Update 01/04/20 – 13:00
As we head into the Easter break we have prepared the following additional information for you. We are staffed over this period so please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you need anything.
Update 24/03/20 – 17:15
Please find a copy of our latest communication here. Sorry for the recent radio silence. We are all flat out preparing our new offering of Distance Learning.
Update 20/03/20 – 14:30
A reminder that if your child usually receives free school meals we will provide a packed lunch until the government’s voucher scheme starts. Packed lunches can be collected from the school site each day between 11.30 and 1.00 from this Monday.
We have now made contact with all families that contacted us to check that they have made provision for their children. We now have a small register of children attending school on Monday. If you believe that you should have been contacted please email us at email@example.com.
We will be setting out further guidance for parents to support Distance Learning next week.
We have produced an updated closure letter here.
Update 20/03/20 – 8:00
We have now received further information from the government as to the expectations of provision for key workers. You can read the full advice here. We have digested the key points for you below:
- Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Key worker groups are set out below, you are recommended to check with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements your role continues to be essential.
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services (justice system, undertakers etc)
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Full details of these categories can be found here.
If your child is unable to be safely cared for at home and you intend to send them to school on Monday please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 19/03/20 – 15:00
Following yesterday’s announcement have written to parents. A copy of our closure letter can be found here. Could we ask that you email email@example.com and let us know if you think you are a key worker needing to continue sending your child to school. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us on this address.
Update 18/03/20 – 15:30
Following the daily press announcement from the Prime Minister we now know that all schools will be closed from the end of the school day on Friday. We will continue with school as planned until this point.
Exams have been cancelled. We understand the anxiety this may cause. However, no student will be disadvantaged and we will update you further on this as soon as we are able.
Update 18/03/20 – 15:30
We have been informed that the government will be making an announcement on school plans at 5pm today. We do not know what this message will say but we will update the website as soon as we know.
As we are facing increasing pressure to cover lessons we will be finishing lessons at 3:10pm on Thursday 19th March. This will allow staff time to prepare effectively for the following day. We will still intend to open for all as normal.
These are difficult times and we do rely upon communication so we will try to keep you informed as much as possible. We will always be here to support you so do please contact us if you are worried or have any queries.
Update 17/03/20 – 7:30
We are pleased to inform you that we are open as normal today.
Please be aware of the changing guidance from the government. If anyone in your household has a temperature above 37.8 celsius or a new continuous dry cough the whole house must now enter a 14 day isolation period. If this affects you please call us and we will make the register accordingly.
These new measures may put pressure on our staffing but we will keep this under constant review.
Update 16/03/20 – 14:30
We have just received our latest guidance from the DfE, full details can be seen here.
The headlines are as follows:
- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
- unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open
Let us start by stating to all parents in our community that the school will be here to support you through the coming months of uncertainty. We think it is important that we stand with you and offer as much support as we are able to. For instance, we are currently already planning a continuation of an offering of Free School Meals for those in receipt of this benefit. We will update this page regularly.
We have received an understandable increased absence in relation to concerns about the spread of COVID19. We would remind parents to continue to follow the government advice. If your child has a new, continuous dry cough, or a fever above 37.8 celsius you must isolate your child for 7 days. We are expecting all other students to attend as normal.
We met with all staff this morning asking for them to offer reassurance to students. We would remind you that the statistics currently indicate that 4 in 5 people contracting COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms. Currently the most at risk groups are those aged over 60.
We will keep you as updated as we can on the COVID 19 situation. Currently we are open for business as usual and fully focussed on preparing our students for their summer exams.
Please read our letter to Parents dated 13th March 2020
We are as prepared as we can be at this stage to deal with the next phase of COVID-19. We have no more information than you do currently.
What do we think will happen
We believe the most likely scenarios involve a partial closure as a result of the number of staff that may self-isolate. We would communicate messages home via our website and email. We stress that it remains ‘business as usual’ until you hear directly from us.
Should I send my child to school if they are unwell?
The government are requesting that if you have either a high temperature, a new, continuous cough you should stay at home for 7 days. Do not call 111 or visit a doctor, pharmacy or hospital unless you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days. When reporting absence to the school please do so in the normal way, being really specific about the symptoms your child has.