you have not already set up an online payment account please email the Finance department finance@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk and they will send you the information you will need to set up an account. They will need your child's name, address and year group.