COVID-19 and Schools: Information for Parents
The current response level has been reviewed and new restrictions put into place following the deteriorating situation in the UK and community transmission of COVID-19 in the Isle of Man.
These new restrictions take effect at 00:01 on Thursday 7 January 2021 and end at 23:59 on Wednesday 27 January 2021 and be continually reviewed during this period.
Schools and nurseries in the Isle of Man are closed to most
children from Thursday, as the Island enters a second
All five high schools and nine primary schools, with special education needs support, will be kept open to provide care for vulnerable children and those whose parents are classed as critical to the Island’s COVID-19 response.
Eligible pupils at Kewaigue are attending the Ballacottier Hub.
At Kewaigue we have contingency and continuity plans/protocols for this eventuality.
Distance Learning support
Where a class of pupils are directed to self-isolate, or there is a local or Island lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we will offer distance learning provision within 24 hours of the change.
These contingency plans, will:
use a curriculum sequence linked to the school’s curriculum expectations which allows access to online or offline teaching and learning resources.
will provide suitable and relevant distance learning activities which engage pupils.
select the appropriate tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback where appropriate and make sure quality is monitored.
provide printable resources for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
recognise that some pupils with additional needs may not be able to access distance education without adult support, and so schools will work with families to support learning.
When teaching pupils at a distance, we will:
provide meaningful learning opportunities across a variety of learning areas.
provide a well sequenced curriculum.
set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check and acknowledge work and provide feedback where appropriate.
ensure that there are sufficient learning opportunities provided in order to challenge and engage pupils related to pupils’ age, stage of development and/or additional educational needs, for example where this would place significant demands on parents/carers’ help or support.
where possible and appropriate for a class, group or individual child, plan a programme that is of a similar proportion to the core teaching they would receive in school, with flexibility for different parts of the curriculum.
Staff at Kewaigue school will continue to provide pastoral support to all pupils designed to:
promote positive social engagement and relationships
support pupils with approaches to maintaining and improving their physical and mental wellbeing