CoronaVirus & College Closure Update
Update 21st May 2020
- NEW ITEMS
- Nothing significant to report.
- I will write an update letter to parents tomorrow (22nd May) which will be consistent with this and recent updates.
- The national debate about whether it is safe for students and staff to return to schools is still raging. We are planning gently with a notional 15th June date in mind, but will make no big decisions until the week beginning 1st June; we will have better government information, scientific data, and will seek the views of parents during that week.
- We are prioritising our ECP provision for key workers’ children and vulnerable children. Numbers are rising steadily. This will, of course, reduce our capacity for a future return to school this term.
- SUMMARY OF CURRENT POSITION
- Until 15th June at least, there is no change to the existing position.
- We will continue to send remote learning tasks to students. We are looking to “refresh” this to increase variety and improve motivation.
- Perhaps my most important point is that parents can be reassured that safety is my absolute priority, and I will continue to be extremely cautious. While I believe that students’ educational interests are best met in College, this cannot be at any cost or risk.
- Please ignore continuing media speculation and the fierce debates about likely dates for schools re-opening. The next key date is the Government 3-week review on 28th May and any significant changes will be notified in the week beginning 1st June
3. College Closure: Main Points
- Clyst Vale site is closed, except our Emergency Childcare Provision (ECP) for children of key workers and vulnerable children (and deliveries, essential contractors, etc) ·
- If you have any concerns about a student at Clyst Vale, please contact the school and ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mr Sutton, Mrs Albutt, Miss McConnachie or Mr A Pearce). If this is not possible please contact MASH, The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0345 155 1071.
- Emergency Childcare Provision
- We are fully committed to maintaining our offer to look after the children of key workers (secondary age group) and vulnerable students
- ECP will run daily Monday to Friday 08.30 – 17.00. Please contact us if you wish to discuss varying these hours (within reason) for individual children.
(If no children attend, the College will close at 12.00.)
- ECP has moved to a booking system. Places for the next day can be booked until 9.00 p.m. the night before (including Sunday, for Monday). Or phone the number which has been provided to ECP parents.
- School Transport is suspended. If you are a key worker and would like school transport, please contact on the day before you require transport.
- Remote Learning
- Teachers are working from home to set work on the day your child would have their lesson. The activities set should take 2-3 hours in Year 7 rising to 3-4 in Year 10.
- Work will be assigned on Microsoft Teams and notified on students’ College e-mail accounts.
- Free School Meals
- We joined the Edenred/Government scheme from 6th
- If you have any queries about Free School Meals, please contact Racheal Long on .
- Public Examinations
- Exam Results Days have been confirmed as Thursday 13th August for A-Level and AS (and presumably vocational Level 3 courses, but we don’t know this); Thursday 20th August for GCSE (and vocational Level 1 & 2 courses ?).
- We still await information from the Department of Education or Exam Boards as to how vocational qualifications will be assessed, and also the mechanics of how we send results to the Exam Boards.
- We cannot discuss predicted grades with students, parents or carers at any stage. This is prohibited in the guidance.
- Trips and Visits
- Parents WILL be refunded in full for payments made. Clearly, this is your money, so this is a priority for us and we will keep you updated. We have made good progress !
|TRIP/VISIT||DATE OF TRAVEL/VISIT||YEAR GROUP||ESTIMATED REFUND DATE||NOTES|
|Chepstow Castle||17.03.20||7||27.03.20||All refunds complete.|
|UCAS Convention||17.03.20||12||16.03.20||All refunds complete.|
|Leeson House Dorset||18.03.20||12||Rearranged||Looking to re-arrange trip to 16-18 November 2020, waiting for confirmation from Leeson House.|
|Paris||23.03.20||7||TBC||Currently negotiating refund with Travel Company.|
|Psychology Revision||25.03.20||12 & 13||By the end of June||Waiting for funds to be received back from Tutor2u.|
|Prom 2020||26.06.20||11||By 15.05.20||All refunds complete|
|Bude||13.07.20||8||TBC||Parents being contacted re method of repayment|
|Woodlands||14.07.20||7-9||17.04.20||All refunds complete.|
|Belgium||16.07.20||9||TBC||Parents being contacted re method of repayment|
|Italy Ski||13.02.21||7-10||Trip still going ahead||Parents to continue to make payments as per schedule.|
LINKS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
This is the Government’s guidance to parents:
The following link is the government’s advice to schools:
The next link is Devon County Council’s dedicated website for parents for Coronavirus advice
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
There are hundreds of support agencies’ links I could list for mental health and on-line issues. Here are just four, but all are tried and tested.
- kooth.com has a load of information and on-line counselling; mainly mental health
- childline.org.uk 0800 1111 has been around for ages, but is still one of the best helplines
- thinkuknow.org.uk focusses on on-line issues including bullying, or messages that make you uncomfortable
- Young Devon (Google it) is web-based, and points you to a wide range of possible services
Kevin Bawn, Principal