Dear Parents/Carers,

Latest update – 31st March

I wanted to write to you all to thank you for your support over the last two weeks. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and I feel that as a community we have really pulled together. We will be continuing to set work over the next week on Google Classroom, I have been really pleased with the feedback that I have received from staff about the quality of the work that is being produced. Again thank you! I really want to stress that if your child has tried hard but doesn’t understand a piece of work or a concept, that they will not be disadvantaged and we will go over key areas again when we are back in school. Mrs Page and Mrs McGhie will be sending out a letter regarding Google Classroom later this week as we move forward.

I am really proud that the school has been open to key workers’ children over the last week.
We have averaged around 16 pupils in school and we will continue to offer the same support this week.

With the NHS operating at capacity, the emergency services stretched and other key workers supporting the fight against coronavirus, I do feel that we are making an important contribution by offering this service. I am going to continue to support key workers by opening the school over Easter. I would like to place on record my thanks to the staff that have volunteered to come in over the holiday period.

The Studley High staff have produced a number of short videos that have been shared on social media (Twitter and Facebook). Social media is a great way to keep up to date with things that are happening at the school, if you do not already follow then now might be a great time. Thank you for all you support.

Mr Eost
Headteacher


22nd March

School is closed tomorrow. Do not send pupils into school unless you have clearance to do so. Essential cover for key workers only.


19th March

I am sure that you have all heard the recent announcement by the government that schools are closing and that there be no summer exams. At the moment we are unsure and need to seek clarity around what arrangements will be made for this cohort. We will be working tirelessly over the next couple of days to gain understanding.
We would like all Year 11s (apart from pupils who are ill or the family is self-isolating) in school tomorrow so that we can talk to them about the situation and reassure them.
I appreciate this is a very difficult and unsettling time and promise that your child is our absolute priority. We will update you continually through the next few days.

This information was disseminated this morning: Coronavirus – message to parents or carers 19th March 2020


18th March

Coronavirus – GCSE Update

Although there has been a lot of communication regarding updates around Coronavirus, I appreciate I have not written to just Year 11 parents/carers with an update regarding GCSE exams.

Essentially the Government is still forming contingency plans around examinations and controlled assessment, and these have not been released to schools.

The latest advice from Ofqual is:

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.

If there is a decision made by the Government for all schools to close, please ensure your child is accessing all resources available and work provided online, and is revising at home. Staff can be contacted by email if your child needs to liaise with them.

I can assure you that Year 11 continues to be our priority. I fully understand the anxiety the current situation is causing parents and pupils. I will contact you again as soon as I have any further information or updates.


17th March

I have been carefully monitoring staff levels based on requirements for staff to self-isolate. Unfortunately, we are now in a position whereby in order to maintain a safe school environment, I have had to take the difficult decision to implement the following teaching continuity plan:

School is now closed for all pupils in Yr 8 & 10 on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, and they are to follow the Teaching and Learning home plan as emailed to parents yesterday from Mrs A Page.

Teachers are working hard to get the Google Classroom app ready to go for all pupils. This will be fully functional in the next 24 hours. We are working hard to ensure that laptops/internet provision is available for those that need it (priority will be given to certain year groups). Please see this document for other learning tasks that can be completed if IT is an issue.

Pupils in Yr 7, 9 (currently doing exams) & 11 are to attend school as normal and will follow their current timetables.

I am meeting the Leadership Team every morning at 6.45am where we evaluate any further developments overnight. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused but I am sure you will understand, given the current climate.

Mr Eost
Headteacher


The current guidance as announced by the Government last night and as stated on the NHS website, is as follows:

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

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, the NHS advises:

  • 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.

The guidance is now starting to have an impact on our current staffing levels and in the next 48 hours decisions will be made, considering options for prioritising year groups 11 and 7.

These decisions will be communicated as early as possible.

Due to the current situation I am making the following amendments to the school plans:

  • Year 10 reports will be delayed.
  • All extra-curricular activities are postponed apart from the Library and Y11 revision sessions.

I will contact you again as soon as I have any further information or updates. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the school via the office email address office@studleyhighschool.org.uk.

Mr Eost

Headteacher


Google Classroom

In the event of school closure, Google Classroom will be used to set work for all pupils to complete at home. Teachers will not email individual pupils directly. Please refer to the letter sent out to all parents. All work will be provided via Google Classroom.

A Guide For Pupils – How to Use Google Classroom


Useful Information

Detailed information and advice for the public can be found on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Further information for the public about the situation can be found here (and will be regularly updated): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Mr R Eost


Pupils have received information and guidance on ‘Keeping Our School Healthy’:

Keeping our school healthy – Studley High School

And we remind all pupils, visitors and staff of the advice from Public Health England:

Please refer to this site for the latest COVID-19 updates in educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

You can also find out more about COVID-19 here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/