25th May, 2020

Coronavirus: Latest Update

What’s the current situation? 

The school is closed over half term and no remote learning will be taking place over half term.

We are open over May half term only to children of Key Workers

  • School will be open from 8.30am until 3.05pm for children of ‘key workers’
  • Remote Learning will begin again on Monday 1st June for Y7-10 students.

The school will open to Year 10 students following our ‘Return to school Plan’ on Monday 15th June which can be viewed below;

Return to School Plan

This is a change to the original start date following Boris Johnson’s decision (on Sunday 24th May) to delay the return to school for Year 10 students.

There will be an induction process for Year 10 students but the date of this is to be confirmed as we await more details from the government.

Return to school page

A special ‘Return to School’ page (link above) has been set up on the school’s website to provide more information to parents and carers of Year 10 students. Here, parents and carers will be given information about the proposed plans to re-open the school and the measures we are putting in place to ensure we do this safely.

We would like to thank all those parents and carers who sent their questions and concerns to us. It has really helped shape the Return to School plan and we have created an FAQ section on the Return to school page which hopefully addresses many of these questions/concerns.

We will also be adding video guidance to demonstrate how the school will operate with social distancing measures in place before students return.

At this current stage our ‘Return to School Plan’ is in line with the current government guidance.  Should this change we will respond accordingly and we will keep parents and carers informed.

Coronavirus Symptoms:

The symptoms of Coronavirus have been updated:  The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have any of the symptoms above you should self-isolate at home. The individual with symptoms must self isolate for a period of 7 days. The household must self isolate for 14 days.

 

Testing

If you’re in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you can ask for a test through the NHS website.

If you’re an essential worker in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK by following the guidance for essential workers.You can also get tested through this route if you have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker.

See the list of essential workers by clicking this link.

These tests for essential workers are prioritised over the tests available for the wider public through the NHS.

In England, you can get tested if you’re a social care worker or resident in a care home whether you have symptoms or not. See the guidance below on testing for care home residents and workers.

For more details on Testing please visit the website below:

coronavirus – getting tested

Supporting families in receipt of Free School Meals

  • We will be supporting all those families in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). All families who receive FSM have been contacted and in line with government guidance these families will receive e-vouchers via a text for Supermarkets to support them through this difficult time.  If you have received a text regarding this and have not yet responded can you do so ASAP. If you receive free school meals and have not updated your contact details or do not have the means to receive text messages and e-vouchers please contact the school ASAP and we will arrange alternatives for you!

Thank you to all those who have engaged with the remote learning strategy so far you have put in an amazing effort.  We know it is hard, but you are doing an amazing job!!  We are listening to feedback all the time and will adjust our strategy to give everyone access to the best learning experiences so you can still make great progress.  We are determined to do this for you!

Seeing the praise list, praise wall and talking to parents and carers to see how everyone is doing is the highlight of our week.  We miss you dearly.  We hope you had the opportunity to see how much we miss you via our video which we posted to all our students and their families.  If you haven’t seen it yet please click the link below to view this.

A Message to All Our Students

We are very much looking forward to seeing our Year 10 students very soon!!  I understand parents and carers may feel apprehensive about a potential return and we have dedicated a webpage to support parents and carers with this including an FAQ section.  I wanted to thank all those parents and carers that engaged with this, it has really helped shape the Return to school plan.  The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance in creating this plan and we hope we have been able to address the vast majority of your concerns in the Return to school plan.  Our original start date of Monday 8th June has now been set back to Monday 15th June following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday 24th May.  We are following the current government and local authority guidance on this.  Should this continue to change we will respond accordingly and ensure we keep you all updated.

Having worked in ‘lockdown’ for a considerable amount of time it can become difficult to see what the future may look like.  Despite an uncertain future I would urge you all to have faith in our community and know that as a school we are here to help you as much as we possibly can.  Keep going, believe in yourselves and know that you are not alone!  The Little Lever community has come together to provide support and guidance to each other in a time of extreme difficulty and we will continue to play our part in supporting the families we serve!

Thank you for your continued support.

Please take care!

Mr Mckeon