Coronavirus family briefing number 4: 15.30 Monday 23rd March 2020

Dear families,
We hope that you had as relaxing a weekend as possible given the current constraints of social distancing and self-isolation. Hopefully some of you also managed some form of Mother’s Day recognition.
We are continuing to receive advice from the DfE on a daily basis and are naturally trying to gain a sense from families and staff about the best way to manage the situation in school. In addition to this, I think we could all sense a change in tone from the Government over the weekend about our responsibilities to stay at home where at all possible and to limit the amount of social contact we have outside those we live with. Please see latest guidance by clicking on the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people
As you will see from the advice above, as a special school we have a fine line to tread. We want to be able to stay open as long as we can for our most vulnerable students and those whose families are fulfilling vital key worker roles but also to balance this with our responsibility for keeping everyone at school as safe as possible.
We totally understand why a significant number of you have chosen to keep your son at home from now on and should anyone else wish to do so then you have our permission and we appreciate your support.
In the meantime, we continue to provide a level of education/care for those students who are attending school but please appreciate that this will be dependent on student numbers and staffing considerations. One of the options open to us is to facilitate online learning rather than classroom- based learning. We are sure you will appreciate that it is not practical for us to operate a full online option while we still have boys in school. We will, however, start to trial a small-scale version later this week. More details about this will be included in the briefing note tomorrow.
A separate note from our therapy team will also follow this briefing note to explain how we are looking at a different model to continue therapeutic support to students. We hope you find it helpful but please let us know if you have any questions.
We appreciate that there is a different tone to the briefing note today, unfortunately we are only trying to reflect the gravity of the situation we are all facing. This is a time where we all need to work together to help each other as best we can. As part of this please ensure that you do not send your son to school if he has symptoms of any illness or if he has been in close proximity to anyone else showing symptoms of illness. This is with the health and safety of everyone in the school, and their families in mind.
Assuring you all of our continuing support in such challenging times. If anyone would like to speak to us directly please just contact the school and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes from us all at school,
Kiran, Rob and Rob

Swalcliffe Park School
Swalcliffe
Banbury
OX15 5EP
01295 780302
rpiner@swalcliffepark.co.uk