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School Closure and Remote Working Arrangements

March 20th, 2020

School Closure and Remote Working Arrangements

As you will have heard, the government has taken the decision to close schools for a period of time apart from those of key workers and vulnerable students. 

We expect that most of our Harrow Way families will be able to manage childcare provision. We are making a provision for students who cannot be at home during the school day, but this is only to be accessed if there is no alternative for your child, your family are not self-isolating and do not have symptoms. Details of the arrangements have been sent through to those involved already.

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.

No school buses will be running. Transport to and from school will be parents’ responsibility.

Thank you so much for your amazing support so far! 

Remote Working Arrangements Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Starting Monday 23rd March 2020

Teachers have been busy putting together work that can be completed at home – the details of which will be found below:

Year 11 Students

Following the announcement that year 11 will not sit examinations this summer we find ourselves in a very strange position. However, we feel that students should continue their education. as while GCSE examinations are an endpoint, learning is a lifelong activity – The Harrow Way motto is ‘ Learning for Life, success for all’

We feel that we would be doing students a disservice if we ‘cast them aside’ because they will not be sitting terminal examinations. The government has promised that they will get the qualifications they need to go on to post-16 learning and thus they will need the knowledge, skills and understanding that continuing to study in year 11 will provide.  Teachers will use Google Classroom or Show My Homework to set work. We will also be looking to work with the Colleges on getting some pre reading/work for post 16 courses so Year 11 gets off to a flying start next year – further details will follow over the coming weeks.  Therefore, we will continue to set work up until the 8th May for most subjects.

Year 11 Examinations

We recognise that our Year 11 students will be significantly affected by the announcement that no public examinations will be taken this year. Further details on arrangements for exams which have been cancelled to fight the spread of coronavirus were released today. GCSE Grading 2020. I will summarise what this all means for Year 11 students next week.

 

Year 7-10 Students

Students are expected to follow their usual timetable during the day – this can be found in their student diaries. It is really important that they remain in a routine. Teachers will use Google Classroom or Show My Homework to set work that must be completed. It is essential that we have your support in ensuring that this work is completed fully so that Year 11 do not fall behind in their studies. 

Years 7 – 10 students will also have work set via Google Classroom or Show My Homework. It might be beneficial to ask students to follow their timetable where possible so that the correct amount of time is spent on each subject. This will also give you a framework for dividing up the day.

We anticipate that the BBC will be providing materials and we know already that schools are thinking of links they can share with parents. Colleagues in our School Improvement Service are collating a list which will be sent out shortly which can be used by schools to share with parents.

 

Google Classroom and Show My Homework are all accessible via the internet so your child can use a laptop, tablet, PC or smartphone to complete the work. If you do not have internet access at home you can collect paper-based work packs. Please request these via the school office at admin@harrowway.hants.sch.uk or call 01264 364533

Your child will need to log-in to Show My Homework via the school’s virtual learning environment (https://vle.harrowway.hants.sch.uk/) using their usual school log-in. Again, contact the school office if you have any issues or queries.

Teachers will be accessible via their school email accounts if you have any subject related questions. However, do bear in mind that teachers may also be ill or looking after their own children so they may not respond as quickly as usual. 

We will update you with any information that we get over the next days and weeks. We are here to support you as much as possible. We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for all of their support so far during this unprecedented crisis. 

Please make sure that students do not have too much screen time and that they have adequate physical activity (even if it is just in the garden!). To support students’ mental health they might want to access the Think Ninja app for free from any App store (it will ask for the school’s postcode which is SP103RH).

Safeguarding

During these unprecedented times the school will continue to offer general advice and guidance on a range of issues including safeguarding of young people.  We encourage parents to make full use of our website which contains a variety of useful websites dealing with specific issues like mental health, internet safety, cyber bullying and safeguarding.

If an urgent issue arises during the school closure parents can make contact with the schools DSL and DDSL via email –  katy.woods@harrowway.hants.sch.uk or janice.buckley@harrowway.hants.sch.uk.

Alternatively, if school staff do not respond as they may be unwell, then you can also contact Childrens Services directly on 0300 555 1384 (Office hours – Mon to Fri 9am until 5pm) or childrens.services@hants.gov.uk (Office hours – Mon to Fri 9am until 5pm). There is also an out of hours contact – 0300 555 1373.

If you are in any way concerned that a child is at an immediate risk then you should call 999 without delay.

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