SCHOOL UPDATES

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COVID-19 UPDATE

March 31st 2020  11.30am

Dear parent/carer

I hope you and your families are managing to stay well.  We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must follow the government advice to stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. 

The Government guidance is clear that parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thank you to everyone across our community who has followed that advice today.  The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading. 

Our Community Classroom is here to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable only. If your child falls into these categories and you have not sent your child to school up to this point but intend to do so on the week beginning the 20th April you must let p.kelly@arkputneyacademy.org know by Friday 3rd April so we can plan the number of staff we will need.  We cannot guarantee places unless you confirm to us that you will need one.

A reminder of the details for children who can be sent to school;

Children who are vulnerable: Full details of which children are covered are attached.

Children whose parents are key workers and who meet ALL the following conditions:

The parent must be in a critical role based on government advice -  full details of these critical roles are attached; and

The parent must have had confirmation from their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service; and

Their child cannot otherwise be cared for safely at home. 

During the Easter holiday’s we will also be open (excluding the bank holidays) for those who have already signed up to our community classrooms and we will be contacting these parents this week to confirm who wants to send their child to this. Again, it should only be considered if you are unable to care for you child safely at home due to the whole family working in a keyworker capacity.

It is really important that you keep your child at home during this period to save lives. We have had a small number of students who have tried to gain access to the academy. This is completely unacceptable and places staff and students at risk.  There are community police officers patrolling the area who will take action against anyone who is not adhering to the rules outlined by the government.

Technology survey
I have sent a text this week asking you to let me know what technology you have in your home. It is really important that you complete the survey as it will inform our planning for after Easter. Ideally we would like to move to a more interactive system but before we make this decision we need to understand if your child has access to a device such as a laptop and how quick your broadband is.

Please follow the link to the survey:  https://bit.ly/2JdlgPQ

Student work
With regards to student work – please can you continue to ensure that students are logging in and completing work. If students are stuck please just email the member of staff who set the work and ask for clarification. In addition, we are running school and year group assemblies via You Tube (links sent directly to students. For further information on Curriculum Content go to our website https://arkputney.org/covid-19-update scroll down the page and click on 'What your child should be learning at home'

Over Easter staff will not set work as it is the Easter holidays although we will be sending activity packs home at the end of the week with suggestion of how to keep your child occupied in a meaningful way.  One thing that you can immediately participate in is our APA photography project which is on SMHW.

Free School Meals
Students who are in receipt of FSM should have received a voucher for ASDA. Another set of vouchers for coverage over the Easter break will be send at the end of this week. These are APA’s official vouchers and are worth £3 per day. However, our understanding is that the Local Authority has also contacted parents through a site called WONDE and are offering vouchers for a supermarket of your choice.  Please feel free to download this and use it as well.  After the Easter break we will be moving to the government’s system of providing FSM and I will be in contact to explain how this will work.

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.   

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/   

For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to help us all.

Technology Survey
If you haven’t completed the survey, please do so now: https://bit.ly/2JdlgPQ 

Kind regards

Ms A Downey
PRINCIPAL 

Thursday 26th March 2020

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March 20th 2020 9.55am

KEY WORKER UPDATE FOR FULL SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear Parents/Carers

As you know, the Government has said that schools must close from this Friday, March 20th , but that they will open to support vulnerable students and those of certain key workers (see full details below).

The Government guidance emphasises that parents should keep children at home wherever possible and that the fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational setting, the lower the risk of the virus spreading. We all need to work together to try and stem the spread of the virus.

However, there are two categories of children for whom the school will continue to provide care at this time:

  1. Children who are vulnerable: Full details of which children are covered are set out below.
  2. Children whose parents are key workers and who meet ALL the following conditions:
    • The parent must be in a critical role based on government advice -full details of these critical roles are below; and
    • The parent must have had confirmation from their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service; and
    • Their child cannot otherwise be cared for safely at home.

If your children fall into either of the above two categories, please confirm by email to p.kelly@arkputneyacademy.org that they will attend school on Monday by 11.00am today

Once you have let us know that you need to send your child to school, we will send you a form to complete. If you are a key worker, you will be asked to confirm your role, that you are required by your employer and that your child cannot be cared for safely at home.

This is such a fast-changing situation, so we will ask parents on a weekly basis to re-confirm you want to send you child into school for what we are calling our ‘Community Classrooms.’

Exams

Exams are cancelled in May and June and the Secretary of State for Education says he will provide further information soon for students who are impacted. As soon as we have this information, we will share it with you.

Free school meals

Children who qualify for Free School Meals are being provided with vouchers which are being emailed to parents. If your child gets free school meals and you think we may not have your current email address please contact p.kelly@arkputneyacademy.org

Learning at home

Our other key aim is to ensure and maintain as much stability for the students’ education as possible and we have been planning for this outcome. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we have been working hard to put in place contingency plans to ensure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. Work will be set and shared through SMHW, google classroom and your child’s Ark Putney email account. Later today you will receive a personalised letter with further details related to how you can support your child with remote learning

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We will continue to update you on any developments via email / text and with regular updates on the school website.

  1. is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Ms A Downey
PRINCIPAL

Government Guidance on Vulnerable Children

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.

Government Guidance on Key Workers

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

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March 19th 2020   4.30pm

Notice of intention to close

Dear Parents/Carers

The Government has announced that all schools must close from this Friday, March 20th, until further notice to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

As part of its announcement about schools, the Government also said that;

  • Exams will not take place in May and June
  • Schools will be open to help support the children of key workers and for vulnerable students
  • Provision for food will be made for students who qualify for Free School Meals. In the first instance this will be via an e ticket system.  We also have been contacted by the local charity Regenerate who can offer support via andy@regenerateuk.uk

We expect further details on how we can implement these measures in the coming days and will liaise closely with the Department for Education to ensure that we support our key worker parents and vulnerable students in the best way we can.

Our other key aim is to ensure and maintain as much stability for the students’ education as possible and we have been planning for this outcome. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we have been working hard to put in place contingency plans to ensure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. Work will be set and shared through SMHW, google classroom and your child’s Ark Putney email account. Tomorrow you will receive a personalised letter with further details related to how you can support your child with remote learning

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We will continue to update you on any developments via email / text and with regular updates on the school website.

This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead.  Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances.  If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Alison Downey

Principal

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March 18th 2020  2.30 PM

Update on School Closure at APA

Dear Parents/Carers

With things changing so quickly with Coronavirus, I wanted to send you the updated health advice and let you know what we are doing at our school to manage the situation. 

The Government is now providing daily updates on the steps it is taking to help fight Coronavirus and has said that schools are to remain open

We want to keep the school open for all students for as long as possible whilst government guidance still allows this. We are working hard as a school community to maintain as much stability for the students’ education as possible.

However, there are several logistical and staffing issues which now make this challenging on a whole school basis. We have, therefore, decided to close the school for Year 9 and 10 from 19th March to 20th March. This arrangement will be reviewed on Sunday 22nd March. The reasons for choosing these year groups are as follows:

1.     We have the highest level of absence in these groups through self- isolation

2.     We are prioritising exam groups in year 11, 12 and 13 to ensure that they continue to be prepared for their GCSEs and A Levels. It is our intention to remain open for Year 11 and 13 for as long as possible which will be dependent on the exams system for this summer. We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education on exams.

Parent/carers in the health and medical profession or who work in schools

We wish to be able to support our parents/carers who are required to work in the health and medical profession through this unusual time, as well as those who work in schools whilst they remain open. Therefore, if you are in need of childcare to facilitate your work in one of these professions, we will provide supervised study from 8.30am-3.30pm. If you would like to sign up your child please e-mail p.kelly@arkputneyacademy.org with the name of your child, your name and your profession by 8.00 PM tonight.

All other year groups should still attend school as normal (year 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13)

We know that you will understand that it is not possible for us to confirm at this stage the exact period of closure for these students. However, please rest assured that we will open again to those year groups affected as soon as is practicable. We will ensure that students have work to complete during this period via SMHW and email. All students have been informed of how to access, complete and return work.  Please do ensure that your child completes the work set.

Please note that your child should remain at home supervised. Under NO circumstances are they to return to the Academy or be seen in the vicinity unless accompanied by an adult.

The health guidance updated yesterday by the Government now states that:

  • The symptoms of the virus are a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough.  Everyone living with someone showing symptoms of the virus must self-isolate for 14 days
  • People should avoid unnecessary social contact including not visiting restaurants, pubs and theatres
  • From the weekend, pregnant women, those over 70 and those with underlying health issues should limit social contact for 12 weeks
  • All unnecessary travel should be limited, and people should work from home where they can. 

Information on the stay at home advice from Government is here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

NHS guidance is here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We will continue to update you on any developments via email / text and with regular updates on the school website.

Thank you for your understanding of the school’s decisions in these exceptional circumstances. 

Kind regards

 

Alison Downey

Principal