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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

REMINDER if your child displays Coronavirus symptoms

If a Pupil displays the following symptoms, they should self isolate for 7 days if they have either: 

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 

Loss of sense of smell or taste

  •  Pupils and their families are eligible for testing pupils over 5 can access via 111 online and under 5 through 111 helpline. 
  • All members of their households (including siblings) should self isolate for 14 days and this is to will help to protect others in the community while they are infectious. 

 

RISK ASSESSMENTS DURING COVID-19

COVID Risk Assessment - September 2020

Risk Assessment - Keyworker, Yr 6 and Yr 10 wider opening school updated 11/06/2020

Risk Assessment - Key worker school updated - 01/06/2020

Risk Assessment - Wider opening 01/06/2020 - Year 6

Update 11/06/2020

Symptoms of Coronavirus and what actions to take - If your child displays the following symptoms, they should self isolate for 7 days (14 days for a household) and inform the school immediately:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Pupils and their families are eligible for testing, pupils over 5 can access via 111 online and under 5 through 111 helpline.

Update 27/03/2020

Dear Parent/Carers ,

We wanted to update you at the end of this first week of the COVID19 virus closure.

You will have begun to identify new routines around home educating of your child and we wanted to offer you some reassurances as a school in the coming weeks and months ahead in relation to the work that has been set by staff.

It is an anxious time for everyone and many people in the house can present challenges. Staff have been setting work on Show My Homework for students. This may seem a little overwhelming as the information posted can contain a great deal of work to complete. Your child is not expected to complete all of the work in one go. Small bite size chunks each day completing the work set is advisable. 

There are some daily activities that pupils may wish to do, to establish a routine. These include a daily Joe Wicks home workout, David Walliams story time and many more can be found on our website under curriculum/KS2 online learning. 

For the Key Stage 3 pupils there are so many different educational experiences being offered for free on the internet including virtual tours of museums, dance and music lessons. All of which will support and supplement the work that has been set by Etonbury staff. 

Key Stage 4 learners, particularly ones in the older year, may be able to access and complete work on their phones, as these devices have the capacity to download the google drive app. Pupils will be very familiar with using the google suite of apps to complete GCSE work. If a student is not clear on the work that is expected to be completed, they can email their teachers through the google classroom function and their email will be sent to the member of staff’s work email account. 

The government is about to launch a nationwide voucher scheme for those eligible for Free School Meals. As soon we have information from them we will get this system in place. Until then we shall continue to provide packed lunches for collection from the school, as we have done this week.

Please be aware that we have been informed by the local authority of scam emails being sent to parents asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free School Meals.  Please stay safe, and do not enter any personal information or bank details requested through an email.

We are regularly updating the Parental Support area on our website with any information that is passed on to us that may support you during this difficult time. Unfortunately, these are not things we can directly advise you on, but include organisations and company contact details to help. Our most recent update includes details on utility companies for pre-paid or top up meter users, and Every Mind Matters offering mental wellbeing advice during this time.

Finally, we want to thank all our community for keeping pupils at home and keeping the risk of passing on the virus on to an absolute minimum. Please also click here to view a letter from Dr Alan Lee, Chief Executive Officer at BEST, also thanking you for your support. We know that many of our parent/carers are key workers, but they have managed to keep pupils away from the school environment and the risks this virus presents. Keep us updated by tweeting your home school pictures @EtonburyAcademy and using #ETAhomeschool.

Please continue to look after yourselves, and your community.

All at ETA

 

Update 23/03/2020

Just a few things to update you on today.

  • Due to lack of demand we will not be running before and after school clubs
  • We are aware that there has been a national problem with Show My Homework, and have been informed the company are working on this. Please bear with them while they rectify this in such unusual circumstances.

 

Update 22/03/2020

Below is the Government guidance for Year 11 GCSE students. We understand you will have a number of questions, but please read through this document.  We will be in contact with our parents/carers and students, once we are clear of the actions that need to be taken.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020?fbclid=IwAR1jmtF9DnNw8bi2UooSZSqHhmAu0OkVb5BXW4ZRO4BSUuwA3ofuEo3gkto

 

Update 20/03/2020

As a school we are very much part of the local community and keen to support the national effort to combat this disease. We thank you for your understanding in this ever-changing situation, as we are working to provide the provision you need.

We wish all our community well in these challenging times.

As has been widely publicised in the news, the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, where possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. To facilitate this, the update today is separated into two sections.

The first section should be read by the majority of the parent/carers who will have pupils working from home as of Monday 23rd March. The second section is for parent/carers who are key workers and are opting to access the school provision from Monday 23rd March.

Mr Evason

Principal

SECTION 1 :

Work will be set by teachers using ‘show my homework.’ Pupils should access this as of Monday morning.

Etonbury Academy  COVID-19: HOME LEARNING INFORMATION

Please watch the video linked here, you will then understand the reason for these links below. They offer video and audio support for accessing home learning.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GPJ1_3cgOpBRVJx_8B-zWb8rT9lPslpl

The URL link below is Etonbury student landing page, if students use this, it will make learning from home as familiar as possible for them. Please make sure you are accessing the link below via the pupils @mybest.org,uk account, or else the link may not work.

https://sites.google.com/bestacademies.org.uk/etonburystudent/home

If at any stage during the learning from home period, your child says they have forgotten their password, use this email address to get it re-set.

StudentITSupport@bestacademies.org.uk

Verification of identity will be required to have an account reset being:

·         Full Name

·         DOB

·         Address

SECTION 2 :

Etonbury Academy  COVID-19: KEY WORKERS SCHOOL PROVISION  

You have identified yourself as a key worker and as of Monday 23rd March your son/daughter will be accessing the school provision.

As a school we want to do all that we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The government has given clear guidance on self-isolation and social distancing. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of spreading the virus. 

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, where possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

We are therefore opening Etonbury to provide care for our students who are defined as vulnerable and for students whose parents are providing critical COVID-19 response services and who cannot be safely cared for at home.

The following information will assist you in your plans for next week:

Timings of the day

The school day start at 8.40am with registration, with supervised sessions, including mid-morning break and a lunch, with the school day ending at 3.30pm. As pupils arrive on site each day they will be directed to their year group room.

We anticipate Etonbury Extra will run at the moment, with its usual timings of 7.30am in the morning and again until 6.00pm in the evening. We are looking to continue with this service as long as we can, however it may be subject to change if staffing levels change.

Uniform

Pupils are not required to wear school uniform and should wear appropriate and comfortable clothes. They should wear sensible footwear.

Lunch

We will be able to provide food for those who wish to purchase it, but our selection of menus will be narrowed. Your child can bring a packed lunch if they prefer. Those eligible for free school meals will be catered for as normal.

Timetable of the day

Pupils will follow a timetable each day that will enable them to access the work that has been set by teachers. They will be supervised by a member of staff, but they will be following the remote learning programme that has been set on ‘show my homework’ (SMHW). There will be no specialist teaching in school, as we do not have the staffing levels to do so.

Year Groups

It is difficult to say until we have a list of families who will be using this service. However, the plan is to have the students working in year groups so that we can support pupils to follow the work set on SMHW.

What to bring to school each day

Pupils need to bring pencil cases with them and any food, lunch or nut free snacks, as well as their water bottle. We are going to encourage pupils to be outside at lunch time, so outdoor wear suitable for the weather is encouraged.

We are anticipating being able to offer some physical activity during the week and would ask that PE kit is brought into school each day to enable pupils to participate in PE activities.

Moving forward

Our plan currently is to take each week at a time. Therefore, if you have indicated to us you will be sending your child into Etonbury we shall expect them in each day. However, if you do not require on site provision we would ask that you call the school reception and inform us, so that we can adjust our registers accordingly and have an accurate list of students on site.

We anticipate towards the end of the week that we will send out another google document to enable key worker parents to ‘book in’ for the following week, once shift patterns and working hours are known to you.

Update - 19/03/2020

Firstly, we are overwhelmed by your support. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work over the next 24 hours to prepare the school for the coming weeks.

Plans are in place for next week and we are working hard to keep abreast of updates as they come through from the Government.

 

PREPARATION FOR NEXT WEEK…

School opening next week – Are you a key worker?

The school is open on Monday as normal for key worker’s children only. Please remember to complete the google form sent to you by email earlier this afternoon, so we can continue to make provisions for the children next week.

 

On-going Learning

Those students who will be working from home as of Monday will be sent work via ‘Show My Homework’. Some useful learning websites have also been uploaded in the curriculum area of our website that allow students to supplement their learning.

If your child requires an account reset or basic help accessing the work on Show my homework please email StudentITSupport@bestacademies.org.uk

 

Juniors

We have prepared packs of work for all students in Years 5 and 6 for them to take home tomorrow evening. If your child is not in school, and you have someone to collect a pack these will be available between 3pm and 3.30pm tomorrow to collect from the Junior Gates.  ETA-Primary@bestacademies.org.uk

 

Catering service

We are extremely grateful to Taylor Shaw, our catering contractors, who have continued to provide excellent catering services despite the challenge of supply chains and short staffing. There will be a break and lunch service for students of key workers in school next week, but this will be less extensive than the normal menu. Students who pay for their meals will continue to use the normal payment systems.

 

Lockers

Please make sure your child empties their locker by the end of the day tomorrow.

 

GCSE Examinations

We understand this is an extremely stressful time for our GCSE students, parents/carers and teachers. We will be keeping you up to date as we soon as we have the details from the exam boards. If you wish to monitor developments yourself you may wish to follow the Ofqual twitter page @ofqual as they are releasing information on the GCSE examinations.

 

Support

As a school we understand that working from home can cause students levels of anxiety as their normal routines will be different and access to friends will be limited. We would encourage all students to follow a regular learning pattern throughout the day, and model the timings and timetable of their normal school day. Taking breaks mid-morning and lunch.

There are a number of agencies that offer online support that can be found on our parents area of the website.

Finally, to those students, parents and carers who are ill or recovering from the virus we do wish you well in your recovery and we hope that all our school community is able to stay safe and well throughout the enforced closure.

 

 

Update - 18/03/2020

This evening the government announced that schools will close at the end of the school day on Friday 20 March.  Our Senior Leadership Team are working through the current closure plan, meeting staff tomorrow and we will update you once our plans are finalised.

The Prime Minister also announced that we will support children of key workers, so please contact the school tomorrow if you are a key worker and require this provision so we can plan for this too.

We appreciate this is very unsettling for you all, and we are overwhelmed by your support. Thank you.

 

Update - 18/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
The government continues to advise schools to remain open. We would like to reassure you that we are doing as much as we possibly can to support their advice, but may also have to make very difficult decisions as the situation changes so rapidly. Our staffing team are working incredibly hard to teach the children, reassure them and communicate the right information with you.

What’s happening in school

Our focus is currently on classroom teaching.  Due to the reducing staff and student numbers, we are merging classes and moving teacher skills to ensure we are providing the best education possible across the school. It is a challenge, and we are doing everything possible to keep our school open. 

We have cancelled assemblies, after-school activities, events and some trips as listed below with immediate effect:

  • Condover Hall (17 March)
  • Poppies Day Nursery (17 March)
  • Anne Frank Trust Exhibition (18 March)
  • Dusseldorf (24 April)
  • All sports Fixtures and sports clubs
  • All other extra curricular clubs

If your child is due to be in school for a club, fixture etc tonight, we will look after them until you collect them at the originally planned time.

We will continue with all paid music lessons, breakfast and afterschool clubs.

In the event of closure 

Please make sure you have contacted the school if your child does not have access to the internet. All work will be provided through Show My Homework.

Further government guidance

Please keep up to date with the guidance that is being issued from the government website directly, there is a lot of it and constantly changing. However, we would like to draw your attention to the ‘Social Distancing’  guidance, and in particular the section relating to vulnerable groups.

Please look after yourselves, and those around you. 

 

Update - 17/03/2020

Following the statements from the Prime Minister, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer last night, and requesting ‘everyone to stop all unnecessary travel’, we have taken the decision to cancel trips, fixtures and events.

The following trips and events have been cancelled to date:

  • Condover Hall (17 March)
  • Poppies Day Nursery (17 March)
  • Anne Frank Trust Exhibition (18 March)
  • Dusseldorf (24 April)
  • All sports Fixtures and sports clubs
  • All other extra curricular clubs

Please continue to read the Government ‘stay at home guidance’ here. However, the main points are:

  • if young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home
  • if you live with others and you or one of them 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

This is an incredibly worrying time for all of our families and staff. There will no doubt be more change to come as the advice is updated daily and decisions need to be made in the best interests of our community, sometimes at the last minute.  I am sure you will understand that as this guidance changes, we also have to consider everyone including the decisions made by our suppliers and contractors, and in particular, staffing numbers, which all impact on keeping everyone safe.

We are very grateful of your support and understanding. 

 

Update - 15/03/2020

We continue to follow all appropriate guidelines from Public Health England and the Department of Education. Click here to see Guidance for Educational Settings.

We remain open as per the government guidance. We do not currently have any cases of Covid-19.  The guidance is clear that students should not come in to school for 7 days from the point at which they show the following symptoms:

a) A continuous cough and/or

b) High temperature

If these symptoms are present you do not need to call NHS 111. If the symptoms worsen, you are concerned during home isolation, or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online  or click here to read further advice. You should also seek professional medical advice should your child have a medical condition that could be compromised if attending school. Please notify the school by email eta-absence@bestacademies.org.uk if your child will be absent, and the reason for the absence.

It is a very challenging, fast moving and concerning situation for our whole community, and we understand the anxieties that this brings, but we urge you to avoid telephoning the school unless absolutely necessary so we can focus on planning for further developments and continue the learning of our students until the Public Health England/Department of Education instruct us otherwise.

 

Update - 13/03/2020 2.30pm

TRIP CANCELLED - Dusseldorf (24 April 2020) - We are speaking to the trip provider to make arrangements for a refund, and will be back in touch with you once we have more information.  I am sure you will understand that this may take a while to organise due to the unprecedented enquiries and cancellations they will be receiving at this time.

 

Update - 13/03/2020 11am

Following further advice from Public Health England (PHE) the government advises against all educational overseas travel. We are awaiting further information from our travel organisers regarding our planned trips, and will update you of any changes as soon as we are made aware. We do understand that any changes or cancellations made to these trips may cause you an inconvenience, however, we are required to follow the advice given by PHE. There are no current changes to domestic trips, including Condover Hall next week.  We will continue to keep you all updated as we receive the information.

Please click here for the PHE guidance.

The Department of Education have also launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

In these ever changing circumstances, and should we be in a position of closing, plans are in place for students work to be made available on Show My Homework. Please make sure your child has their password for Show My Homework, if not, please follow the advice below. If you do not have access to the internet, please inform your child's Form Tutor as soon as possible.

Resetting your SMH password - Go to the SMHW login page, select 'forgot password' and enter the email address that is linked to their SMHW account. This will then send the student a link to reset their password (it may go to their junk/clutter folder rather than their inbox).

All SMHW accounts were set up with their @mybest email address, but they may have changed this.  If they have been unable to reset it please ask them to speak to their Form Tutor. 

Update - 11/03/2020

We would like to update you on Public Health England and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice, following the news from Italy of their countrywide lock-down and increased the list of areas from which, if a person has travelled and returned to the UK and is symptomless, they should self-quarantine and call 111.

1. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Special care zones in South Korea (Daegu, Cheongdo, Gyeongsan)
  • Hubei province


 2. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Italy (since 09 March) 

 

3. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild.

  • Mainland China outside of Hubei province
  • South Korea outside of the special care zones
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

 

ETONBURY TRIPS

We continue to monitor the situation and following the advice of Public Health England and the FCO regarding travel. We are yet to make any decisions regarding the cancellation of our trips, but the safety of our students and staff remains our priority.  We will contact you should any changes to the planned trips be made.

 

GCSE EXAMS

We are in regular contact with the examining boards with regards to the situation. There are no current changes to our exams, but we will keep you and the students informed should any arise.

 

Public Health England

Home Isolation Advice

Specified Countries and Areas