This is an incredible difficult and unprecedented time for everybody. As a school we have closed in line with government guidance. 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.

The core principle is that “if at all possible children should remain at home”. The exceptions for this are key workers where children cannot stay at home and EHCP/vulnerable children.

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Closure (31)

Suggesting Timetable for KS3

KS3 Lesson materials

Suggested Timetable for KS4

KS4 Lesson materials

Keystage 5

Staff will email students directly or use google classrooms. Some of the resources can be found here: KS5 Lesson Materials

The government has told us to close to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Category: Closure

The government’s guidance is clear. If a child can stay at home the should do so.

We have followed the government’s guidance and risk assessed students with an EHCP and have concluded that all of our children’s needs can safely be met at home. As it is our view that all of our children and young people needs can be met at home, as none of our children receive personal care at school.

We have spoken to the majority of parents who have been fully supportive. Please do contact sen@hartsdown.org if you want advice or support in supporting your child at home.

 

Category: Closure

The government has put in system to support FSM families. Click here for information

The government has not told us but it may be an extended period

Category: Closure

We will be isolating them as far as possible. They will complete the same work that students at home are completing. We are not in a position to teach them and will be only be offering supervision.

Category: Closure

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

Category: I need help

Although it is very limited we have material packs at the office. Please ring the school office for information.

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

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.

Category: I need help

FSM vouchers have now been sent and should arrive weekly. Asda and Sainsbury’s appear to have the greatest delay. We expect this to improve as the system beds down.

Weekly on Thursday

Contact us. The quickest way will be by facebook.

 

They are valid for at least a year

You’ll receive your 16 digit Compliments Select eCode via email.

Categories: FSM, Voucher Code

Yes, as displayed within the email you have received.

Category: Voucher Code

You can only redeem one code at a time. After you have redeemed your code you can redeem a further code on the website.

Category: Voucher Code

No, a code must be redeemed in full.

Category: Voucher Code

Please contact us via Facebook or tatem@hartsdown.org We can reissue to the original email address.

Category: Voucher Code

We have asked Edenred to issue on Fridays.

Category: Voucher Code

Each shop has different minimum values and denominations so the system helps you choose the correct values.

Gift cards and Gift vouchers will be dispatched by post within 3 to 4 working days. eGift cards will be delivered promptly to the email address entered at the checkout stage.

Category: Giftcards

No, once your order has been processed it cannot be cancelled.

Category: Giftcards

Should you have any questions regarding your order or its not arrived within 28 days from the date you’ve placed your order, please contact Edenred Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com

Category: Giftcards

Please contact Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com.

Category: Giftcards

No gift cards/vouchers  cannot be replaced.

Category: Giftcards

Some shops are part of a retailer group. In this case you may receive a reward voucher or card that shows a different brand than you expected. However, the voucher card will still be accepted at the shop you asked for.

Category: Giftcards

COVID19 Overview (16)

The government’s view is that with the much lower incidence of the virus in the community and the generally mild symptoms that children suffer, the risk of staying out of school is greater than the risk of going to school. I agree with this and look forward to children being back. We are working hard to make the school as ‘covid secure’ as possible.

1. You must not visit the school without an appointment and where possible use a phone or zoom etc.

2. If you or somebody in your support bubble has any of the following

  • High temperature (fever)
  • Change or loss of taste or smell
  • A cough
  • Then you and your support bubble must self isolate and get a test. Please graphic below:

From September the government’s guidance is that children do not need to stay two meters apart, instead they should be organised into groups (bubbles).

  • We have reorganised the timetable so that we are able to keep children in ‘bubbles’; in most cases this is a year group.
  • In the main school we will be staggering breaks so that children are able to remain in their bubbles during break times.
  • Due to bus timetables we are not staggering the start and end of day; Instead we will encourage students to stay at least 2m apart from children not in their bubble.
  • As staff will work across year groups, we will be trying to maintain a 2m distance between adults and children.
  • We are encouraging students and staff to wear masks in school corridors unless exempt.

We have increased cleaning across the school and will be providing wipes so that children and staff can wipe their desks etc. We are also providing hand gel and will be asking children and staff to regularly sanitise their hands.

The curriculum will largely be back to normal in September, although we will be reducing movement around the school. Where there are changes, we will explain this to the children in September.

Supporting our children with their mental health and wellbeing is a key priority. I recognise that this time will have affected children differently. I know from talking to children and parents that some children have enjoyed the lockdown whilst the majority have found it very difficult. I hope that the phone calls have helped children feel connected to the school and we have been training all staff in attachment and working with trauma. We also continue to have mentoring and other support through Place to Be and Dare to Differ.

It is clear that there will have been a significant impact on students’ progress and this will be particularly important for Year 11 and Year 13. Teachers have been working hard to put in place ‘recovery plans’ to support students. We are also dropping an option in Year 11 to give more time for English and Maths. Together we will ensure that children get the results they deserve, but we will have no time to waste. As the government releases more information, we will continue to work on what additional support we can provide.

We hope not! It is however out of control. The government has said that they are unlikely to lockdown the whole country and that with local lockdowns they will try to keep schools open.

As a school we are committed to keeping the school open if at all possible.

We are going to be training students on how to use google classrooms once we reopen. We are intending to deliver a full curriculum using video via google classroom. This means that students will have access to a full timetable and instruction from their teacher.

We trialled this in July and it worked well.

We are intending to continue putting all resources online. We are also hoping to have teachers recording instruction. This will mean that students should be able to access all of their learning.

Unless exempt. Children should wear a mask on public transport. In line with WHO advise we also strongly encourage students to wear a mask in the corridors. Students are welcome to wear a mask at other times if they wish to.

Please see our factsheet for more information.

Many children will feel some level of nervousness as they have been off school from a lengthy period. As a school, we will be supporting all children in their transition back.

For lots of resources please check out our Mental Health Section which we regularly update.

To reduce transmission students need to bring in their own equipment. See letter for full details.

The government is strongly encouraging students to cycle or walk. Where children have to use public transport they must wear a mask unless exempt.

 

Kent County council has stated:

All of our transport services will be running as usual but there will be some differences designed to make sure that there is enough space for all children needing to travel and that the transport is as safe as possible.

Social distancing will apply to most buses, however the government have said that some services that are mainly used for schools can be changed to only carry school children. On these buses, operators can then use more of the space on the bus making use of all forward facing seats.

We have also been given funding to provide extra buses where we are worried about social distancing space. From the start of the new academic year, we expect over 80 extra buses to be running with fewer children on board. Therefore we are confident that there will be enough space.

If there are any problems, then we will work to fix them by providing alternative transport.

Student guidance

For students travelling to school by bus, they must:

  • observe social distancing rules put in place
  • be seated at all times
  • use contact-less payment or travel cards where necessary
  • not eat or drink on the bus
  • keep all windows open for ventilation
  • follow instructions provided by the transport provider
  • wash or sanitize their hands before and after their journey
  • wear face coverings.

Transport provider guidance

To ensure the safety of children travelling to school, transport providers must:

  • raise cleaning standards and pay attention to high contact areas
  • increase ventilation by keeping all windows open (where possible)
  • work with schools and colleges to support any staggered start and finish times and “bubbles” where possible
  • wear face coverings for all staff unless separated by a perspex screen
  • work with schools to cater for staggered times (where possible)
  • ensure passengers sit on front facing seats only
  • accept all bus passes to allow the student to get to school
  • provide extra vehicles on busier services for students only (where possible)
  • monitor all services and new guidance for any changes.

Free School Meals (5)

The government has put in system to support FSM families. Click here for information

FSM vouchers have now been sent and should arrive weekly. Asda and Sainsbury’s appear to have the greatest delay. We expect this to improve as the system beds down.

Weekly on Thursday

Contact us. The quickest way will be by facebook.

 

They are valid for at least a year

FSM (14)

You’ll receive your 16 digit Compliments Select eCode via email.

Categories: FSM, Voucher Code

Yes, as displayed within the email you have received.

Category: Voucher Code

You can only redeem one code at a time. After you have redeemed your code you can redeem a further code on the website.

Category: Voucher Code

No, a code must be redeemed in full.

Category: Voucher Code

Please contact us via Facebook or tatem@hartsdown.org We can reissue to the original email address.

Category: Voucher Code

We have asked Edenred to issue on Fridays.

Category: Voucher Code

Each shop has different minimum values and denominations so the system helps you choose the correct values.

Gift cards and Gift vouchers will be dispatched by post within 3 to 4 working days. eGift cards will be delivered promptly to the email address entered at the checkout stage.

Category: Giftcards

No, once your order has been processed it cannot be cancelled.

Category: Giftcards

Should you have any questions regarding your order or its not arrived within 28 days from the date you’ve placed your order, please contact Edenred Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com

Category: Giftcards

Please contact Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com.

Category: Giftcards

No gift cards/vouchers  cannot be replaced.

Category: Giftcards

Some shops are part of a retailer group. In this case you may receive a reward voucher or card that shows a different brand than you expected. However, the voucher card will still be accepted at the shop you asked for.

Category: Giftcards

Giftcards (6)

Gift cards and Gift vouchers will be dispatched by post within 3 to 4 working days. eGift cards will be delivered promptly to the email address entered at the checkout stage.

Category: Giftcards

No, once your order has been processed it cannot be cancelled.

Category: Giftcards

Should you have any questions regarding your order or its not arrived within 28 days from the date you’ve placed your order, please contact Edenred Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com

Category: Giftcards

Please contact Customer Services on complimentsselect-UK@edenred.com.

Category: Giftcards

No gift cards/vouchers  cannot be replaced.

Category: Giftcards

Some shops are part of a retailer group. In this case you may receive a reward voucher or card that shows a different brand than you expected. However, the voucher card will still be accepted at the shop you asked for.

Category: Giftcards

I need help (2)

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

Category: I need help

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.

Category: I need help

Information About the Coronavirus (5)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

For most people the symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Learning at Home (5)

Suggesting Timetable for KS3

KS3 Lesson materials

Suggested Timetable for KS4

KS4 Lesson materials

Keystage 5

Staff will email students directly or use google classrooms. Some of the resources can be found here: KS5 Lesson Materials

Although it is very limited we have material packs at the office. Please ring the school office for information.

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

Redeeming Voucher (1)

Each shop has different minimum values and denominations so the system helps you choose the correct values.

Staff Covid19 (4)

We have purchased visors for all staff and encourage staff to wear them when:

  • In corridors during change over
  • On duty inside
  • Where 2m distancing is not possible. This may include classrooms

Staff can wear a mask if they wish and we will keep this under review.

Students are being encouraged to wear masks in the corridor

Category: Staff Covid19

The government recognises that 2m distancing is not possible in a school environment. Instead, students are placed into bubbles (primarily year groups). There is no expectation that students will distance within these bubbles.

Staff cross bubbles so should endeavour to remain 2m distance or 1m (with mask/visor) from other staff and students.

Category: Staff Covid19

In the corridors, this is not a problem. In classrooms, this is fine as long as you are not teaching one of our hearing-impaired children.

Category: Staff Covid19

Here

http://p1n.ch/2g

Please note that other areas of the school may have additional measures and assessments in place.

Category: Staff Covid19

Staff FAQs (4)

We have purchased visors for all staff and encourage staff to wear them when:

  • In corridors during change over
  • On duty inside
  • Where 2m distancing is not possible. This may include classrooms

Staff can wear a mask if they wish and we will keep this under review.

Students are being encouraged to wear masks in the corridor

Category: Staff Covid19

The government recognises that 2m distancing is not possible in a school environment. Instead, students are placed into bubbles (primarily year groups). There is no expectation that students will distance within these bubbles.

Staff cross bubbles so should endeavour to remain 2m distance or 1m (with mask/visor) from other staff and students.

Category: Staff Covid19

In the corridors, this is not a problem. In classrooms, this is fine as long as you are not teaching one of our hearing-impaired children.

Category: Staff Covid19

Here

http://p1n.ch/2g

Please note that other areas of the school may have additional measures and assessments in place.

Category: Staff Covid19

Voucher Code (7)

You’ll receive your 16 digit Compliments Select eCode via email.

Categories: FSM, Voucher Code

Yes, as displayed within the email you have received.

Category: Voucher Code

You can only redeem one code at a time. After you have redeemed your code you can redeem a further code on the website.

Category: Voucher Code

No, a code must be redeemed in full.

Category: Voucher Code

Please contact us via Facebook or tatem@hartsdown.org We can reissue to the original email address.

Category: Voucher Code

We have asked Edenred to issue on Fridays.

Category: Voucher Code

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