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To all our Parents, Carers and Students,
In light of the announcements this evening regarding school closures from Monday I will ask you all to be patient and await a full communication from me and the governors tomorrow. I know you are all anxious but at the moment all we know is:
I am devastated at the prospect of shutting the doors of the school to most of our students. However we have a good plan to offer a broad, well planned curriculum to students at home and have spent the last week looking at how we can support you all in making sure you the children continue to learn and are safe. We know these are scary times. We are all doing our best to try and respond to an unprecedented situation.
Tomorrow we are staying open for years 7,10 and 11. We have had more staff isolate or fall ill today, to remain open we are collapsing classes and senior leaders are covering lessons where we can. We will update you regarding the plan for Friday and if we are able to continue this level of service.
By tomorrow evening we will be ready to send out to parents and careers a letter and guidance outlining how and when we will set work for students during the full school closure which begins on Monday.
For all those students in self isolation or in years 8 or 9 they should be following the task grid we sent out earlier today and the advice on how to work at home.
We will also begin to plan for what the offer will look like for those who will be offered schooling onsite from Monday.
Finally a huge thank you to the wonderful staff of Heartlands High School who are doing so much to reassure students, teach in increasingly difficult circumstances and plan for the impending closures. We are lucky to have such a wonderful staff.
I will be in touch tomorrow.
Thank you for all your support and well wishes. We are thinking of all our families at this difficult time.
As outlined in communication yesterday we have produced a guidance sheet for students working at home here:
We have also created a Task Grid for all learners to enable them to follow their normal timetable at home.
Please read with care to be able to support your child. If you have internet connectivity or access issues at home please contact the school office; we can help!
Please note: to access this work you MUST be logged onto your school google account. If it prompts you to ‘request access’ and this is from your home email we can not share it with you.
Heartlands High School is currently open for all students however we have had to make some decisions to enable this to happen. Please note:
We are preparing for a part closure tomorrow. We will prioritise years 7,10 and 11 and those with SEND or vulnerable home situations. If we part close we will make lunch available for collection from school for those not in school but entitled to a Free School Meal.
I will send you communication later today with all the details for the rest of the week. Please rest assured we will remain open for as long as we can for as many as we can!
We are finalising advice regarding what children should do when self isolating and how we set work in this instance, or in the instance of school closure. This will be sent directly to students and posted on this dedicated page of the website.
These are challenging times. We remind students there is online support and counseling available through www.kooth.com and a program to help with stress through www.headspace.com. Students will need to register if they have not already, however, this is free and easy to do.
Best wishes to you all. I will keep you updated
Heartlands will be open as usual tomorrow. We encourage all our families to follow the advice as outlined on the NHS website.
Please isolate your children for:
Please do ensure you check all advice in full. We appreciate students will need work to completing if they are isolating but relatively well. We will be setting online work tomorrow; please ask students to check their email in the early afternoon for details on what is expected of them.
Please be advised that any choice to self isolation in accordance with this will be considered as an authorised absence.
Please contact the absence line if your child will not be coming in.
Best wishes to all our families
Heartlands High School will be celebrating World Book Day 2020 on Thursday 05 March.
Details of events and activities that will be running next week to mark World Book Day can be found here.
Please encourage your child to dedicate a special focus to reading next week.
We are aware that some families may have travelled abroad over the half-term break, please find below, details on precautions that may be needed during this period of Coronavirus outbreak.
It has been reaffirmed that the current risk to individuals in the UK from Coronavirus is low. Normal hand hygiene should be encouraged to minimise any risk from this or other viruses.
There is specific advice administered by the Government for people with recent travel from certain affected countries, available here. This advice is updated daily.
The travel advice is specific to those who have recently travelled to:
Advice updated as of 16 February also includes travel from the following countries:
There is currently no advice for anyone with recent travel to any countries not listed above.
Updates will be provided as and when we receive them from the Council/Government.
Please find the After School Clubs timetable for this half-term here