Coronavirus (Covid-19) Letter to Parents (13.03.2020)

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13th March, 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Re: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

I would like to tell you about the plans we have in place in our school to keep our community safe and to continue your child’s education during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The government has moved the country into what they have called the ‘delay phase’.

At present schools are advised to stay open. This is what we shall be doing for now.

At the same time, we are preparing in case the situation changes again and we have to close or partially close our school.

Key advice for parents

Children should not come into school if they are unwell.

Please stay at home for seven days if you have either:

  • a high temperature, or
  • a new continuous cough.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

The NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Report your child’s absence to the school in the usual way.

Advice on staying at home (self isolation)

What we are doing as a school

We are regularly spraying door handles, computer equipment etc. with Dettol disinfectant. We have hand gel (of a suitable strength) available in each classroom. Posters are displayed throughout the school, reminding students to wash their hands regularly along with other posters reminding students to sneeze into a tissue and bin it, and wash their hands afterwards.

We have spoken to all our students and explained how to stay safe and how to have the best chance of avoiding catching or spreading the virus.

The government has advised schools and colleges to cancel overseas trips. At the Connected Hub as you know, there are no overseas trips planned.

Further communication with parents

We continue to work closely with Brighton & Hove City Council, Public Health England and the Department for Education.

As the situation progresses and we receive further guidance, we will continue to update you using the following means:  Email, Studybugs, The Connected Hub Instagram account and via our Website.

Your child’s education

If we reach a time when we have to close the school or part of the school, this will not be a holiday for pupils.

We are committed to continuing your child’s education. We are looking at the best ways to do this outside the school setting. We have been collating revision materials which students can access via revision websites and other means. We are in the process of setting up individual email accounts for students so that they can email teachers in school throughout school hours, to ask questions about their revision and learning. We are also exploring other ways to ensure students can access their learning online. We will update you with information about this, as it becomes available.

For children with special educational needs (SEN) we realise this will have an impact on how Education Health & Care Plans are delivered. Extra attention will be given to meeting the individual needs of children and young people with SEN and their families in the event of school closure or partial school closure.

If it becomes necessary to put into place a partial closure of the school due to staffing shortages, we will bring in a new timetable to ensure that all of our students have equal access to some learning.

More information

This is an unusual situation, and we will do all we can to keep you informed as the situation develops.

Thank you for helping us look after everyone in the school community and for understanding the unique challenges we are facing.

Amanda Meier

Head of School