Gloucester Academy Parents & Students

COVID-19 School Status

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am writing to share with you the arrangements for children eligible to continue with supervised study at Gloucester Academy. Please note that, if children are able to stay at home safely, they should. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

The government has announced the key workers list this morning. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

It is important to stress that, if children can safely stay at home they should do. You should only send them in to school, regardless of whether your occupation is on the list, if it is not safe for them to work from home. The guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the virus. With fewer children travelling to school, and being in school, the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable groups is fewer.

There will also be children who would be vulnerable if they are at home regardless of parent’s occupations. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, children with child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

The following principles should be applied:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a key worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  • Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings will continue to care for children wherever possible.

If you send your child into school

Students attending school will not be taught lessons in the normal format, they will largely be using the computer rooms to access the same work as those children working from home and social distancing will be applied where possible. Our expectations around full school uniform and full equipment will still apply.

Our Behaviour Policy will remain in place and, as per our Behaviour Policy, mobile phones and headphones will not be allowed in school. The expectation, as ever, is that of disruption free learning

The school will be open for students from 9.00am to 3.00pm, and the usual late sanctions will apply after 9.00am.

In order for us to plan effectively for next week we have created an online form for those who need to book a place at the school, as it would be unsafe for their child to work from home.

This can be found here https://forms.gle/hpY13UiJM8czP5J78

If you are unable to complete this online, please contact the school reception urgently today.

Given the time frames, on Monday we will allow all students who have booked a place to attend. From Tuesday children who book a place where it is unsafe from them to work from home will need to provide evidence from their parent’s employer that based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Many thanks for your support with this and we hope that things will go back to normal as quickly as is possible.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Heap, Headteacher

LAST UPDATED ON 23rd MARCH 2020 AT 08:35

Key Messages:

The school will continue to remain partially open for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children

Year Group Status:

Year GroupStatusNotes
Year 7
PARTIALLY OPENOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children only
Year 8
PARTIALLY OPENOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children only
Year 9
PARTIALLY OPENOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children only
Year 10
PARTIALLY OPENOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children only
Year 11
PARTIALLY OPENOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children only

School Services Status

ServiceStatusNotes
Breakfast clubCancelled
Lunch cateringOperatingOpen for children in key-worker families and vulnerable children
After school clubCancelled
Swimming lessonsCancelled
Holiday clubsCancelled
Residential tripsCancelled
Overseas tripsCancelled
Public letting of facilitiesCancelled
Public letting of sports facilitiesCancelled

Read our FAQs for parents
Key Worker Questionnaire
Read our COVID-19 Health Information

Useful Links

During the time whilst school is closed, pupils may feel worried, anxious, or unsafe.

There are a number of organisations they can contact for support.

Childline

Free telephone number: 0800 1111
Calling the number above will connect you to a one to one counsellor, who you can talk to about your worries.
https://www.childline.org.uk/

Samaritans

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk anytime you like in your own way.
Free telephone number: 116 123
www.samaritans.org

Young Minds

Young Minds is a mental health charity for young people.
If you need support in a crisis or just need to talk to someone, Young Minds are there to offer support.
https://youngminds.org.uk/

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