Daily Update

11 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I trust you all had a good day.

Provision for Next Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

Following feedback from some parents/carers, I have simplified the process.

In order to book your child into our provision next week, please complete this form -https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB15JUNE/.  This needs to be completed by Sunday 14 June 2020 at 5pm.

This provision is ONLY for  parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

 

Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Starting on Monday 15 June 2020

Thank you to the parents / carers that have already signed up their children to the face-to-face sessions.  

In order for your child to attend the face-to-face sessions, please complete the two forms that where emailed to you yesterday (the students have been emailed these forms too).  The first form is to let us know which sessions your child will be attending and also your contact details in case of an emergency.

The second form is our Home / School Agreement.   This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision. It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff. 

Further details can be found here - http://www.thedeanes.academy/news/june/important-information-for-year-10/.  The Year 10 students have also received an email with the instructions.

  

Home ICT Equipment

During this extended lockdown period, we have been setting Distance Learning work for our students.  I am acutely aware that not all of our students have access to a suitable device to complete the work and I am also aware that some families do not have wifi at home.

We are working on plans to purchase devices and wifi dongles that we can lend to those students who do not have suitable equipment at home, in case we enter another lockdown period next year or if we cannot fully open again in September as planned.

In order to establish the quantity of devices needed, I am asking all parents/carers of students in Years 7 - 10 to complete this very short survey.  It is important that the survey is completed by TOMORROW Friday 12 June 2020 - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Home-ICT/This link has also be sent via text to all parents/carers.

Thank you to the 300 or so parents that have already responded.

 

Message to Year 11

 

From Miss Gardiner and Miss Fanning:

It is with regret that we have had to cancel the Year 11 Prom. At present, the venue has been given no opening confirmation for such functions, and if this changed over the Summer it would still not fulfil the current expected social distancing measures. With the uncertainty of any possibility to reschedule at a later date we hope you understand and respect our reasons for the cancellation; we share your disappointment.

We hope to gather together again as a year group, once it is safe to do so. We will of course be taking advice on when this can happen. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email addresses below.

Anyone that has already paid for a ticket will be refunded by post (cheque).

Take care and stay safe.

Miss Fanning & Miss Gardiner 

kfanning@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk

dgardiner@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk

  

How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.

 

Take care

Desi

Desi McKeown

Headteacher