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Covid 19 Update

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

What are we doing to help?

In the event of a whole school closure we have been putting measures in place to be able to teach remotely, please visit our "Remote Learning" section for further information.

Copies of all correspondence that have been sent out from the school to parents can be found under the "Parents" section of our website.

Whilst school is open

Any student who is following government advice to Socially distance or isolate still need to be Safeguarded by Becton school staff. Due to the risk of spread of the virus, the safeguarding checks will be by phone call from a member of Becton school staff, Wherever possible this will include a conversation with the student as well as the parent/carer.
If students are accessing online lessons, they will receive a B code for lessons attended and Safeguarding phone calls will not be required. If you require any further information with regard to our Safeguarding policies and procedures please visit the Safeguarding area of the website.

 

James Gibson

Head teacher