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  • DEADLINE FOR GCSE RESITS - 18 SEPTEMBER 2020.  DEADLINE FOR MATHS AND ENGLISH 4 OCTOBER 2020

  • LATEST FAMILIES GUIDE TO SEPTEMBER OPENING CLICK HERE

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YEAR 7 CLICK HERE

  •  ENTRANCE DETAILS  FOR EACH YEAR GROUP CLICK HERE

  • GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS AND RETURN TO SCHOOL IN THE AUTUMN TERM  CLICK HERE

  • LETTERS FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS FOR THE START OF TERM  CLICK HERE

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Coronavirus Update

Monday 23rd March

Dear Families,

There have been a couple of updates over the weekend from Central Government that I need to draw to your attention. Firstly, the guidance for parents who are key workers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Secondly the guidance around Examinations:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

Thank you for allowing the staff we have available the time and space to coordinate this new provision and produce resources for home study - your patience whilst we upload these across the board is appreciated. 

 

 

Friday 20th March (am)

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support so far during these challenging times. It has been lovely to hear the kind messages from you over the last week and we are grateful that you have worked with us to keep the school open and safe, even if we haven't been able to do so for all Year Groups.

 

Whilst we adjust to the latest guidance around key workers and vulnerable students we are aware that you will have many questions about the coming weeks and months ahead. Our priority following closure tonight is being open to support the national interest. We are currently working on what that will look like and how we will staff it whilst adjusting the contingency plans we had in place already. We will update you next week about what we will be providing for students in Years 7-10 and 12 who remain at home. We have already supplied Years 11 and 13 with materials and had a 'drip feed' of resources set up for them in the run up to the examination period. We are still awaiting clarity on what the summer holds for Years 11 and 13, as are they, and the rest of the country. Our message right now is to continue preparing as they would until we have some absolute guidance from Ofqual and the Department for Education. 

 

For parents of Years 7-10 and 12, please be patient whilst we make these adjustments. Our phone lines are busy and, right now, there is no new information. Please give the staff we have in school the time and space to enact our plans so we can have something meaningful in place for your children in the weeks ahead.

 

For parents who are key workers, please find the link to our google sheet and complete it if you have not done so already. HTTPS://FORMS.GLE/176DZBL4JDPEVEUBA The advice for key workers is to keep children at home where possible but, when this is preventing key workers from doing their job, the school service can be used. There may be a further update to this as we await further clarity from the government. 

 

For parents who are in receipt of Free School Meals, we have purchased vouchers for Tesco that we will be distributing from school reception. You will need to bring in your ID, your child's planner and will need to know their date of birth. These will be given out in fortnightly batches once they arrive. We will also have packs of sanitary products available if required. We will update the website and twitter when they are available, this is likely to be Monday or Tuesday next week but please await confirmation online before making the journey to school.

 

We will continue with updates via the website and official twitter, please use these as your key source of school information. The latest guidance for parents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Thank you again for your support and understanding, Take care of yourselves and each other.

 

 

 

THURSDAY 19th March (pm)

Dear Families,

PARTIAL CLOSURE:
School will continue to be open on Friday 20th March for Years 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13. We will be closed to students in Years 9 and 10. 

The students were excellent in school today. Their commitment to learning and their sensible, practical approach to managing this situation with us has been a credit to them and their families. We ask for your support around students wearing gloves and covering their faces  or wanting to wear gloves indoors. This increases their chances of infection and spreading it to others. They therefore should not be wearing them. Please remind your children that this is unnecessary and go through the government guidance around managing the spread of Covid-19.
We understand that the partial closure this impacts upon families and childcare provision but we are in a position where we cannot accommodate all students on site with the level of staffing we have available tomorrow. 


As you will have heard, schools will be closed to most students after the end of the day on Friday. We are responding to the decisions made by the government and will update you when we have clarity around how we will open and who for. The government have mentioned vulnerable students and those whose parents are ‘key workers.’ Once this list of ‘key workers’ is defined we will be asking families to confirm their occupation and the ability of their children to attend school. A letter has been emailed to parents and is available on our website with a link to a Google Form where key workers can request a place for their child at school from Monday the 23rd March. It is crucial that if you are a key worker this is completed.

Please see updates below for the remainder of this week:

KEY SERVICES WORKERS
We are looking to support families who are working in frontline services and are still able to attend work. If you work in the NHS, Emergency Services etc and you would like to send your Year 9 or 10 child to school, we are able to accommodate them. This will not be in their normal lessons but in other classes.

If they are not in self isolation and you want to send them to school, please do so. What we ask is that you provide evidence of your occupation to school – this can be a photograph of your workplace ID on your child’s phone; you could come into school with your ID or email a photograph to your child’s Year Manager.

STUDENTS IN RECEIPT OF FREE SCHOOL MEALS
We are providing packed lunches for students in receipt of Free School Meals who are in Y9 and Y10. Students or Parents will need to come to site between 11.45-12.15 and report to the Drama Studio Entrance where the lunches will be distributed. Students/Parents will need to bring planners or some other form of student identification with them.

YEAR 9 PATHWAYS
We will continue the Year 9 Pathways process despite students currently being out of school. All students have had the presentation in assembly and some input from their tutors, class teachers and Mr Wragg. They now need to make their preferred 4 choices of which one must be a language. There will be a form to complete online via Show My Homework that identifies these choices. These need to be made by Thursday 26th March. All students will get the opportunity to discuss their choices with members of the Senior Leadership Team, this is currently scheduled for week beginning 27th April but may be reviewed as things progress. We are keen to ensure that all students make the right choices and where necessary we can make changes at a later date.

SHOULD MY CHILD BE IN SCHOOL? REVISED GUIDELINES:
New Government advice was released earlier this week, which will affect your decision as to whether to send your child to school. This is:
1) Stay at home if you have either of the main coronavirus symptoms i.e.
a high temperature
a new continuous cough
2) Keep yourself and your child/children at home in self-isolation for 14 days if anyone in your household is showing the signs of coronavirus. These 14 days are for everyone in the house – even if they currently seem fine - starting from the day the first person in the household exhibits symptoms, not 14 days for each person in the house.

Please be aware that the government is advising us to isolate and send home any students showing the symptoms of coronavirus. These are national guidelines and not an individual policy of our academy. Please help us by not sending your children to school if you are in doubt about their symptoms so we do not have to isolate them and contact you during the school day.

SCHOOL EVENTS/TRIPS/PARENTS EVENINGS/AFTER SCHOOL INTERVENTION/EXTRA-CURRICULAR
To help focus on keeping lessons running and to help you manage your commitments as families we are stopping or reducing large school events. We will now postpone all trips, shows and parents’ evenings until further notice. Assemblies are no longer taking place in school and we have made adjustments to some activities including lunchtime arrangements to reduce the time spent in larger groups during the school day. After school interventions and extra-curricular will no longer take place due to capacity.

EXAM/TEST RESOURCES:

We will make key resources for Year 11 and 13 and other year groups available in the following ways, should the school have to close.

PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS:
The government and examination boards are exploring the best ways to support the forthcoming examination seasons. Examinations may not take place at the usual time but the arrangements for this have not yet been confirmed. We will update you all once there is further guidance on this provision.


Thank you again for your support.

These are challenging times for all of us and we wish you all the very best in staying safe and keeping healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 17th March (pm)

PARTIAL CLOSURE:

Dear Families,

Because of the new guidelines around self-isolation, we no longer have enough staff to run at full capacity, and will have to partially close for some year groups. As such School will be closed on Wednesday 18th March to students in Year 9 and 10. All other Year Groups will be in school as normal. We understand that this impacts upon families and childcare provision but we are in a position where we cannot accommodate all students on site with the level of staffing we have available tomorrow. We will review our situation on Wednesday evening and update you further. We may rotate the year groups we have in school on different days as we deal with this rapidly changing situation, again, we will update you in this situation. As you will know from the news, the government advice is to keep schools open we are endeavouring to do so and ensure it is a safe place for children and staff to attend. We are grateful to all of you for your support during these exceptional circumstances.

 

You will understand that our first priority will be to ensure critical learning for our examination years, and then our youngest and most vulnerable students. Again, we will do all we can to keep you informed of this in as clear and as timely way as possible, but please understand this is a rapidly changing and fluid situation for us to manage.

 

The national advice around student absence has now changed as follows:

 

SHOULD MY CHILD BE IN SCHOOL? REVISED GUIDELINES:

New Government advice was released last night, which will affect your decision as to whether to send your child to school. This is:

  • Stay at home if you have either of the main coronavirus symptoms i.e.
    • o a high temperature
    • o a new continuous cough
  • Keep yourself and your child/children at home in self-isolation for 14 days if anyone in your household is showing the signs of coronavirus. These 14 days are for everyone in the house – even if they currently seem fine - starting from the day the first person in the household exhibits symptoms, not 14 days for each person in the house.

 

Please be aware that the government is advising us to isolate and send home any students showing the symptoms of coronavirus.  These are national guidelines and not an individual policy of our academy. Please help us by not sending your children to school if you are in doubt about their symptoms so we do not have to isolate them and contact you during the school day.

 

CLOSING THE SCHOOL:

We will do all we can to keep our school open – we know we are a key part of the community.  We appreciate an open school helps you to be able to work as well helping our children to enjoy the best education possible. We are now having to modify which Year Groups are in school on which days and, again, thank you for your support with this.

 

If the government change their advice and ask us to close,  we will follow their guidelines and keep you informed by letter and through our digital platforms including our website and twitter.

 

SCHOOL EVENTS/TRIPS/PARENTS EVENINGS/AFTER SCHOO INTERVENTION/EXTRA-CURRICULAR

To help focus on keeping lessons running and to help you manage your commitments as families we are stopping or reducing large school events. We will now postpone all trips, shows and parents’ evenings until further notice. Assemblies are no longer taking place in school and we have made adjustments to some activities including lunchtime arrangements to reduce the time spent in larger groups during the school day. After school interventions and extra-curricular will no longer take place due to capacity.

 

EXAM/TEST RESOURCES:

We will make key resources for Year 11 and 13 and other year groups available in the following ways, should the school have to close.

 

PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS:

The government and examination boards are exploring the best ways to support the forthcoming examination seasons. We will update you all once there is further guidance on this provision.

 

 

Thank you again for your support.

 

These are challenging times for all of us and we wish you all the very best in staying safe and keeping healthy.

  

Tuesday 17th March

Dear Families,

 In light of the latest information in the Prime Minister’s statement and the guidance from Public Health England we have taken the decision to postpone the Year 9 Progress Evening this week and the Year 11 Progress Evening the following week. Whilst these events are important and we know there will be disappointment, the social distancing measures announced make it necessary to adjust our plan for the time being. We will be in touch with future dates.

We are taking additional measures in school to reduce the time spent in larger gatherings but it will be ‘business as usual’ for the most part at Derby Moor. School will remain open at normal times for all year groups and after school sessions will continue as normal. Any change to this will be communicated via our website and our official twitter feed – please be careful about other sources of information and contact school if you are unsure.

 The latest update to guidance for schools states that

    • young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education as normal.
    • if young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.

 We ask that you follow the guidance, call into school if your child is to be absent and follow advice from Public Health England on the links posted below for information about self-isolation and effective hygiene. The Prime Ministers statement on Monday suggested that anyone in a household with someone displaying the symptoms should now self-isolate for 14 days.

 Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

 

Friday 14th March

 Dear families,

In addition to the advice posted yesterday there has been a further update from today, Friday 13 March, on the guidance to schools on managing the spread of coronavirus

 People with symptoms are no longer asked to call NHS 111, but rather to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online.

 Anyone with a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature has been asked to stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.

 There are no planned changes to timetables or school opening. Derby Moor Academy will continue to open as usual, and will take specific public health advice on a daily basis.

Planned overseas travel from schools has been suspended. This will remain the case for the foreseeable future, and does not affect planned trips within the UK at this time.

Information about the simple steps families can take to limit the spread of coronavirus is available here.

 

Department of Education have a helpline up and running to answer questions about COVID19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687 or email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

 Your support and calm approach to this matter is appreciated. Be assured that the safety and well-being of everyone connected to our community is always our number one priority.

 

Thursday 13th March

You will be aware that the government are issuing daily updates around Coronavirus at present and their emergency team ‘Cobra’ are due to meet today (Thursday 13th March) to plan future actions. Please be reassured that we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and taking all the necessary precautions in school to safeguard our community. We will update you using our usual methods of communication for any significant changes over the next few days, weeks and months. For clarity, we do not have plans to close the school at present. Central government have not issued any direction to do so but preparations are afoot to respond quickly to any directive from the Department for Education or a significant event within our community. For now, it is business as usual and we will update you should the situation change.

Our advice to families at present remains around good hygiene, limiting face touching and shaking hands etc in line with that coming from the government. We would also advise that you follow reliable media sources for updates and check the school website and twitter feed regularly. It is important that we are all responsible, remain calm and act based upon factual sources in what are unprecedented times ahead. Thank you for your support with this.

 

Please find associated links below that you may find helpful:

 

The latest travel advice can be found here:

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

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

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

The importance of HYGIENE

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·         https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

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.

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 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

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

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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