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Coronavirus – update

Coronavirus latest update 

We wish all members of the Haileybury Turnford community our very best wishes during this time.  Please follow all government advice fully.

During this period, all information for students, staff and families will be communicated via text, email and our website.  We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts for some news and information.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff.

Sixth Form teachers will use their school email accounts to communicate with student. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff.

All staff contact details can be found on our website.

Remote Learning Safety guidance for staff

 

25th March 2020

I hope that you are adjusting to, and coping with the significant changes to our lives which are now with us. I hope that we have been able to provide reassuring responses when you have tried to contact us for support, advice, or answers to particular issues in the past few days. I also hope that you are managing to work out some kind of new routine at home. This will be more difficult for some households, and is likely to change over time, as all families deal with different circumstances. Try to go with what works for your household over the coming weeks, and adopt new routines which work for your family.

We will seek feedback from you at the end of the week to help us adapt what we are doing, and to provide the best possible support and guidance we are able to provide to families whilst school is closed. Please do share your feedback and thoughts with us should you wish to. We wish to keep in regular contact, and provide the right reassurances and support. Equally, do not hesitate to make contact with either me directly, or specific members of staff with particular queries or questions specific to you. All staff email addresses are listed on the school website at https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

It has been hugely uplifting to see such a positive response from students throughout this week, with lots of work sent to teachers. We have plans to share examples of our students’ work, and we have done this using our Twitter feed this week.

We are focusing on up to the Easter break at present. As we move in the summer term, we will continue to adapt the ways we are working to ensure we are providing the best support should there be a long closure period. Most importantly at present, we must all follow the government advice to ensure we all stay safe: to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives, to remain positive, and have faith in ourselves and communities that we will get through this health emergency.

 

24th March 2020

Our Prime Minister was very clear when speaking to us all last night:

Stay at home
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
• Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.
Government advice can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

and full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be read here:

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

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you to all families for considering whether it is essential for your child to attend school if you are a critical worker or if your child is vulnerable. Having only a very small number of students at school has meant that we have been able to have a very low number of staff at work. This has enabled us to protect our staff as fully as
possible, and ensure they too are able to follow all government advice as fully as possible. Thank you.

It is a very difficult time for us all and it will continue to be challenging for us all to adapt to our new circumstances. Please remember that teachers are available during the school day from 8.30am until 3.00pm via email. Please do make use of email to gain reassurance as any issues or concerns arise. If there are more general questions or queries about work setting for students, please contact Miss Newman, Director of Teaching & Learning, via email at newmand@haileyburyturnford.com.

It has been excellent to see so much work completed and sent to staff in the past two days. We have plans to celebrate our students’ achievements with our
community during our closure period, and we will communicate more details in the coming days.

 

23rd March 2020

Today we see the start of a period of school closure, and the strongest advice from government about how we should all act to stay safe, protect ourselves and others. Our teaching staff have been adapting to these new arrangements too, and have been uploading learning materials to Class Charts at www.classcharts.com Students must ensure that they can access our online
curriculum, and contact staff by email should there be any difficulties.
Teaching staff are setting work, following the normal school timetable. It is Week 1 on the school timetable this week.

To help our students adapt to working from home, we have created a short video with some practical guidance which can be accessed from the links below, please copy and paste into your search engines.

https://turnfordorgmy.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dursol_haileyburyturnford_com/EQPA1zlVvMZKpttyXJMh6AwBG_zIc9n5FVo
CTchmWKpQMQ?e=4%3av1fDVd&at=9

We have created a short video for parents too:

https://turnfordorgmy.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dursol_haileyburyturnford_com/EXJpNag4NRREhtnCye1KNx4ByzinA90PEbRbKUTuquYpw?e=1Vvmze

It is a very difficult time for us all and we recognise it will be challenging to adapt to our new circumstances.

Please remember that teachers are available during the school day from 8.30am until 3.00pm via email. Please do make use of email to gain reassurance as any issues or concerns arise. If there are more general questions or queries about work setting for students, please contact Miss Newman, Director of Teaching & Learning, via email at newmand@haileyburyturnford.com

 

22nd March 2020

Coronavirus latest information for parents and carers: Sunday 22nd March
From tomorrow, school is closed until further notice. There will be further information tomorrow morning to support the start of the next phase of our response to the coronavirus pandemic, including reminders about our
expectations for students, and support for families.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff. Sixth Form teachers will use email to communicate with students. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff. All staff contact details can be found on our website: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

If you have indicated the necessity to access our provision in school from tomorrow, you will have had further contact from Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal, today. I must stress that students must not arrive in school tomorrow
morning unless this has been pre-arranged for those families with key workers and vulnerable students. Please direct any queries about this to Mrs Goodes by email at goodesm@haileyburyturnford.com.

For parents of children who are in receipt of Free School Meals, please direct any queries to Ms Just, Vice Principal. We have already communicated with you about arrangements for this week. Ms Just can be contacted by email at justk@haileyburyturnford.com.

There will also be further information tomorrow following the cancellation of this summer’s exams for students. Our Prime Minister was very clear today about the responsibility each one of us have to follow the government
guidance about social distancing. Please could I strongly urge every person to follow all government advice fully as our community responds to this global health emergency. Please stay safe, and provide support for each
other.

 

20th March 2020

From Monday 23rd March, school is closed until further notice.
We wish all members of the Haileybury Turnford community our very best wishes during this time.

I have been overwhelmed by our community’s response this week, working together to support each other. One simple example of this was seen in the amazing response to our local food bank collection. A huge thank you for all donations. Our staff have been magnificent, and responded with such compassion and care to provide the necessary support for our young people as events have unfolded throughout the week.

Thank you for all the messages of support and good wishes from parents too, who have wanted to pass on their thanks to staff members. This has been hugely appreciated – thank you. From Monday, all information for students, staff and families will be communicated via text, email and our
website. We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts for some news and information. The latest information will be available on the homepage of our website too.

Students in Year 7-11 should access Class Charts daily at www.classcharts.com and use their school email accounts to contact staff. Sixth Form teachers will use email to communicate with students. Sixth Formers should use their school email accounts to contact staff. All staff contact details can be found on our website: https://haileyburyturnford.com/contact-us/staff/

More detailed information will continue to be circulated to specific year groups. We have communicated separately to those families with key workers and vulnerable students with details about next week. Parents of
children who are in receipt of Free School Meals have also been communicated with, to share arrangements for next week.

Please can I strongly urge every person to follow all government advice fully as our community responds to this global health emergency. Please stay safe, and provide support for each other. There will be further communication over the weekend if necessary, and certainly on Monday morning.

 

19th March 2020

Our students and staff have been simply magnificent in school today trying to process yesterday’s announcement that we will close at the end of the day tomorrow and that exams this May/June have been cancelled.

We have written separately to different year groups throughout the day with more specific information for individual year groups, including the arrangements for working at home whilst school is closed.

The school is only partially open to students in Year 7, 8 and 12 on Friday 20th March.

From Monday 23rd March, we will only be open for the children of key workers and children who may be considered vulnerable.  We are still waiting for more guidance from the government; Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal will be writing to parents as soon as this government guidance is published to schools.

Tomorrow, we also expect the government to give further information about the alternative arrangements which will be put in place as a result of exams not taking place this summer.  We will share this information once it is published.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

Current government advice is as follows:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

Thank you for your continued support throughout this very difficult week and the numerous kind messages of support for our staff and their families.  We will continue to do all we can to support the whole HT community throughout these unpredictable times.

 

18th March 2020

I am sure you are aware that the Prime Minister announced earlier this evening that schools in England will close at the end of the day this Friday 20th March until further notice, but will still be required to look after the children of key workers and children who may be considered vulnerable.  Much more detail will follow for families tomorrow. 

The Prime Minister also announced that public exams will not be taking place as normal in May/June for students.  The government has not yet communicated what alternative arrangements will be put in place.

We will be meeting with Year 11 and Year 13 students tomorrow morning in the Hall to speak with them, and provide information and support.  We will write to families with further information tomorrow.

Our contingency planning for school closure means that we are ready to support students during this period through the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We also have plans in place to support those students who do not have Internet access.  Further detailed information will follow tomorrow now that this decision has been made by the government.

We have a partial closure until the end of the week with Year 9 and Year 10 students not in school which was communicated to those year groups earlier today.  We are open for all other year groups tomorrow.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

Current government advice is as follows:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found from the first hyperlink below, and we have also issued a Pastoral Newsletter today to all families which can also be viewed from the second link below and it is also on our website:

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

https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/03/Pastoral-Newsletter-8-COVID-19-Advice-Support-and-Information.pdf

Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if your household are required to stay at home.  Otherwise government advice continues to be that your child should attend school as normal unless your child has other illness or unless a student is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

Thank you for your support throughout this very difficult week and your understanding during these unprecedented times.

 

17th March 2020

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.
Current government advice is as follows:

• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

• if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

• A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

• A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found from the first hyperlink below, and we have also issued a Pastoral Newsletter today to all families which can also be viewed from the second link below and it is also on our website.

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

https://haileyburyturnford.com/app/uploads/2020/03/Pastoral-Newsletter-8-COVID-19-Advice-Support-and-Information.pdf

Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if your household are required to stay at home. Otherwise government advice continues to be that your child should attend school as normal unless your child has other illness or unless a student is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

We currently have a number of students and staff who are self-isolating, but do not have any students or staff who have tested positive for coronavirus, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

If students become unwell during the school day with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, we will contact you for them to go home. Equally, staff will be sent home should this apply to them.

Our aim remains to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes. Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and as a result of an increase in staff absence through self-isolation it is necessary to partially close the school to Year 9 students on Wednesday 18th March (tomorrow). We have made this decision to ensure we can maintain safe and appropriate staffing levels. Please
contact Mrs Goodes, Vice Principal directly at goodesm@haileyburyturnford.com if you are a Year 9 parent who has any specific queries or concerns.

Events and activities beyond the core timetable have been suspended until further notice.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully. Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students. We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Curriculum resources for students in Year 9 who are well, and for students in other year groups currently selfisolating, will be issued tomorrow morning to go with the work already set on Class Charts.

Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found
at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

 

16th March 2020

The government has updated its guidance to all persons this afternoon.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

All persons should self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

We ask all families to keep their children away from school for a period of 14 days if they are concerned that their child might be displaying these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.  Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if this applies to your family.  Otherwise government advice is that your child should attend school as normal.  This guidance applies equally to all staff members who should self-isolate should they show these symptoms or others in the same household show symptoms.

We currently have a small number of students and staff who are self-isolating, but do not have any students or staff who have tested positive for coronavirus, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

If students become unwell during the school day with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, we will contact you for them to go home.  Equally, staff will be sent home should this apply to them.

Our aim remains to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes.  Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and in the event of heavy staff absence through self-isolation it may be necessary to partially close the school to some students.  We would only make this decision when it is essential in terms of safe staffing levels, and our decision about when to send children home would be made on the basis of their age and whether they have public examinations planned for this summer.  Decisions may be made at short notice but we would hope to inform families on the day before if we have to partially close to some year groups.  We currently plan to be open to all year groups on Tuesday 17th March.

We have either postponed or cancelled a number of events this week and next week.  Year 8 Parents’ Evening is postponed on Thursday 19th March, as is our Music Concert on Tuesday 24th March and Awards Evening on 26th March.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully.  Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Whilst the school is open we are not in a position to provide specific work for individual students whose families have chosen to keep them absent for precautionary reasons.  Teaching staff are focusing on teaching those students in school.  However, homework set on Class Charts should be completed by students who are well, but self-isolating, and we have produced further online curriculum resources for students to work from which will be sent out and also placed on our website tomorrow.

Clearly there remains significant uncertainty ahead, but we are making preparations to ensure our students and staff can continue to work from home, if not unwell themselves, during a closure period which could last for an extended period.

Our cleaning team will continue to take additional measures, as per guidance provided to them, and we continue to promote regular hand washing for all members of the school community.  Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

 

13th March 2020

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

As communicated last week, the government has updated its guidance to all persons.  All persons should self-isolate for a period of 7 days should they show the symptoms of either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.  We ask all families to keep their children away from school for a period of 7 days if they are concerned that their child might be displaying these symptoms.  Please contact our Attendance Officer as usual to alert the school if this applies to your child.  This guidance also applies to all staff members who should self-isolate for a period of 7 days should they show these symptoms.

Our aim is to keep Haileybury Turnford open until government policy changes.  Nevertheless, there are minimum safe staffing levels for school to be fully open and in the event of heavy staff absence through self-isolation it may be necessary to partially close the school to some students.  We would only make this decision when it is essential in terms of safe staffing levels, and our decision about when to send children home would be made on the basis of their age and whether they have public examinations planned for this summer.  Decisions may be made at short notice but we would hope to inform families on the day before if we have to partially close to some year groups.

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close, then we will follow this updated advice fully.  Our contingency planning for this eventuality is ongoing, and it will involve the use of online curriculum resources for students as well as Class Charts and the school’s email system for communication between teachers and students.  We are also in the process of planning to support those students who do not have Internet access.

Clearly there remains significant uncertainty ahead, but we are making preparations to ensure our students and staff can continue to work from home, if not unwell themselves, during a closure period which could last for an extended period.

Our cleaning team will continue to take additional measures, as per guidance provided to them, and we continue to promote regular hand washing for all members of the school community.  Current government guidance on coronavirus and information for the public can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unpredictable times.

Useful websites:

The school is following Public Health England advice which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

As per the advice, good personal hygiene is very important; students are reminded of the importance of regular and routine hand-washing.

Travel advice with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK in the last 14 days can be viewed here, which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Self-isolation advice from NHS England can also be viewed here:

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

 

10th March 2020

The school is following Public Health England advice which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

As per the advice, good personal hygiene is very important; students are reminded of the importance of regular and routine hand-washing.

Travel advice with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK in the last 14 days can be viewed here, which is updated daily:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Self-isolation advice from NHS England can also be viewed here:

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