St John Plessington Catholic College

22-Oct-20 Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

As we come to the end of this half term, I’d like to update you on a number of important points. This half term has presented us with some challenges which our pupils and staff have risen to meet. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Positive COVID Cases Update

At the start of this term, positive cases were rare in the College. Consequently, in addition to notifying and writing to any parents and carers who had been in close contact with a positive case, we also wrote to all the parents and carers of unaffected pupils letting them know of each case. Although numbers have risen in recent weeks, I will continue to do this.

As the term has progressed, the number of positive cases of pupils and, more recently, amongst staff has increased, reflecting the significant increases in the Liverpool City region that have led to the Tier 3 lockdown. We have had 28 positive cases this half term.

In each case we have followed the guidance of Public Health in identifying close contacts and whether we needed to take wider action.

Support for those pupils who are asked to self-isolate

We have been working hard to look at how we can support any pupils who are self-isolating. Teachers are populating Google Classroom with the lesson resources. The details of how to login are on our College website, please contact school if your child is experiencing difficulties logging on / does not have access to a computer.

If your child is entitled to a free school meal and they are isolating, we are able to provide a food parcel. We will endeavour to ask whether you would like this when you are contacted about self-isolating or alternatively if your child needs to self-isolate because of a symptomatic member of your family or positive test case at home.

Face Coverings

Pupils are becoming more used to wearing face coverings inside the communal areas but some still need regular reminders. In recent times MerseyTravel has also asked me to reinforce this as their staff still find pupils without them which we all know by now is a fineable offence but more importantly an unnecessary increased risk to themselves and other passengers. Please reinforce this with them again.

Inset Day Reminde

This Friday, 23rd October, is a Staff Development Day with our College closed to pupils.

All pupils back on Monday 2nd November.

Many thanks for your continued support and cooperation. I do hope you enjoy a restful half term break with your families.

Yours sincerely

Ms Maria Sharratt