Advice and information regarding Coronavirus

We are following the guidelines from Public Health England and further support and advice can be sought by visiting their website at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#information-about-the-virus

Guidance Poster.


Covid-19 update 8 (2020/04/02 08:

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are well. Your son or daughter is probably making excellent use of technology to stay in contact with their school work and friends at this time. I would hate to think how much harder social isolation would have been 10 years ago without the apps most of us are currently using.

I have attached some parents' guides that may come in useful at the moment. "Houseparty" in particular is a very popular way for young people staying in contact.

Here are some links that have recently been sent out by the Government on staying safe online:

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

    • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
    • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
    • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
    • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
    • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
    • If you find yourself looking for something to do, you could take the excellent "Online safety for Parents and Carers" course. Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown: 

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/HornseaSchool                                                

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet.

If you have any questions, or trouble accessing the course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Yours sincerely
  • John Hart
  • E-safety Coordinator.

Covid-19 update 7 (2020/03/27 08:00)

Good morning,

Following a number of discussions and meetings with local community partners, I am pleased to confirm that we are now in a position to share with you contact details for a local community hub that has now been established to help support our community as we try to navigate the ever changing landscape in light of the reported concerns around Coronavirus.

We fully appreciate that we have a high number of families who are worried about their current financial position, possibly for the first time, and how reported delays in being able to access Universal Credit against a backdrop of uncertain timescales is increasing concerns. As such, support through this community hub is open to all and there is no qualifying criteria in order to access food and essential items. Support can be accessed by emailing

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As always, the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address also remains open and as we are made aware of community support available, we will update accordingly.

With our continued best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

Steve Ostler, Head Teacher


Covid-19 update 6 (2020/03/25 14:17)

Coronavirus and schools closure information for parents / carers
 
Following the Government’s announcement, East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to reiterate that schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed for the vast majority of children until further notice.
 
Many parents working in critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.
 
The Department for Education is asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to offer provision, where they can, for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. You may have already been contacted by your child’s school. If this is not the case please look at their website. 
 
This is an offer to parents and carers who are critical workers or have vulnerable children. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send children to school if you do not need or wish to do so.
 
 
Regards
Head of Children and Young People, Education and Schools

Covid-19 update 5 (2020/03/23 11:45)

Dear Parent/Care

Following the Government’s announcement, East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to reiterate that schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed for the vast majority of children until further notice.

Many parents working in critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.

The Department for Education is asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to offer provision, where they can, for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. You may have already been contacted by your child’s school. If this is not the case please look at their website.

This is an offer to parents and carers who are critical workers or have vulnerable children. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send children to school if you do not need or wish to do so.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Regards
Head of Children and Young People, Education and Schools


Covid-19 update 4 (2020/03/18 12:22)

Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your continued support in what are still very unusual circumstances. I have to say that I have nothing but admiration and pride in the staff and students who are continuing to give their best across the school. I would also like to extend my very best to those of you who are self-isolating; we fully understand the difficult decision many of you have had to take in doing so.

Today we have delivered a series of assemblies to students to inform them of the plans that are in place as we continue to strive to keep the school open for as long as possible with the reduction in numbers the new guidance on self-isolation has created in staffing. In essence, these are:

Remaining Open
At present we will remain open to all year groups for as long as we can, protecting Year 11, Year 12 with exams in summer 2020 and Year 13 lesson delivery by specialist staff wherever possible as they prepare for examinations. There is a strong likelihood that even by the end of this week we will have to move to alternative timetables and provision for all other year groups in order to maximise our ability to safely staff lessons and groups of students. In these instances, students will be told at the gates and buses to report to a designated venue, where they will then be instructed on their year group timetable for the day.

Partial Closure
Should we reach a position where we do not have enough staff to safely deliver an alternative timetable, we will look to partially close, but only if we have absolutely have to do so. In any such instance, we will communicate this as early as we can via email and the school website.

Full Closure
Should the school have to close at the instruction of the government or in extreme staffing shortage, we have put in place plans to provide learning packages for all year groups via online resources and some paper based materials, the distribution of which will be organised when required. Students in the examination years mentioned above will be able to follow their usual timetable from home via Google Meet with their teachers. Students in other year groups will be given 'check-in' times across a week where they can seek specialist support with the set materials.

Full instructions and guidelines for all of these elements of home learning will be sent out via email and on the school website in the eventuality of enforced full closure.

Further Advice and Guidance
As schools are one of the only workplaces remaining open at present, we need your support in preventing the virus being transmitted in school to our staff and students. The NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ remains a key source of information for medical advice. We cannot make medical decisions for you or your family but request that you take seriously the advice on here and the instruction to self-isolate, as well as respecting the social distancing guidance given in government briefings.

We have also taken a number of steps to limit the possibility of transmission by limiting the number of non-essential meetings and visitors to site. If you do need to speak with a member of staff we ask that you contact the school by telephone in the first instance and do not come onto the school site unless for an agreed appointment.

Separate advice regarding students who are entitled to free school meals will be shared with the relevant families and we are working with the Hornsea food bank and community groups to ensure that we are able to sustain some provision in the event of partial or full closure.

I'd like to thank you once again for your sustained support and understanding as we navigate this situation. It is one of the most surreal and most serious we have ever faced as a school community and it is our intention that we will continue to deliver on our ethos of being kind and useful as we progress through these uncertain times. Regular updates of this nature will continue as our response to the situation unfolds,

Mr Ostler


Covid-19 - update 3 (2020/03/17 08:27)

Dear Parent/Carer,

We appreciate that following the government's revised advice there are a number of you who will be considering self-isolation. This decision is not one we can make for you; please consult the NHS website and follow the instructions of the medical experts.

Whilst we remain open we will not be sending work to individual absent students who are self isolating. This is due to the possible complexity of a rolling list of absences and to ensure staff are able to focus on sustaining our provision in school.

We instead would direct students to the educational sites on line.

Thank you


Covid-19 Update 2 (2020/03/13 15:43)

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware the government is entering the country into the ‘delay’ phase of its strategy to deal with coronavirus and it has updated its advice accordingly. We will obviously continue to follow government advice in order to help deal with the virus.

The updated guidance states that individuals should stay at home for 7 days if they have either:

• a high temperature

• a new continuous cough

The more detailed advice is available on these government websites. The first link is the updated ‘stay at home’ advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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

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

Should your child need to self-isolate please inform the school as per our normal absence reporting arrangements and state that the reason is ‘self-isolation’.

School Closure: the closure of educational settings we have had no specific advice or guidance from the DfE, the Local Authority or any other government agency regarding such an eventuality. If, as part of the national response to this pandemic, we are instructed as a school to close, then as explained in yesterday’s update, we have contingency plans in place to ensure continuity of learning for students as far as we are able to provide. Any announcement of closure and the school plan will be communicated via email and the school website, should this situation materialise.

Examinations. Students and parents are quite rightly concerned about the impact of the virus on the forthcoming GCSE and A level examination series. There have been no announcements by the government or exam boards about this but it is a situation that we are keenly monitoring at school. Please be assured that we will continue to work with our students to ensure that they are fully prepared to sit their public examinations.

Foreign travel. The government is advising against all school trips abroad, and as a consequence we will be informing you on a trip by trip basis as agencies and insurance companies clarify their positions as to the status of each visit. We will also be risk-assessing our domestic trips and visits, based upon the latest government advice and the needs of the school.

We appreciate that the ongoing changes and unprecedented nature of the situation may give rise to concerns and anxieties. We ask that you all follow the given medical advice regarding the virus and that you allow us to manage the situation in school via regular updates, such as this one, rather than make individual family enquiries via telephone calls and emails.

This is as we are continuing to go about our daily school life as normal and need to ensure our focus is on your children. As you would expect, staff and students continue to be focussed on delivering their best in the classroom and we would like to thank you for your continuing support.

Thank you


Covid-19 Virus - Update (2020/03/12 15:37)

As you will be aware, there is a large amount of information circulating around the Covid-19 virus and the possibility of school closures across the country.

We are following all Public Health England and local government advice, as well as making internal school contingency plans to find appropriate ways to make sure students can access learning materials should we have to close.

We’d like to ask at this time that you ensure all contact details are up to date on Edulink.

We will send all essential communication via email and the school website.

We will update you as the situation unfolds.

Thank you

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