The pandemic linked events of the last two years have had an astonishing impact on our communities and as a result children’s education. Both children and their teacher’s and support team’s capacity to be in school has been effected. We have experienced closures, lockdowns, bubbles, social distancing and all manner of hygiene challenges. This term saw the greatest number of absences when Omicron made its presence felt amongst children and almost all our staff at some point.
Throughout this term I am proud we have been able to remain open to all classes from YR to 6 thanks to the flexibility of the adults in school and the support of our families. Changes to testing such as Lateral Flow tests being acceptable instead of PCRs and shortened isolation periods have changed the impact of absence on school. Frequently shortening it to just the period of time a child is ill. However, in the event of school being unable to staff certain classes and if all other avenues have been exhausted, the following remote plan would be activated.
The plan offers remote learning opportunities, but we also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and would require hard copies of work and resources – this would be dealt with on an ad hoc basis.
This plan will be applied if a class or year group had to be educated remotely due to insufficient staff being available on site to teach the children safely; or if Health Protection Lincolnshire advised us to implement a closure as part of an infection control risk assessment. An adapted version of the plan may be applied for children who are isolating having tested positive for Covid but are not too poorly to work.
This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’