Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
I would like to start by thanking you all for your support over what has been a strange but all too familiar situation, with learning taking place remotely for the first 2 months of term. We have been delighted to welcome back the young people and understand that it will take them time to transition back to the expectations of being in school. In light of this, we have been a little more liberal with some of our expectations. However, with the lockdown easing over the Easter break, I would like to underline our expectations ahead of the new term:
- Please take the opportunity to replace any items of uniform that are missing over the break. Although Rough Cuts has remained open, we understand that you may wish to purchase items elsewhere. With non-essential retail opening again 12 April, this should give ample time to kit the students out ahead of the new term.
- We will return to a policy of zero tolerance on mobile phones and electrical items, operating a ‘See it, Hear it, Lose it’ policy. Some students have got into the habit of leaving earbuds in while on school premises – since March, we have asked students to remove them but not confiscated them. It is vital that you support the school on this issue.
- Punctuality protocol for students arriving late will continue – if late to school, students should fill in a form outlining the reasons for their lateness at breaktime. Failure to do so will result in an after school detention.
Over the Easter break, we will continue to assist with COVID contact tracing. If a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school. Therefore, if your child tests positive for coronavirus from Thursday Wednesday 31 March up to and including Monday 05 April, please inform the school, stating the following information:
- Your child’s name and form group.
- The date when your child first developed COVID-19 Symptoms.
- The date of the positive COVID-19 test.
- A phone number that you can be easily reached on.
We request that any information about positive COVID-19 tests is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address will be monitored in the 6 day window mentioned above between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
I wish you all a restful break.
Deputy Head Pastoral and OperationsArts and Media School Islington