Coronavirus Update 4th November 2020

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04 November 2020
 
Dear Parents/Carers
Firstly, it gave me great joy to welcome back our students this week and I wanted to write to you today to update you on our first days back at The Gateway Academy, following the half term break.
 
As you are aware, we are going into another lockdown with effect from tomorrow, Thursday 5 November 2020 for a month, however, thankfully schools will still remain open.
 
Attendance
We are delighted to report that student attendance is 93% on average and staff attendance is 95% on average. This is due to everyone working together to ensure that the Academy is as Covid secure as possible during these turbulent times. The students have made a great start back and just to have the students’ energy back in our building, to see them learning and to be able to provide them with the education they deserve is incredible.
 
Face Coverings
As you are aware, we introduced the compulsory wearing of face coverings in the corridors and the Courtyard Cafe (when not eating) for all students and staff last month. Unfortunately, we have a very small number of students who are not wearing their masks and at this point, given the serious nature of the current circumstances surrounding us, could I ask that you please reiterate to your child the importance of wearing a face mask and that if they refuse to wear one, this could result in an exclusion, unless they have an exempt card. The vast majority of students are doing the right thing and thank you for your support with this. We all have a responsibility to look after ourselves, each other and the Gateway Community and do everything we can to ensure that the Academy is as Covid secure as possible.
 
Positives:
We have awarded our fantastic students over 20,000 R4U points, sent 3,000 positive messages to home to parents and carers and awarded 54 Golden Tickets to students last half term. We also have some additional ‘fun’ activities planned for our students this half term to elevate some of the pressures they might be feeling during the COVID pandemic.
 
The Car Park
As a reminder, from this half term, we are reverting back to the one‐way system in the car park. Can I ask that parents and carers support us in the following:
 If driving, enter the site from the St Chads entrance and exit via Marshfoot Road [please be aware that we will be closing one of the entry gates to prevent an exit on to St Chads].
 Parking in the marked bays.
 Using the one‐way system.
 Driving less than 5miles per hour.
 Being courteous to other parents, carers, students, visitors and staff.
Please note that we have staggered the starting times for each school to reduce the number entering the site and through our developing travel plan would encourage as many children as possible to walk or cycle to school. Whilst writing I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those parents and carers who park their cars sensibly on our site, who drive sensibly and who understand the importance keeping our children safe.
 
Dance Challenge
To encourage some more positivity across every area of our community and to release some of the pressures we have all experienced with the COVID crisis, we here at The Gateway Academy are challenging students, families and staff to participate in our dance challenge this term. There will be prizes for some of the best dance routines for students, staff and families. Please click on this link to learn the steps. Good luck, have fun and get your families involved too!
Again, thank you for everything you do to support our Academy. Despite all of the challenges over the previous months, it is the kindness, support and togetherness of the Gateway family that ensures it is a special place to work. It is our young people who are just tremendous and all of us should be incredibly proud of them.
 
Thank you for your on‐going support and for entrusting our Academy’s with your child’s education.
 
Kind regards,
Yours sincerely
Mrs G McLaughlin
HEAD OF SCHOOL

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