Coronavirus – Latest Update
Update – 20th March
Following the announcement that education providers will close, apart from to the children of key workers and vulnerable students, the Government has now published its list of Key workers here 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 fall into the key worker category, please email us to confirm at email@example.com, that you would like your child to attend College. All the parent’s whose children fall into the vulnerable category were contacted by email yesterday.
Update – 19th March
Christ The King Sixth Forms will be closed from Monday 23rd March to all students, until further notice (apart from key worker’s children and vulnerable students) following the Government’s announcement last night that all schools and colleges will close at this date, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Students should check their College emails, teachers will be setting and marking classwork. Students have been fully briefed on how to study from home using online systems, Microsoft Teams, Moodle and email.
- The Government announced yesterday that examinations will not take place this Summer. We do not yet know what the Government’s plans for awarding grades will be, students should be encouraged to keep completing work set and submitting all work, please continue to check your email for updates.
Vulnerable students and Key worker’s children
- We aim to remain open in some capacity for Key Worker and vulnerable students. We will be writing to those students separately to inform them of this.
- A full payment will be made to all students who receive bursary payments, in the next few days. We will continue to pay your money directly into your bank accounts, with an additional payment of £4 a day to cover free school meals. The FSM payment will be made until the Easter holidays in the first instance as we understand a national scheme will be set up and we will update students with the information as soon as we have it.
Students who have been offered a place for study at Christ the King Sixth Forms in 2020
- Please rest assured that this will not affect your application. Once we know what the Government’s plans for awarding grades, we will update you.
Students who have applied for a place for study at Christ the King Sixth Forms in 2020
- We will continue to process your application as normal. We are postponing interviews for the present time. As an oversubscribed sixth form, we don’t want you to be disadvantaged by this so we will be making offers based on application and school report/reference.
Students who wish to apply for a place at Christ the King Sixth Forms in 2020
- Applications will remain open, you can apply online or download an application form. We will be touch once we receive your application.
Contacting the College
If you need to contact us during this time, please contact staff on their usual email address. If you have not heard back within 24 hours or the matter is urgent please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to keep you updated via email and website announcements on our website, please also keep up to date with Government guidance which is updated daily on www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Update – 18th March
PARTIAL CLOSURE OF SIXTH FORM for Lower Sixth BTEC Level 3 and Lower Sixth A Level Students
Following the Government’s recent announcement regarding self-isolation measures, unfortunately staffing levels are at a point where we are unable to teach all students safely onsite. The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at all times, therefore we will be implementing the following measures:
From tomorrow, Thursday 19th March, until after the Easter Holidays, Tuesday 21st April, only Year 13 (Upper Sixth students), BTEC Level 1 & 2 students and those sitting GCSE/Level 1 Maths and English should attend lessons onsite.
All remaining students should stay at home and teachers will be setting and marking work online. It is important that students continue to work hard and keep up to date with their studies. In tutorial yesterday students were fully briefed on how to access their college work from home using Microsoft Teams, Moodle and email.
The situation is changing daily, we anticipate there will be further developments, parents and staff will continue to be updated via email. We will continue to post updates on our website. For further information on Coronavirus, please visit the Government website, which is updated daily.
Update – 17th March
As you are probably aware, the Government announced new guidance yesterday regarding coronavirus. We will continue to keep parents/guardians updated via our website but please ensure you are following the Government guidance which is updated daily www.gov.uk/coronavirus
I want to reassure you that Christ the King Sixth Forms are taking all necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government and the local authority. We have taken protective measures which includes, asking that external visitors do not visit our sixth forms, postponing work experience, extra curriculum events and all trip and visits.
Our sixth forms remain open for all students – this is the current official Government guidance. If your son/daughter is unwell or self-isolating, report this as you would normally by following the absence procedure and telephoning us.
If your son/daughter has the symptoms below, please keep them away from college. Latest Government advice on how long they should stay off for can be found by visiting www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
- A new persistent dry cough
- A temperature that is above 37.8 C
Government guidance now also says that if anyone in your family has these symptoms, the whole family should isolate for 14 days.
Today in your son/daughter’s tutorial we have outlined the above, as well as given them instructions on distance learning, so that they are able to access their emails and college work from home, should they need to at this present time or near future.
Current Government advice is that anyone at risk of increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus, needs to follow social distancing measures. All students with a pre-existing condition that this applied to will be written to today. If you think this applies to your son/daughter and we aren’t aware of their medical condition, please contact email@example.com
Update – 16th March
Ensuring the health and wellbeing of students, staff and our sixth form community is of the upmost importance to Christ the King Sixth Forms. We have therefore decided to implement a range of measures aimed at attempting to protect our community from the transmission of coronavirus.
We continue to closely follow the Government’s advice and our sixth forms will remain open at this present time. However, we will be taking a number of measures to mitigate against transmission of coronavirus.
These will include, but are not limited to:
- We are asking that external visitors do not visit our sixth form.
- Student interviews will be postponed, all students will be contacted with information regarding this.
- We ask that parents do not visit our sixth form. Any parental meetings will be conducted by telephone.
- We will be cancelling any external activity for students, such as work experience, visits or trips, they might have been planning to take as part of their course.
Any further updates will continue to be posted on our website. If you have any questions about these measures, please get in touch, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information about Coronavirus can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Update – 13th March
Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response – Updated 13 March 2020
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
New continuous cough and/or
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information).
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have No internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
For more information on the above, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Update – 2nd March
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, the Dfe have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
We know that some of you may have concerns or questions about the current outbreak of Coronavirus – officially known as COVID-19.
We want to reassure you that we are working hard to minimise the risk to our students and staff and are following Government guidelines at all times.
For the latest information and guidance, please see the Government’s website.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
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