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Coronavirus Update - Oak Hill School arrangements during School Closure 20th March 2020

20th March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

As you will have heard, the government has now announced the closure of all schools to students, other than those who are dependants of key workers or from vulnerable groups, from the end of the school day on Friday 20 March. A full list of Key Workers as defined by the government can be found in appendix one. 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 an EHCP.

We have a significant number of staff who are unable to work due to pre-existing medical conditions which could make them vulnerable to severe illness or death from COVID-19; they will not be at work. In addition to these some members of staff are required to self-isolate because they (or members of their household) are displaying symptoms. This already significant number has increased every day since Monday 16th March and that trend will only continue.

 

Oak Hill School itself will therefore not be open to pupils from Monday 23rd March 2020.   However, provision will be available for pupils at Pavilion Meadway in High Barnet, telephone number, (020 8359 5240) between the hours of 10am and 2pm on weekdays.

 

Please let us know as soon as possible by phoning the school office on 020 8361 4639, or by emailing office@apoakhill.org.uk if your child falls into one of the above categories and you would like them to access the provision at Pavilion Meadway.  We can then make arrangements for this and will forward more details to you.  If however, you are able to look after your child safely at home during this difficult time, it would greatly help us.

 

We have done, and will continue to, provide work for pupils.  This has consisted of packs, which have been posted to your household, and more work will be sent after the Easter break.  We also greatly encourage pupils to access learning via the school website where under the Curriculum tab they can access the following online learning portals:

 

 

BBC Bitesize

My Maths

Lexia Literacy

 

The school website address is:

 

www.apoakhill.org.uk

 

After the Easter break, we will be setting up further online learning technology, which all pupils will be able to access.  We will send out full details of this as soon as it is available.

 

We are awaiting further Government guidance how we can guarantee and provide the provision of meals for our students currently receiving free school meals. This may be vouchers, food packs that can be sent home, or allowing those pupils onto site for a food provision that we will supply. Again, once we have further clarity we will communicate this out.

 

There is speculation regarding London going into ‘lock down’ in the near future. Should this be the case, we will communicate the guidance accordingly to those who will be affected (the vulnerable and Key Worker dependants) once we have full information.

 

Wishing you and your families well over this difficult time.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Kevin Grant

 

 

Kevin Grant

Head

Appendix One

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

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be considered for education provision in a manner that is practical and safe.

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 arms 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, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

 

 

 

Dear Parents

As you will be aware, yesterday the Government significantly changed its advice regarding Coronavirus. 

The new medical advice is:

  • Anyone with symptoms should self isolate for 7 days (no change)
  • If anyone in a household has symptoms, the rest of the household should self-isolate for 14 days (the longer time is to allow time for new symptoms to start and finish). 
  • Self-isolation means staying indoors and not even shopping for food or essentials.  Further details are here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  • Those who are pregnant, over 70 or have underlying health issues should stay off work for 12 weeks (not in self isolation but to avoid risk of infection)
  • All unnecessary social contact and travel should be avoided by everyone, including pubs, restaurants, theatres etc
  • However, schools are to remain open for the present

I will update this information as soon as I receive any further advice and guidance.

Kevin Grant, Head

 

Update - 16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Re: Update on coronavirus measures

 

As the situation with coronavirus continues to develop, below is an update on the measures we are taking to limit the spread of the virus.

We have had no confirmed cases of coronavirus in either school community, but nonetheless we have decided to take precautions beyond the advice we have had from the government. Although I want to limit the disruption to pupil’s education and normal school life, there are young people and adults in our community with extra risk factors and we have to do what we can to protect them.

The school’s coronavirus risk management plan operates on a staged approach, which I am reviewing daily with input from key staff and the Board of Trustees.  We are now moving the school to a higher stage of precaution.

 

Hygiene

 

We continue to take the following measures:

  • Keeping windows open where possible to increase ventilation
  • Ensuring pupils are washing their hands thoroughly throughout the day as advised by Public Health England:
  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at school
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving school

 

Pupils with symptoms or contact

 

  • If your child has a high temperature or continuous cough, they must stay at home for seven days. Please also keep siblings off school during this time
  • If your child has come into contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (somebody who has tested positive), they must stay home for 14 days
  • In either of these situations, please notify the school of the reasons for absence
  • We will send home any pupil who develop a fever or cough; please collect them as quickly as possible

School closure

 

We have no information about whether schools will be closed. This is a decision for the government but we will stay open for as long as we can. In case of school closure:

  • Home learning activities and resources will be shared through the school website
  • Revision packs for all students are being prepared and will be sent home in the event of school closures alongside links to access to online learning
  • Regular contact will be made by staff with all families through phone calls and text messages

All our staff will keep working hard to ensure pupils are having a positive learning experience at school, but I hope you understand why sensible measures are now needed to slow any spread of the virus among the wider community. We will keep you updated as the situation develops.

In the meantime, if you or your family needs any support from the school community please do get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Grant

Head

 

 

Dear Parents

We have received today updated advice concerning Coronavirus, particularly with regard to people who have recently returned from travel abroad (including northern Italy).  In view of the recent half term holiday, we ask parents to check the advice below and follow the instructions as stated.  If any of these apply to you (whether or not there any symptoms) please inform us as quickly as possible so that we can consider any further precautions to protect the school community. We continue to monitor official advice and will keep parents up to date with any further developments.

Returning travellers

  1. Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. 

    SAGE are carrying out enhanced monitoring of direct flights from these areas. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.  These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

 

  1. If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
    • Iran
    • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
    • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
    • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

 

  1. If you have returned from areas listed below since 19th February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home, avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

Yours sincerely

Kevin Grant, Head

 

 

 

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