IMPORTANT - COVID Partial Closure(Posted on 06/12/20)
UPDATED 8/12 1/30pm
Covid Update 8/12 1.00pm – Partial reopening of the school.
Thank you for the patience and understanding as we dealt with the recent Covid cases amongst a small group of pupils in Year 11.
The school finds itself with a sizable proportion of its teaching staff required to be at home and to self-isolate as per the instructions from “Track and Trace”. Therefore, we have made the decision to reopen The Maelor School from tomorrow (Wednesday 9/12) for years 7,8 and 9 only until the Christmas break.
Years 10,11,12 and 13 will be provided with a comprehensive programme of online learning including “live teaching” lessons and should follow their school timetable from home.
Normal buses will run, and refunds will be provided to those who pay for transport where there is no need for them now to travel.
A number of parents of years 7-9 have contacted me wanting to keep pupils off, either because they are concerned at the general rise in Covid cases in the area, or because they plan to visit elderly relatives during the Christmas period. In these cases, I will authorise these absences, but parents must ensure that you email our attendance officer with the name, form, and confirmation that the pupil will be working from home and supervised. firstname.lastname@example.org . Our teachers will be focusing on delivering the “face to face” lessons in school but there will be a limited range of online work available on our website for pupils who cannot join us.
All online learning can be found via our website here:- https://www.maelorschool.org.uk/online-learning/
A reminder that year 11, buses 535C and 535D and anyone who was on the Pat’s Coaches bus Z last Monday 30th November should be self-isolating. An appropriate letter has been sent out. Anyone who would like a further copy please email me at school.
Thank you for your support and understanding in these challenging times.
UPDATED 7/12 11.30am
We have received information from track and trace that a number of Year 11's in the same bubble have now tested positive for Covid 19. This will mean that the isolation time will need to be extended to 2 weeks from Friday and that both BUS 535C Local Authority Penley Gyfelia Bus and BUS 535D Penley Ridleywood Bus pupils (Any year groups) will also need to isolate for 2 weeks. Emails have been sent out with the appropriate letters.
To summarise the following are currently isolating:-
All Year 11 until the 19th December – first day back will be Tuesday 5th January
PAT’s Coaches – BUS Z – until 15th December – first day back 15th December.
LA Bus 535 C (Gyfelia bus) until 19th December – first day back will be Tuesday 5th January
LA Bus 535 D (Ridleywood bus) until 19th December – first day back will be Tuesday 5th January.
There are significant “knock on” effects to staffing so I will update this website with details for returning to school on Wednesday for pupils not included above.
Important Covid update 6/12/20
This morning I have been informed of further positive cases of Covid 19 within our school community related to the case we had on Friday. The school has to prioritise the health and safety of all. In consultation with the governing body and the local authority, I have made the decision to close the school to all for two days. This will be Monday 7th December and Tuesday 8th December.
This closure will allow us to ensure that all areas in school are clean and that sufficient staffing is available to continue face to face learning from Wednesday 9th December.
I realise that this will be a huge inconvenience, not only to domestic arrangements but also to the learning that pupils and students will experience. As with the “firebreak” we will be setting work online for these days. This can be accessed here Online Learning at The Maelor School
I will update the website both on Monday and Tuesday with any further information.
Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times