Parents Guide - Covid 19 Absence

Covid September 2020

From October 22nd 2020, the Government published a Continuity Direction, regarding the provision of remote education in schools, under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Direction means schools have a duty to provide education to children at home, as they do when children are in the classroom. The Direction helps provide assurances to both pupils and parents that if pupils have to self-isolate at home their education will not be disrupted.

In the event of a confirmed case, schools are following the necessary guidance, including requiring small groups of children to self-isolate. In these cases, continuing to provide education is an absolute necessity. The Direction helps ensure this and sets a clear expectation on the high-quality education they should receive.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

The best place for children and young people to learn is in the classroom, which is why we made it a national priority to get all pupils back into schools and colleges full-time, and why I have been so pleased to see millions of them returning over the past few weeks. We have also, as we would expect, seen small numbers of students self-isolating in line with public health advice. It’s vital these students have access to high quality and consistent remote education. I know that through the incredible hard work of our teachers and staff, pupils will continue to receive the education they deserve through this academic year, whatever the circumstances, and I will do everything I can to support our schools, colleges and young people in making sure that’s the case.”

All schools are required to offer remote education but were allowed to decide upon the most suitable provider for their school community. As a result, we were supported to work with Google and have spent a lot of time ensuring that this is set up and ready for use.

If you child is self-isolating please read the following:

Thank you for informing us that your child is required to self-isolate. Please be advised that they are required to stay at home for 10 days if they are showing symptoms/have received a positive test.  This is increased to 14 days if they have been in contact with someone who has had a positive test.

We appreciate that being away from school, particularly after an already extended time away from school is a significant challenge.  In order to support your child, we have put together some support materials for each subject that will act as an independent tool to correspond with the lessons they would be having at school. Please click link to take you to our Google Drive.

My child does not know their password or login details?

The IT Team have reviewed the passwords for all students.  Any students who have not got access to their password have had a reset. Should your child lose or forget their password, please request a reset by emailing, stating your child’s name, year group and form.  Alternatively, can you phone the school reception and request the information.

What are the expectations of my child during remote learning?

All students self-isolating at home should log in to google classrooms by 9.00am each morning to check and complete assignments or work that is set.  Work should be completed daily according to your child’s timetable and uploaded electronically, so that the teacher can keep a record of the work submitted and give feedback when they are available.  This may not be on the same day as the lesson.

We do not have sufficient IT access at home, how will my child learn?

If during the isolation period you child doesn’t have access to a laptop, smartphone or tablet. The school can possibly arrange a temporary loan of a laptop for that period. Please contact the school to discuss options.

How will attendance be monitored at home?

If your child is at home self-isolating, there is no need to contact us daily to let us know. Please contact the school in the first instance. You will then receive a letter regarding your child’s return date.  However, if your child becomes unwell and therefore unable to access learning, please email the  office to let us know. If your child develops symptoms of COVID please also report this to the school via phone or  by emailing

Google classroom guides 

 Click here for more information on how to use Google Classroom.


Additional  support

Students also have access to the following educational packages:


Click here for more information on how to use Hegarty Maths.




Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. It’s free, and can used as an additional resource to support your child’s learning.

To access the work:

  1. Go to schedule: This will provide a page for all year groups.
  2. Click on the appropriate year group for the child, eg Year 7.
  3. This will take you to the page in the picture below (schedule home screen). At the top of the page will be the current week of the term (older ones are below).
  4. Start with Monday’s work, regardless of which day isolation began. This is because the work is planned sequentially, so missing Monday’s lesson may mean key content needed for Tuesday is missed. There will be 2-3 lessons per day to complete. 
  5. Select the lesson. When you have completed the lesson, press ‘schedule’ to return to the ‘schedule home screen’
  6. The day’s work should be completed for each day the child is in isolation and no longer feeling unwell. If you want additional work, you can access previous weeks on Oak Academy.