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Published on 12th March 2020

We would like to thank all parents and carers for their ongoing support in helping our students reduce the impact of the Covid-19 virus, with a continued focus on hygiene.

To support the public health campaign and reduce the spread of the virus, we have introduced several measures which continue to be in operation;

  • We have signs throughout the student toilet facility reminding our students of the importance of hand hygiene. Staff have been actively encouraging students to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • All classrooms, offices and common rooms have been provided with tissues and hand sanitiser gel for students and staff and to use.
  • We have hand sanitiser gel at all the entrances to the school catering facility, and again students are encouraged to use this.
  • The cleaning team are focusing on high touch areas such as door handles/bannisters morning and evening, alongside their regular cleaning routine.
  • We have the latest government guidance on the school website under the news section.
  • Registration and assemblies are being utilised to share the local and national guidance on how to avoid catching or spreading Covid-19.
  • Students and staff will not be engaging in handshaking.
  • Visitors to the school are also being asked to complete a declaration in relation to contact with known cases of Covid-19.

As it stands, there are no known cases of Covid-19 in the school community, and no one is self-isolating. However, it makes sense at this point to have contingency plans in place should this situation change. Any decisions that we make will be in conjunction with advice from the Department for Education, Public Health England and the Local Authority and will be driven by our priority to keep the school community well and to keep the school operational for as long as possible. We are completing a daily risk assessment, and we will continue to communicate with parents and carers about any changes we make.

There are two vital roles for parents that we ask for your further support in;

The first is to keep us informed of any contact you or your family have had with anyone from Category 1 areas – China, Iran, Korea and Italy (we believe at present we know of no cases). We would imagine that very few people, if any, are planning to travel to those areas, but if you are, perhaps for some urgent family reason, then it would be essential to speak to us beforehand so that we can together plan the impact of your travel on your child’s education.

The second is to keep us fully informed of any family illness you suspect is related to the virus. If in any doubt, keep your child away from school and do not visit or attend any events yourself. Call the school on the first day of concern, and we can agree on the next steps for your child and their education.

As advised by Department for Education, we have been refreshing the emergency procedures for the summer examinations. At this stage, we are not aware of any proposed changes to the upcoming exam schedules, but please bear in mind the Joint Council for Qualifications had previously determined a contingency day of Wednesday 24th June 2020. This date remains and means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams on their timetables plus 24th June 2020. This is not a School or Trust decision and applies to all candidates in all schools nationally.

We have also made preparations, should they be necessary, to ensure that the closing of the school building does not mean that teaching and learning comes to a halt. A number of departments already use remote learning tools. If Public Health England or the Department for Education advises the school to close, we will draw on this technology.

Once again, we thank you for your ongoing support.