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Posted 19/03/2020 21:50
ONLY COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM LINK BELOW IF YOU ARE A PARENT WHO BELIEVES THEY ARE A KEY WORKER AND REQUIRE CHILDCARE NEXT WEEK
From Monday 23 March, schools in England will only stay open for children whose parents count as key workers and for children who are vulnerable.
In order to find out how many of our children this applies to I need to know how many of our parents believe they are key workers.
A definitive list of key workers in this current context (COVID-19 national emergency) is yet to be published but I need an indication of probable numbers ASAP to aid forward planning. Specifically how school will be structured next week is work in progress and you will of course be notified as soon as plans to manage this are finalised.
It may be that the government directs schools to only accept or prioritise children where all adults in the household are key workers – so completing this form does not guarantee that your child/children will be offered a place at school next week.
So – if you believe that you are a key worker and require childcare from Monday next week please follow the link below and complete the GOOGLE FORM.
Thank-you for your continued support,
John Hampden and Tetsworth Schools’ Federation
Thame Oxon OX9 3HU 01844 212291
Posted 19/02/2020 21:10
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to confirm that we have now been instructed to close the school after the end of the day on Friday, until further notice. We are open as usual tomorrow.
The government expectation is that schools will stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. I am waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means. I will be in touch again as soon as I am sure who this applies to and how this will be managed.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by posting on our website and sending out an email.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us and we have set work and a suggested timetable to help structure your days at home. The children are quite excited about the work that has been set. It is of course essential that they keep learning! We will update this in blocks of work as needed. This work will be e-mailed to you as well as being available on our web-site and on the TPS Facebook page. We understand that with so many schools trying to access some of the recommended web-sites that you may find that they are not immediately available.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. I understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any further updates as the situation develops today and tomorrow
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our school office email address (we read this daily) or by phone.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
Mr. Paul Hankey Mrs. Alison Charlton
Executive Headteacher Head of Teaching and Learning
Posted 16/02/2020 20:30
Re: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
This evening Government advice has changed. For the school, this means the following:
Whole households to stay at home
If any person in your household starts to display symptoms, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days. Please do not send your child to school if they, or anyone in the household, is displaying symptoms. If your child presents with symptoms during the school day, we will contact you to come and collect him/her.
Please let the school know if your child/ren are going to be absent by calling 01844 281328 or emailing email@example.com
Further advice on self-isolation can be found here: Self-isolation advice from the NHS
Avoiding social contact
We have been told to limit social contact and reduce unnecessary journeys, therefore, all school fixtures, trips, after school events/extra-curricular clubs/activities will be cancelled with immediate effect. This will include Parents Evenings that are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday next week – please consider them postponed. We will continue to review the calendar of events and inform you as the situation develops.
Work for students who are well but in isolation
If you have children at home who are feeling well and able to complete school work, they can access the following on-line resources:
Posted 16/02/2020 16:30
Re: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Following my communication on Friday, I wanted to clarify and reiterate the key points:
- The Government directive is that all people with a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above) and/or a new continuous cough should self-isolate (stay at home, away from other people) for seven days. Therefore if your child displays any symptoms please do not send them to school and let us know us by email or telephone. Needless to say, any absence will of course be authorised.
- Staff will be extra vigilant during the day and we will contact you if your child starts to look/feel unwell and ask you to collect them with the expectation that they would then be off for the seven day self-isolation period.
- There is currently no direction to close schools to attempt to delay the spread of the virus. If this becomes necessary, we will follow the advice of Public Health England and advise you accordingly.
- If you have any concerns regarding your family’s health please don’t seek advice from school staff. You should visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 for advice.
- You can expect at least a weekly update from the school via parent mail, the school website and the PTFA Facebook page.
The parents evenings scheduled over the next two weeks will go ahead as planned unless of course the situation changes. I think it would be sensible that we have non-handshaking appointments on this occasion. Again, if you have any of the above symptoms, please do not attend. We can reschedule or arrange a telephone conversation at a mutually convenient time. Please e mail or call in advance if you are unable to attend in person.
Please be reassured that the school is maintaining good hygiene practices. Desks, door-handles and toilets are cleaned daily and we have a special hand-washing song we’ve been singing with the children. The children will be washing their hands at regular intervals. There is also an NHS video which shows how to wash your hands effectively: Click here
Just to reiterate, if you are in any doubt about whether to send your child to school, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and complete the simple questionnaire.
I would ask that you please keep reinforcing the following advice with your children: