14.10.20 Blended Learning Update

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that we will be continuing our system of Week A and Week B after the half term and up until the Christmas holidays.

This decision has been made in light of the very high COVID transmission rates nationally and the growth in the rate in the Southwest.  Given this, we cannot currently have our whole college community on-site at once - please be assured that once it is safe to do so, this will be our number one priority.

The Week A/B system is working for us (although some tweaks may be made to improve it further). Where we do have COVID positive cases, the bubbles we need to close (and ask to self-isolate) are very small.

We will let you know if any small adjustments are to be made to our current way of working, but wanted to tell you know as quickly as possible that the system we have been operating will continue.I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both our parents/carers and students for the support you have shown the College this term.

We are in the process of gathering our student views on what their experiences have been thus far and this will help us with our planning moving forward. As a college, we want to ensure that we maximise learning and keep St Brendan’s open.  This includes impressing upon our students the importance of adhering to government guidelines including the ‘Rule of 6’.  We are working hard to ensure students are compliant with distancing and safety measures on site, and it is important they maintain these behaviours offsite too.

Just a reminder that we break up for half term at the end of the day on Wednesday 21st October and we return on Monday 2nd November. The week beginning 2nd November will be Week B, this means that our Year 13s and Access To Level 3 students are in college and our Year 12s will be remote learning.

Wishing you all well.

Kind regards

Marian

Marian Curran

Principal

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