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Covid-19 information

School opening - from Monday 20th April

The school remains open with minimal staffing in order to accommodate ONLY the children of critical workers and a few pupils identified by the govenment.

All other pupils should remain at home and observe the 'lockdown' rules.

If you need a place, please contact us through the office email:office@melbournvc.org as soon as possible. 

Communication

We will use MVCPost to update parents about the school closure or re-opening, as well as more general news about the school. These will be general emails and not require responses.

If pupils or parents need to contact a teacher about a learning matter, please use the contact list linked from this page.

If a pupil or a parent has a concern of a pastoral nature, please contact us using: MEL-PastoralTeam@melbournvc.org  .

If you need to ask a question and are not sure whom to email, use the school’s office email address: office@melbournvc.org .

Please read the letter to all pupils from Mr Holmes, sent 25th March 2020.  A copy is attached to this page for you to download.

Well-being and health

We understand that during this difficult time all of our pupils need to keep healthy both physically and mentally.  Some pupils may also need to access the school pastoral team for some additional support.  We have created a page for these purposes and will add material and suggestions to it as we move forwards together.

Link to well-being and health support during school closure.

 

Learning continuation

We are committed to ensuring the continuation of the education of all of our pupils despite the current situation with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have therefore made arrangements for pupils to access appropriate learning; much of this will be accessible online.

If you are unable to access online resources please contact: nsmith@melbournvc.org   and we will attempt to make other arrangements.

Pupils with special needs should contact their keyworker or aghale@melbournvc.org .

 

Work for pupils

Pupils should access Show My HomeWork (SMHW) to see what work each teacher has set for them to complete. (SMHW is available as a link from the Login webpage of this site.)

Resources for the lessons will be accessible from the CATalogue: https://catrustorg.sharepoint.com/sites/MEL-Home/Students .

From here pupils can access learning resources and apps (from Office 365) as well as their own school emails and OneDrive.

Children have all been shown how to access CATalogue and Office365 in their computing lessons but it might still be useful for all pupils to practise accessing SMHW and CATalogue in advance of any closure. In the event of any issues accessing resources please contact MEL-ITHelpdesk.

We expect that KS4 pupils will be completing school work for several hours a day. The work provided will be a mixture of online activities and offline tasks. Pupils should follow their normal school timetable, and will be guided by the work set for them by teachers on SMHW.

We expect that KS3 pupils will complete a significant amount of work, similar to the amount of work they would complete at school but the tasks will be longer and more open-ended, so pupils may choose in which order to complete them.

We will also make available additional resources for all years to access including resources to learn touch typing.

NEW: free Read&Write software - see downloadable letter with instructions and links

Link to curriculum during school closure 

Financial Hardship

We know that some people will be experiencing changes to their working hours or have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.

If you are now claiming some benefits, you may be entitled to Free School Meals and Pupil Premium.  if you would like further details and/or to apply, please download the form attached on the side of this page.

Bus Route Changes - from Monday 20th April

For pupils still attending school, please note the changed route and timings below:

07.55  Foxton, Hillfield
08.05 Harston BP Garage
08.07 Hauxton Village Hall
08.15 Thriplow - Bus Shelter
08.18 Fowlmere - Memorial
08.20 Fowlmere - Pipers Close

 

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