New Year 7 Sept 2020 Letter
Letters from the Director of Education for Swansea Council
Results Days 2020
It is our intention to operate an appointment system for this summer’s GCSE and A level results days. We feel it is important that students have the opportunity to collect their results from the school and discuss/confirm their future plans.
Further details will follow prior to the dates below:
A level Results Day – Thursday 13th August
GCSE Results Day – Thursday 20th August
Thank you for your continued support.
Letter from the Director of Education and the City & County of Swansea
May 22nd 2020
As we approach half term we would like to remind you that our school remains open for the emergency childcare of our key workers and our staff continue to deliver meal packages to the better part of 300 families every week.
During the week of half term itself we have decided that, in line with many other schools, subjects will not post any new work. Families may use this week to take a well-deserved break; catch up on work not completed so far or if you wish to maintain a routine, many of our subjects have posted optional challenges or activities to keep children occupied. These activities are not compulsory.
We would also like to gain some feedback from you, our parents and carers. Please help us to evaluate our efforts so far as we use the half term week to reflect and plan for distance learning after May. Remember that we are learning as we go too. To this end, please could you spend approximately 10 minutes to complete this short survey, by 3pm Wednesday May 27th.
Stay safe and take care of each other,
Although it’s disappointing that we can’t visit the Hay Festival this year, you can all still get involved from your homes. From Monday 18th May, you can enjoy sessions with many of your favourite authors, including Holly Bourne, Ade Adepitan, David Baddiel and MCS’s runaway favourite at last year’s festival, Michael Rosen!
Sessions are available from 8 a.m. next Monday and are available to watch again on Hay Player. There are lots of free resources to accompany sessions with some lovely activities to try. Enjoy!
Update from Swansea Council
Dear Parent / Carer, 2nd April 2020
At this time we are very aware that our young people are spending more time online than they normally would. Although this is a time for exploring all the learning opportunities that digital technologies can offer, we also have to remain vigilant to the dangers. Please be familiar with our e-safety guidance which is posted here and has been sent to all via ParentMail.
We especially wanted to flag the following information to you about a new social app that is becoming very popular now that people are searching for ways to communicate and connect in numbers…
Dear Parent or Carer, March 25th 2020
Further to our letter sent on Monday March 23rd, please be advised that Swansea Council’s eligibility list has been updated:
- NHS staff
- Blue light/emergency services staff
- Prison workers
- Social care workers
- School staff
- Those who work in food production and delivery.
Swansea Council will look to expand these to others identified by the government as capacity increases.
However, please consider, if you are identified as a critical key worker and are considering leaving your child at Morriston Comprehensive when you ae not working, please remember that:
- This is NOT school. School CEASED nationally on Friday 20th March.
- This EMERGENCY childcare service is run by staff that are leaving their own children and families at home to support the CRISIS. You should only use this service if you are working TODAY, whilst you are in work and your work is CRITICAL to the COVID-19 response.
- Even for critical workers, provision will only be made in schools where there is no safe alternative for your family. Government advice is that if you can keep your child at home, you should.
Placing your child in this emergency provision carries significant risk. We will be operating under the WHO and NHS guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and this will include SOCIAL DISTANCING and REGULAR HAND WASHING. We would ask that this social distancing be adhered to outside of our setting also, in order to minimise the risk of the virus being brought into school and infecting those inside our setting.
If your child displays symptoms, we will send them home. If anyone present displays symptoms, we will inform you. Please consider the possibility that if staff become ill they will no longer be able to care for your child, the facility may have to close and we will no longer be able to provide this CRITICAL SERVICE which is so important to bringing an end to the CRISIS.
Please do not aim your frustration at the staff of the school. They are here to help and are working under strict guidance. We receive regular updates from the local authority and will keep you updated as things change.
Thank you and stay well.
Hwb email issues
Dear Parent or Carer,
We have received notification that our Hwb email service is currently experiencing issues sending to and receiving from external email addresses. We are assured that Microsoft is investigating.
Sending and receiving email with other Hwb users is working as normal.
This means that pupils should have no issues contacting their teachers but we may have issues contacting parents directly on their email.
We apologise for any inconvenience and have been assured that Hwb are working with Microsoft to restore full service as soon as possible.
Dear parent / carer,
In the event of schools having to close or pupils having to self-isolate at home, we have ensured that work, teaching resources and past papers will be made available on-line and teachers have set up drop boxes or virtual classrooms to enable pupils to send and receive work.
Work will be provided for all year groups and staff will update teaching material weekly. We appreciate that this is a particularly stressful time for students preparing for GCSE and A’ level examinations and they are our main priority at this time.
Pupils will need to ensure they have their Hwb email address and password to access work. If there is any pupil who cannot log-in they should contact school using the main school phone number or email address.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
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