We continue to monitor closely the guidance relating to the handling of the Coronavirus outbreak. This guidance changes daily as the situation unfolds. Looking forward, we have also been reviewing all current plans for students to travel away from school on group trips and balance this with our need to ensure the safe staffing of the school should we have significant staff sickness.
Yesterday, we took the decision to cancel this year's overseas trips which we believe to have been a sensible decision for a number of reasons, but we realise that it will have been very disappointing for those involved.
Today we reviewed the strategy around Alternative Learning Week (ALW) in July and have decided to cancel all school trips now, rather than risk losing the majority of the costs should we delay this decision. We are now working with trip leaders to understand the impact on the school. This does however mean that year groups 7,8 and 9 will be in school as normal during the week commencing Monday 6th July 2020. The majority of Year 10 students will be out of school that week on work placements. We will continue to monitor the suitability of work placements in respect of the outbreak, on a case by case basis. We are really sorry to have to make this announcement as we realise that the normal activities associated with ALW are very popular and enjoyable, so this decision has not been taken lightly.
Easter holidays: Part of our forward planning in relation to handling the Coronavirus outbreak is to start to consider the potential impact of travel plans as we approach the Easter break. We are aware that many staff and students have plans to travel during the holiday. Guidance for travelers is changing quickly and it is impossible at this point to take a firm view about any potential impact that people's travel plans may have on our school community. We would however ask parents and staff to please let us know of your travel plans as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The safety of everyone in our school community is our priority.In ALL cases, we will take advice about travellers returning from any country and we would not expect students or staff to attend school until these basic checks have been completed to our satisfaction.
Please remember for example, as things stand, travellers now returning from any part of Italy are required to self isolate for fourteen days on return, regardless of having symptoms or not.
Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department of Education Coronavirus helpline, providing information to and advice to Staff, parents and young people can be contacted on:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Anytime Monday to Friday 8am till 6pm