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As from Monday 23rd March 2020 the school will be closed to all students except those of certain vulnerable groups and students whose parents are key works. Please see this letter for details of which jobs are classed as key worker roles and also to how to inform us that your child will be atttending during this period.
The school is following Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 guidance for educational settings - which advises the following: “Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or employees are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments”.
Firstly, I hope that you are all keeping well during these troubled times. As you know, we tried to cater for all of our children entitled to free school meals with a “drive-through” packed lunch service, which has worked well for some families.
As you are aware, following Government guidelines, we have had to close the gym for the foreseeable future. We are in the process of organising any direct debit payments to be waived for the month of April 2020 (in the first instance). We will advise once we have received confirmation of this.
As you will know, our school will be almost fully closed from the end of the day today. I will write again later regarding that difficult scenario for our school community. However, our most pressing task is to identify the children who will attend school for a partial opening from Monday onwards.
I’m sure you will know by now that the government has declared that schools will close for the vast majority of students at the end of the day on Friday (20th March). Obviously, we will support this decision and I must pay tribute to my incredible staff who have managed to allow us to keep the school fully open up until this point; it has been a monumental effort from our dedicated team who have put themselves on the front line to support our students.
I am writing to update you on the current situation here at Brighton Hill Community School. As of lunchtime on Tuesday (today) we are still fully open. We are missing some members of staff, as people are forced to work from home or self-isolate with their own family members as a precaution, but we are doing all that we can to remain fully open for as long as we possibly can.
I thought it important that I write to you, to keep you as up-to-date as possible during these unprecedented challenges facing our nation. As you will know, the word from the government is that schools will remain open; we are committed to doing so in order to help our community to operate in a way which is as close to normal as can be expected at this time. Already, the commitment of our staff has been above and beyond the call of duty to be here to support our students when they need it the most and I am indebted to them as they continue to put our school community first.
As you will appreciate, these are unprecedented times for schools, but we continue to stay open as long as we possibly can, to keep it as structured and safe for our students as we possibly can. Mr. Beeching has already circulated around the Year 11 tutor groups this morning to reassure students that we are here to support through an uncertain time.
The school is following Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 guidance for educational settings - which advises the following:
“Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or employees are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments”.
We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.
The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:
Guidance regarding the coronavirus outbreak - Headteacher letter : 26-02-2020
As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our children are kept healthy and safe, I thought it best to share with you the guidance from Hampshire County Council regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Please be assured that everything contained in it is a precautionary measure, rather than a response to any local concerns.