Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

Myself and my Senior Leaders in school are meeting at least daily each morning and an update will be sent out at the end of each day to parents/carers, to avoid you being bombarded with emails once the Prime Minister has conducted his daily briefing . Please, whilst I know you are all worried, I reiterate that I am unable to offer you personal advice and you must do what you feel is best for you and your family.

Guidance from the NHS (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/)

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms, 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

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at 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.

Partial Closures for the rest of the week

We have seen a sharp rise in staff absences today due to the new guidance issued by the Government on 16.3.20. We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, however our staffing levels have reduced due to staff self isolation and/ or belonging to vulnerable groups. Therefore, unfortunately,  the levels of staffing are not sufficient to provide education and supervision to the whole school on any given day.

  • It is with regret that we will be closed tomorrow to Year 9 students only on Wednesday 18.3.20 for 1 day.
  • If staffing levels continue to fall we reserve the right to continue closing the school to year groups but would aim to do this on a rotation avoiding Year 11, so no one year group is overly affected.
  • Our plan, at this moment, is to close to Year 8 pupils only on Thursday 19.3.20 and close to Years 8 and 9 only on Friday 20.3.20, but this may change due to staffing and Government announcements.  Work will be set on ClassCharts for students to access from home. We really appreciate parents understanding at such a difficult time.
  • We have made the decision at this time to leave Year 7 in school as it is unlikely parents will be able to find child care for them.
  • Likewise we feel Year 10 and 11 need to be in school preparing for their GCSEs at this time, however we may review this next week.
  • It is not my decision to close the school, it is the Government and at present we are supporting the Government’s strategy to stay open for as long as we can.


Working from home:

  • Resources are being uploaded onto Class Charts and Google Classroom.
  • If your child has forgotten their logins please contact itsupport@crestwood.hants.sch.uk 
  • Please be patient with staff as they endeavour to upload work to be accessible for students.
  • If your child is ill they are not required to complete any work until they are well enough to do so.
  • If your child is self-isolating then we would encourage them to self study at home via this method. 
  • If your child does not have access to the internet please contact justine.sayers@crestwood.hants.sch.uk so we can organise, in time, paper booklets to be collected.


We have taken the following additional action until we break for Easter:

  • Internal Exclusion has been suspended to free up staffing in school but behaviour issues will still be dealt with in line with our policy.  
  • No trips/training courses/conferences will be attended by anyone in school.  
  • Assemblies will be suspended until further notice.
  • Practical food lessons will be suspended at the moment as we appreciate various items are in short supply in the shops which parents are struggling to purchase. 


Year 11 Mock Exams

Year 11 mock exams have been suspended from today.  We do not know at the moment what will happen with regard to GCSEs and are awaiting government and Ofqual guidance.  We will update parents as soon as we have any information to give you.


Easter Revision Schools

There will be no Easter revision schools for Year 11.


Free School Meals (FSM) in the result of closure

  • Today, before the Prime Ministers briefing, myself and my team have been working tirelessly to secure food items to enable parents, who qualify for FSM, to be able to feed their families in the event of enforced closure by the Government. 
  • If we do not close the offer will be available to those in isolation, who qualify for FSM.
  • We understand this will be a very difficult time for all families, in particular those who claim free school meals and wish to support you fully. The packs will contain a range of tinned and packet goods that can be easily used to provide suitable lunches for a week. 
  • Should schools be instructed to close and if there is no further guidance from the government, we plan to use FSM money to put together these packs of food for all families of children with FSM.  We will organise how these will be collected/delivered and let families know.


Attendance

We have been given a Y code for all students who are off due to having symptoms or a family member having symptoms of the virus.  Please do not worry about your child’s attendance being affected as this will not go against them if they usually have good attendance.

Any child who is off because of vulnerable parents/siblings etc. will receive an authorised absence (C Code).


Deep cleaning/routine cleaning

  • The site team has a regular cleaning routine on both campuses, which includes cleaning toilets and any areas that are touched regularly like door handles, handrails  every 1.5 hours throughout the day.  
  • Keyboards in IT rooms are also being cleaned after every period throughout the day.
  • IPads will not be used for the foreseeable future as we do not have the manpower to do these as well as the keyboards.


I would like to say, on behalf of myself and my team, that your support has been reassuring and very much welcomed. We will endeavour to support all of you in our #Crestwoodfamily. We will update you again tomorrow. Please stay safe and take the actions that you feel you need to for the sake of your family.

Krista Dawkins
Head Teacher