Coronavirus family briefing number 5: 15.30 Tuesday 24rd March 2020

Coronavirus family briefing number 5: 15.30 Tuesday 24rd March 2020

Dear families,
First of all, may we say a huge thankyou to all families who have taken the decision to keep their sons at home during this difficult time. This will help us all to stay healthy and heed the Prime Minister’s advice to stay in the house as far as possible to reduce infection rates.
Just thinking back to where we were as a country this time last week, it is staggering to see how all of our lives have changed. Hopefully the measures and guidelines the Government are putting in place will be temporary, but for the time being this is the reality of our situation. Naturally the school’s position has also had to change in response to these prevailing conditions. With this in mind, we are now focussing on two main lines of activity:
1. Supporting the vast majority of students in their homes through a range of online learning activities and telephone therapy sessions.

2. Supporting a very small number of students at school due to exceptional circumstances.
Over the past few days staff have been receiving training on how to deliver online sessions and preparing resources for them. We will slowly introduce these over the course of this week to make sure everything is working as we would like from the school point of view and will be keen to hear how it is working from a student and family perspective. We think we can safely assume there will be a number of teething issues with this, but we will do our best to work through them together. Further guidance on how this will work including timetables for different groups and sessions will be available Thursday 26th March
Free school meals: In addition to the above, we are very much aware that for some families, providing meals during the week is an additional financial burden on the family budget. So, if there are any families who believe they are entitled to free school meals, for example this may affect some people who are in receipt of universal credit, please contact Rob Piner on rpiner@swalcliffepark.co.uk and we will look into how we might be able to help. Please be reassured that all requests will be dealt with in strictest confidence.
As we have seen over the past few days, this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. We are doing our very best to keep up to date with the latest advice so that we can stay open and provide as much of a service as we possibly can. As ever, if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of school life please just let us know. In the meantime, we will continue to send out daily briefing notes with our latest news.

With best wishes and thanks to