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Coronavirus parent/carer update 15 March 2020

Coronavirus update to parents/carers - 15 March

As you’re probably aware, the Government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to further update you on what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.

We’d like to reassure you that we are taking all the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government.

What’s the current situation?

The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given.

All school functions continue to run as normal including breakfast clubs, lunches and homework club.

Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home for 7 days:

a new, continuous cough and/or 

a temperature 

If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by contacting the school in the usual way. 

 

Some of our many school trips have been cancelled by the organisations we were due to visit.  Others are still planned to go ahead. Children and families expecting to go on a trip will be notified if that trip is cancelled.

 

At this point we have received nothing to suggest that summer GCSE and A level exams will not go ahead as normal.  We will, of course, keep you up to date if that stance changes. Should we be forced to close then we will be prioritising the ongoing learning of those in Y11 and Y13.

What we’re doing to protect and support students and staff 

We are trying to keep the day to day experience of your children as normal as possible.  Assemblies are happening this week that will further inform students, look to remove some of their anxiety and thank them for the impressive and calm way in which they are responding.

Handwashing facilities are plentiful around the school and children are surrounded by messages stressing the importance of personal hygiene.

If your child falls ill at school we will contact you in the usual way using the details stored on our database.

What we need you to do

If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via 01684 292152.  You would be amazed how often we cannot get in touch with a parent due to out of date mobile numbers etc.

 

Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.

Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to.  We will contact you in the usual way if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough or indeed any other ailment or injury.

Check that your child has access to Class Charts from home, and let us know if there are any issues – so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point.

What happens if the school has to close?

We will only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.

In either case, we will inform you by email and through the usual channels such as Twitter, Facebook, the school website and the closures.gloucestershire.gov.uk website.  Similar communication channels will be used at the point of re-opening.

Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. Currently the school remains open for business as normal.

In the event of a closure, setting work remotely will be challenging.  As such we will be prioritising the learning of those students preparing for external examinations.  

Other students will be directed to the Knowledge Organisers on the school website.  These are extensive and can be found on the CURRICULUM tab of the school website and then in the CURRICULUM INTENT BY YEAR GROUP section.  Simply click on the appropriate year group to find all the key information that your child is being exposed to this term.  Teachers will endeavour to set work via Class Charts but this is likely to be limited given the other challenges they face as parents with children of their own at home also due to school closures.

If you have any questions

Please consult the:

School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue (01684 292152)

NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111

Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools

Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr G M Watson

Headteacher