Update: Coronavirus/ Covid 19
Please check here for updates on advice to schools and parents on the Covid 19/Coronavirus. The school will be closed to students from Friday 20th March 2020. That means that there will be NO lessons tomorrow. We are inviting students to come into school at the times below so that they can collect folders, exercise books and other materials they will need to continue their learning at home.
Each year group is invited in at a specific time:
Year 11: 10am
Year 10: 11am
Year 9: 12pm
Year 8: 1pm
Year 7: 2pm
Home Study Letter from school 19th March 2020: please click here for more info
Keeping Fit Letter from school 19th March 2020: please click here for more info
Letter from the school 19th March 2020 to All Years: please click here for more info
Letter from the school 19th March 2020 to Year 11: please click here for more info
Letter from the school 18th March 2020: please click here for more info
Letter from the school 17th March 2020: please click here for more info
Letter from Hackney 17th March 2020: please click here for more info
Letter from the school 28th February 2020: please click here for more info
CLICK HERE: SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION (if the school needs to partially or fully close)
CLICK HERE: REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION (how your child can access learning if there is a school closure)
How do I know if I have coronavirus? Watch this short video: CLICK
Students and staff are expected in school unless they meet any of the criteria below. If your child is absent from school as they or the family have had to self-isolate in accordance with the guidelines below please inform the school and the absence will be recorded as Y - unable to attend due to exception circumstance.
Self-Isolate with mild symptoms
- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on the school site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be be sent home
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice
As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:
- against all but essential travel to Italy
- against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
- against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
- against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19
Advice for Returning Travellers
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:
- anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March
- specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days
- Iran in the last 14 days
- Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
- Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild:
- Italy (outside specific areas in northern Italy) before 9 March
- mainland China outside of Hubei province
- South Korea outside of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan
- Hong Kong
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
See COVID-19: specified countries and areas for more information and maps of specific areas.
Specific areas in northern Italy:
- Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo and Como)
- the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna)
- Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche)
- Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte)
- Padova, Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)
This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical Officers. 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.
For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.
Read more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Department for Education have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Government Coronavirus action plan
On the 3rd March 2020 the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The document includes:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
- the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
No school closure
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Ofqual: Public Exams
Statement from Ofqual: "We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible."
Where to find further advice:
- Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
- Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
- Advice can also be found at the Coronavirus Services for Schools webpage and the Hackney Learning Trust’s website providing advice and guidance for schools & settings.