School Closure Updates

We will update this page with any new information for families during the school closure

School Closure Update 29.05.20 - For parents and carers of pupils in years 7 to 9

Dear Parents and carers,

So here we are again at the start of another half term of home learning. I hope your children enjoyed our half term challenges and it helped keep them busy over the last week. 

As I write to you there are still no plans for years 7-9 to return to school so it is all the more important for your child to be completing the home learning tasks every day of the week and following our home learning timetable. If you are finding any aspect of this challenging please speak to your child's form tutor when they make their weekly call to you and we will provide any further support that is required to help your child complete this important learning. Your child can also email their subject teachers for extra  support. 

We are here to support you in anyway we can and we know just how tough this can feel as a parent supporting your child with their learning. So please do not feel like you are on your own. Together we will get through this difficult time and I know we are all looking forward to the day when we can welcome your child back into school.

For now - take care, stay safe and thank you for working with us to keep your child learning!

Ms Curtis

School Closure Update 29.05.20 - For year 10 parents and carers

Dear parents and carers of Y10 pupils,

I hope that you and your families have had a chance to enjoy some kind of break over the half term - at least the sun was shining!

As you will have heard in the news the government is planning for schools to reopen for Y10 pupils only from the week beginning the 15th June. This is slightly later than the 1st of June that the government first mentioned. It is also dependent on the rate of infection and number of covid-related deaths continuing to fall nationally. This provision will not be compulsory and will not be full time this term. It will be small group sessions designed to support our pupils to access the home learning more effectively. 

We are working hard to ensure that this provision is safe for your child to attend and our staff to facilitate. In school social distancing will be insisted on at all times this means that:

  • Pupils will wash their hands on entry to the building and throughout the school day
  • They will be checked for covid symptoms and have their temperature taken at the start of each day
  • They will be in a classroom with no more than 12 children at any one time and will not mix with any other pupils while they are in the school building
  • There will not ever be more than a quarter of the year group in the school building at one time
  • They will eat their lunch in the same classroom
  • At break time they will be in an area of outdoor space with the same 12 pupils and will have to socially distance at all times
  • The building has had a full deep clean and we will have a team of cleaners on site throughout the school day keeping the spaces used by pupils and staff clean
  • During this time all meetings with parents will happen by telephone to reduce the number of visitors into the school building
  • The shortened school day will start at 10am and finish at 3pm so that pupils can avoid the busiest times on the roads
  • The senior leadership team will be providing support throughout the school day to ensure that these measures are enforced at all times.

We are calling all parents to talk through these plans with you over the next week. We need to know if you would like your child to attend this provision and we will answer any questions you may have. We will then write to you during the week beginning the 8th June with the details of when your child should come into school. 

In the meantime it is so important that your child is working every day and completing their home learning tasks. Coming into school from the 15th June will help them complete these tasks and help them begin to prepare for Y11. We hope it will also be the first safe step back to full time school for your child. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Wishing you all well in these difficult times.

Take care,

Ms Curtis

School Closure Update 22.05.20

Dear parents/carers,

Firstly thank you to our pupils and families for all their hard work with home learning through this strange and difficult half term. We have been so pleased to see how well our pupils have been doing despite the challenges we are all facing. Next week is half term so we will not be setting home learning tasks but there will be another pack of holiday challenges here to keep your children occupied and happy over the next week. Our staff are taking a well deserved break so form tutors will not be making calls over half term.

As you know the government recently announced that primary schools would begin to re-open from the 1st June and that secondary schools should start planning to provide some face to face provision for Year 10 pupils in the summer term. We are still waiting for a final decision from the government on 28th May but I have shared the plan with Y10 parents to welcome y10 pupils back for some 1:1 meetings and small group teaching in the summer term. We will be following very strict social distancing rules and pupils will be restricted to groups of no more than 12. We have also been busy adapting the school building to support social distancing with new hand washing facilities, safety screens and one way systems along with other measures to keep our pupils and staff safe.

This means that next term is likely to see the continuation of home learning for the vast majority of our pupils. And we want to support families to do this as well as possible. We will continue to post the home learning once a week, maintain phone calls home and respond to pupil and parent queries by email. We will also continue to run our community classrooms. If you are worried about your child accessing the work please let their form tutor know. We will of course also be continuing to supply the food vouchers for families who are eligible. If your financial situation has changed and you think your family might now be eligible for these please mention this to your child's form tutor or call the school directly. The government has also published this guidance on how you can support your child's learning at home.

I will write to you again after half term with an update on the latest developments and announcements from government and more detail on the plans for Summer term 2. For all parents and carers of Y10 pupils we will be calling you next week to confirm if your child will be attending our in-school sessions and to answer any questions you might have. We will then send you the full details of these sessions that will start from 15th June.

For all our families who have been observing the month of prayer and fasting for Ramadam I do hope you have had a fulfilling experience despite our present circumstances and wish you all a very happy Eid. And for all our families and staff I hope that you can manage some kind of break over this half term. I am sure our parents will join me in thanking our staff for their hard work and care through this difficult term - as ever Team Elvin has done a great job!

For now, please take care and stay safe,

Ms Curtis

School Closure Update 20.05.20 for parents and carers of year 10 pupils

Dear Y10 parents/carers, 

I am writing to update you on how we aim to support your child in Year 10 through the summer term. As you will know the government has not yet announced the re-opening of secondary schools but has said that we should begin planning to offer some face-to-face provision to our Year 10s to support with their home learning.

The safety, health and wellbeing of everyone in the school is, of course our highest priority.  We are planning how to put into place the measures needed so that we can run this provision safely, hygienically and with appropriate procedures in place when we re-open.  The Government has stressed that all re-opening plans will depend on infection rates decreasing and it won’t make its final decision on whether schools can re-open for Y10 until May 28th. This uncertainty makes planning difficult, but we will continue to develop our plans to welcome some Year 10 pupils back into school we really miss seeing them! 

The Government guidance says that no more than 15 children can be in a secondary classroom when Year 10 come back into school.  It has also said that students will need to sit two meters apart. We will therefore need to very carefully manage how to limit the number of pupils and staff who mix with each other whilst in school. In addition, it will be important that we avoid large numbers of students gathering when coming to or leaving school.

Our plan is to phase the return of our Y10 pupils in the following way:

Phase 1: All year 10 pupils will be invited in for a progress review meeting with a member of our staff on either 4th or 5th June. Parents/carers are very welcome to attend this meeting. In this meeting we will:

  • Check in on how your child has experienced lockdown
  • Review the learning they have completed in Summer 1
  • Outline the expectations and support them to access the home learning for summer 2

Phase 2: Year 10 pupils will be invited in for one extended lesson during the week beginning 8th June. The aim of this session will be to:

  • Provide a supportive space for pupils to discuss how they have experienced lockdown with their peers
  • Set the expectation for how we work this term and what face-to-face support will be on offer
  • Establish our social distancing expectations in school
  • Support pupils to work from home effectively and introduce how to use teaching video’s and how to access a Microsoft teams meeting

 Phase 3:  From 15th June all Y10 pupils will be invited into school for lessons 2 days a week. They will be expected to complete their home learning tasks in the three days a week they are working from home. This will be a shortened day and pupils will remain in the same small group throughout. During this time they will attend English, Maths and Science lessons and will be supported in supervised study sessions for all other subjects.

In order to put the appropriate measures needed in place, we need to know how many students are likely to come to school for these face-to-face sessions. These sessions are not compulsory – it is for you to decide if you feel comfortable about your child returning to school at this stage. However, if your child is healthy and everyone else in your household is we would really encourage you to send your child to school after half term.

Please complete this form to let us know if your child can come back for some sessions in school after half term.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or speak to Ms Johnson Head of Year 10. In the meantime thank you for all your support with your child’s learning at home. If there is anything further we can do to support please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Take care and stay safe,

Ms Curtis

 

School Closure Update 11.05.20

Dear parents and carers,

I am sure that many of you will have watched the latest announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night and I wanted to clarify to you what this means for your child.

At this stage no date was given for when secondary schools will re-open. Those of you with younger children in primary school will know that reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are due to return on 1st June. A decision will then be made about when secondary schools will return and it is expected that Year 10 will be the first year group back. But this will not happen until later in June. I will write to you as soon as we have more clarity about the exact date for reopening and will of course share the steps we are taking to ensure our pupils and staff are safe to return to school.

In the meantime we will continue with our 'new normal' and supporting your child with their learning from home. We are holding online parents meetings over the next two weeks to answer all the questions you have and of course please ask your child's form tutor any questions during your weekly phone call with them. We want to support in any way we can so please do let us know if you are struggling to support your child with their learning in anyway. I know from personal experience with my own children how hard home learning is!

During our school closure we have our community classroom open for the children of key workers. If you would like your child to attend this provision during this time please reply to the text message when you receive it on Thursday and we will be in touch to explain how it works and to ensure that you qualify for a place.

I do realise how difficult lockdown is for everyone and how much harder it feels as time goes on. But together we will get through this. In the meantime, take care, stay safe and thank you for all your help in keeping our pupils learning!

Ms Curtis

 

School Closure Update 24.04.20

Dear parents/carers

I hope you and your families are well despite the significant challenges of life in lock-down and Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim pupils and families. I know this Ramadan will feel very different but I hope the spiritual importance will provide strength and comfort to you all. 

Sadly we are very aware that Brent has been particularly badly affected by a high rate of Covid and so many of our families have experienced the illness in some shape or form and our thoughts are with all of those affected during these difficult times. Please do know that we are here to support you throughout this and if there is anything we can do please do reach out.

Home learning

Today the Summer term week 2 tasks for home learning will be shared on our website. Thank you to all our families working hard to support their children with their home learning. I know this is not easy and if you are struggling with how to support your child or you are worried they are struggling with their learning in any way please do not hesitate to contact the school. Each week we post the list of tasks for your child's year group on the website. Please use this to support your child to complete all these tasks through the week and celebrate as they complete them.

I know from my own experience of supporting my sons with their home learning that we have our good days and our not so good days and how being stuck in at home all day can be very challenging so trying to keep the conversation about home learning as positive as possible does help.

Free School Meals

All families who are eligible for free school meals should have received their food vouchers for the last 4 weeks. If you have not and you think you should have received them please call the school or email our finance team on g.souza@arkelvinacademy.org

Stay at home - the most important message

None of us know how much longer lock-down will go on for and until we hear otherwise it is so important that we stay indoors and isolate our households. Meeting in groups that mix households whether that is inside or out must not happen - even if you are still in family groups. We know this is hard but if we can all work together now we all hope that we can overcome this pandemic as quickly as possible and get back to life as normal.

Sending all our Elvin families my very best wishes. Stay safe - stay indoors and please take care.

Ms Curtis

 

School Closure Update 17.04.20

Dear Parents/carers,

I hope that you have all managed to have some type of break over the Easter holidays - however strange this lock down is for us all and that you and your families are all well. We have had some great feedback from some families who enjoyed the Easter homework challenges - do let us know how you got on with these!

Home Learning

So now we start our new term together with our pupils studying from home. The new home learning tasks for each year group can be found here. We do realise that it can be challenging to support your child with their home learning so if you need any support with this at all please do not hesitate to contact us. Once again form tutors will be in touch with each family once a week to check in, offer support and to speak to you and with your permission your child to help them complete any of the tasks and to keep in touch throughout the term. Teachers are also available via email if you have any subject specific questions.

Free School Meal food vouchers

As a school we have been providing all families eligible for free school meals food vouchers throughout the period of lock down. The government have now set up a centralised system for this - and from this week this new voucher will provide £15 per child per week. We are very aware that this is a difficult time financially as well as emotionally for many of our families. If your financial situation has changed as a result of the Covid crisis you might now be eligible for Free School Meals and therefore these food vouchers. To apply please follow this link https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/arkschools. Make sure that you select Ark Elvin Academy and complete all the details accurately to check to see if you are eligible. If you have any questions about this please contact g.souza@arkelvinacademy.org.

Community classrooms

As we did last term we are opening school this week only for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Every Thursday we text families to see if your child needs to attend this provision for the following week. If you are currently a key worker (see the list here) and would like your child to attend please respond to the text message when you receive it or contact school directly by calling reception. 

Please follow this link for the latest information for parents and carers from the government.

If you have any questions or feedback please do not hesitate to contact us. These are difficult times but we are all in this together and we want you to know that you are not alone. Together we will get through this.

Take care - stay safe - stay at home - keep learning!

Ms Curtis

 

School Closure Update 03.04.20

Dear families,

This is certainly the most unusual end of term any of us have experienced and not one we were ever expecting. But we have been really proud of the way our pupils have taken to the changes and want to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting your children with their learning from home - particularly at a time that is so difficult for all of us. I would also like to extend my thanks to all our staff who have worked so hard throughout this period and for helping us create a new normal' for our community. You are the best!

Easter Holiday packs will be available by the end of today - just follow this link.

The activities in these packs will feel different from term time home learning. Our team have come up with a range of challenges to give your children fun educational tasks to complete over the next two weeks. We know that the days in lockdown can feel long so we hope that these activities will be enjoyable and purposeful. Let us know what you think!

Contact with school over the Easter holidays

Our staff will be taking a very well-deserved break over the holidays and so will not be making contact as regularly as they will do during term time. However, the senior leadership team will still be contactable so if you or your child need any support over the next two weeks please do not hesitate to call the school directly or contact us on info@arkelvinacademy.org. Leave a message and one of us will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Free School Meal food vouchers

We have been providing food vouchers for all our families who are eligible for free school meals for the last two weeks and will continue to for the period over the Easter holiday. The new government scheme is launching after Easter and will provide all families eligible for free school meals with £15 per child per week. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this.

We are really missing all our pupils and cannot wait to re-open our school and get back to business as usual. But in the meantime we send all our best wishes to our Elvin families and wish you well over this spring break. And remember if there is anything we can do to support you please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our community is strong and we will overcome this.

Take care, stay safe and stay at home.

Ms Curtis and Team Elvin

 

School Closure Update 27.03.20

Well done - we have completed our first full week of home learning and have been so pleased with how hard the vast majority of our pupils have been working. We really understand that life in lockdown is not easy for anyone and that supporting your child with their learning comes with some challenges so if there is anything more we can do to support at any stage please do not hesitate to contact us. 

The new tasks for next week will be up on the website by the end of the day today (Friday 27th March). There is plenty to keep your child busy through the week days. We know that lots of families are working on timetables for their children - mixing some free time with the learning and making sure there is an opportunity for some indoor exercise - we are really enjoying the Joe Wicks work outs in my household! Creating some type of structure to the day certainly helps. But none of this is easy and we are here to help if you need anything.

We still do not know how long our school will be closed for - some reports suggest we could be back open by the end of April. Others are suggesting school will not reopen till September but either way we are with you every step of the way and will share any information as we get it. In the meantime take care, stay safe, keep in doors and enjoy the learning!

Ms Curtis

Coronavirus update 24.03.20

The lockdown measures announced by Boris Johnson last night are the next important step we must take as a community to stop the spread of the coronavirus and it is really important that we all support these measures. This means that your children must stay at home every day and only go out once a day for exercise. When they do go out they must only go out with members of your household and not meet friends or mix with other family members who you do not live with. This is essential if we are to stop the spread of the virus.

The work that we are setting your child to complete at home should help provide some structure to their day. Well done to all the children who have logged on and started to complete their work so well this week - we are getting lots of feedback from form tutors that many children are working really hard. If there is anything you need to support your child's learning please do not hesitate to contact us. There are also plenty of great free educational resources now available to families and we will be sharing these with you regularly. For instance:

Audible has made all its children's stories free to down load - follow this link for more information

We have bought access to 1500 e-books for your child to chose from - follow the link here

PE with Joe is a new you tube video which posts a live indoor PE lesson every morning at 9am - follow the link here - what a great way to start your day!

Our community classroom is now open to the children of essential key workers and vulnerable pupils. Following the lockdown measures we do need to stress that this provision is ONLY there for the families who absolutely need it. We must protect our staff and pupils by reducing the number of people travelling to and spending time in the school building. Similarly please do not send your child to school to collect resources or to speak to a teacher. If you need anything to support your child learning from home please call or email the school and we will send though to you.

We are working with Tesco's to secure food vouchers for all families who receive Free School Meals and will be emailing them to you as soon as we receive them. There are also a range of charities providing hot food in Brent - see the list here. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything further we can do to support your family though this difficult time and also please let us know if your child is working particularly well and deserves some recognition - we are still awarding merits!

Take care and stay well,

Ms Curtis

 

Coronavirus update 22.03.20

Friday was our last ‘normal’ school day and our pupils worked hard to set themselves up for learning from home next week. We also had an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful Year 11’s who will be completing their GCSEs from home and so Friday was their last day together as a year group. Although many will be returning to join our 6th form – we are determined to give the year group a proper send-off and are planning our reunion prom for the Autumn term. It was confirmed late on Friday that our Year 11 GCSE results will be awarded based on a calculated grade process that will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, class work, home work, course work and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools. More information about this process will be made available in the coming weeks. But for the time being our Year 11s will continue their courses learning from home.

From Monday 23rd March all our pupils will be learning from home. We have shared all the details for this on this website and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school. This new way of learning will take some getting used too but we will be there to support you and your child every step of the way.

On Tuesday we are opening our new Community Classrooms – this is supervised study for the children of those working in the fight against Corona. It is really important that we prioritise this provision for the children of the workers listed below. Again if you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the school. We are writing to all the families who have signed up for this provision with further details.

The latest update from the government for parents and carers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settin...

We will keep you regularly updated and are only an email or phone call away if there is any thing we can do to support your child’s learning at home further.

For now, take care and stay well.

Ms Curtis

 

Coronavirus update 20.03.20

Dear parents and carers,

We are all ready to support you and your children with their learning from home starting next week. During the school closure please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or feedback. We realise how difficult this time is for everyone but want you to know that Team Elvin will be with you every step of the way.

To support the national fight against Corona we will be opening our school from next Tuesday to supervise children of key workers. If one or more parents or carers in any household carry out any of the following work then you can chose to send your child to school from next Tuesday. Children will be supervised to complete their home learning and will be given opportunities for exercise and creative pursuits. We will of course be insisting on hygiene standards including regular hand washing and as much as possible distancing.

Below is the list of key workers the government has provided us with. We will also offer the service to children with education and health care plans and any children whose families are currently being supported by social workers.

The provision will run from 9am to 3pm each day from Tuesday 24th March. Eligible children can attend full or part time but if they are attending for a day they should attend a whole day and we will not be able to support half days. Please contact the school directly if you have any questions and tap the link in the text message we have sent today if you are interested in taking up a place with us.

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

 

 

 

Coronavirus update 18.03.20

As I am sure you will have heard the government today announced that all schools in England will close at the end of the day on Friday 20th March 2020 - in the meantime we will remain open for all year groups on Thursday and Friday of this week. Our school will then close until the government instructs us to re-open. At this stage we do not know how long the school will be closed for.

The government has also announced that Year 11 GCSE exams will not go ahead in May and June this year. However we do not know yet what the alternative arrangement will be - whether this is holding the GCSEs at a later date or awarding the qualifications based on GCSE predictions. Either way Year 11 along with all our other year groups will need to continue working from home. And Team Elvin will be with our pupils every step of the way!

We will hold assemblies for each year group tomorrow to reassure your child and help them prepare for working from home. 

Learning from Home

If you and your family are already self isolating you can start your learning from home now. Please click here for this weeks tasks, instructions on how to log on from home and tips for how to support your child. We will post next week's task by 12 on Friday.

Free school meals

We will be issuing food vouchers for families who are in receipt of free school meals. To do this we need a current email address for you. Please call the school and give us your most up to date email address if we do not have it.

Throughout this we want to do everything we can to support you and your family – if there is anything more we can do to help your child to keep learning please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rebecca Curtis
Principal
Ark Elvin Academy

Cecil Avenue
Wembley, Middlesex
HA9 7DU
020 8902 6362
r.curtis@arkelvinacademy.org

 

Coronavirus update 16.03.20

This afternoon the government updated their advice and have made it clear that whole households should isolate - remain in their home - if anyone in their household has any symptoms - either a new and continuous cough and/or a high temperature. If anyone in your household has any of these symptoms your child must remain at home for the next 14 days. If this is the case please contact the school to let us know and their absence will be recorded as authorised. In addition if your child has any underlying medical condition that compromises their immune system they should not come into school until you have the go ahead from your GP.

We have strong plans in place to support your child to learn from home and will be sending home details about how you can support your child to access this learning by the end of the day on Wednesday.

In the meantime following the guidance from government our school is open and lessons continue as normal. We have increased the cleaning regime for the school and are encouraging all pupils and staff to wash their hands regularly and follow basic hygiene advice.

I appreciate what a worrying time this is for everyone - If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.

In the meantime please take care,

Ms Curtis

Coronavirus update 12.03.20

We have no reports of anyone connected with our school – staff or students – being at risk of having Coronavirus. However the government have today updated their advice and are now clear that your child should stay at home for 7 days if they have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in our community while they are infectious. If your child develops any of these symptoms while they are in school you will be contacted and they will be sent home.

Our shared goals through this uncertain time are to:

  • Keep our pupils and staff safe & healthy
  • Keep our pupils learning

We will do everything in our power to keep our school open but if we do have to close we have plans in place to ensure your child can learn effectively from home. 

Please keep checking this website for updates.

Coronavirus update 11.03.20

The government has updated their information about travellers returning from countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Please see the list of countries affected below. If you, your child or a member of your family has been to any of these countries please follow the guidance below and contact the school immediately.

I know that many families will have plans to travel abroad at Easter. Our advice is to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary and follow the guidance from the foreign office on which countries are safe to visit.

Other than this we have been working with all pupils to make sure that they are aware of the basic hygiene steps to avoid the spread of any illnesses.

The government advice is that all schools should remain open and that risk of infection remains low. All pupils should still be attending school every day.

We will update you if we have any further information from government.

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:

anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March

specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days

Iran in the last 14 days

Hubei province in China in the last 14 days

Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild:

Italy (outside specific areas in northern Italy) before 9 March

mainland China outside of Hubei province

South Korea outside of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan

Cambodia

Hong Kong

Japan

Laos

Macau

Malaysia

Myanmar

Singapore

Taiwan

Thailand

Vietnam

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

 

 

Parent update 6.3.2020: Ark Elvin Threshold routine

As you know, our teachers greet pupils at the door to each lesson every day - this is an important routine because it sets the positive, welcoming tone for learning and gives teachers the chance to deal quickly with any issues that may arise.

We have temporarily adjusted our routine to take in to account advice regarding Coronavirus - during the next few weeks, pupils and teachers will greet each other formally without a handshake. Instead teachers and pupils alike will simply hold their right hand across their chest to their shoulder to signal the welcome.

Our expectations for all other aspects of our routine will remain exactly the same - we expect pupils and teachers to smile, make eye contact and say good morning/good afternoon; pupils to set up their desk quickly and pupils to do the first task of the lesson, called a 'Do Now', in silence in the first 5 mins.

Please see updates below for the helpline number to call with questions regarding Coronavirus.

Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

 

Government Coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

what we know about the virus and the disease it causes

how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak

the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak

what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes

the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus...

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

 

Date:02.03.20

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today,the Department for Education Coronavirus 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
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Date: 27.02.20

If you have returned from these specific areas since 19 February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms

  • Iran 
  • specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy 
  • ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea 
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days) 

If you have returned from these areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms. 

  • Northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini) 
  • Vietnam 
  • Cambodia 
  • Laos 
  • Myanmar 

 

Date: 26.02.20

Please will any families who travelled to any of the affected areas over half term please contact us immediately either by calling the school or emailing info@arkelvinacademy.org

Please find here poster with Coronavirus advice for education settings.

Please find here letter sent home.

 

Date: 20.02.20

Please find here letter sent home.

 

Date: 13.02.20 

Government advice on the spread of Coronavirus 

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently. If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately: 

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu 
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area 
  • please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. 

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas. This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas: 

  • Elsewhere in China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau 

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately: 

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu 
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country 

Encouraging good hygiene 

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:  

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel. 
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 

 

Updates on Coronavirus: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-gov...

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Public Health England blog: 

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavir...