Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statement from the Trust (17/3/20)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following our recent communication regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) I am writing to reassure you of the further steps we are taking at the schools across the Trust to combat the virus’ spread and minimise disruption. We are currently doing our best to keep schools open, in line with government advice, but are keeping up to date with the latest recommendations from Public Health England, the Department for Education, and the Government in case advice changes.

At present, in line with official guidance, some staff are either self-isolating or being asked to remain at home if they are in an ‘at risk’ category. We are closely monitoring staffing numbers and have contingency plans in place to ensure that essential functions can be continued should staff be off work.

We have also been working to ensure that, in the event of our school having to close students will have access to learning tasks and resources to enable them to continue their education from home. Work will be distributed to learners via each school’s online learning platform/app, with hard copies available if internet access is not possible. Parents are asked to make schools aware if they are unable to access resources online.

Due to the number of learners within our Trust, we can unfortunately not prepare personal learning plans for each learner, particularly since we are operating on reduced staffing levels.

 In addition to these steps, we have also taken the following precautions:

  • All sports fixtures and sport enrichment clubs have been cancelled until further notice.
  • All assemblies and church services have been cancelled up to Easter in order to reduce the number of mass gatherings that take place in school.
  • Any parent evenings in the coming weeks have been cancelled.
  • All school trips and external visitors have been cancelled until further notice.
  • All Peripatetic Music Teachers have been asked not to come into school until further notice.
  • All face to face meetings have been postponed or cancelled.
  • Every school had made provision to have an isolation room for anyone exhibiting symptoms.
  • More staff have been trained to take over essential functions such as unlocking sites in case of absence.
  • All schools have increased the rigorousness of their site cleaning and the availability of materials such as hand sanitiser.

We appreciate this is an anxious time and ask all members of the community to remain courteous and patient with school staff as we deal with the developing situation. We will advise you of any changes as soon as we are able to, and encourage everyone to remain vigilant and take sensible precautions to help slow the virus’ spread.

Thank you for your continued support and should you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Ball

Chief Executive