Headteachers letter to parents and carers 17/3/20

17 March 2020

Dear parent/carers

 

SCHOOL UPDATE

As I am sure you are aware, the government have advised that, at the moment, schools remain open. However, we believe school closure is likely to be seen in the next fortnight, if not by the end of the week. As a small special school any staff absence has a big impact on our capacity to manage the school effectively and ensure learning continues. We rely on staff to keep pupils safe at all times  and that is our primary duty. Due to the recent guidance on vulnerable groups distancing themselves socially for their own protection, we will have a significant staff shortage tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Whilst we have a short term plan to keep the school open and ensure all the boys can carry on with their studies, any further staff sickness or need for isolation will bring about further changes. We may need to close the school for different groups over the coming days/weeks if this happens.

 

I realise that for many of the boys this is a worrying time, and we as adults need to try to allay their fears and anxieties about the virus. At school we have chosen to tell them that 'all the evidence shows that children will be OK'. 

 

CHANGE IN ARRANGEMENTS

In the short term we are keeping the school open but I have taken the decision to:

  • Suspend the residential provision as from TODAY (17th March 2020). So, boys will come home tonight and travel to and from school daily until the residential provision is reinstated. This is for the protection of pupils and staff that work in very close proximity to each other during the evenings and who will not be able to take part in the usual trips and activities. 
  • We will also be suspending the offsite provision for ALL boys who can no longer work in public places; work packs are being delivered today. Work at Circles Farm and with REACH will be continue until further notice.
  • We will also be collapsing the Year 11 timetable to ensure they can have intense 1:1 tuition during the school day in preparation for their exams next term and we are amalgamating the two small Year 9 Groups together. This should free up Teaching staff who will also be supported by residential staff that will now work during the day time to support learning.

WORK PACKS AND ON-LINE LEARNING

Staff are currently working hard to produce work packs and directions to on-line learning platforms that pupils and parents can access if the school is closed at any point. These will be posted, e-mailed and you will be signposted to on-line resources.

 

MANAGING YOUR HEALTH AND ISOLATION

Please ensure you follow the Government advice on managing your family's health and self isolation, and ensure you are up to date on the guidance that changes daily https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

 

KEEPING UP TO DATE

We will keep you up to date on the situation via e-mail and the website https://www.langhamoaks.com/ so please keep an eye on it.

 

Clearly this is an unprecedented time for us all and we all need to work together to support our children. As a school we will continue to do everything that we can to support you all.

 

Kindest regards

Simon Dawson

Headteacher 

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