Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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27 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you for continuing to work with us to support your child at this unprecedented time. We especially thank the key workers at this time and we are grateful to those staff at HTC who have been offering a service to the students who have been coming into College. The government emphasise that we are all in this together and that all of us have the ability to save a life by staying at home to ‘flatten the curve’. This letter contains a reminder of the resources available for home learning along with other useful information to support you and your child.

Home Learning
We hope that your child’s home learning is going well. We have had many parents thank us for the work that is being sent and I know many students are communicating with their Teachers regularly and work is being sent predominantly through Class Charts. Please may I remind all that the overarching guidance for remote learning is on our College website under ‘latest news’ https://horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/corona-virus-remote-learning-at-htc/

One or two parents have said they do not have the Microsoft office suite of programs to complete some of the work set. The good news is this can be downloaded for free via Microsoft. Full guidance of where and how to do this can be found on Firefly (our virtual learning environment): https://firefly.horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/ict-support-knowledgebase/microsoft-office/office-365-installation To log in to Firefly your child uses the same username and log in as they do to log in to the College network. We continue to review and add new features to many of the Firefly pages so do please look at the subject pages frequently.

It is to be recommended that students follow their normal timetabled lessons to give them structure for the day. It is also important for students to continue learning, it is unclear how long schools will be closed and students’ academic development is imperative for their future performance particularly in public examinations.

 On-line Safety
The page below has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that can be completed to support your child with online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

Mental and Physical Well-being
With schools closed and many adults working from home, families are going to be spending more time in a confined space. It is very easy to get ‘cabin fever’ when students are used to having a variety of activities and freedom to socialise. CEOP and Parent Zone have worked together to produce the following advice on how to look after your family’s mental and physical health when you are indoors. There are some ideas on how to incorporate physical exercise which is equally important.

https://parentinfo.org/article/how-to-look-after-your-family-s-mental-health-when-you-re-stuck-indoors?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

ChatHealth Messaging Service
Text the school nurse
Young people aged 11-19 years old can send a text to:
07507332160

This service is available for all young people in these unsettling times who might be worried about their health and well-being. The school nurse is available for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

During these unsettling times, as a young person, they may be worried about their health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help they need.

School nurses are available to help – students can text for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

The ChatHealth messaging service is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and is available 0830–1630 on Monday to Friday. They aim to reply within one working day and there is an immediate bounce-back to confirm the text has been received. Texts are not seen outside of normal working hours.

 Other useful numbers

Hants children’s services 0300 555 1384
Child line 0800 11 11
Police 101 (or 999 if in immediate danger)
NSPCC 0808 800 5000

We will write to you when we have further updates about the current situation or when we access information that will be useful for us all to know. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents/carers and students, and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times. We urge you to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

20 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday 18 March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. I am writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority.

School will close at the end of Friday 20 March and there is no expectation that students will then attend College until the advice from Government changes.

Emergency Service

While our College will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the Country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work.

There is no expectation that children of these key workers have to attend school.  If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.  We have been advised that the first principle of the Government guidance is that parents should only send their child to school if there is no safe alternative. 

The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a Social Worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.

Again, there is no requirement that children from these groups have to come to school.

Online materials and learning

You have received information regarding the online learning and the links to the resources.  These are to be found on the HTC website.

In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that I will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the students at our College.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

19 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools will close as of Monday 23 March 2020.

Year 9 students are to remain at home on Friday 20 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.

It was announced that schools would remain partially open for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable students, including those with social care support and students with EHCPs.   We are currently working on these arrangements and hope to share them with the relevant parents as soon as possible.   The Government is yet to share a complete definition of ‘key workers’ but they did mention NHS staff, Police, Social Care Workers and Delivery Drivers.  We anticipate that this group will also include members of the Armed Forces and all Emergency Services.

We are asking parents to contact us at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk  by 12 noon Friday 20 March 2020 if in your household you are a ‘key worker’ and would therefore need to access this provision.  This will help us to then plan sufficient staffing over the coming weeks.

The information letter (sent 17 March 2020) indicates to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  This is available on the College website. Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education.

We will send parents updates via e-mail, HTC College Website and HTC College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.  

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.  Information on examinations is due from the Department for Education tomorrow.  Please make sure that the College has your most up to date details.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

18 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools are to remain open.  This we will do to the best of our ability.

However, the situation has arisen where we have insufficient staff to support student learning and welfare for all.  We have therefore had to make the decision to ask Year 9 students to remain at home on Thursday 19 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.  We will endeavour to prioritise Year Groups that are due to take public examinations.

The information letter (sent 17 March 2020) indicates to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education. Please refrain from contacting individual Teachers whilst the College is still operating unless you have a safeguarding concern.

All extra-curricular clubs are cancelled until further notice.  Revision classes will continue.

We will send parents a daily update via e-mail, College Website and College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.   

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.  Please make sure that the College has your most up to date details.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Ref:   JAS/VAR

17 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools are to remain open.  This we will do to the best of our ability.

However, the situation has arisen where we have insufficient staff to support student learning and welfare for all.  We have therefore had to make the decision to ask Year 9 students to remain at home on Wednesday 18 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.  We will endeavour to prioritise Year Groups that are due to take public examinations.

We currently have no advice from the Department of Education on what will happen during the exam period.

Please find attached an information letter that will indicate to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education.

All extra-curricular clubs will be cancelled from today until further notice.  Revision classes will continue.

We will send parents a daily update via e-mail, College Website and College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.  

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

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