Saturday 21 March 2020 Learning resource documents - general
Friday 20th March 2020
We currently intend to keep all eight of our schools open for children of key workers during the Easter holidays with the exception of bank holidays and weekends.
On Monday our schools will be open - providing over 600 child care places to the children of key workers.
•Our staff are here to: provide child care at school; online work and support for children at home.
•We’re here to distribute free school meals and breakfast to our most vulnerable families.
•We will continue to ensure the wellbeing of all staff, whether at work or at home.
People have gone and are going above and beyond to make things happen with very short notice.
Heartfelt thanks each and every one of you.
Thursday 19 March 2020
Following on from the Government announcement today...
Schools will close at day’s end on Friday for the foreseeable future to all pupils except those identified as children of key workers or vulnerable pupils.
Further details will be released upon receipt of government directions and advice.
We will do our upmost to keep you as up to date as we can.
Excerpt from the government website:
“Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.”
This is as much as we know at the moment. Thank you for your patience.
Wednesday 18 March 2020
We are currently doing everything we can to continue our support for children and their families.
We are currently working hour by hour and as it stands, all of our school are fully open today. Our staff are all working very hard and adapting to constant change in order to provide a safe and stable environment for all of our children.
As a central team we are supporting our schools as much as we can by keeping them as up to date as possible with information as it comes in as well as forward planning and decision-making. We are trying to maintain a consistent approach where possible.
As a parent your first point of contact remains your child’s school as arrangements will differ where needed according to context and size.
We have been working very closely with all of our headteachers in the background to prepare for potential closure and all schools have been preparing learning packs and resources that will be used during times of closure.
We understand people have concerns during these uncertain times and please be assured we are doing everything we can to support our children, families and staff.
We are currently awaiting the next update from the Department of Education and Public Health England and will inform you as soon as there are any changes in protocol.
Thank you for all of your support and patience.
Friday 13 March 2020
Guidance for Parents/Carers, Staff and Pupils
The health, safety and well-being of our children and staff are our top priorities. Please be reasurred that all of our schools are following the School specific advice from Public Health England.
North Somerset Council, Public Health England, the Regional Schools Commissioner and all of our Extend Learning Academies Network schools are closely monitoring the situation and making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community.
Current Status: Your child(ren) should attend school as normal. There is no immediate cause for concern and your child is safe to attend school as usual, providing they have not returned from Category 1 or 2 countries/areas listed below. We ask you to maintain sensible monitoring of your child and please keep them home from school if they are displaying symptoms and have been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others. Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are unwell is critical to prevention.
Countries and areas with a higher risk of coronavirus are:
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
- South Korea
- Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
If you've been to one of these places in the last 14 days:
- stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next
The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school community.
We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Reduce physical hand contact with others (high fives, first bumps, etc.).
We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel some classes if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way. However we are preparing for this and will update as necessary.
Please be assured we are taking any steps we can to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. Please ensure your emergency contact details are up to date with your school office in case they need to contact you.