RE: Coronavirus update
Firstly, thank you to all for supporting the Academy in these challenging times. Your support has helped keep the Academy coronavirus free to date. As we are aware from recent announcements from the government the situation is set to continue for the foreseeable future. As an Academy we receive daily updates from the Department of Education and are also in daily contact with the Local Authority to ensure we have up to date information and can therefore respond appropriately.
What the Academy is doing to limit the impact of coronavirus
Over the last few weeks the following has been in place and will continue to be in place.
- Awareness posters in communal areas and in the toilets highlighting to students the importance of washing their hands
- An increase in the frequency of the cleaning of ‘touch points’, particularly following break and lunch
- Monitoring of staff and student illness
- Reduction of visitors to the Academy, this has included cancellation of meetings and visits of those that are non-essential
Preparation for potential closure
As an Academy we do not know if, or when we will be instructed to close. In order to prepare for this eventuality, and to ensure continued education for your child, teaching staff have been planning lessons which your child can access off site.
During closure your child will be expected to follow their usual lesson timetable. Google Classrooms have been established for each of their lessons. Students will join the Google Classrooms and their classroom teacher will be available online to answer questions about the work. Your child has been reminded of their login details and over the coming days they will be shown how to access the Google Classrooms. There will also be a link directing students to the Google Classrooms on our website. Detailed instructions will also be shared with parents if this plan needs to be implemented.
The current climate can also be concerning for Year 11 & Year 13 students and parents in the run up to examination season. I want to reassure parents that in the event of closure there are plans in place to ensure that examinations can be managed. The examinations team are monitoring all communications from OfQual and following all advice. We will communicate the examinations plan to parents if it becomes necessary, however at present all indications are that examinations will continue as planned.
How parents/carers can continue to support us at this time
- Follow government advice. This is the most important thing you can do, in particular if you are concerned that you or any member of your family is demonstrating symptoms. Up to date advice can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- It is important that all parents and carers provide specific details regarding student absence due to illness. If your child becomes unwell and/or needs to be self-isolated please inform us immediately. This is crucial in helping us manage the situation and put the necessary actions in place.
- Inform your child’s form tutor if you do not have access to a computer or the internet at home so that we can prepare work for your child to complete in the event of closure.
- Check with your child that they have and also take down a copy of their log-in details.
- Make sure that the Academy has your most up to date contact details, including mobile number and email.
I will continue to update parents and carers via letter, text and the Academy website. Please do not rely on hearsay or word of mouth.
I would also like to remind parents of the Department for Education helpline which has been established to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Thank you for your continued support. It is important in the current climate to remember that of all demographics children and teenagers are least likely to be affected by this virus. Together we can make sure that we are all kept safe and healthy.
Ms Janina Taylor