Coronavirus Update – 20th March – Update for next week

Dear Parents/ Carers,

It was lovely to speak to many of you today and I know other staff doing calls appreciated the many positive things that were said about the college and our community.

Many staff have been delivering packs of work for students and this will continue next week.

 

If your young person is not here next week:

Please use the work packs they have been sent home with and the on line learning on the website. We will also release activities/ ideas/ structure/ advice on our Facebook page, twitter feed and website, including advice from other families. This is aimed at all members of your family.

We will contact you by phone and email to check that all is going as well as possible. If families are self-isolating and need shopping: please tell the person making the call; we will try and sort that for you. We will also do home visits (staff cannot come in) they are just checking all is well. Part of our aim is to ensure that we maintain a sense of belonging, continuity and community.

 

If your young person is here next week:

You will get a text confirming this before we go home this evening.

They will have transport as usual (but it may not be the usual team).

They will be provided with lunch (at no cost: the thinking is that those who are NHS workers are working long shifts and may not have time to do shopping).

We will provide an activity/ care/ fun/ education programme. It will consist of three double lessons, using the normal time slots in college.

College will be 8 45am til 2 50pm.

Staff will change regularly and will not be the normal teams.

We will also speak to homes regularly to check on you.

 

Challenges:

We are experiencing a number of challenges going forward in relation to staff being able to access key worker support in other schools; simply due to the number of staff who need to self-isolate. This will mean that we may need to reduce the number of students going forward who we are catering for. Many special schools across the country have risk assessed the situation and decided to close. We and all of the team are trying to be as flexible as possible while being able to keep risks as low as possible. Please be understanding.

Thank you for your support, understanding and flexibility in these unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely


Phillip Potter

Headteacher