Published on - 17-03-2020
I am writing to update you on the current situation here at Brighton Hill Community School. As of lunchtime on Tuesday (today) we are still fully open. We are missing some members of staff, as people are forced to work from home or self-isolate with their own family members as a precaution, but we are doing all that we can to remain fully open for as long as we possibly can. Obviously, this is taking a physical toll on staff who are being asked to work on the front line during this pandemic, but I can assure you that they are committed only to serving our school community and their response to this crisis has been inspiring. Inevitably, lessons have been affected, with some groups being merged together, but into much larger rooms to allow students to still receive tuition from subject experts, without the added concern of over-crowding.
As mentioned before, we may be forced into partial closure in the coming days. If this happens, information will be shared using our email system, text system, social media streams and our website.
We are all working very hard to stem the spread of this virus, but we do need your support. If your child shows any of the symptoms identified in the new guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response , please do not send them into school. Students who cannot attend school due to this pandemic will not be penalised with regard to attendance, as the government has introduced a special Y code for this purpose.
In addition, whilst we work to our capacity to provide education and care for the children in school, staff will not be expected to set additional work for students working at home. We have invested heavily in the Century system for English, Maths and Science which allows self-learning on occasions such as these, as well as Seneca for other subjects, in addition to a library of resources on our VLE. There should be more than enough work available to keep students busy at home whilst school is still open. Obviously, if forced school closure happens, we have a strategy for how work will be set to support our students at home, which we will share at that time.
Thank you for your ongoing support, as we work through these unprecedented challenges.
Brighton Hill Community School
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