School Closure for Years 9 and 10
SCHOOL CLOSURE for Years 9 and 10
From tomorrow Thursday 19th March, I am partially closing Aldersley High School to Years 9 and 10 due to unprecedented levels of staff absence. I am making this decision following the Prime Minister’s advice that:
- All members of a household should self-isolate for 14 days should anyone in the household have a fever or a cough.
- Pregnant women are considered a vulnerable group.
- Vulnerable groups are those with respiratory disease, such as asthma, diabetes and sickle cell.
The impact that this advice has on Aldersley High School staffing means it is not operationally possible to run the school safely for all year groups.
Teachers will set work for pupils using Microsoft teams as per my previous letter to you.
The staff members who have symptoms and are self-isolating for 14 days should be back by the end of term therefore I intend to re-open the school to all pupils after the Easter holiday but will review the situation daily. I cannot offer reassurance to parents that other year groups will not be affected over the coming weeks but will remain in contact with you and I am available to answer your questions and concerns.
Many parents have expressed concern that a Year 7 child has been reported on social media as having a confirmed case of Coronavirus. We are following Public health guidelines which currently state that:
- if someone becomes unwell in school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home
- employees and pupils should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
- frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using our standard cleaning products
I understand that this partial closure will create additional childcare for families of those pupils who are being asked to remain at home, and I apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but I hope you can appreciate the efforts we are taking to keep both staff and students safe at this difficult time.
I’d like to reiterate that good hygiene is the best prevention for the spread of viruses and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family. Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and bin it. If you or a member of your family have flu-like symptoms 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, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
All pupils have been provided with their log in details for online learning, and have also been handed their knowledge books and organisers to bring home with them. Class teachers will be setting work for students via Microsoft teams on a daily basis, and via this system pupil’s will be able to contact their teachers for support in regards to the work set.
We will keep you updated via regular updates on our social media platforms and text messages to your child’s named parental/family contact.
Executive Head teacher