Covid-19 update – 23.03.2020

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Dear Parents and Carers
As you will know from the information from the Government and my email to you at the end of last week, we are required to open for students who are vulnerable (those with an Education, Health and Care Plan, those with a social worker attached to the family and, those students who are looked after).   However, over the weekend, this advice has been updated and parents and carers are now being encouraged to only send their child to school if they absolutely have no one else to look after them.  

It is important to note that the Government decision is based on reducing the occupancy rate of school buildings to around 10%, and to increase the number of people working at home.  Government advice is that anyone who can work at home should do so and anyone who can keep their child at home should do so – NHS workers are asking people to stay at home if at all possible.

Today, we only had one student in school, so I would like to extend a big thank you to all parents/carers for following the Government’s advice in this respect. We will continue to open our doors this week and will review our provision for next week. We will keep you updated as the week progresses. 

We encourage you to continue to remind your child about the necessity to maintain social distancing and where possible, remain at home.  I know this isn’t easy with teenagers. 
One of my colleagues has set up a Facebook page ‘Raising Teens in Lockdown.’  I can thoroughly recommend this site as a method of support so do search for it if Facebook if you have an account. There is also a website from the same group of mums – ‘Make (good) trouble’ which also offers lots of advice about raising teens in general. I am sure you will find this useful.

A core group of staff are working during our new opening hours (11:30 – 3:30 weekdays) and are here if you should need to call us. Just for a check-in, a chat or some advice and guidance.  Do call or email or text. We will also be checking in regularly with your child and you as a family to see how you all are and to make sure that everyone is managing to stay safe and well. Even if we have to work from home as of next week, we will continue to make regular contact with you.

Stay at home if you can, stay safe and well.
Best wishes,

Amanda and The Connected Hub Team