Home Learning Guidelines
Key Worker Information Request
*****Please complete as soon as possible, by 1 pm today at the latest*****
Dear Parent / Carer,
We have now received the list of who the government considers a key worker and for whom the school will be open for. In order to ensure that we have appropriate staffing levels we are trying to ascertain the number of pupils we are expecting on Monday.
Please check the guidance below and give the information at the bottom as required.
Government advice is that “every child that can be safely cared for at home should be” with the following key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends or family members with underlying conditions
4. Parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below and there is no way of keeping your child safe at home then we will do our upmost to give them a safe place at school each day.
As per the government guidance children in schools will not be following the national curriculum but we intend to use ICT rooms so that pupils can complete work set on google classroom by their teachers.
For pupils that we are expecting in school then usual absence procedures will be in place.
If you intend to send your child to school from Monday, please ask them to go to the main school hall for registration. They will be required to wear their school uniform and will need to have an outdoor PE kit in school (including a change of shoes). School will be open during the normal hours.
In the event of overwhelming numbers, we will work with our Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body to prioritise the families we can accommodate.
Year 11 Students
Due to the cancellation of exams and limited staff capacity we have had to make the very difficult decision that, as of tomorrow, year 11 will not be attending Hastings. The exception to this are any pupils involved in the food practical and children of key workers.
We have done our utmost today to reassure and support year 11 during these difficult and uncertain times. They have shown incredible maturity and resilience and we are very proud of them.
Please be assured that our work for year 11 continues and we will do everything within our means to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged. In order to support this process we have asked all pupils to provide any past papers and assessments they have at home for all of their subjects. These can be dropped off at school tomorrow. There will be boxes in the library for the different subjects.
Arrangements will be made for pupils to complete any outstanding coursework. We will be in contact with further details.
Please bear in mind that we are awaiting information from the DfE and OfQual regarding exam results and will keep you updated.
We are confident that all college places will be honoured. Hastings has an excellent reputation and we are working closely with the providers to ensure that this process runs smoothly.
As things stand at the moment we are unable to confirm whether the prom will go ahead as planned. We will notify you of any changes and will certainly be looking to celebrate their time at Hastings in some capacity.
Mr Spetch would personally like to pass on to all pupils and parents/carers that it has been a pleasure and an honour to have been their head of year and that he will remember this time fondly for the rest of his life. He would very much like to thank you for all of your support and help.
We cannot express how sad we are for our students and staff; it is an unprecedented situation for all of us. However, this does not take away their individual achievements and nor will it affect our commitment to ensuring that they receive the qualifications they so rightly deserve.
Miss Bradley, Mr Shipman and Mr Spetch
Co-Heads and Head of Year 11
Partial Closure Friday 20th March
Dear Parent / Carers,
After yesterday’s announcement we have been finalising plans for the coming weeks. Some initial details are below and further notifications will be sent as soon as we receive more clarity from the Department for Education.
Tomorrow, there will again be a partial closure due to staff either in self-isolation, household isolation or being in one of the at risks groups. As such, we will be open for years 7 and 9 tomorrow (as long as they are not isolating and are symptom free). We will also be staffing a room for children in years 8, 9 and 11 whose parents are key workers. These year groups have been selected as year 7 pupils are not old enough to be at home unsupervised and year 9 have not been in school for the past two days.
For those pupils in years 8 and 10 wanting to collect books and resources we have allocated times below (as long as they are not isolating and are symptom free). We are aware that some pupils will be unable to do this and as such friends, with permission (a text message will suffice), will be able to collect books on their behalf. There will be a member of staff on duty in reception to sign pupils in and out.
Year 8 – 11:15 to 12:15
Year 10 – 12:15 to 13:15
The update we send later will include information on key workers, access to staff during the closure and information on how to access free school meals.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in helping us to provide an ongoing education for your children. The vast majority of those pupils not in school today have accessed Goggle Classrooms, completed and submitted work. Well done!
As always, we thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Our Hastings Family has never been so important.
Miss Bradley and Mr Shipman
PARTIAL SCHOOL CLOSURE
Dear Parents / Carers,
Unfortunately, we are in the situation where we have a significant number of staff that are either at home due to household self-isolations or due to being in one of the high risk categories.
As such we are sorry that for today we will not be open for year 9, but remain open for all other year-groups. If you are a key worker (health, fire or police) we will be manning a classroom for year 9 to do individual study should you need to send them in to enable you to work.
We will be in touch later on today with further updates.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time,
Miss C Bradley and Mr S Shipman and Mrs L Hunt
Co-Headteachers and Chair of Governors
Mr S Shipman
Hasting High School
Covid-19 Daily Update
Dear Parents / Carers,
Please find below our daily guidance update for COVID -19.
As you are aware in yesterday’s Government briefing, the guidance relating to the outbreak has changed.
The latest government guidance can be found here:
We will monitor the situation closely and adhere to guidance as it is issued from government and continue to keep you informed with updates via ParentMail.
Please only contact the school if it is essential to do so – most of the information you require will be outlined below.
· Staff and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. People displaying symptoms, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
· The public have been advised that is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already, and therefore all household members must self-isolate for 14 days. All household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
· Staff and children not displaying symptoms, and not living or sharing accommodation with a person with symptoms, should attend education or work as normal.
· Staff, children who become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature will be sent home. We will contact you immediately if we suspect your child has symptoms.
Please alert the school if you are self-isolating so that we can monitor the situation. Parents, pupils and staff need to follow the latest government advice which is to stay at home for 14 days.
Please note that in order to protect others in our community no pupils should return to school before the full 14 days isolation is complete.
As a school we will try to set work for those self-isolating through Google Classrooms. Students should have already subscribed to Google Classrooms and be familiar with its use. As a parent or carer, you should have already received an invitation email some time ago inviting you to join Google Classrooms. This will enable you to see an overview of work set by individual teachers. We will resend this information out, or provide the classroom codes, as soon as possible. Please note that there is also a smartphone app that supports the Google Classrooms service – access to a computer is not essential.
KS4 Students work
Students completing KS4 work can also complete additional tasks on SENECA and access the BBC Bitesize website to continue their studies. Year 11 students can complete their own independent revision that should already be underway, and also utilise their ELEVATE folders to check progress in preparing for the summer examinations.
We continue to recognise that pupils and parents will be concerned about the potential impact on GCSE exams. We will await guidance from Ofqual and provide an update as soon as we are made aware of any changes. At present all examination dates will continue as planned, and students should be preparing for them, to the best of their ability. There is a degree of speculation in the media about exams being cancelled – this is currently not the case.
Visitors to School
Only essential visitors will be allowed onto the school site at this time. If you have a meeting booked please assume that this will be going ahead unless you hear otherwise. Post 16 Interviews being held on site will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
Within the school we are taking additional measures to protect our Hastings family, and have increased sanitisation measures on site and are continuing to encourage frequent handwashing and hygiene by students. With your continued cooperation we can hopefully reduce the transmission of the virus within the school and reduce risk within the local community. We appreciate your continued support.
Miss C. Bradley and Mr. S shipman
Covid-19 Daily Update
Dear Parents / Carers
Good afternoon, we feel it is important for the time being to do daily updates regarding Covid-19.
We have plans in place for all likely scenarios and we are waiting to be guided by government policy and announcements. Any updates will be sent through Parentmail.
Please alert the school if you are self-isolating so that we can monitor the situation. Parents, pupils and staff need to follow the latest government advice which is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either
– A high temperature
– A new continuous cough
Please note that in order to protect others in our community no pupils should return to school before the full 7 days isolation is complete. As a school we will try to set work for those self-isolating through Google Classroom.
We recognise that pupils and parents will be concerned about the potential impact on GCSE exams. Please be re-assured that we are monitoring this situation closely and as per OFQUAL guidance pupils should continue to prepare for the GCSE examinations as normal. Mr Spetch has spoken to all year 11 pupils about this in assembly this morning.
Visitors to School
Only essential visitors will be allowed onto the school site at this time. If you have a meeting booked please assume that this will be going ahead unless you hear otherwise.
The latest government guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Once again many thanks for your ongoing support and cooperation at this time, it is hugely appreciated.
Miss Bradley and Mr Shipman
Year 9 Options
Please find below links to the Year 9 options information.