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Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus update - Thursday 19th March 2020

Closure of Schools

As you will know, the Government has announced that schools will close from the end of tomorrow, except to vulnerable students, those with EHCPs and students whose parents/carers fall into the category of essential workers.  We await further clarification from the authorities on this but these include:

  • NHS workers
  • Health workers
  • Police Officers
  • Essential delivery drivers

We will be emailing all parents/carers this afternoon to ascertain who comes under the essential worker category so that we can plan our provision for these children.

Exams

We are working with the Department for Education to get more clarity on what the arrangements will be for students in Year 11 and 13 who would have been taking exams in this summer.  At this stage we have asked our students to continue with the hard work they are doing to prepare for exams as we are anticipating testing of some sort to be carried out at some time in the future.  We understand that students may be upset about this sudden and unexpected change to their plans and we are doing our best to support them through this.  We will communicate information to students and parents when we receive it which we expect will be towards the end of next week.

Meals for Children Eligible for Free School Meals

Again, we await confirmation from the Local Authority and Department for Education on how a voucher system will operate and will communicate this when we receive it.  Again, it may take some days to receive clarity.

Download our letter to parents/carers Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Coronavirus update – Tuesday 17th March 2020

  • We still have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at the Academy.
  • The Academy remains open and we are continuing to take all necessary precautions to protect our students and staff.
  • Student attendance dropped yesterday but the same level of attendance has been maintained today.
  • Government guidance has changed for those who have symptoms (new, continuous cough and high temperature) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/:
  • In summary, if your child or anyone else in the same household has these symptoms, they should stay at home for 14 days.  Please let us know if this is the case by phoning 020 8875 2600, option 1 or emailing natalie.stearn@southfieldsacademy.com

Coronavirus update - Monday 16th March 2020

We understand that parents and carers will be concerned about their children and the spread of Coronavirus.  Please be assured that we are continuing to take all precautions and we have no confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus within the Academy community.

The guidance we are receiving from the Government and Public Health England remains the same – schools should remain open. 

We are, however, making changes to some activities at the Academy:

  • Non-essential trips will not be going ahead
  • Assemblies will not take place
  • Year 10 Parents’ Evening, which was due to take place on Thursday 19th March, has been cancelled and reports for Year 10 students will be sent home
  • Non-essential visitors will not be able to visit the Academy
  • We continue to encourage students to wash their hands regularly, or to use hand sanitiser as the most effective way of keeping safe.  We will also be speaking to them about ‘social distancing’ i.e. not making physical contact with each other, not sharing drinks/food etc.  You can support us by discussing this at home where social distancing amongst families should also be encouraged.

We will continue to follow the guidance from the Government and will communicate any changes to you.

If your child is ill and/or displaying symptoms of the virus (a high temperature and a new, continuous cough), please see the updated guidance here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ You can also find the Government's action plan on this page.

We will continue to keep you updated when new information is released.

Thank you for your support.

Wanda Golinska
Headteacher