We are constantly monitoring the situation and will follow government advice regarding education services.
As providers of education to children with EHCPs, the government guidance has been very clear that they expect us to stay open, as long as we believe we are able to continue to offer a safe service.
Recent government updates have stated that while specialist settings such as ours can stay open, pupils in these settings need to stay at home if their needs can be safely met there. We are therefore only open to those pupils that cannot be at home such as children of NHS staff and other key workers.
If your child is at home we will continue to provide education through home learning packs and email support from our Supervisors, Therapists and Teachers. The current guidance is in place for 3 weeks initially. We will continue to monitor the situation following an update on these measures, due in the week of 13th April.
Our current plan is to close as normal at the end of term, Friday 3rd April at 12.30pm, and reopen on the 20th April, after the Easter break.
Guidance around self-isolation
If anyone experiences mild coronavirus/flu symptoms (a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above and/or a new persistent cough), the entire household should self-isolate for 14 days. This means that if anyone in your household shows mild symptoms, you should all stay at home and isolate. If this happens, please contact the school.
The DfE have also issued a recommendation that anyone showing mild symptoms while at school should be sent home, and the household should self-isolate for 14 days, as outlined above. This includes staff and pupils. If pupils start displaying symptoms at school we will call you immediately and arrange transport.
To help us manage staffing in our services, we ask that you continue to keep us informed on the health of your child. Let us know if they need to self-isolate, and whether this is due to direct symptoms, or other members of the household showing symptoms. Please contact us 2 days before the end of the isolation period to update us on when your child will return. This is to ensure we have the right level of staffing in place before welcoming them back.
After government advice around social distancing we have taken the decision to suspend all trips, special events and community working.
For those pupils who are absent from school , we have put together measures to ensure their ongoing education and progress is not significantly impacted. We have created home learning packs linked to your son/daughter’s IEP, which you can use if they are feeling well. The worksheets have clear guidance on how to work through them, however, Supervisors, Teachers and Therapists will be contactable through email during this time should you require any further guidance. Once work has been completed feel free to return it to the relevant person, who will be able to provide feedback on next steps. If the work creates undue stress, please don't feel you have to complete it.
Visiting our service
If you are visiting our service please make sure you wash your hands on arrival and before you leave to try and limit the spread of the virus.
You will also be asked to complete a checklist on arrival to ensure we keep our service as low-risk as possible.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)