Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                      17th March 2020

The last week has focused on the School planning to manage the developing coronavirus situation. We continue to follow Government guidance and we are receiving updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England on a daily basis.

During the last week we have put in place plans to ensure that students are provided with work and support from their teachers in the event of a school closure. These plans will be communicated to you via the Bromcom email and SMS messages when closure becomes necessary.

From today, we will have to begin to amend our timetable because of staff absence and it will become necessary to begin sending individual year groups home whilst protecting the lessons of students in Year 9, 10 and 11.

We will issue an update about plans for partial closure at 1pm today.

Please look out for this update. You can help us by doing the following:

Following Government guidance on self-isolation. If your child has a high temperature or new, persistent cough, then the Government recommendation is that they should be isolated for seven days. If anyone in your family home is displaying these symptoms, your child should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day the person at home started to display symptoms (even if they have no symptoms themselves).

Regularly checking Bromcom/emails and student portal for updates.

Avoiding calling the School regarding non-urgent issues as staff are busy supporting students and preparing work for the event of school closure

While we will need to begin to plan for sending individual year groups home, we will do our best to support parents who work in occupations at the forefront of managing the coronavirus situation.

This would mean prioritising the children of these parents to be kept at school in the event of a partial closure even if the rest of their year group was sent home. The occupations covered in this category include those parents working in the health service, social services, education or the emergency services. If you work in one of these occupations (or similar) and do not have access to childcare in the event of a partial school closure, then please notify the school.

Kind regards,

Mr Mapara