We have now received the list of who the government considers a key worker and for whom the school will be open for. In order to ensure that we have appropriate staffing levels we are trying to ascertain the number of pupils we are expecting on Monday.
Please check the guidance below and give the information at the bottom as required.
Government advice is that “every child that can be safely cared for at home should be” with the following key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
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If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below and there is no way of keeping your child safe at home then we will do our upmost to give them a safe place at school each day.
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For pupils that we are expecting in school then usual absence procedures will be in place.
In the event of overwhelming numbers, we will work with our Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body to prioritise the families we can accommodate.
Due to the cancellation of exams and limited staff capacity we have had to make the very difficult decision that, as of tomorrow, year 11 will not be attending Hastings. The exception to this are any pupils involved in the food practical and children of key workers.
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Arrangements will be made for pupils to complete any outstanding coursework. We will be in contact with further details.
Please bear in mind that we are awaiting information from the DfE and OfQual regarding exam results and will keep you updated.
We cannot express how sad we are for our students and staff; it is an unprecedented situation for all of us. However, this does not take away their individual achievements and nor will it affect our commitment to ensuring that they receive the qualifications they so rightly deserve.
Miss Bradley, Mr Shipman and Mr Spetch
Co-Heads and Head of Year 11
Partial Closure Friday 20th March
Dear Parent / Carers,
After yesterday’s announcement we have been finalising plans for the coming weeks. Some initial details are below and further notifications will be sent as soon as we receive more clarity from the Department for Education.
Tomorrow, there will again be a partial closure due to staff either in self-isolation, household isolation or being in one of the at risks groups. As such, we will be open for years 7 and 9
Year 8 – 11:15 to 12:15
Year 10 – 12:15 to 13:15
The update we send later will include information on key workers, access to staff during the closure and information on how to access free school meals.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in helping us to provide an ongoing education for your children. The vast majority of those pupils not in school today have accessed Goggle Classrooms, completed and submitted work. Well done!
As always, we thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Our Hastings Family has never been so important.
Miss Bradley and Mr Shipman
PARTIAL SCHOOL CLOSURE
18th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
As such we are sorry that for today we will not be open for year 9, but remain open for all other year-groups. If you are a key worker (health, fire or police) we will be manning a classroom for year 9 to do individual study should you need to send them in to enable you to work.
We will be in touch later on today with further updates.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time,