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Update on COVID-19 and School Closure

Dear Parent / Carer,

I am writing to update you on actions and plans Furze Platt Senior School have taken and are planning to take in relation to Covid-19. 

Covid-19 – Preparing for School Closures from Monday 23rd March

Thank you for your patience and support this week as we manage the impact of Covid-19 on Furze Platt Senior School. This letter seeks to further clarify points in relation to the school closure announcement and how they impact our school. However, I need to emphasise there is much we still do not know and will need to share with you in the future.

 

Furze Platt Senior School will be closed at 3.15 pm on Friday 20th March for Years 10,11,12 and 13

As announced by the Education Secretary and Prime Minister, unless you are a key worker or your child has an EHCP then we will close for students from the end of this Friday.

Work will be set as detailed in my letter of Monday 16 March (available in the attachments below).

Staff will be setting work using Show My Homework. Should you or your children have trouble accessing Show My Homework please use the following link:

https://www.furzeplatt.com/news/?pid=3&nid=1&storyid=1538.

We will have a limited team on site and our staff will be available online should you or your sons and daughters have questions or queries.

 

Children of Key Workers

If you are a key worker, we would be happy to provide childcare during the hours of 8.30-4.30. The government promised to provide a list on the Cabinet Office website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office

If you are one of these workers I would be grateful if you follow this link http://bit.ly/33snq7C and complete our online survey. This will enable us to identify key workers and their children, as well as whether or not you intend to send your child to school. We also have a dedicated email keyworker@furzeplatt.net should you have any questions.

 

EHCP Students

Likewise, we are happy to provide on-site support for students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). I already know that some parents and carers of students with EHCPs would sooner keep their children at home. However, should you be intending to send your child into school please could you use the email address keyworker@furzeplatt.net to inform us.

 

Students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)

Prior to the government’s announcements yesterday, we had already arranged to send vouchers to FSM students in Years 8 and 9 this week, and for all FSM students next week. This will continue to happen. However, yesterday the government announced that they will be organising a ‘national voucher system’. We will be in contact once we know more.

 

No Examinations this Academic Year

From parental correspondence and meeting our students I know many were devastated that they were not going to be able to show the results of their hard work. As I explained in assemblies, it is very unclear as to how students will be rewarded and what may replace examinations. Here is the latest announcement from the government (20th March 2020): news.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

 

Events

With the school closed there remains considerable uncertainty over future events. I simply ask parents and carers to be patient, look out for communications from Furze Platt Senior School and we will endeavour to inform you once timelines are clearer. At this point, I can confirm that all events up to the 8th May Bank Holiday will not happen.

 

Counselling and Support Services

Please see the attachment below for a list of Counselling and Support Services.

 

I trust that this letter helps detail how Furze Platt Senior School has started to respond to the school closure announcement. There will be more to come as things develop.

In the meantime, I want to again wish you and your family all the best at this time. I hope you stay safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Andrew Morrison

Headteacher (BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD)