Coronavirus Information Page
UPDATED 23.3.20 12:20
SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED.
THE SCHOOL SWITCHBOARD IS ALSO CLOSED SO PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDANCE BELOW IF YOU NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH US.
ONLY KEY WORKERS WHO HAVE REGISTERED A PLACE AND HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION OF A PLACE FOR THIS WEEK SHOULD SEND STUDENTS IN AS ARRANGED.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL UNLESS IT HAS BEEN ARRANGED IN ADVANCE.
We will remain open only for those children of key workers and vulnerable children where there are no other, safe alternatives and who have registered their needs with school.
Parents and carers have received further details on what this means by email and I would encourage you to refer to this if you need further information or guidance. In addition, details and resources to support our students, parents and carers can be found below.
We will continue to update our school community via this page throughout our period of closure, in addition to normal communications via the school website, email and newsletter.
Contact details for school can be found below and we will endeavour to respond to all queries as soon as we are able.
I thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these truly unchartered waters and do everything we can to support not only our students and their families but our whole school community.
Ms A Cusack
Saint Gregory’s has been working to develop a comprehensive and supportive range of solutions to facilitate the best possible contingency in the event of disruption to the school. We are considering the needs of all members of the school community, with a focus on ensuring all remain safe, supported and students able to continue learning in the most effective way possible.
With the guidance on self-isolation resulting in students and potentially staff remaining at home, the focus for us is on maintaining students’ learning as best as possible throughout this ever-changing and difficult time. This page contains all of the key information for both parents and students, and will be updated on a regular basis.
Information sections include:
- Official Guidance – Information from Government Agencies, Public Health England etc.
- Contacting the school – During this time, communication may be restricted or limited due to unprecedented demand. Please begin with the FAQ section below.
- Work for Students – This will be provided via Show My Homework. Additional information, subject assessment information and resources are also available via the website subject pages.
- Safeguarding and Well-being – Important guidance in the event of school closure.
In the event of complete school closure, communication will take place via this website page and via email firstname.lastname@example.org .
In terms of advice and guidance regarding the Covid-19 virus, it is important to ensure that you access the correct and current information through official channels. Below are selected links to help find the information relevant to you.
Contacting the School
Should you have any questions related to education related matters such as accessing work, technical support with accessing or completing work or similar matters, please begin by checking the FAQ section below.
As a school we are unable to advise or guide on any healthcare related matters, please see OFFICIAL GUIDANCE section for more information related to this.
The school switchboard is now closed. If you need to contact the school, please can we ask you to follow the guidance below:
- ALL enquiries – please email email@example.com
- Key worker enquiries only – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.
1. My child’s ill, what should I do next?
- If your child or a member of your household shows any symptoms of Coronavirus, as found in the NHS link above, you must self-isolate all members of your household for 14 days.
- School is now CLOSED and you do not therefore, need to report cases of absence.
- All work for students will be set via ShowMyHomework. There is no need to contact the school or staff for work.
2. How do I access work suitable for my child now that school is closed?
Please check Show My Homework first, before contacting the school.
All students, across all years, will be set learning activities through the Show My Homework App. Information and resources to support work will be provided as well as teachers’ expectations in regard to submissions.
We expect work to be completed if you are well enough and only if home IT resources are available. Students without access to computers will have printed work provided for them. Whilst the school office and teachers are dealing with a large number of enquiries, please do not contact them directly regarding work unless it is urgent.
3. Can my child access the school to collect books, PE kit, equipment etc?
No. School is now closed and access to the buildings is extremely limited for emergency key workers and critical staff only.
4. Can my child access the school email system?
Yes. Whilst we cannot make any guarantee of response via members of staff during this evolving situation, students can indeed access their email accounts as normal by logging in here.
5. What is happening about trips and visits?
At this stage we are continuing to monitor all advice and guidance from central government and local authority. In addition we are carrying out, as a school, risk assessments on all activities. All immediate trips and visits are CANCELLED.
6. Why haven’t we heard anything about some overseas trips?
Please be aware that some decisions will be reliant on information provided by insurers and/or travel operators and, as there are many schools in a similar position, access to information may be severely limited or delayed. We are hearing that they are prioritising trips travelling within the next 7 days but will continue to seek urgent clarification.
Please be assured that we are doing our best to gain confirmation on cancellations or postponements, together with details of resultant financial reimbursement as quickly as we can.
7. What about school events such as parents’ evenings or sports fixtures?
All calendared events e.g. Parent Consultation Evenings, assemblies/collective worship and Duke of Edinburgh training have been postponed for the foreseeable future. We will communicate re-scheduled dates as soon as we are able to.
All clubs, fixtures and house matches are cancelled with immediate effect and until further notice.
After school Mandarin classes have been postponed until further notice.
8. Will I get a refund for school transport now that school is closed?
We understand that families are naturally worried at the moment and have received a number of enquiries regarding school transport. At this stage we have no further information from government or local authority on what processes may be introduced to deal with this unprecedented scenario. At the moment, our focus is on implementing government guidelines in respect of school closures and ensuring everyone’s safety and well-being. As soon as more information is available, we will cascade. We greatly appreciate your patience and support.
9. What is a key worker and how might this affect my family?
The government have now released the list of people that they consider to be key workers. This can be found via the link below:
The government have been very clear that parents are to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. As a school, we do not have the capacity to manage large numbers of children so are asking parents and carers to only use this provision if there are no other, safe alternatives. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
If you feel that you may need to make use of these emergency provisions email us urgently at email@example.com so that we can ascertain need and allocate our limited resources.
PLEASE NOTE THAT:
ONLY KEY WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN EMAILED DIRECTLY SHOULD SEND STUDENTS IN AS ARRANGED.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL UNLESS IT HAS BEEN ARRANGED IN ADVANCE.
We know that many of you may have questions on what these changes mean for your family. In the first instance, can we please ask you to check the link below which contains useful information for parents and carers as a result of school closures:
10. I have a question not answered in the FAQ…
The school switchboard is now closed. All communication and questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will respond as soon as possible and may add the answer to the FAQ if it is relevant to all.
We are UNABLE to respond to medical / healthcare matters.
Safeguarding and Well-being
If you are worried about a child and you think they are in immediate danger or at risk of severe harm, call 999.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare whilst away from school, please email Talk2Someone@st-gregorys.org.uk and we will be in touch.
Support for Parents
You can find a wide range of support and guidance for parents HERE
You can find a wide range of support and resources for students HERE
Kooth is a FREE, anonymous, confidential, safe, online Wellbeing service, offering counselling, information, and forums for children and young people. Access 365 days a year to counsellors who are available from 12 noon-10pm Monday- Friday, and 6pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday. They also provide a live discussion forum Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7.30-9pm. Topics pages and articles are accessible at any time.
For more information or to sign up visit: www.Kooth.com
We understand that during this period of closure it is highly likely that children will spend significant amounts of time on devices communicating with friends on digital devices. To help support parents in managing children on these devices we would recommend the advice provided by the Internet Matters website.
Stay Safe Online
Mr Foley, Head of Computing, has produced a helpful guide for students, parents and carers to support them during this period of school closure. You can download a copy below. There is also comprehensive information on keeping children safe online here: http://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/parent-information/online-safety/
National Online Safety have produced some helpful guides for staff, parents and students to help them stay safe online:
To help with downtime from devices, and the possibility of not being able to go outside, nothing beats a good book! We would like to suggest The Book People as a source of an excellent range of reading for all ages at incredible prices!
Staying indoors can be a frustrating time for young people with energy to burn!!
There are a great range of exercise routines that everyone can do to stay active and burn off some of that excess energy HERE.
School Nursing Service
The School Nursing Service will continue to be available to parents and students during the period of school closure. Further guidance and contact details are available in the letter below:
We are receiving a large number of emails regarding arrangements for school next week. Please be aware that in line with government policy, school is now CLOSED and will remain so until further notice. Only key workers who have registered a place and have received confirmation of a place for this week should send students […]
The government have now released the list of people that they consider to be key workers. This can be found via the link below