Partial closure 17.03.20

17 March, 2020
From the HeadInformationLearningLetters to ParentsNewsWellbeing

Thank you for your support, and the support you are no doubt giving to your friends and family. This is a very challenging time for all of us. People in school are dealing with the circumstances well but we are going to have to take the action below.

 

Closure of school to year 8 and 9 from Wednesday 18th March 2020

The update from central government, outlined below, has resulted in staff needing to start household self isolation. Family members are showing symptoms of a continuous cough. We are therefore unable to effectively cover classes in school. From 18 March school is closed for pupils in year 8 and 9. We remain open to Year 7, as they are our youngest pupils in school and year 10 and 11, who need to continue their GCSE studies.

If parents of year 8 and 9 pupils are employed in any of the health and emergency services we can still support you. Please could you contact the main school office if you need to come into school.

Teaching staff will, wherever possible, set work on Google Classroom for year 8 and 9 to complete.

Update on Central Government Advice

The general advice given by the Government and specific guidance given to educational
settings which can be found by following this link. Please be reassured there have been no
reported cases of Covid 19 in school.

New staying at home guidance has been issued by the Government. If you live with others
and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must
stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day
when the first person in the house became ill. In accordance with this any pupils whose
parents have reported these symptoms to us must now stay at home for 14 days and not 7,
as was the original instruction.

If you are concerned about the transmission of the virus at home due to family members
having serious, underlying health issues, family members living in the household who are
over 70 or if members of your household are pregnant, the advice at this time would be to
self-isolate. Please see this important advice regarding vulnerable group and social
distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Year 11

We have received no information regarding planning for any disruption to public
examinations for Year 10 and 11. Rest assured as soon as we know the situation we will
update you all. We will continue to support year 11 as best as we can in school.

Support for children

Please see the following posts for helpful information from Young Minds about how to
discuss with your child about Covid-19:

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

These are challenging times for us all but it is important that we all keep as safe as possible
and support each other as a partnership. I will update you all later this week.

 

Andy

Andy Burton
Headteacher