St Richard’s Catholic College is preparing for future lockdowns as the country continues to battle the coronavirus.
In a letter to parents, Doreen Cronin, the school’s principal, said a contingency plan was being put together so that blended learning could take place if necessary.
“We pray that we will be able to keep the pupils in school as long as possible, but are aware that we must be ready for any sudden Government announcement,” she wrote.
Parents have been asked to confidentially reveal the availability of IT equipment and internet access at home so that teachers know who may struggle with remote learning and live teaching.
“Pupils will be reminded how to use Google Classroom, Google Meet etc. so that they are ready to continue learning, should there be a local lockdown,” she added.
Miss Cronin also said pupil attendance had been “strong” since schools returned in September.
“Pupils have made a really positive start, engaging in their learning and mixing well with each other,” she added. “The staff and I are delighted to have them back in school and look forward to supporting them all to flourish.”
She also highlighted reports by members of the public that some pupils had been removing face coverings on boarding trains.
“We have spoken to pupils about this and the fact it is a legal requirement, but rely on your support to emphasise how dangerous this is and point out that he/she could be fined,” she wrote.
Miss Cronin also thanked parents and carers travelling by car for avoiding Ashdown Road.
“This has made a huge difference to pupil safety in the morning and afternoon,” she added. “Please continue to use surrounding roads or the seafront at Sutton Place to drop off and collect your children.”