COVID-19 – School closure information

Update July 8th 2020

Measures for Y10 students

Measures for Y12 students

Final weeks – Y10 and Y12 students

Update June 26th 2020

I hope you and your family are well and enjoying the spell of hot weather.
You will be aware the government has announced further relaxation of lock down measures; however, the guidance for secondary schools has not changed. I received confirmation from the Department for Education yesterday that they will publish over ‘the coming weeks’ further information and guidance to help schools prepare for a full return in September and, in the meantime, schools’ current arrangements for this term i.e. Year 10, Year 12 and children of keyworkers should continue.

This means, unfortunately, we do not expect to be able to welcome back our students from Years 7-9 who will continue to learn remotely for the remainder of this term. We are disappointed with this situation of course, as I know many of you will be.

For Year 12 and Year 10 students we will continue with our current model and measures previously advised to parents (please see below).

We will of course continue to update you all as the situation evolves over the next few weeks. Your children are truly remarkable and we really cannot wait to welcome them all back to school just as soon as it is possible. In the meantime, can I thank you all again for your continuing support of the school and for your children during this difficult time.

Year 12 and Year 10 Parents/Carers

We have very much enjoyed seeing so many students in school these last two weeks. All of our attendees have shown themselves to be mature and sensible about the arrangements, if maybe a little bemused at first! It has been a delight to see smiling faces, excitement about seeing friends (albeit at a bit of a distance), and keenness to learn. If your child has been unable to attend, they should have received comparable work from their teachers and, please be assured, they are still every bit as important to us.

For those able to attend, these are the arrangements for the next 3 weeks:

w/c 29 June Y10 invited to attend – full arrangements have already been advised to parents.
w/c 6 July Y12 invited to attend for a second session with each of their A level teachers. The timetable will be the same as for the first Y12 week.
w/c 13 July Y10 invited to attend for second sessions focused on English and Maths.

The timetable will be the same Mon-Thurs as for the first (Eng & maths) Y10 week and we will confirm arrangements for Friday 17th in due course. I have attached below, for reference, copies of my letters dated 11th and 16th June, which detail our arrangements and include the Y12 timetable and the timetable for Y10 English/Maths week (remember to look at Mon-Thurs only in respect of w/c 13 July).


Update June 11th 2020

Please see the following two letters from our Head teacher:

Update – re-opening 11th June
Annex A: Covid-19 letter to schools – Wider Opening
Annex B: Details of our specific process for dealing with unwell students
Annex C Flow Chart for Staff or Students Displaying Covid-19 Symptoms

Update 5th June


Update 22nd May 2020

I hope you and your family are well and are managing to navigate the recent changes to restrictions. Certainly, being able to see at least some family members or friends, albeit at a distance, is very welcome.

You may be aware of the latest announcements regarding the wider opening of schools and I am sure that, like me, you have many questions. I write to tell you about Crossley Heath’s current position regarding the wider opening of schools to more students. We are very keen to have all students back in school as soon as it is safely possible. The government has said that the priority for secondary schools is to enable some face-to -face contact for Year 12 and Year 10 students. Unfortunately, there has been no further guidance on what that provision should look like, although we are clear that it will not resemble a normal curriculum.

Currently, there is a great deal of uncertainty about the ability of schools to manage social distancing. You will appreciate that this is a challenge in our wonderful but quirky main building. We will have our risk assessments ready after half term but await Department for Education guidance on what provision may look like.

On Tuesday I received a letter from Julie Jenkins, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for Calderdale, which detailed Calderdale Council’s analysis of the five key tests set by government in preparing for the wider opening of schools. The Council Leader, Lead Member for Children and the Cabinet have taken external legal advice; advice from the Director of Public Health, the Director of Children’s Services and considered the evidence of Mr Rahman Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Education to the Science and Technology Committee, 13 May 2020. Calderdale Council’s view is that, ‘The first [of the Government’s] two tests have been met: the NHS is able to cope, and the death rate is coming down’. However, the Council’s is not assured that the next three tests have been met or will be met by 1st June. Consequently, the Council are advising schools not to open more widely.

I attach the letter from Julie Jenkins for information.

Whilst we do all want our children back in schools as soon as it is safe to do so, I am reassured that Calderdale Council has taken a decisive line and, although as an academy we are not obliged to follow the Council’s advice, Crossley Heath will do so in this instance. A number of councils have moved to a similar position and I expect the national picture will develop over the coming days, hopefully towards some clarity and consensus.

We are continuing to plan for wider opening at some point to Year 10 and Year 12, and eventually to all pupils, and I will continue to update you on developments as we move into the next half term. In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to provide remote learning and pastoral support.

I remind students in Y11, and their parents, that Y11-12 bridging work will be available on the website from 3 June. Students will be contacted directly about how to access this work.
As we arrive at the end of a full half-term as a ‘virtual school’, I would like to recognise the efforts of my staff in enabling the children of key workers to attend school, and in providing remote learning and pastoral support for all students. It is a far from ideal situation and we look forward to the time when we can return to a more normal school life. I am very grateful to you, our parents and carers, for your support for your son or daughter’s remote learning and for your continuing support for the school. We have a wonderful school community in which you all play a much-appreciated part.

I wish you all a pleasant Bank Holiday and half-term break, and wish Eid Mubarak to those of you celebrating the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan next weekend.

Lynnette Cassidy / Headteacher


Update 15th May 2020

I hope that you and your family are safe and well. I mentioned in my previous letter that I would share the feedback from our Remote Learning Parental Survey and am pleased to do so below. I further include advance information about Y11 into Y12 bridging work below.

I confirm that our position with regard to the government’s announcement about Y10 and Y12 potentially having ‘some face to face time’ in school, as detailed in my update on 13th May. has not changed. School remains closed for all children other than those in identified key groups. Following the announcement, we are undertaking the complex and essential work now needed and await further detailed government guidance. We are working with the Local Authority in considering all new information and will communicate what it means for our school with you in due course. Please be assured that the safety of our children, families and staff is our priority.

Remote Learning Survey
Thank you very much to those of you who responded to our survey. I hope it will be of interest to you to see the picture across our school community. Feedback from over 530 responses is, as might be expected, similar to that of the student survey. Click here for the summary of the results for information.

Your feedback indicates that generally our children are coping with the current situation. The majority of students have been able to access their work easily or very easily and are finding the workload manageable. Some parents are assisting their children with work some of the time. Most students are spending between 3 and 6 hours on work per day and are working to a rough routine. The majority of students have not encountered problems with a particular subject. The majority of parents are confident that their child is safe online and do not feel that they need further guidance in this regard.

Obviously we want to make sure that all of our children are coping well with remote learning and have introduced the ‘catch-up and consolidation’ weeks for Years 7-10 to support all students to consolidate learning of the work set to date.

To further support students we introduced some marking and provision of answers and feedback from the start of this term and reduced the volume of work requiring screen time. The overall volume of work for Year 7 has also been reduced for the time being.

Specific issues raised through the survey involving individual students are being followed up with the families concerned. May I remind you that Years 7, 10 and 12 are now able to make direct contact with their teachers if they have questions or queries. Students in Y8 and 9 who are struggling with a particular subject can make that known through the school email admin@crossleyheath.org.uk

If you feel you have any concerns about online safety, or would like information on general well-being please look at the wellbeing and parent zone sections on our website.

Year 11 into 12 bridging work
Y11 into Y12 bridging work will be on our website for all new Y12 students from w/c 1 June and further prep work will be set at the start of July. This will support students preparing for A-level courses next year. Some other sixth-form providers will similarly upload bridging work to their own websites so those Y11 students not coming back should check with their preferred provider. Our work is available on the website for all our Y11 students, of course, but only covers the subjects we offer at A-level. Students will be contacted directly with the details of how to access the work in the w/c 1 June.

Finally, I have been bowled over by the fortitude, maturity, and good nature of our students from the moment the closure of schools took place. They have demonstrated strength of character, self-motivation and compassion in the weeks since and are a credit to you and the school. The relaxation of some of the lock-down rules this week, together with the government’s announcements, whilst welcome in some respects, has created new uncertainties and potential new challenges for many families. Please do remain vigilant with regard to your child’s mental health and well-being. If you feel your child would benefit from support with his or her well-being or coping with the current situation, please do not hesitate to contact our pastoral staff: Mr O’Connor [n.oconnor@crossleyheath.org.uk], Mrs Armitage [e.armitage@crossleyheath.org.uk], Mrs Griggs [e.griggs@crossleyheath.org.uk] or Ms Rudman (Y12 &Y13) [j.rudman@crossleyheath.org.uk].


Update 13th May 2020

First of all, I hope that you and your family are well. Thank you once again for your continued support over recent weeks. Following Sunday’s announcement and further information starting to be shared by the Government about the possible provision of ‘some face to face’ support in school for Y10 and Year 12 students, we await further details from the Department for Education.

I attach a letter from Julie Jenkins, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Calderdale and Mark Randall, Assistant Director Education and Inclusion which explains the latest position and includes a link to the latest DfE guidance for parents and carers.

For convenience, I also include the link to the DfE guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

It is very important to stress that at this stage, nothing has changed and schools remain closed for all children other than those in identified key groups. We will be working with the Local Authority in considering all new information and will communicate what it means for our school with you in due course.
Please be assured that the safety of children, families and staff is our priority.

I ask therefore that you allow us some time to undertake the complex and essential work that is now needed and seek to reassure you that we will be communicating with you once that work can be shared.

Thank you to those of you who responded to our parent/carer survey in relation to remote learning. We are currently processing the feedback and will share this with you as soon as we are able. In the meantime, pastoral and support staff have started to make contact with individual families where responses indicated that this would be helpful.
Thank you again for all your support and patience at this time.

Lynnette Cassidy
Headteacher

 


Update 28th April 2020

Please see the following two letters from our Head teacher:

Letter to parents about remote working
Information from Department Leaders on marking and feedback


Update 20th April 2020

Year 11 & 13 letter: 20/4/2020

Welcome back to what is our first virtual start to a term! We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and well. The Easter ‘break’ was certainly a very different experience for us all. We hope you enjoyed talking or ‘meeting’ with family and friends over the internet and were able to take advantage of the lovely weather, albeit very locally, to get some exercise in the sunshine.

Reminder to students: check your emails, particularly at the start of the week, to find instructions from your teachers about your work. Also watch out for competitions and other information from school on email and our Twitter feed.

We are very conscious that remote working is challenging for everyone, particularly for young people who are away from their friends and their teachers. We’re trying very hard to balance the volume and nature of the work that we’re setting whilst being mindful of home circumstances and well-being. Accordingly, we are preparing a review of remote working to identify any changes we could make for the benefit of students. Please look out for emails about the review and please do respond if you can, we want as full a picture as possible to inform any developments to our home study processes.

Given the indefinite length of the lock-down, we are also considering how best we might support students more directly, particularly those in Y12 and Y10, with feedback about the work they are doing at home. We will provide more information about this in due course.

There are many unknowns about when and how schools will re-open, however, please be assured that we are planning for a range of eventualities. Our key principles are to support the well-being of our students, to mitigate the impact of the closure on their learning and, and for Years 11 and 13, to ensure their successful progression.

Important information for parents and students: Years 11 and 13
Please refer to the tab ‘Awarding GCSE and A Level grades summer 2020’ on our website.
There are two important letters: a letter to Year 13 students from Mrs Doig, and a letter from Mr Brownlie to the parents of Y11 students. These both give the latest detailed information about awarding GSCE and A-level grades this summer.

There are two key points from these letters which we also include here:

Study leave:
We have decided that Year 11 and Year 13 Study leave will go ahead as planned (Y13 from 15 May and Y11 from 7 May). This means that students in these year groups are not expected to attend school during the summer term, except in the unlikely event that the government say it is compulsory for them to attend. Please note appropriate end of school celebrations will be arranged for Y11 and Y13 students once school is open again

Centre Assessed Grades:
Ofqual has made very clear that students and parents are not to contact teachers or pastoral leaders in school to discuss Centre Assessed Grades. This includes requests for additional work or to give information about special consideration. In short, you must not try to influence or seek to influence grades in any way. Accordingly, staff have been expressly instructed to ignore any representations made by students or by parents on their behalf. This is to protect the integrity of the grading process for all students.
We are very grateful that the vast majority of parents and students have, hitherto, been very patient and resilient in not seeking to influence grades in what we recognise are very difficult and frustrating circumstances.

Ofqual has prepared a consultation on the finer details of this year’s examination and grading processes which, whilst very lengthy, you may find of interest: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-seeks-views-on-gcse-and-a-level-grading-proposals-for-2020

Provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers:
As you know, the government directed all schools to close on 20th March 2020 other than to provide emergency childcare. The government guidance states: ‘We have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response who absolutely need to attend.’ There is also provision where a risk assessment deems it is better for a child with an Education Health and Care Plan or one with an assigned Social Worker to attend. The government’s message is very clear: children should stay at home if at all possible – #StayHomeSaveLives

We are currently able to offer emergency childcare for those eligible. The school is open 8.30-3.15 Monday to Friday (please provide a packed lunch or a cold packed lunch can be purchased at school). If you have not booked a place, please email c.heaton@crossleyheath.org.uk
Please note we are not currently able to offer places to children who are of primary school age. However, if you are eligible and unable to find a primary school place for your child, we can work with the local authority to help you find a place. Please email c.heaton@crossleyheath.org.uk

Safeguarding
Please note that safeguarding remains our key priority and it is important that you share any concerns. If you have any safeguarding concerns, as ever, you are free to report these direct to Calderdale MAST via 01422 393336 or MASTadmin@calderdale.gov.uk If you wish to speak directly with Mr Chesters on a safeguarding matter please call on 07789440603

Vouchers for students receiving free school meals
We are delighted that we have, at last, been able to access the FSM voucher scheme and the first vouchers have been sent out. The plan going forward is to the vouchers electronically via email, therefore, it is essential we hold the correct email contact details. Thank you to parents who have already responded to our request to confirm your email address and other contact details. Where parents have not already confirmed, we are trying to make contact by telephone, but this, of course, relies on having your correct phone number.
Please make sure school has your correct email address, the school will not take responsibility for inaccurate information provided which results in vouchers being delivered to the wrong person.

Communications
Please keep an eye on our website, we will continue to update information on the homepage and provide links to relevant or useful guidance, support and resources. Please also watch out for emails and information on our Twitter feed.

To end, we’ve been particularly delighted to be able to provide PPE equipment to the NHS recently. Mr Barber is making equipment in our Design Technology area (suitably socially distanced) and our Science department have supplied masks and goggles to our local GP surgery and the hospitals. Thanks to Mr Barber and Mrs Grant for this fantastic contribution to the general effort against Coronavirus. We would also like to thank all of our staff whether in school or working from home, and all of our wonderful students and parents, for the terrific efforts everyone is making to keep going as normally as possible and support each other, families and friends.


Update 3rd April 2020

We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and well during these difficult times. As you know, the government directed all schools to close on 20th March 2020 other than to provide emergency childcare. The government guidance states: ‘We have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response who absolutely need to attend.’ There is also provision where a risk assessment deems it is better for a child with an Education Health and Care Plan or one with an assigned Social Worker to attend. The government’s message is very clear: children should stay at home if at all possible – #StayHomeSaveLives

We are currently able to offer emergency childcare for those eligible. The school is open 8.30-3.15 Monday to Friday (please provide a packed lunch or a cold packed lunch can be purchased at school). Please note: Our School will be closed on April 10-14. If you have not booked a place, please email c.heaton@crossleyheath.org.uk

Please note that safeguarding remains our key priority and it is important that you share any concerns. If you have any safeguarding concerns, as ever, you are free to report these direct to Calderdale MAST via 01422 393336 or MASTadmin@calderdale.gov.uk  If you wish to speak directly with Mr Chesters on a safeguarding matter please call on 07789440603

Vouchers for FSM Students

We apologise for the delay in sending vouchers to those families on FSM, this has been due to the unavailability at supermarkets to purchase them in bulk and computer system issues. However, the government have now centralised a buying source and we are awaiting our log in details in order to the place the order. Families will receive vouchers for the two weeks we have been closed in the first instance (initially it is anticipated these will come via post) once we have obtained them and we will contact you to let you know when they are being sent. However, the plan longer term will be to start sending these electronically via email, therefore, it is essential we hold the correct email contact details. Please click on the link to provide these so we can cross reference with our school system: https://bit.ly/3dO9Y2x

Please be careful when entering your information as the school will not take responsibility for inaccurate information provided which could result in vouchers being delivered to the wrong person.


Update 24th March 2020

New Government Lockdown Guidance Letter from Julie Jenkins / Calderdale Council

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all the support you have offered to the school over the last week or so.  It has been a difficult time for everyone and I have been immensely impressed by the calmness, maturity and resilience shown by our wonderful students and staff.

The further restrictions announced by Boris Johnson last night are difficult for everybody and I know you will all be concerned about what is to follow.  I have attached a letter for all parents and carers from Julie Jenkins, Calderdale’s Director of Children and Young Peoples’ Services for information.

We are determined to hold together our fantastic school community, of which you are all such as valuable part.  We recognise that it is difficult for students to study alongside family members, possibly sharing computers and work-space.  I said to all students in assembly last week to do their best, that is all we can ask.  Likewise, our staff members are doing their best in similar circumstances.  We will of course review and revisit our home-study arrangements as this period of closure continues.

We will continue to support our critical worker families over the coming weeks.  We are almost ready with a voucher scheme for families of children who are in receipt of free school meals, these families will be contacted individually.

Please keep checking the website for updates.


Update 23rd March 2020

CYP-COVID 19 Parent and Carer Letter from Julie Jenkins, Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

Statement to Year 11 and Year 13 Students from Mrs Cassidy


Update 20th March 2020

School is now closed to all students except those of key workers who are unable to keep their child/ren at home. The Dept for Education have clarified their guidance today to confirm that where key workers can look after their child/ren at home, they should do so.

“Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child”.

The government has now published the full list of who can register their child to attend. The government has made clear that to be eligible one parent/carer must have been told by their employer that they are an essential worker. Please read the guidance carefully.

We will be in direct contact with families who have registered their child/ren’s attendance next week. If your circumstances change, please contact Mrs C Heaton c.heaton@crossleyheath.org.uk

GCSE & A level exams: The examination boards and Ofqual are working on this and have released a statement today. We await further clarity and will update you as soon as we have some definite information. In the meantime, we advise against speculation (which may cause undue anxiety) or engaging with companies/individuals who may be offering to help make sure your child gets the grades they need. We are aware that these kind of offers may be advertised by opportunists. Rest assured, we are determined that all of our students will not be disadvantaged by the current situation.

There are some good emotional health and well-being resources for covid-19 that you and your child may find useful. The Joe Wicks blog gives students access to exercise during their time away from school. Guidance is that it is even more important at this time that physical activity is undertaken for both physical and mental health. Other resources can be found on the school VLE under parents and in the closure 2020 file on the VLE.

And finally, students have been fantastic today. It has been quite an emotional day, for Y11 and Y13 in particular. We have had some lovely photos and a lot of shirt signing. We will, of course, provide a ‘proper’ traditional leavers send off when we can. It has felt very odd to wave goodbye to all of our students in these abrupt circumstances but we have assured them that the school is still here and we are all still part of a great community, albeit a ‘virtual’ one.


Update 2 – 19th March 2020

School will close for all students at 3.15 on Friday, except for provision offered to children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Vulnerable children
We will directly contact parents of the children concerned about the offer of provision.

Children of Key workers
The government is yet to confirm the categories of workers who qualify as ‘key workers’, or whether they will specify, where there are two parents, that both parents must be key workers. In the meantime, we have used our understanding of the likely categories on the linked form below. For the purposes of attendance next week, we will work on the basis that one key worker parent/carer qualifies your child to attend school.

If you are a key worker and intend to send your child to school next week, please advise us as soon as possible and no later than 12:00 noon tomorrow (Friday 20th March) by clicking this link https://tinyurl.com/qt5r6hg and completing the online form to register your child’s attendance. This will enable us to make staffing and catering arrangements. We will then contact parents directly with information about schooling from Monday.
We expect that parents may need to use school provision flexibly over the coming weeks and we will update you on longer-term arrangements in due course. Please note that we may contact your employer for verification of key worker status.

Preparations for closure
We have held assemblies for students in all year groups today. Students were provided with guidance and instructions for home study. The Student Home Study Guide and our previously distributed Home Study Procedure have been made available on our website. The guidance tells students how to access the work set by their teachers. In addition to being set specific subject work, students are able to access general subject-based learning activities, revision strategies and a ‘Help, I’m Stuck!’ Guide.
Please note that teachers will set work weekly for students. Students will then work independently of their teachers and they will assess your child’s learning on their return to school to ensure that every child has made good progress. Year 11 and Year 13 students only will be able to contact their teachers by email with questions and queries about their work during the working day (09:00-15:00).
We will award rewards and merits on return to school. Where students are found to not to have attempted work, sanctions will apply.

A guide for parents to help support your child’s home learning has been made available on the school’s website. We appreciate that your child may be sharing workspace and computer access with other family members. We have advised students to mix their activities over the course of a particular day and over the course of the week so that they have a variety of tasks. This will support their well-being and aid effective learning. It is not necessary for your child to follow the order of their usual timetable as long as they cover the work set for the week.
If your child is ill during the closure period please inform the school by email admin@crossleyheath.org.uk or leave a message on 01422 360272.

Safeguarding
The safeguarding of our students is of paramount importance. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Chesters by email l.chesters@crossleyheath.org.uk or, for serious or immediate concerns about safety of a student, on 07789 440603. Further information on safeguarding, including how to make a MAST referral, is available on the Safeguarding section of our website, under the Well-being tab.

Well-being
Our pastoral and SEN staff will be proactive in contacting students whom we know may require support. Students can refer well-being issues via our website by using the green ‘Are you worried about something’ button at the bottom of our homepage.
If parents are worried about the Mental Health or the Well-being of their child, information, resources and services are on our school website.

Public Examinations (Y11 and Y13)
The government announced last night that public examinations will not take place in May / June. The Federation of Examination Boards are working with Ofqual to determine how final GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded. At present there is no further information about this and accordingly we are unable to respond to any queries. Please rest assured that we will update parents and students as soon as more information becomes available. There is a button on the homepage of our website for Y11 and 13 where we will post examination information as we receive it. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that our students are not disadvantaged by the current situation.

Music Tuition
We are aware that a number of students currently have instrumental tuition lessons in school. Parents of these students will be contacted under separate cover regarding our plans for the continuation pf peripatetic music services.

General
The school will use its website to update parents of any new or changed information, so please check it regularly.

The school phone line and email will be available for urgent messages only.
During closure, the school will operate on the minimum staffing levels needed to ensure the Health and Safety of staff and students, to ensure a positive experience for students who are attending, and for the continuity of essential business. The majority of staff are likely to be working from home, as advised by the government. Many staff have caring responsibilities, may have family members at home and/or be sharing workspace. I am sure you will understand that our capacity will be limited. I therefore ask you to support us by not contacting school or individual staff members unless the matter is urgent.

Following the unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty of the last few days, I have been immensely proud of how our whole school community has responded – with calm resilience and a steadfast determination to overcome the challenges we face. Our students have been magnificent and are a credit to you and the school.


Update 19th March 2020

You will may be aware following the Secretary of State’s announcement, that the school will be closed from Monday.  Schools have been asked to remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  We are awaiting further clarification about this and will update you in due course.  The announcement also confirmed that GCSE and A-level exams will not go ahead in the summer, but that students will definitely receive their qualifications.  Again, we are awaiting clarification about how students’ grades will be determined.  The Federation of Awarding Bodies confirmed this morning that they will be working on this with Ofqual and schools, but it is unclear when definitive information will be available.

The school is running normally today and tomorrow.  Staff are very busy teaching and supporting students whilst also making final preparations for closure.  Your support at this challenging time will be greatly appreciated.  I am sure you will understand that we are unable to respond to individual queries about exams or provision for vulnerable children/children of key workers.

All parents and carers will receive another update, including arrangements for closure, later today.


Update 18th March 2020

The school will open as normal today.

The school will remain fully open unless:

  • We are told to close by the Department for Education or by Public Health England, or
  • Remaining fully open becomes unsustainable or
  • The health and safety of students and staff is compromised

Please see Letter to parents 17th March 2020. Please see our Home Study Procedures in the event of closure

We have made contingency plans for continuity of education in the event that we become partially open or closed.

Parents, students and staff should follow the current DfE/Public Health England (PHE) advice. A copy is attached, or you can use the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19.

Specifically, if your child, or anyone in your household presents, with a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) or a new continuous cough, your household should self-isolate for 14 days.

Please do not send your child to school if they have a continuous cough or a high temperature, or if they have been in contact with someone in your household who has these symptoms. This is to protect the health of staff and students and to ensure that our Health Care Assistant and pastoral staff can continue to work effectively for the benefit of all students.

Please help us further by:

  • Following the Government advice.
  • Checking our website regularly.
  • Avoiding contacting us with general queries about Covid-19, government policy or the government’s advice in relation to Covid -19.
  • Reminding your child about basic hygiene practices, particularly handwashing.

We continue to follow the DfE and PHE guidance for educational settings.

  • We have cancelled/postponed all non-essential school activities and have limited visitor access to the school.
  • We are advising students and staff about the importance of basic hygiene practices, particularly handwashing, on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitisers are provided at key points throughout the school, particularly the dining room and reception area, however, the advice is clear that thorough handwashing remains the most effective method for infection control.
  • PHE posters advising on how to minimise the spread of infection are on display.
  • Our cleaning regime follows PHE guidance. The cleaning rota for our staff prioritises effective cleaning of surfaces.

 


Update 13th March 2020

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, I am writing to update you on the school’s position.

The school is to remain open unless advised otherwise by the Department for Education or by Public Health England. All information and relevant updates will be posted on the school’s website and we will share official guidance and details of our planning at the appropriate times. During this time please help us by refraining from contacting the school with general requests for information regarding Coronavirus.

Parents, students and staff should follow the current advice, a copy of which is attached. You can also use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19. Specifically, if your child presents with any of the symptoms listed in the guidance, ie a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) or a new continuous cough, your child should self-isolate. All other children should attend school as normal. If you are advised by a medical professional that your child needs to self-isolate then please let the school office know about the absence in the normal way. Work will be made available where possible.

We are currently creating contingency plans in order to maintain continuity of education for all our students should we be instructed to close. Further details of how work can be accessed by students in all year groups will be published in due course. Rest assured, appropriate support will be available for students approaching external exams and for those with particular needs. Safeguarding will remain a high priority for all.

In order for further contingency planning to take place with staff, the Y9 Parents’ evening, scheduled for Tuesday 17 March, will be postponed until further notice.

We continue to follow guidance with regard to large gatherings and trips and visits, both locally and abroad. Any changes to plans will be communicated directly to the parents and students involved. With regard to yesterday’s advice about foreign trips being cancelled, we are seeking further clarification and liaising with tour and insurance companies. We will keep parents fully informed as decisions are made.

In the meantime, we advise you to check that your son or daughter can access their school email (and Student Public on the VLE) from home as this is likely to be the principal means by which students and teachers communicate in the event of closure.

As you will appreciate, this is very much a changing picture, with many decisions being made above and beyond school level. Please be confident that we will act in accordance with the Department for Education and Public Health England’s advice in order to keep everybody safe and well.

We anticipate that we will be communicating with you more frequently over the coming days/weeks and will do so via the website. Please check the website on a regular basis to see updated information.

Lynnette Cassidy / Head Teacher

 


12th March 2020

You will be aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19. I can confirm that Crossley Heath does not have any confirmed or any suspected cases of the virus but we remain vigilant.

We are closely monitoring developments, taking our advice from the Department of Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE). A copy of the current guidance issued to schools can be found at the following link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19   This guidance has been shared with our staff and all parents.

In order to reduce the risk for our school community, we ask that students follow the Public Health England guidance on preventing the spread of infection and we have taken the following action:

  • Guidance from DFE and PHE has been shared with staff, governors and parents.
  • Our school nurse is available to speak to parents with specific queries.
  • We are advising students and staff about the importance of basic hygiene practices, particularly handwashing on a regular basis. Students are receiving further lessons based on PHE guidance.
  • Hand sanitisers are provided at key points throughout the school, particularly the dining room and reception area, however, the advice is clear that thorough handwashing remains the most effective method for infection control.
  • PHE posters advising on how to minimise the spread of infection are on display.
  • Our cleaning regime follows PHE guidance. The cleaning rota for our staff prioritises effective cleaning of surfaces. We have ordered wipes for keyboards.
  • Handshaking will not take place between staff/parents/visitors as a precautionary measure for all concerned.

We have a variety of exciting trips and visits coming up over the coming months. We can understand that there may be some concern from some parents about travelling abroad. Current PHE advice is that these should go as planned unless we are advised to the contrary by PHE/the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

If you have visited any of the countries which are affected by the outbreaks (as included in the above hyperlink), or are unwell and have been advised to self-isolate, please inform the school and follow the guidance issued by Public Health England.

We will continue to share updates to the DfE/PHE and will, of course, inform you should anything change.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Lynnette Cassidy / Head Teacher