Update 27/03/20 – 11:30
We are pleased to inform you that we have now set in place firmer arrangements for Year 10 Distance Learning with the aim to bring on more year groups just after Easter. We want to get this right and ensure students are engaging well. There are more details on our Distance Learning page linked above.
All parents should be receiving check-in phone calls from the school over the coming week.
Update 24/03/20 – 15:00
Sorry it has been a while since our last update. Please take note of the important information below and in our latest letter.
To all our families eligible for FSM. You should receive an email in the next 24 hours. This is a Tesco voucher with credit to support you and your child until the Easter holidays. If we do not hold an email for you we have posted you a voucher. If you have any questions please contact your child’s Pastoral Mentor.
In the letter below you will find further details of:
- Community support through this link
- Tutor check-ins
- Distance learning advice
Wishing you all well from us here at Springwest.
Update 20/03/20 – 14:30
A reminder that if your child usually receives free school meals we will provide a packed lunch until the government’s voucher scheme starts. Packed lunches can be collected from the school site each day between 11.30 and 1.00 from this Monday.
We have now made contact with all families that contacted us to check that they have made provision for their children. We now have a small register of children attending school on Monday. If you believe that you should have been contacted please email us at email@example.com.
We will be setting out further guidance for parents to support Distance Learning next week.
We have produced an updated closure letter linked below.
Update 20/03/20 – 8:00
We have now received further information from the government as to the expectations of provision for key workers. You can read the full advice here. We have digested the key points for you below:
- Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Key worker groups are set out below, you are recommended to check with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements your role continues to be essential.
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services (justice system, undertakers etc)
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Full details of these categories can be found here.
If your child is unable to be safely cared for at home and you intend to send them to school on Monday please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or on our text number 07860 055 215.
Update 19/03/20 – 15:30
Our notice of closure letter can now be seen in full by clicking on the button below. Please read the information carefully. Whilst we are waiting furhter guidance, it would help us if you could email email@example.com and let us know if you think you are a key worker needing to continue sending your child to school.
Should you have any questions in the days ahead please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or on our text number 07860 055 215.
Update 18/03/20 – 20:00
Following the daily press announcement from the Prime Minister we now know that all schools will be closed from the end of the school day on Friday. We will continue with school as planned until this point.
Exams have been cancelled. We understand the anxiety this may cause. However, no student will be disadvantaged and we will update you further on this as soon as we are able.
Update 18/03/20 – 15:30
We have been informed that the government will be making an announcement on school plans at 5pm today. We do not know what this message will say but we will update the website as soon as we know.
As we are facing increasing pressure to cover lessons we will be finishing lessons at 3:10pm on Thursday 19th March. This will allow staff time to prepare effectively for the following day. We will still intend to open for Years 7, 10 and 11.
These are difficult times and we do rely upon communication so we will try to keep you informed as much as possible. We will always be here to support you so do please contact us if you are worried or have any queries.
Update 17/03/20 – 14:00
As you will be aware the new rules around household isolation are that if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus, you must all self-isolate for 14 days. As a result some nurseries have already had to close. We have also been significantly affected by staff absence today. We are aware that the rest of the week will see an increase in staff absence.
Therefore we have made the decision to close school for all Year 8 and 9 students from tomorrow – Wednesday 18th March. In the first instance, this arrangement for partial closure will remain in place until the end of the week, Friday 20th March. It is likely to be extended but we will keep you updated on a daily basis.
We have made this decision to best support working parents with students in Year 7 and to minimise disruption for KS4 students studying for their GCSEs. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.
Students in Year 8 and 9 have been provided with work booklets from English, maths and Science to support over the coming days. In time it may be necessary for us to activate our Distance Learning plans which can be found here.
Please continue to check our website for further information and updates.
Hounslow Youth Counselling services have put together some useful information to support children at this time. Please click here.
Update 17/03/20 – 7:30
We are pleased to inform you that we are open as normal today.
Please be aware of the changing guidance from the government. If anyone in your household has a temperature above 37.8 celsius or a new continuous dry cough the whole house must now enter a 14 day isolation period. If this affects you please text your child’s details to 07860 055 215 and we will make the register accordingly.
These new measures may put pressure on our staffing but we will keep this under constant review.
Update 16/03/20 – 14:30
We have just received our latest guidance from the DfE, full details can be seen here.
The headlines are as follows:
- 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
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
- unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open
Apologies for the spelling error in our text to parents this morning. We intended to ask for your ‘calm support’, not that you take to your fancy dress cupboard and impersonate a shellfish offering ‘clam support’.
Let us start by stating to all parents in our community that the school will be here to support you through the coming months of uncertainty. We think it is important that we stand with you and offer as much support as we are able to. For instance, we are currently already planning a continuation of an offering of Free School Meals for those in receipt of this benefit. We will update this page regularly.
We have received an understandable increased absence in relation to concerns about the spread of COVID19. We would remind parents to continue to follow the government advice. If your child has a new, continuous dry cough, or a fever above 37.8 celsius you must isolate your child for 7 days. We are expecting all other students to attend as normal.
We met with all staff this morning asking for them to offer reassurance to students. We would remind you that the statistics currently indicate that 4 in 5 people contracting COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms. Currently the most at risk groups are those aged over 60.
We have put together the following letter to provide as much information as we can to support parents at this time.
All future updates will be posted on this page so please bookmark it to return to.
We are as prepared as we can be at this stage to deal with the next phase of COVID-19. We have no more information than you do currently.
What do we think will happen
We believe the most likely scenarios involve a partial closure as a result of the number of staff that may self-isolate. We would communicate messages home via our website and text message service. We stress that it remains ‘business as usual’ until you hear directly from us.
Should I send my child to school if they are unwell?
The government are requesting that if you have either a high temperature, a new, continuous cough you should stay at home for 7 days. Do not call 111 or visit a doctor, pharmacy or hospital unless you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days. When reporting absence to the school please do so in the normal way, being really specific about the symptoms your child has.