This is an incredible difficult and unprecedented time for everybody. As a school we have closed for the majority of students. The closure is in place to try and reduce the transmission of the virus and therefore help the NHS to manage and reduce the number of deaths. It is vital that we do our bit and follow this guidance.

During this period we have in place a full timetable of live online lessons. Children must attend these lessons.

We have adapted the times of these lessons to help students have screen breaks. For more details please see our Remote Learning Policy Link

Children of Critical workers

The school is providing a safe place for children of key workers to access their remote learning. To request a place please use this form and we will contact you to confirm: Form

Vulnerable Children

The government has outlined a list of vulnerable children the key categories for this are:

  1. Children with an EHCP or significant SEN need
  2. Children in care
  3. Children with services
  4. Otherwise categorised by the school or other agency as vulnerable
  5. Children who are unable to access remote learning

We are providing a full taught curriculum for categories 1 – 4 and expect these children to attend school. For children in category 5 we are supporting children on an individual basis.

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Closure (8)

The government has told us to close to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The government’s guidance is clear. If a child has an EHCP they should be in school. To increase safety the groups sizes are very small and children will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times. We are not able to provide lunch so students will need to bring a packed lunch. We have contacted all students with an EHCP. If you have an queries please contact our senco.  
The government says that it hopes to be open by half term. This will however be dependent on circumstances.
We will be providing them with a safe place to access remote learning. They will access the same lessons as their classmates.

Contacts

We are keen to keep children learning whilst the school is closed down. Please follow the instructions below. If you have any issues contact the school info@hartsdown.org
Local charities and companies are offering help and we are collating a list. Local Help Please let us know via info@hartsdown.org if there is anything we can do.
During this time of uncertainty, I wanted to reassure you that any SEN student is still receiving the interventions that they would have been had we been in school and that the SEN team are available at any time for any questions or concerns that you may have  sen@hartsdown.org or claysonm@hartsdown.org. All interventions have been set up virtually and are links are available on class charts and the SEN support drive.  The Ta who is running the intervention has called home or emailed the parents/carers and students to explain the task and how to complete it.  Every week new tasks are uploaded and they are marked weekly. All essential meetings are still being carried out on a virtual basis rather than face to face.  We have also added a lot of information for parents/ carers and students on the school drive which include resources and links to other websites that may be of interest. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact me Mrs Michelle Clayson, claysonm@hartsdown.org or at the SEN address above.  I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have at this unprecedented time. Mrs Michelle Clayson SENCO
Update 12 January. I am glad to say that we are able to continue to provide FSM vouchers. Please see letter below. Letter    

If your circumstances have changed you may now be entitled to FSM.

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you think you are now entitled please contact the school. Matt  

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