School Update - 16/03/2020 - School Closed to Year 9, 10 & 12 Students

16 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We still have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19.  However, following the recent guidance we now have a number of staff self-isolating.  As a result we do not have enough staff to safely manage the school for all students. As a consequence, reluctantly, we have decided to partially close the school.  We fully appreciate the disruption this may cause to families, but have no choice in these exceptional circumstances.  Parents should also be aware that in order to maintain a safe and orderly school, your child may not be taught by their usual teacher or follow their normal curriculum.

We are closing the school to all students currently in Years 9, 10 and 12.  This partial closure will start on 17th March 2020 and is currently planned to last until 20th March 2020. You will appreciate that things are changing all the time and we may have to revise this plan at short notice. If we need to do this we will contact you by Friday 20th March.

All Year 9 and 10 students working from home should access Ruler via their Office365 accounts* where they will find appropriate work to complete.  Year 12 students will receive an email from their teachers  informing them of the work they need to complete.  If you do not have access to online resources please contact enquiries@cleevepark-tkat.org and we will arrange hard copies to be available for collection by Wednesday after 11am. 

We of course remain extra vigilant and are encouraging students, parents and staff to continue taking additional precautions. This includes maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing. As you would expect, we already promote these practices at school and we would appreciate your support in continuing to encourage the same at home. If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child, please call NHS 111. The advice is to not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments. Please see further information on the Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS) websites

 

Jenni Tyler-Maher

Executive Head Teacher

Please click below for details of Office365/Ruler accounts:

Information on Student Online Accounts

Update - 13/03/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you are probably aware the current Government advice is for schools to remain open.  Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer has stated that, "There is no scientific evidence yet for closing schools".  He went on to reassure parents saying, “although  young people do get infected, they seem to have a much milder disease". We currently have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 amongst our students or staff so school remains open as normal for all of our students.  We will inform parents if this situation changes. However, as a precaution, the Government has said that anyone with a new persistent cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days, this includes students and staff. The Government has also banned all trips abroad; we do not have any trips abroad planned in the near future.

Parents should be reassured that we are planning what we will do in the event of the Government closing the school, this includes online learning for students.

We are of course being extra vigilant and encouraging students and parents to continue taking additional precautions. This includes maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing. As you would expect, we already promote these practices at school and we would appreciate your support in continuing to encourage the same at home.  If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child, please call NHS 111. The advice is to not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments. Please see further information on the Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS) websites.  

As a school, we take our duty of care extremely seriously and we will keep you updated on any further developments should the need arise. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch via enquiries@cleevepark-tkat.org

As advice from the Government changes, announcements will be made via parent portal and our website.

Yours faithfully,

Jenni Tyler-Maher

Executive Head Teacher

16/03/2020

Dear Parents and Carers

COVID 19 update:

As of 16th March, we have decided to put additional measures in place with regard to visitors and extra-curricular activities at our school:

  • All non-essential meetings will be cancelled until after the Easter holidays.  Meetings will now be arranged via telephone.
  • All sporting fixtures will be re-arranged to happen after the Easter holidays
  • Year 13 parents evening (19th March) is postponed until after the Easter holidays
  • Year 11 parents evening (2nd April) is postponed until after the Easter holidays

We are awaiting an update from the Department for Education regarding any changes to public examinations this summer.

Currently we remain open and would like to re-iterate the guidance set out for schools:

Stay at Home Guidance

  • Those that have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, should stay at home and not leave their house for 7 days from when symptoms started.

School Attendance

In line with current (16 March 2020) Government guidance students and staff should continue to attend school unless:

  • They have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), a new continuous cough and/or high temperature, however mild, they should stay at home and not leave the house for 7 days from when the symptoms started.

Unless advised not to by public health officials or government guidance all other children and staff should continue to attend school as normal

I will update you should the Government make any changes to this guidance

Yours faithfully,

Jenni Tyler-Maher

Executive Head Teacher