School closure for students all year groups – Effective from Friday 20th March 2020 3:30pm
Further to the latest government advice I can confirm the school will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 at 3:30pm for students in all year groups for the vast majority of students.
We will aim to remain open for all year groups until this point but will as previously advised communicate via text and email if the situation should change before tomorrow.
The school will provide educational provision from Monday 23rd March for the children of Key Workers (see below for more details), and students that have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or are currently receiving support by Social Care.
We will remain open for students who are the children of Key Workers – for example, Medical, nursing and paramedic / ambulance staff, delivery drivers, Workers in Adult Social Care, Social Workers, Teachers, Health Care Assistants and Administrators in GP practices / Clinics Childminders (Certificate of Registration) Nursery Staff (PVI) Fire and Police officers – who cannot make other childcare arrangements to come to school as normal for as long as we possibly can. The local authority advice is that colleagues in these professions should show work identification where possible to confirm their eligibility for this (this has to be an email from a work email address).
To allow the school to create an effective plan for the education of Key worker children please indicate if you intend to send your child to school by the end of school tomorrow by emailing [email protected]. Once I have the declarations from these parents I will communicate directly with our next steps for these children. We will not be able to make provision without accompanying identification.
We have already communicated with you our detailed plans outlining how we will continue to set learning activities via our online platforms for students and have instructed all students on the key expectations in the event of a closure. Teachers will be asked to set the home learning for each of their classes ready to be started on Monday morning.
We have been fortunate to be in contact with teachers in different parts of the world that have been teaching online for the last five weeks. Their advice is that although the initial few days are challenging, students soon adapt to the new way of working. We will be monitoring use of the learning platforms, and we will be in contact if work is not completed by the deadlines set. Students do have to learn to be more independent, and in the long term this is certainly a positive development, as they need to take more responsibility for their own learning as they progress through the school.
Please find attached a letter outlining how parents can support their child’s well-being during a school closure. This letter is very important as it also outlines how to report concerns regarding safeguarding. This includes a leaflet on supporting young people through a variety of key agencies.
Student work will be set on Show My Homework by 8:30am on Monday 23rd March. Students will be expected to follow their daily timetable to complete the work. For Years 7, 8, 9 & 10, the work is designed to take approximately 5 hours for each subject to complete. Work will be set on Monday morning and classroom teachers will check SMHW daily to answer any student questions via the comments function in SMHW. For Years 11, 12 & 13, lessons will be uploaded by 8:30am each morning, following the daily school timetable. Teachers will check SMHW daily to answer any student questions.
All students need to ensure they have correct log in details for Show My Homework as this will be the key area for posting work and communication with teachers. If there are any issues accessing Show My Homework then please email Mr Dominé ([email protected]) or Miss Bardsley ([email protected]) who will be able to provide a new pin.
We appreciate the huge disappointment and distress after the news that public exams will not be happening in May and June. As per the latest government announcement, there is no clear final guidance on how examination outcomes will be decided. When I have further information this will be communicated to parents. Therefore, our expectation is that Year 11s and 13s continue working on the online platforms until further notice. Guidance on UCAS and applications to our 6th Form will also follow in the near future.
I know this is a stressful time for many people and I would like to thank you once again for maintaining a sense of calm and confidence in the school’s management of this unusual situation. We are grateful for your continued support in this complex and evolving situation. We will continue to update you as and if the requirements or advice changes and we will continue to follow government advice.
Avanti House School