27 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, and most importantly, we hope this letter finds you and your family well and safe in this challenging time of change and uncertainty.
Students have now experienced their first week of distance learning and we hope this has been a creative, happy and successful experience for your family. Our distance learning offer will develop over the coming weeks and this will be outlined to you in a letter closer to the time. For now work continues to be allocated via Doddle on on a weekly basis. We are aware that the Doddle site experienced significant difficulty earlier this week and want to reassure you that the site is working hard to deal with these issues. For more advice and guidance on how to access our different digital platforms and for ideas of other sites to visit to support distance learning please visit https://www.chssouth.org.uk/student-life/home-learning
We want to clarify that the work set on Doddle is for the whole week. Students should use their timetable to support them in working through this. We also want you to know that whilst a significant amount of work is being set, we also really want our students / families to do what is right for them in terms of the amount and time spent completing this work. Health and well-being must come first.
Our expectation at the moment is that work set on Doddle will be completed each week but there is no requirement to submit this back to teachers at the moment. Many of the tasks set will direct students to sites that offer some form of self-marking or feedback and teachers will monitor student interaction here and on Doddle. However, we would love to see any work that our students are particularly proud of and celebrate this! Please keep any of this work so we can showcase it at a later date or send a photo to [email protected] or share it with @southchs on Twitter or southchs on Instagram. These platforms have also allowed us to share many wonderful ideas and opportunities that have been made available to us at this time, so please sign up and follow us!
As will be apparent distance learning requires more screen and internet time for students. It is very important that students are safe and responsible online. Please see the school website for any digital safety advice using the following link: https://www.chssouth.org.uk/parents/digital-safety and vary tasks each day to ensure some offline working such as reading or physical activity.
If your child does not have access to the equipment needed to complete the distance learning and requires paper work, please let the school know by emailing: [email protected] or phone Chorlton High School on 0161 882 1150.
Provision for the children of Key Workers
We continue to remain open at Chorlton High School for the children of Key Workers as outlined last week. This provision is only available to children of recognised Key Workers who cannot be safely cared for at home. To access this provision, please email [email protected] or call Chorlton High School on 0161 882 1150.
Free school meals
Many of our students are entitled to a free school meal. Our catering teams can produce a weekly ‘food parcel’ for children’s lunches. This will mean that instead of coming to school on a daily basis to pick up their lunch, parcels can be collected from Chorlton High School reception at between 12pm and 1pm each Friday. If this applies to you please respond to the communication we sent earlier this week to all families who qualify.
Support for families facing hardship
Because schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the COVID-19 virus, Manchester City Council are providing a financial grant. To qualify the family must be:-
● a Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and
● whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.
To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme at: MCC Apply for cash grant if you are in financial crisis
Once again, we thank you for your continued support. We will be in contact again next week about our developing distance learning provision and any other key messages we need to communicate.
Stay safe and well.