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Foundation News

18 March

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Welcome to our information page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) designed to keep parents, pupils and the wider King’s community up to date with our position on Coronavirus. Along with keeping parents informed via school communications, we will ensure that this page is always up to date with the latest news, announcements and any updates to trips and events. We should like to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation very carefully and that the health and welfare of all members of our school community remain our priority.

Latest News (last updated 20th March 10:00)

Further updates from King's Senior

Updated: 20th March 15:25

Given the unprecedented impact the school has encountered this week following the COVID-19 announcements, we have taken the decision not to send our usual weekly newsletter. We will as always send the end of term newsletter next week.

Updated: 20th March 2020 10:00

Following the closure of the school to all pupils from Friday afternoon, we will offer the supervision of children of key workers from Monday to Friday of next week from 0830 until 1700. Pupils will be expected to arrive between 0830 and 0900 and to remain on site until 1540 although they may stay until 1700.

 

Pupils will have access to a computer and the Library and will be expected to do the work that they have been set for distance learning. There will be no taught lessons. Please note that subject specialists will not to be on hand. Pupils may have lunch in school but should bring their own snacks. There will be breaks for pupils at the usual times but other than that they will be expected to work in the Library.

Should you fall into the category of a key worker who as defined by the Cabinet Office and would like to take advantage of this provision please complete the following form.

 

Please click on the following links for further information:

Government advice for parents during school closures

List of key workers

 

Please note that we have an internal process to look after pupils who need extra support. If you are concerned about the welfare or wellbeing of a King’s pupil then please get in touch with the school.

Updated: 18th March 2020 18:30

Many of you will have heard the announcements from the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education that schools will be closed from Monday except for the children of key workers, who will be looked after. Public examinations will also now not take place in May and June.

These statements appear to raise more questions than they answer; we are only in possession of the information which is in the public domain and when more detail is released we will be in touch as soon as possible. It is however clear that King’s will be closed from Friday.

We understand that the news about public exams will be upsetting and confusing to many pupils, parents and teachers. When more information becomes available we will, of course, keep you fully informed.

We are grateful to you for your understanding and support at this difficult time.

 

Updated: 18th March 2020 10:00

Forthcoming activities and trips, including all those which were planned over the Easter break, have been postponed. We are also taking measures such as cancelling clubs, fixtures and assemblies to limit large gatherings of pupils.

As such, we are able to prioritise teaching, learning and pupil care and wellbeing.

Further, with our decision to ask specific year groups to stay at home for one day this week, we have been able to provide much subject specialist cover for classes

Updated: 18th March 2020 09:00

L6, UR, LR year groups asked to not come to school for one day this week

The change in government guidance with regard to the control of the coronavirus outbreak on Monday 16 March means that a significant number of our teaching staff will be absent for at least the next two weeks. To mitigate the impact of this and to ensure that we can continue to teach in a safe and purposeful way we are asking that selected year groups work from home for one day this week. Pupils have already been updated on distant learning and will receive further updates via Fifefly.

The schedule for this week is as follows:

Wednesday 18 March

  • Lower Sixth pupils should not come into school for the day.  Fifth Form and Upper Sixth pupils will be asked to leave after lunch when they would normally have games but no earlier than 1.20pm.  There will be no senior games.

Thursday 19 March

  • Upper Remove pupils should not come into school for the day.

Friday 20 March

  • Lower Remove pupils should not come into school for the day.

Pupils in all other year groups should attend as normal unless they are unwell or are following the government guidance about self-isolation.

I hope you will understand that the decision to ask these year groups to work from home for one day was not an easy one and has only been taken because of the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves.  We will continue to review the situation this week and provide an update about next week as soon as possible.

Regrettably, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the King’s Foundation have postponed or cancelled the following events:

  • The Maths Society Vegas Night
  • Friends of the Boat Club social
  • Schools’ Head of the River
  • UR Careers Speed Dating
  • Superball 2020

The following overseas trips up to May 2020 have also been cancelled:

  • Classics Trip to Italy
  • French Exchange
  • German Exchange

Superball
Owing to the postponement of our much anticipated Superball, we will be showing a refund on the next school bill in respect of any tickets purchased.

Further updates from King's St Alban's

Updated: 20th March 2020 10:00

The guidance on key workers came through from the government at midnight.  It is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Please note the first key principle: If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

As mentioned, please complete the form at the end of yesterday’s letter if you feel you are a key worker and it is not possible for your child to be at home next week.  Please send this to ksa@ksw.org.uk.  We will extend the deadline to 11am today given the lateness of this guidance.

I will write later today to parents of children coming in next week with arrangements.

Updated: 19th March 2020 16:52
School closure letter from Mr Chapman 19.03.20

Updated: 17th March 2020 14:13 (King’s St Alban’s)

  • King’s St Alban’s Parents’ Evening will go ahead tonight.  The nature of the occasion means it is not a ‘mass gathering.’  If you are unable to attend, please let us know and we will arrange telephone conversations with your child’s teacher.  Please note that Mrs Pitts, Mrs Majhu and Mrs Cleugh will not be at Parents’ Evening and they will be in touch at a later date to reschedule or arrange a telephone conversation.
  • King’s St Alban’s Toddler Group is cancelled tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s King’s St Alban’s Junior School concert is postponed.
  • Wednesday’s King’s St Alban’s Year 2 assembly is postponed.
  • King’s St Alban’s Year 5 and 6 do not need kit for AFP on Wednesday afternoon.  All children will have PSHE.
  • As it stands, King’s St Alban’s will run the Year 2 trip to Malvern Outdoor Centre as two-day trips and not as a residential.  The Year 2 teachers will send more information about this tomorrow or Wednesday.  This might change!
  • Next week’s Creative Connexions performances are postponed.

Further updates from King's Hawford

Updated: 20th March 2020 10:00

The Government have published the list of key workers, for whom schools have been
requested to offer provision during the unspecified period of general school closures: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

Of course, we wish to offer this provision to those parents within the categories the be
published in order that, as a nation, we can ensure that essential services are maintained
and we can overcome the current emergency.

Therefore, if you feel that you qualify as a key worker we request that you complete the
form below and return it to school office. Alternatively, you can contact the office via the
following email addresses (lcrowe@ksw.org.uk or gwoolley@ksw.org.uk) to confirm that
this is the case.

Please can you advise us of your intentions by Friday 20th March at 1.00p.m. in order that
we can make plans for next week.

Holiday club will run for those within this same category in the following week.

Updated: 18th March 2020 10:00

King’s Hawford is open, all clubs and activities are operating as normal and late club is fully operational. The only change we have made is to take out assemblies and fixtures.