covid-19virus

Coronavirus Information Page

UPDATED 20.6.20 (addition of information needed for students returning to school)

SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS

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 and where a space has been booked and confirmed. Please see below for further information for Key Workers.

School telephone lines are open during school hours but are subject to reduced staffing levels. For general enquiries, please email stgregorys_sec@bathnes.gov.uk. and we will get back to you as soon as possible. For urgent enquiries, please telephone the school on 01225 832873.

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.

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
Headmistress

Saint Gregory’s continues to work towards developing a comprehensive and supportive range of solutions to facilitate remote learning during this period of disruption to the school. There are many variables and different personal circumstances that we must be mindful of when creating a remote learning environment so we ask for your patience and understanding as we aim to find a range of solutions for students so that they can continue learning in the most effective way possible.

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 – In the short term, this will be provided via Show My Homework. Additional information, subject assessment information and resources are also available via the website subject pages https://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/academic-life/subject-pages/
  • Safeguarding and Well-being – Important guidance for students, parents and carers away from school

Official Guidance

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.

If you have specific questions regarding your child’s learning, teachers can be contacted via email. All staff email addresses are listed on our website at: https://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/about-us/our-staff/ Please be aware that they may be juggling work with their own domestic circumstances but will respond as soon as possible.

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.

School telephone lines are open during school hours but are subject to reduced staffing levels. For general enquiries, please email stgregorys_sec@bathnes.gov.uk. and we will get back to you as soon as possible. For urgent enquiries, please telephone the school on 01225 832873.

We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.


FAQs

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.

2. Accessing school work remotely

Students are all now established on Google Classroom and are making great progress in their studies whilst away from school. The high standard, creativity and diversity of work being submitted and seen by teachers is really excellent and they should be very proud of everything they have achieved.

We know that it hasn’t been easy and that sometimes Google Classroom can be a little confusing! We have produced some helpful guides to support our students and hopefully answer some of the more common questions. Please download and save these so that they can be used them for future reference. A guide on attending ‘live’ lessons will follow after half term.

Across our school community there are a range of very challenging and complex individual situations and we can only ever ask that students do their best. 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, please contact us if you require assistance in this respect.


3. What information does my child need if they are attending as a key worker child or returning to school for lessons?

Access to the school buildings is extremely limited for emergency key worker children, invited students and critical staff only.

Students who have been invited into school for academic mentoring days or for lessons should bring any resources they may need e.g. tablet/laptop, exercise books, pen, pencil, ruler etc. There are no catering facilities on site and so it is vital that students bring with them their own snack, lunch or drink. Students may also bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser for personal use.

Parents/carers are required to risk assess their child before deciding on whether to send their son/daughter into school. The risk flowchart below will help you to decide if your child is eligible to return to school. If you are unsure if your child is eligible, or require advice, please contact Mrs Cleveland by email clevelandj@st-gregorys.org.uk.

We have also provided further guidance on attending school and what will be expected of students when they are on the school site. Whilst there are strict procedures in place to ensure everyone’s safety we hope that, by now, students will be very familiar with the rules on social distancing and good hand hygiene. We will of course remind them on the day but would like to encourage parents and carers to discuss this letter and the guidance provided with your child and emphasise the importance of adhering to it at all times when in school.

 


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?

As the coaches contracted by the school will not now be running until school reopens, we will not be taking any further payments from parents/carers until the service can resume.

If you have set up a monthly Standing Order with your Bank, relating to these payments, then please ensure you cancel it for the time being. All payments erroneously made on 1 April will be refunded in due course. However please bear with us as this is a particularly busy time for us and we are a very small team. Queries in the first instance should be made to FinanceTeam@st-gregorys.org.uk.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will have to assess the financial viability of providing school transport from September. If, as has been suggested, we have to implement full social distancing measures then, for example, a 53 seater coach will have a maximum capacity of 9 in order for students to observe 2m between each passenger. 

This will significantly increase the cost of providing transport and may make it unaffordable for families.

When we have more guidance we will look at what measures need to be put in place for the safety of our students and the drivers.  We will then advise whether we are able to provide our usual services. 


9. What is a key worker and how might this affect my family?

The government list of people that they consider to be key workers can be found via the link below:

DFE List of Key Workers

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 keyworker@st-gregorys.org.uk so that we can ascertain need and allocate our limited resources.

Only key workers who have been emailed directly with a place arranged in advance should send students into school. 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:

DFE School Closures Advice for Parents and Carers


10. I have a question not answered in the FAQ…

All communication and questions should be sent to stgregorys_sec@bathnes.gov.uk. If your enquiry is urgent, please telephone 01225 832873 during normal school hours.

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

Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Policy now has an Appendix to cover the unique circumstances in which we are now operating. This can be found on the school website Key Documents & Polices page or via the link below.

If you are worried about a child and you think they are in immediate danger or at risk of severe harm, call 999.

Should your child have any safeguarding concerns they should contact the school email talk2someone@st-gregorys.org.uk, or the DSL, Mr McDermott is available on 07847 145164.

Support for Parents

You can find a wide range of support and guidance for parents HERE

Emotional Well-Being

The staff at St Gregory’s are available to support you and your children during this period of disruption. There is a growing number of resources online, some detailed below, for families and students and this can often be a useful starting place to common concerns or feelings but please do contact us by email if you are struggling to find the help or support you need.

Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/
Kooth: https://www.kooth.com/
School Nursing Service: https://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/childrens/school-nursing/
Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/
Off the Record: https://www.offtherecord-banes.co.uk/

Further helpful information and resources are available on 1BigDatabase Bathnes
https://www.bathnes1bd.org.uk/pages/coronavirus-covid-19

The Safeguarding and Keyworker email accounts will be monitored out of normal school hours, so if you have an urgent query, please use these for emergency concerns.

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:

SCHOOL NURSING SERVICES – LETTER TO PARENTS, CARERS AND STUDENTS

Social Media

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.

In addition to Internet matters, please note that KCSIE advice and guidance signposts CEOPS or the Internet Watch Foundation for reporting of cyber-harm or criminal activity

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: https://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/parent-information/online-safety/

ONLINE SAFETY DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

National Online Safety have produced some helpful guides for staff, parents and students to help them stay safe online:

Students: https://bit.ly/2U7CILU
Parents: https://bit.ly/2J4Zyxi
Staff: https://bit.ly/39byKWJ

NCA-CEOP have produced a helpful guide for parents and carers on the use of video media and online chatting:

https://parentinfo.org/article/video-chatting-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers-of-secondary-school-age-children

 

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