Pupils at Hartford Church of England High School

Covid-19 Update 17th March 2020

17/03/20

Events continue to move very quickly and yesterday evening brought further specific guidance from the government regarding the Coronavirus. As a result we have decided on the following:

  • All extra-curricular activities except for homework club are to cease with immediate effect
  • All out of hours facilities are to close with immediate effect
  • Year 10 Parents’ Evening on March 19th and Year 8 Parents’ Evening on April 2nd have been postponed until an appropriate time in the summer term

We should all continue to follow the general advice around hygiene and hand washing and self isolate if we develop a continuous cough or a high temperature. If your child develops these symptoms at school we will, of course, ask you to come and collect them. If you are already self isolating your child will be able to access work via the following websites:

  • Seneca
  • BBC Bitesize
  • GCSE Pod
  • Active Learn
  • My Maths
  • Timetable Rockstars

We continue to focus on teaching our young people and that will remain our priority. One issue we may face in the coming weeks is adequate staffing should schools remain open: with more stringent advice regarding self isolation now applying to whole families and more vulnerable groups being told to isolate themselves from this weekend, there may come a time when we do not have enough adults in school to educate all year groups. If this becomes the case we will prioritise Years 10 and 11 students.

It is still unclear when schools will be instructed to close and even then a number of questions remain. We know that all Year 11 students and their families are concerned about what may happen to examinations planned for this summer and the simple answer is that at this point we do not know. Only at the point of school closure will we be setting specific work to do via the Google Classroom – we do not have the capacity to do this on an individual student basis. All Year 11 GCSE courses were completed by the end of January and Year 11 students are all well aware of how and what they need to be doing to revise effectively.

One of the main reasons I studied History at University and then became a History teacher 33 years ago was because I used to love hearing the stories of the 1930s and 1940s told to me by my grandparents and parents. Stories of rationing, hardship, conscription and of difficulties overcome by community spirit. What we are facing on a global scale at the moment is unprecedented in my lifetime; but please remember that we are always at the end of a phone or an email should you have any concerns you wish to discuss with us.

All members of our school community are in our thoughts and prayers.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland