Coronavirus Update – Friday 13 March 2020

Coronavirus Update – Friday 13 March 2020

The King’s Academy continues to follow the UK Government’s guidance to all schools and will remain open unless we are directed to close by Public Health England or specific circumstances (e.g. especially high levels of staff absence) prevent the delivery of effective education to our students.

The latest health guidance (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public) advises anybody with either a high temperature or a new continuous cough to remain at home for 7 days to protect others in the local community. Any student who exhibits these symptoms should therefore self-isolate at home for 7 days. Normal processes for informing us of student absence from school will apply; and we would be grateful if parents could also inform us at the same time if their child is ‘self-isolating’ so that we can be as supportive as possible. If, during this period, a student is diagnosed as having coronavirus, please could parents contact the student’s Head of Year to inform the Academy. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the student or staff body, nor have we been informed of any suspected cases.

While the Academy will continue to operate as normal in the coming weeks – including rehearsal examinations for Years 9, 11 and 13 – we will be taking steps to ensure that students can continue their education in the event of a school closure as part of our wider contingency planning. During the week commencing Monday 16 March, all students in Years 7 to 11 will sign up to an online learning platform (Edmodo) which will enable staff to provide work to students remotely during any closure period. In the event of closure, guidance in writing will be issued to students as to how to use this, and we will also inform parents so that they are able to support the students in completing work set; sixth form students will receive work from staff via the Academy email system.

If parents have not updated their primary contact details, particularly mobile phone numbers, as per the letter sent home on Friday 6 March, please could they do so as soon as possible. ClarionCall will be a key means of communication with parents during any period of closure and it is therefore vital that the Academy has up-to-date and accurate contact details.

We will continue to update parents via the website and ClarionCall regarding this situation and the Academy’s response.