Chartridge Combined School

Chartridge Combined School

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, here you will be able to find the latest information available to you from the school.

 

 

20th March 2020 - 7.33am

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Update following today's Government announcement below.

There is also a link to a survey to be filled by all key workers please. You can also find the link here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=GZmirhZZQEWN75o9E_8K_KJjeVeq1fdFlL-3EljUNzRUQjdVSTVETlZZM0czSDRaVVM4U1BPMVowWC4u

Please read the Government's guidance before completing the survey. If you are not a key worker, you do not have to complete the survey.

 

Thank you again for all your support and please do no hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

 

Kind regards

 

Nuno Alexandre

Headteacher

 

UPDATE

 

20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday, we find ourselves in a situation where schools and school staff must refocus our purpose in the community. We will be closed for many pupils yet remain open for the children of key workers and those deemed vulnerable. We will also maintain our core function - setting work and providing learning opportunities for our pupils, although remotely.

The Government have now identified the professions that they have deemed as ‘key workers’ and as such the people who will have to continue to go to work rather than socially distance themselves:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

We have also heard from the Department for Education about the pupils who are termed as vulnerable. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We need your help to identify the children and the childcare needs of the key worker families within our community. If you are a key worker as listed, please fill in the short survey questionnaire below by 2:00pm today – Friday 20th March 2020. I appreciate that this is a short timescale but in order to best prepared, it is essential we have this information.

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=GZmirhZZQEWN75o9E_8K_KJjeVeq1fdFlL3EljUNzRUQjdVSTVETlZZM0czSDRaVVM4U1BPMVowWC4u

 

Our current aim, following our interpretation of the most up to date Government direction, is to open the schools to offer local provision for the identified children. The practicalities of this are yet to be established and we are leaving nothing off the table when considering how we move forward. I want to be honest with you and say we will undoubtedly need to think creatively in tough times ahead.

Over the coming days there will be new ideas to share with you as our team continues to work in partnership with you as parents. Our partnership working will now be at a distance for the vast majority of you but it is as important now as it always has been. We are aware that this new situation will impact enormously on every child’s education and also on you as parents and carers, both personally and financially. We are beginning to give thought to the wider implications of school closure such as: communicating with you and your children online, where needed refunding credit balances for clubs, trips, etc and supporting the social isolation that we will all feel.

On behalf of all the staff at Chartridge I would also like to thank you for your support and very kind messages over the last few days. It has given us extra strength to tackle the hurdles we are all facing at the moment and your words and actions have touched us all.

I will update you tomorrow on how you and your child can access work for next week, as our amazing staff continues to organise some supportive, exciting and inspiring learning opportunities.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Nuno Alexandre

Headteacher

 

 

 

18th March 11.10pm 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the UK Prime Minister’s update today, we are awaiting further details of the school closures on Friday 20th March 2020 and the manner in which we can support the children of key workers and vulnerable families.

This is a huge step for schools and society as a whole and as such we will need to carefully, yet swiftly, consider how we best implement these wide-reaching measures.  We await the Government’s list of key workers which we are hoping we will receive this evening or early tomorrow. Once we have this, it will assist us to identify if you fall into the category of key worker/s.

The message of how and why schools are to close needs to be sensitively and honestly delivered to our children and we will be working with teachers to ensure this is done in the most appropriate way.

Going forwards we will detail the ways in which we can support you to support your children’s learning over this period of closure.  The school building may be closed but the school is far more than that and we will be available for you and your children until the doors reopen. This will force us to think, learn, work and interact differently but I know we will all embrace this new challenge in these extraordinary times. We are blessed with amazing staff who have worked tirelessly this week to get us to where we are today and I am sure you join me in thanking them for their hard work and care.

I will be in contact tomorrow when we know more.

Yours sincerely,

Nuno Alexandre

Headteacher

 

 

 

18th March 2.39pm

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Just a quick email to give you an update about our contingency planning should we face school closure. At the moment the school remains open and continues to follow Government guidance on the matter. We are aware that schools in Wales and Scotland have just announced they will be closing from Friday and we are waiting for the outcome of the Cobra meeting later today regarding schools in England.

We as staff in conjunction with school governors have been working in the background over the last few weeks to plan for this eventuality. Should the school close at any point we will put the following measures in place:

  • Daily emails to be sent to parents with a plan of work for the day (this will include activities for different subjects and their suggested duration and online links and supporting resources). These emails will be sent the night before ready for the following day. We will endeavour for the work included to be accessible for the children to complete independently and with minimum parental input.  This will be more challenging to create for the children in younger years.
  • Access to teachers via email during working hours (8.50 to 3.10).
  • Office email to remain available for general queries.

 

We are also investigating the possibility of the following:

  • Some form of whole class/smaller group online contact between pupils and their teacher.
  • Sending exercise books for children to record their learning (books have been ordered and should arrive before the end of the day tomorrow).
  • Take parental feedback on-board once the systems are up and running.

 

We will be talking to all children tomorrow about this possibility and also making 'Home learning' expectations clear to all.

If in the meantime you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me via office@chartridge.bucks.sch.uk.

 

Kind regards

 

Nuno Alexandre

Headteacher

 

 

 17 March

Following announcements from the government on Monday 16 March, if one person in your household has a new, persistent cough or high temperature, your whole household needs to self isolate for 14 days

 

If your child is currently self-isolating and they have siblings in school, the siblings will also need to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. 

 

It is very important that you do not send your child into school if they have symptoms or if anyone in your household has symptoms. Further guidance can be found here. 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
This advice is for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well ...
www.gov.uk

 

We will continue to update you all as schools across the country are given daily updates from the Government, DfE and Public Health.

 

Thank for your ongoing support and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

 

 

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