Information for current parents

3rd April 2020 

Dear Parents/Carers,

In line with government advice, the vast majority of our students are being kept at home. Here we outline the main things that parents and carers need to be aware of about our provision over the coming weeks.

Supporting our community

Given the challenging circumstances that all schools and academies face at this time, as we have already advised, we are reviewing our provision on a daily basis for all our students. We are also working very closely with our AG to support the community in any way possible. We have also donated equipment from our Science lab to the local NHS.

As an E-ACT academy, Bourne End also follow the same stringent safeguarding and welfare processes and our staff already benefit from having close working relationships with one another. We have designed a safeguarding concern form and emergency contact form on our website. Inputs via these two forms are continuously being monitored by the Headteacher and the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Safeguarding Concern form

Emergency contact form

 

Our provision over the Easter holidays

We will continue to support the children of key workers and our most vulnerable students over the Easter holidays. Parents and carers can also collect their free school meals from the academy during this time. Our building will be open from 9 am to 11 am on weekdays, excluding bank holidays. This will help us to provide any essential services, such as Free School Meal, to our students. However, this also reduces non-essential social contacts, as per government guidelines.

Please note that we are unfortunately unable to provide any provision on Good Friday and Easter Monday due to the availability of staff during this difficult time. We understand that this may pose certain practical issues for you, so please contact your local authority as soon as possible as they may be able to offer a suitable alternative.

Please be aware of fraudulent free school meal emails

We have been made aware of fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Department for Education being sent to the parents of children in receipt of free school meals. If you have received such an email, which will typically contain a request for bank details, please do not respond and delete it immediately.

For students in academy

We are taking the following precautions:

  • We are keeping class sizes and student gatherings as small as possible.
  • All students are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • We are carrying out deeper cleans throughout the academy day in line with the latest government guidance.
  • If a student is unwell, they will be moved to a safe, isolated room until their parents can collect them.

Arrangements for students at home

Staff who are not currently based in academy are working remotely and setting classwork online and through work packs. We will be in regular contact with parents and carers to discuss your child’s progress.

GCSE and A level examinations will not be taking place this year

I would like to reassure you that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure our students are awarded the qualifications they deserve and have worked so hard for. We are working closely with the Department for Education and Ofqual, and we will be in touch with parents and carers as soon as we have any more information on the process by which our students will receive their grades.

Supporting your child’s mental health during this period of uncertainty

In addition to the resources with have already shared with you to help support your child’s mental health during this time, we have highlighted four practical things you can do to support your child:

  • Look out for any changes in behaviour: young people may respond to stress in different ways – have you noticed any changes in their emotional state or physical behaviours?
  • Provide clear information about the situation: talk openly about what is happening and provide honest answers to any questions they have. Also explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe.
  • Acknowledge concerns: young people will be hearing things from friends and through social media. Talk to them about what is going on, listen to them and acknowledge their concerns.
  • Create a new routine: routine provides reassurance and an increased feeling of safety, especially if they are not in academy. Make a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, physical activity and relaxing.

For more detailed guidance, visit gov.uk by clicking here.

Keeping your child safe online

We understand that some parents and carers may be feeling anxious about the fact that your child is likely to be spending more time online over the coming weeks. The websites below contain expert support and practical tips on keeping your child safe online:

You can find more information on gov.uk by clicking here.

If you or your child start to feel unwell over the coming weeks

If in the coming weeks someone in your household is advised to self-isolate by the NHS, please let us know as soon as possible using the email address absent@e-act.org.uk. We will need your child’s name, year group and the academy they attend. The latest guidance from the NHS can be found here.

Thank you

We find ourselves in uncertain times, yet our students and families, our staff and our wider communities have pulled together despite the challenges we face. We are being reminded every day of just how fortunate we are to serve such a special community.

Thank you for your continued support of the academy.

Stay healthy and safe. 

Best

Likhon Muhammad

Headteacher

 

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