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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Covid-19- ParentPay visit and trip information updates


 

**Update 03.04.20**

  • Please see tabs at the bottom of this page for Ofqual letter to students, parents and carers re -  Summer 2020 grading.

  • The Key Worker registration form has been updated to include bookings until Friday, 24 April 2020

  • College Trips and visits 2020

3 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

College Trips and Visits 2020    

Thank you for your patience and understanding with regards to the recent and developing Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and its impact on future planned trips and visits at
Ivybridge Community College.

We are constantly monitoring government advice and applying this across our College risk assessments and procedures and understand that parents may have concerns with the uncertainty around travel restrictions, self-isolation and social distancing advice.

We are working closely with our insurance providers and tour operators and receiving regular updates and advice.

The College will be communicating and posting our own directives as and when we receive them.  To assist with this process may we politely request you observe the following points:

  1. Please do not make any further payments via ParentPay.
  2. Please do not request individual refunds via ParentPay.
  3. Please do not email the College requesting individual refunds. 
  4. Refunds will be organised through ParentPay.  Please rest assured that you will receive refunds but it may take slightly longer to organise given the volume of refunds we are dealing with. If your financial need is very urgent, please contact us and we will try to help you.

     

    Please be assured the College is doing its utmost to ensure the safety of our students and to protect payments that have already been made.  We thank you in advance for your support through this difficult time. 

Yours sincerely 

Amy Pearce

Assistant Principal


**Update 02.04.20**

  • Please follow the link here for offers from Amazon regarding free Kindle A Level CGP Head Start resources and other useful support information for parents and students.
  • The Key Worker registration form has been updated to include bookings until Friday, 17 April 2020

  • Transport requirements for Educare - please read the **Update 24.03.20** information below regarding contacting the relevant transport providers. Do you need the bus to run? If YES, then please contact your bus company directly to arrange pick up times.


**Update 27.03.20**

  • The Key Worker registration form has been updated to include bookings until Friday, 17 April 2020

  • Transport requirements for Educare - please read the **Update 24.03.20** information below regarding contacting the relevant transport providers. Do you need the bus to run? If YES, then please contact your bus company directly to arrange pick up times.

     

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Stay at home. Save lives. Anyone can spread coronavirus

We ask all our parents and carers to remind and re-enforce the U.K. government’s message with our students at home.

#StayHomeSaveLives

We must all do our bit to fight coronavirus.  Stay at home.  Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Do not meet up with people you do not live with. This is for everyone's safety.

Do not meet up with family members from outside of your household. This is for everyone's safety.

We know they will want to go out and meet their friends and this is incredibly hard for all of us, especially with the spring weather.

This is what we can all say at this time:

  • We are staying in so we can go back out
  • We’re staying apart so we can get back together

Don't put lives at risk. Follow the rules. Stay at home.

#StayHomeSaveLives

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

 

Weekly Bulletin

The relevant Academic Performance Leader for your child will be sending them a weekly bulletin via their College email, commencing on Monday, 30 March 2020, and will then send it weekly (at the end of the week) during term time.

The purpose of the weekly bulletin is to keep our students updated during the COVID 19 closure period; any advice updates from the government, their home learning, 
well-being and any relevant information for their specific year group.  

Thank you for your ongoing messages of support and best wishes to our staff for the work they are doing supporting children with work at home and supervising the children of key workers in College.   

It is times like these that working together is imperative.  Like you we want the best for your child and it really makes the difference to know we are working together so all our hardships now are for a better and happier tomorrow.

Many thanks for your understanding during these challenging times.

Please stay safe and take care.

Best wishes

 

Rachel Hutchinson

Principal

 


**Update 26.03.20**

  • Please can all parents/carers ensure that their child/ren bring a packed lunch and drink with them if they are attending Educare at Ivybridge Community College.  Unfortunately, after today we will not  have any provision to provide meals.

  • From Monday, 30 March can all students attending Educare at Ivybridge Community College please register in the Haring Building by 9.00am.

  • The Key Worker registration form has been updated to include bookings for w/c 30 March 2020


**Update 25.03.20**

  • Due to exceptionally high demand causing issues with students being able to access their work the College now uses Foldr https://foldr.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/ . We had 1200 students log in yesterday using Foldr, keep up the good work!  

  • Department for Education’s information about a Free School Meals scam.  The text as reported by The Guardian is below. 

    We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately.

  • Transport requests - please see the information in the Update 24.03.20 below regarding important bus request requirements.

  • The Key Worker registration form has been updated to include bookings for w/c 30 March 2020

 


**Update 24.03.20**

 

Following the government’s most recent announcement, all Ivybridge Community College, Plymouth and Devon buses are running only if required.  If your child requires transport to and from Educare and usually uses a Devon, Plymouth or Ivybridge Community College bus please ensure that you email the appropriate contact below before midday on the day before transport is required.  Please indicate which route and stop your child needs to be collected from:

 

Ivybridge Community College minibus (Diptford, Totnes and Wembury): indicate here which route and stop you require.  Also, a contact telephone number.

 

Tallyho: please email leemill@tallyhocoaches.co.uk by 12.00 noon, the day before transport is required letting them know the route and stop that your child needs to be collected from.  Tallyho will then let you know what time your child will be collected.

 

Devon: schooltransportservicequeries-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

 

Any other transport issues please let us know.

 

 


 

**Update 23.03.20**

 

 


 

**Update 20.03.20**

Please read the Principal's letter to Key Worker Parents

 

Please read the letter 'COVID-19 - Parent Carer Update -   20 March 2020'  - Re: Coronavirus update

 

Please follow the link here to access the registration form for ‘Edu-care’ for the children of ‘key workers and (those who are) vulnerable’.

 

Please be advised that we have been informed that the College buses will run as normal next week.

 


 

**Update 19.03.20**

 

Please read the letter 'COVID-19 - Parent Carer Update -   19 March 2020'  - Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

 

Please see below a letter from Rachel Hutchinson, Principal -

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to let you know that I have met with all Year 11 and Year 13 students in order to keep them informed and offer support.  The College’s priority is to work closely with professionals to ensure the best outcomes for our students.  The College is in the process of setting up a direct contact email address which Year 11 and Year 13 students will be able to use if they require advice and guidance during this unprecedented time.

In the meantime, there are several meetings taking place today and I will keep you updated accordingly.

Best wishes

Rachel Hutchinson

Principal


**Update 18.03.20**

Dear Parents/Carers

Following another successful day at the College, the decision has been made with the approval of the Governing Board, to have a partial closure on Thursday, 19 March 2020.  This decision has not been taken lightly and reflects current staffing and capacity across the College to ensure we maintain the quality of Teaching and Learning.

Therefore, all students will be given notification via their tutors this afternoon that Years 8, 9 and 10 will remain at home from Thursday, 19 March until further notice.  All students will receive appropriate information to enable them to continue with their studies.

The expectation is that Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 will attend College as normal on Thursday, 19 March and Friday, 20 March.  Year 11 students will continue with their mock examinations and normal lessons as planned.

Please may I ask you to refer to the College website for regular updates and I thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Rachel Hutchinson
Principal

 

 Students have received information today (18.03.20) during Tutor time regarding preparations for a potential College closure.

Please see below for advice and guidance letters. 

Please also find below information regarding guides for students and parents / carers to support Learning at Home.