Head Teacher Statement to Parents 24th April 2020

Statement from 24th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are aware that some workplaces are beginning to consider re-opening and calling staff back to work. Given the ease with which Covid-19 is spread around a community, Scalby Learning Trust is advising parents that they should consider every other option available to them before they book a place at school which is available for children of parents who are key workers. This is in line with the government’s advice that at the present time, the best place for children is at home if possible.

I am sure you will concur with our belief that the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff remains our highest priority whilst playing our part in tackling this pandemic. However, if you have explored all other possibilities and need a place for your child, please book it by contacting us at Scalby School on 01723 362301

Statement from 31st March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well.

We continue to refresh our online learning resources and yesterday the following additional resources were added:

Psychology – Year 9 & Year 10
Computer Science – Year 10
Art – Year 7, 8, 9 & 10
English – Year 10
Music – Year 9 & 10
Graphics – Year 7,8 & 10
Hospitality & Catering – Year 9
History – Year 10
I have asked our Heads of Department to begin work on assessing the impact of school closure on our current Year 10 students, thinking ahead to the point that they enter Year 11. Our plan is to try to bridge knowledge, skills and content gaps to try to make the transition into Year 11 as smooth as possible, although we are under no illusion about the limits of this work, as it cannot replace the high quality teaching our students receive at Scalby School. However please be assured that we are doing everything we possibly can in difficult circumstances to support

As you work from home yourselves, you will be required to use your PC or laptop for this. I understand that some parents have become anxious that this clashes with their children wishing to access our online learning. Please remember that it is not necessary for your child to follow their school timetable during the day.  Their schoolwork can be done at any time, even the weekends!

Thank you to those of you who are sending us photos of your children engaging with their learning at home, especially our talented chefs who are experimenting with recipes from Miss Twamley’ s Recipe Book. Please keep these coming if you can.

I would be grateful if you could tell your children that all of the staff genuinely miss every single one of them. Scalby School is their school and it is a very empty strange place without them. I look forward to the day when we can welcome them back to where they should be every school day.

Wishing you all safety and good health,

Mr M. McCluskie


New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

·         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 here:

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

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020

Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections

Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.

The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.

The full announcement made by Gavin Williamson can be viewed here:

·         https://youtu.be/UkW7QcTsBcY

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/news/routine-ofsted-inspections-suspended-in-response-to-coronavirus

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·         https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·         https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

·         https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·         https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·         https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·         https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Mr M McCluskie

Head Teacher