The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider school community, is our absolute priority. The Government yesterday changed its advice in relation to self-isolation which has resulted in a significant number of staff being absent. We take our duty of care extremely seriously and every decision is made with the best interests of our students in mind. We have therefore, decided to close the Academy for Y9 students only. As always, we are committed to ensuring all our students receive the best possible education. We are putting robust measures in place to minimise the disruption that we recognise this will cause families and to ensure that our students can continue their education during this time, details of this learning will be available on the website later this morning, and posted home in due course.
Latest information on the Coronavirus:
Public Health England Update
The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a new coronavirus (COVID-19) advice service for the education sector, including parents and carers.
Please see the details below:
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
8AM TO 6PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY
Public Health England (PHE) says coronavirus presents as: “Flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. If you have returned from [an affected area] and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors and call NHS 111. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.”
We will also continue to monitor daily advice being provided by PHE. We will keep you updated with any developments which impact on our academies.
A link to the information on the DfE website is below:
Archway Learning Trust continues to monitor NHS advice closely, and is acting under advice from Public Health England. We are advised that the risk to students and staff remains very low. Public Health England have made the following recommendation to reduce risk of infection.
•Do not travel while sick
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues in the bin
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
The Trust is providing advice in the form of posters around all schools and additional hand sanitizers for use by students and staff.
Archway Learning Trust has taken, and will continue to take, specific advice from the public health authorities. Please be assured that we are taking this matter incredibly seriously and that our first priority is the safety and well-being of all our students and staff.