Fallibroome Trust Schools’ Position Statement (19th May 2020)

UPDATED: 22nd May 2020: Please read the updated information

Please read the Statement


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance on helping secondary school children continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We have updated our guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A coronavirus test can be booked here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings

We have published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June, at the earliest.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers


Proposals for the Partial Reopening of Schools

Prime Minister has proposed a partial re-opening of schools, for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st, alongside priority groups; and ‘some face to face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 students’. I stress the word ‘from’ as, in the event of wider access, it will be necessary for schools to close to pupils and engage staff in training and planning in the first couple of days of the month.
CEO’s Letter to Parents, Guardians and Students (May 12th 2020)


 

Coronavirus update
Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the resources and support available to help parents educate their children at home.

 


 

Prime Minister’s Speech and its Implications our Schools

In the light of the speech to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of the 23rd March 2020, it is now essential that we enforce the rules that he has set out for the country in order to keep your children and our staff as safe as we possibly can.

Therefore we now need to ask again that you do not bring your child to school unless both parents/carers are key workers or in a single parent family, where that parent is a key worker.  You must also have explored all other options for childcare, school must be a last resort.  In addition, you are reminded that your child should only be in school on the days you need them to be – if you work part time, your child should be at home when you are.

These tighter measures are essential to keep the children, their families and our staff safe.  We will be reducing the staff on site to the absolute minimum.

Thank you so much for the overwhelming support you are already showing to our schools in these unusual and challenging times – it is much appreciated.

 


 

Please see the latest Government advice below relating to cancellation of public examinations and provision of free school meals.

Update on assessments and examinations

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

New free school meals guidance

We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.

Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.

Staying at home guidance

Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and asked people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others


 

Further Government Advice

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/2020-03/V4%20Coronavirus%20advice%20for%20schools%20poster%20020302%20EDU15.0.4%20%282%29.pdf

​As of 12 March, the government advice is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

The advice is not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  You do not need to contact NHS 111 unless your symptoms worsen after 7 days.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Government is stressing the need for thorough hand washing and has released this advice:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

The Department for Education has opened a help line 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: 
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The majority of people self-isolating in the UK at the moment are not unwell and will not develop the Coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 


 

Latest Update/check 22nd May 2020, 11:00