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Following on from yesterday’s government announcement and our previous information issued to parents and carers, we are still closely monitoring the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will continue to provide updates as they become available from Public Health England (PHE).


All advice at present is for the academy to remain open and for students and staff to go about their daily activities.


However, the academy is also putting plans in place to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for a range of potential scenarios. Year 11 students were shown today how to access google classroom so in the event of a closure all students can access work this via this platform. Over the coming days all year groups will be shown.


To provide reassurance, we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions as guidance for students and parents:


What should I do if my son/daughter is ill?

If your son/daughter is feeling unwell and you think they may be displaying symptoms of Coronavirus (which include fever, cough and shortness of breath), they should not come into the academy, visit a pharmacy, GP surgery or hospital. You are advised to self-isolate and stay at home for seven days. Only call the NHS 111 advice line if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days. More information can be found at the NHS online service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.


If your son/daughter is not referred for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing or told to self-isolate, they should return to the academy as soon they feel well enough. Such absences should be reported to the Absence Line in the usual way, (01621 782377. More information about self-isolation can be found on the GOV.UK website GOV.UK.


What should I do if my son/daughter is referred for testing, or told to self-isolate?

Please contact the academy via the main reception, who are monitoring the situation. They can be contacted on 01621 782377 and ask for Mrs Scott the Attendance lead who will be keeping a central log of any information provided to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.


What should I do if my son/daughter tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Please advise the academy via the main reception, who are keeping a central log of any information provided, to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance.


What should I do if my son/daughter has been in contact with a relative or friend who has returned from a trip abroad?

The current advice is to monitor for symptoms and if they start to display symptoms of Coronavirus (which include fever, cough and shortness of breath), they should follow the self-isolation advice.


If you are concerned, you are advised to call the NHS 111 advice line or visit the online 111 service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. Please refer to the guidance above if you are referred for testing or told to self-isolate.


What will happen if the academy has to close?

Should Public Health England or the Department for Education tell us to close, we will publish information using the following communication channels:

  • Academy website

  • Academy social media (if you do not already do so, please follow our Facebook and

  • Instagram feeds

  • Parent app

  • Email & text message (providing we have up to date contact details on file)

Will academy trips and visits in the UK continue as planned?

At present, all trips and visits within the UK will be continuing as planned. All visits are fully risk assessed and effective hand hygiene principles will be reinforced. However, this is a constantly evolving situation, so we will continue to review Public Health England advice and update affected groups directly should this situation change.


Will overseas trips and visits continue as planned?

Schools and colleges are being advised against all overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. This is one of the latest measures announced as part of the Government’s coronavirus response. If your son/daughter is currently signed up to an overseas trip, we will contact you directly to discuss options available. We do have three overseas trips planned and we are communicating with parents in priority order.


Parents should be aware that guidance on foreign travel is under frequent review and therefore we are regularly reviewing Foreign Office travel advice. This is a constantly evolving situation, so should the status of any overseas trip change, we will contact affected groups directly.


Good hygiene guidance:

Help to stop the spread of viruses, like Coronavirus (COVID-19), by practising good hand hygiene. Please reiterate the importance of frequent handwashing and good personal hygiene. Students, staff and all academy visitors are encouraged to increase handwashing frequency, following the handwashing guidance provided by Public Health England (washing for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water).

Hand sanitiser units are located at various locations within the academy and hand soap will be regularly replenished in toilet areas.


General guidance for students and parents

If your son or daughter has any concerns about their school work or an upcoming trip or visit, please ask them to speak to a member of staff. Next week we will be covering this in mentor time and PHSE lessons.


In addition, the Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education. Parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone: 0800 046 8687 or email:


DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk


I understand that this is an uncertain time but please be assured that we will be doing everything possible to keep you well informed.


Mrs Baker

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