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Update on COVID-19 and School Closure

Dear Parent / Carer,

This page details the actions and plans Furze Platt Senior School have taken and are planning to take in relation to Covid-19. We will update it as new information becomes available. You will also see the letters sent in relation to Covid-19 below.

 

Covid-19 – School Closed on Monday 23rd March

In line with the government instruction, Furze Platt Senior School closed for the majority of students on 23rd March. Our staff and students should be isolating themselves within their household. We await government instructions with regard to reopening and will update once we learn more. 

Maintaining Our Community – FPSS Newsletter

During a difficult period for us all we believe it is important that the Furze Platt Senior School community works together. To that end, our weekly newsletters will share news and information. Please click here to see the latest version:

https://www.furzeplatt.com/page/?title=Weekly+Newsletters&pid=7

Setting Work for Students

Up to date work will be set as detailed in Dr Morrison’s letter 'Term 5' (available in the attachments below).

Staff will be setting work using Show My Homework or directly sent to students’ emails. 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 

For a list of learning resources please click here:

https://www.furzeplatt.com/news/?pid=3&nid=1&storyid=1541

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 during weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays). The Department for Education has published a list of who are key workers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If you are one of these workers and would like your child to attend FPSS please 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)

The government’s national voucher scheme enables parents to access FSM monies. Unfortunately, there continue to be issues with the national scheme. At present we are therefore supporting students, parents and carers via our own voucher system. We hope the national scheme is fully operational soon.

No Examinations this Academic Year for Year 11 and 13

All Year 11 and 13 students, parents and carers should have had a letter from me regarding how Ofqual intends to award grades to our students this summer. These letters are available in the attachments at the bottom of this page.

Please follow this link for details: 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. We 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.  

Counselling and Support Services

None of us has experienced anything like Covid-19. As a result, we are all going to have moments when we may need support. Please see the attachment below for a list of Counselling and Support Services.

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

Dr Andrew Morrison

Headteacher (BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD)