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COVID-19

The latest advice and updates on Covid-19 can be found on the following websites:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Updates to the guidance above can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers#history

We have also updated our Help, Support and Information for Parents and Carers handbook to include advice on Covid-19. Click here to open a copy.

Click here to see the Children's Guide to Coronavirus.

Free School Meals - Voucher Scheme

Please click here to see the Department for Education advice and FAQ on using free school meal vouchers.  Although we may have applied for vouchers on your behalf, we have no access to the programme to help resolve any problems you may experience.  If you have any difficulties using the voucher scheme, please contact the organisation running the scheme by phoning the number on the vouchers or go to www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk

School updates from the Headteacher:

Update 6 - Friday 15/05/2020 14:30

I am sure you are aware of the Government’s recent announcement that they would like to aim for schools to begin to open up for more pupils from the week commencing 1st June. In terms of special schools, as we have remained open during the pandemic we have been asked to continue to work towards a phased return of more young people, but unlike mainstream schools, without a focus on any specific year groups. Our decisions about which young people will return to school will continue to be informed by our on-going risk assessments for our young people (as they have been since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as staffing levels, number of classrooms, etc.

We continue to work hard to make the necessary arrangements to welcome more children back and to provide a safe environment for the full school community, which reflects government guidance. We continue to review how we can most effectively use our school site to maintain social distancing whilst continuing to provide a safe, creative and positive learning environment for both staff and our young people. School does look quite different at the moment, with very small class groups of no more than 5 young people, 3 learning sessions a day delivered by both the teaching and residential teams and earlier than usual finishes for the extended day boys. At present, we still have a significant number of staff not able to be in school so current staffing ratios, as well as the physical limitations of the building will mean that the reintroduction of pupils will be carefully managed over a longer period of time. Our staff team will remain in regular contact with yourselves and will inform you of any decisions about your child returning to school directly.

I am aware that this will be an anxious time for parents and children and would like to reassure you that we have already put in place well established additional procedures to enhance cleaning regimes throughout the day and to reinforce good hygiene and handwashing. Staff have access to PPE as required. I would like to reassure you that we take all necessary actions to maintain a safe environment however it is extremely important that you continue to provide us with information about any potential COVID-19 symptoms displayed within your family environment and please do not send your child to school if they (or anyone else in your family home) is displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms, as listed within the NHS guidance previously provided and on our school website. I have attached the link to the latest DfE guidance for parents and carers which can be found below. Please take some time to read it as it provides important information about returning to school:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parentsand-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

For some of our families, you may prefer to keep your child at home at present and for those young people remaining at home, staff will maintain the regular contact arrangements already in place, as well as continue to provide work / activities to complete and signpost additional resources via our social media and school website for your information. If you require additional home learning tasks for your child, please discuss this with your child’s class tutor or keyworker who will ensure appropriate resources are provided for you. Over the next few weeks we are going to attempt to set up some opportunities for our young people to ‘meet up online’ in small groups with their peers and school staff, as some of our boys are feeling isolated at home and are missing their friends. Staff will organise a specific time for the meeting and an invitation will be sent to the parent email account we have on file – if your child would like to join in then they need to click on the link at the given time using a laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

During the pandemic period we are not currently delivering a formal curriculum to our young people, instead we are tracking progress against each young person’s education, health and care plan targets which will be used to inform the ‘end of year’ report sent out at the end of the Summer Term. Therefore, for those young people remaining at home, it would be really helpful if you were able to provide feedback to school staff, through the regular welfare calls, on any progress your child is making (e.g. developing life skills i.e. baking, gardening, telling the time, reading to others, social skills, participating in celebratory events like VE Day or NHS support, reading, etc.) which could be included in the report. Feel free to email any photos to either the class tutor or keyworker as well so that these can be included.

We fully recognise that the current restrictions in place are having a significant impact on peoples’ mental health and will continue to signpost where our families can get additional support during this time. A new website has been launched, dedicated to helping children and young people in North Yorkshire find mental health support. The Go-To – https://www.thegoto.org.uk/ – is designed to be a portal or ‘single point of information’ showcasing the mental health support services offered by different agencies in the county. The website has been developed by NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and neighbouring CCGs (NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG, NHS Vale of York CCG) and will promote services within the existing North Yorkshire County Council boundary. With the majority of young people currently not in school and many in isolation as a result of the restrictions imposed on movement to deal with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, health leaders believe online mental health support for young people has never been more important.

The Mental Health Foundation is hosting Mental Health Awareness week from 18 - 24 May 2020. Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health and The Go-To offers access to the support young people and their families need during this uncertain time. We will also continue to put links to mental health and wellbeing resources and support on both our school website and social media accounts for you to access during the pandemic.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and please contact the school if you wish to discuss any matter regarding your child returning to school.

Update 5 - Thursday 09/04/2020 12:00

Ahead of the school closing for the next week to facilitate a ‘deep clean’ programme I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a COVID-19 update for our parents and carers. I have received several messages from parents asking if we are open after the holiday so I wanted to take the opportunity to share the latest Government information shared yesterday:

A Government Spokesperson said:

  • "Schools will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and the children who are most vulnerable.
  • "We will re-open schools when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so."

The guidance provided by the Government is very clear - every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. As schools are one of the only workplaces remaining open at present, we need your support in preventing the virus being transmitted in school to our staff and young people. The NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/ remains a key source of information for medical advice - we request you continue to take seriously the advice on the NHS website, as well as respecting the social distancing guidance given in the Government briefings.

Following our Training Day on Monday 20 April 2020, we will be open to those students who were attending school prior to the Easter holidays, as they have been identified as children of essential keyworkers and / or our most vulnerable young people. Staff will contact those parents directly to make the necessary arrangements and should the situation change then we will let you know immediately. I appreciate that this extended period of lockdown can be a stressful experience for everyone and I am grateful for the continued support you have shown my staff team since the situation began. Your mental health and wellbeing as a family is also important, so a further help guide has been attached which we hope you will find helpful. The staff team will continue to make their regular ‘keep in touch’ calls to ensure that both our young people and their families are supported and kept updated, as well as providing educational activities we have also been posting ‘fun activities’ to complete at home as a family as we are well aware of how challenging it can be to keep young people entertained for hours each day. It is important that you keep in contact with ourselves, as any return to school after a period of self-isolation or social distancing requires a risk assessment to be carried out to ensure that we do not put our staff or the young people in our care at risk of infection, which I am sure you fully appreciate.

For those young people who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), the government FSM voucher scheme is underway and you should have received an email from myself requesting further information to be able to set up your vouchers to be sent directly to yourself. It is important to note that the vouchers cannot be used for any age-appropriate items (e.g. scratch cards, petrol, alcohol or cigarettes). If your financial circumstances have changed due to COVID-19 you may now be eligible for free school meals under the latest government guidance. I have provided the link below for you to check your eligibility. If it is confirmed that your child is eligible please email the confirmation to ourselves and we will ensure that the entitlement is provided for your child: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

During this extended period of lockdown our children are using applications to maintain contact with friends and loved ones however, as highlighted in the news, some of the applications are considered to be ‘unsafe’ due to their lack of security so please click on these links to safety guides about "Houseparty" and “Zoom” which outline how you can keep your child safe online when using both applications.  Also, there are many more online safety guides available in the Parents and Carers section of our website.  Click here to go to the page.

As always during this time our admin@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk email address remains monitored by the admin team so if you do have any queries or concerns please contact us via email.

Update 4 - Friday 27/03/2020 16:00

This has been a most unusual week at Brompton Hall, we have remained open with 33 young people in school on Monday, whilst our staff teams have been providing additional support through online learning platforms, phone calls and face to face home visits to ensure that our young people at home, and their families have sufficient support during this challenging time.

For those of you who follow the Brompton Hall School facebook page we have been uploading additional ideas, links and resources to keep everyone occupied during this lock down period, as we fully recognise how difficult it will be for you all to stay inside and keep safe. If you do decide to complete any of the challenges – it would be lovely to see the efforts of everyone on our school community page. I am mindful that the next few weeks may be stressful so have included some signposting to some additional support available for you all below. The website provides information to help signpost children, young people, families and professionals to the right information services for mental health and wellbeing across North Yorkshire. The website has been developed in conjunction with children, young people, parents, carers and professionals. Click here to open the site.

The ‘THINK U KNOW’ website also provides some additional support on how you can keep your child safe online:  Click here to open the site.

We’d like to reassure you that at Brompton Hall School we are continuing to take all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and North Yorkshire Local Authority.

What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open to provide care for our particularly vulnerable young people and the children of any essential keyworkers 
  • All school functions continue to run as normal with our residential provision remaining in place from Monday through to Friday. Transport arrangements are in place to collect your child on Monday morning as usual. Extended Day students will continue to leave school at 4pm each day during the upcoming period. North Yorkshire LA are liaising with the transport companies to ensure that school transport remains unaffected during this time.
  •  If you, your child or anyone you live with has the following symptoms you must follow guidance to stay at home.
  •  A new, continuous cough and/or 
  •  A high temperature (i.e. above 37.8 degrees)

It is really important that you follow the NHS guidance as we need to ensure our staff team remain healthy in order to keep the school open for our young people.

  • If your child is unwell or is self-isolating, report this as you would normally by phoning school to report an absence due to self-isolation. The time period for self-isolation for a family is 14 days, after which time it is expected if your child has not displayed any symptoms, they return to school  We’ll keep you up to date with any changes.

What we need you to do

 If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via 01723 859121 or email <admin@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk>

 Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and our answers.

What do we do if we are coming to the end of our self-isolation period?

A member of school staff will contact you at home ahead of the end of the ‘self-isolation’ period to complete a risk assessment. The risk assessment will give us an idea about when would be best for your child to return to school safely. If your child needs to remain at home for a little while longer, we will ensure that you are provided with the appropriate level of staff support and learning resources.

Why do different staff ring us up during the week?

Obviously even though your child is currently at home, the school still has a duty of care to ensure that both our young person, as well as their family has the appropriate level of support. Class tutors will ring to discuss how your child is progressing with their work pack, whether any additional work is required, whether you require any additional support at home, etc. The keyworker will ring to speak to your child, to ensure that they have their regular access to their keyworker to discuss any worries / concerns they may have and so on. These conversations do not stop you contacting school if you have any concerns about the current arrangements in place.

Do staff have to drop off a packed lunch each day?

Until the government voucher system is fully in place, which should be in about a week or so time – we have offered to ensure that all of our young people with a free school meal entitlement receive a daily packed lunch. As soon as we are given further information about the government voucher system and how it will work we will ensure the information is shared with our parents / carers.

If you have any questions Please consult the:

  •  NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111             
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

As previously mentioned all announcements relating to the arrangements for our school will be communicated via email, telephone calls and through our school website. We appreciate that the on-going changes and the unprecedented nature of this situation may give rise to concerns and anxieties. We ask that you continue to follow the medical advice regarding the virus and that you ensure we are able to contact you to provide regular updates via email or through our school website. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.

It is important that you maintain contact with the school during this lockdown period and if you are finding the ongoing situation particularly difficult then please contact your child’s class tutor or key worker, as there is additional support available for you which we can arrange, if needed.

Thank you for your continued support – keep safe.

 

Update 3 - Friday 20/03/2020 11.00

As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.

We’d like to reassure you that at Brompton Hall School we’re continuing to take all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and North Yorkshire Local Authority.

What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given.
  • All school functions continue to run as normal, including our residential provision Monday through to Friday. Transport arrangements remain in place to collect your child on Monday morning as usual. Extended Day students will continue to leave school at 4pm each day during the upcoming period. North Yorkshire LA are liaising with the transport companies to ensure that school transport remains unaffected during this time.
  • If you, your child or anyone you live with has the following symptoms you must follow guidance to stay at home:
    • A new, continuous cough and/or 
    • A high temperature (i.e. above 37.8 degrees)

It is really important that you follow the NHS guidance as we need to ensure our staff team remain healthy in order to keep the school open for our young people.

  • If your child is unwell or is self-isolating, report this as you would normally by phoning school to report an absence due to self-isolation. The time period for self-isolation for a family is 14 days, after which time it is expected if your child has not displayed any symptoms, they return to school
  • We’ll keep you up to date with any changes

What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff 

If your child displays any of the symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at school, we will contact you and make arrangements to get your child home safely. All staff and young people are regularly monitored to ensure any development of potential symptoms is identified immediately.

Our Site Team have implemented a rigorous cleaning routine across the school site which involves deep cleaning of key areas, regular disinfecting of ‘high use locations’ and daily cleaning schedule of all areas.

All staff and young people are following an enforced hand washing protocols and there are hand sanitisers located across the school site.

Students have had sessions about the importance of hygiene, particularly at this time and staff have been on hand to discuss student anxieties about the pandemic – which will be ongoing over the next few months.

Included in each child’s work pack is a support guide for families which includes information about financial support available, support for you and your families’ mental health and wellbeing, as well as guidance about how to keep your child safe online. A copy is also available on the school website within the ‘Parents / Carers’ section. We have also set up an email for each class tutor so if your child needs additional support with their work packs or you have a query about the work set either online or within the work pack you will be able to contact the tutor directly. These emails are for ‘academic / curriculum / wellbeing’ queries only – if you have a query about whether the school will be open or absence issues then please contact the Main Office. It is also important to note that during this time, the school is remaining open to our students so it may not be possible for staff to respond to any emails immediately, so if your concern is urgent contact the Main Office.

Email List:

  • Pathways@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Year11@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Year10@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Year9@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Year8@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Year7@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Juniors2@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Juniors1@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch
  • Nurture@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk

 

What we need you to do

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via 01723 859121 or email admin@bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported.  BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough).
  • Check that your child has access to either Edmodo (KS3-4) or PurpleMash (Ks2) from home, and let us know if there are any issues (so we can make sure you are well prepared for remote learning if your child is not in school). Help guides with your child’s log in information have been included in the work packs being sent home today.

What happens if the school has to close?

We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.

In either case, we’ll:

  • We will contact you directly either via email or telephone call, as well as post a message on our school website (as previously stated)

Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

For those young people who will be at home under ‘self-isolating’ conditions, school staff have provided a work pack which has been sent home with every child today. This work is to be used during ‘self-isolation’ or ‘social distancing’ periods of absence from school. School staff will continue to be in contact with families where their children are at home, during their absence to ensure that you all have the high levels of support.

If you have any questions Please consult the:

  • School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue 
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

As previously mentioned all announcements relating to the arrangements for our school will be communicated via email, telephone calls and through our school website. We appreciate that the on-going changes and the unprecedented nature of this situation may give rise to concerns and anxieties. We ask that you continue to follow the medical advice regarding the virus and that you ensure we are able to contact you to provide regular updates via email or through our school website. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Update 2 - Wednesday 18/03/2020 09:00

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience during this difficult time. 

To summarise the guidance we have previously provided for you:

  • If you or any member of your family is displaying the symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. high temperature and / or a new persistent cough) then you are to self-isolate. The updated advice is that for people living together the ‘self-isolation’ period is 14 days and for people living on their own the ‘self-isolation’ period is 7 days;
  • For those people identified as needing to ‘social distance’ themselves due to severe under-lying medical conditions, the current government guidance is to remain at home for 12 weeks and there is a link on our school website to the specific guidance for ‘social distancing’. We have been informed that anyone who has been identified by the NHS as needing to ‘social distance’ themselves will be contacted directly by the NHS on or by the 23 March 2020;
  • Please follow our usual absence procedure and ring into school providing ‘self-isolation’ or ‘social distance’ as the reason for absence;

We appreciate that following the government’s revised guidance, there are some families who will be considering self-isolation. This is not a decision we can make for you and strongly advise you consult the NHS website and follow the guidance provided.

In school I want to take the opportunity to reassure you that we are continuing to rigorously follow the guidelines from Public Health England (PHE) to ensure that all of our young people and staff team remain safe and their safety and wellbeing remains our number one priority. Following updated advice from the government and NYCC we have taken the decision to prevent any further visitors to the school site, this includes pre-arranged meetings, training, visits and we have also made the decision to reschedule any upcoming annual reviews. Further support and advice can be sought by visiting the PHE website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#information-about-the-virus or the government COVID-19 website page: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Our current plan is to remain open to ensure consistency for our young people, however this remains dependent on staffing levels in school and our internal plans are currently changing on a daily basis. Unfortunately, due to a significant increase in staff absence today I have had to make the decision to send all Extended Day students home on Wednesday and Thursday this week at 4pm. The transport arrangements are being organised by the Office Team this morning and following this letter all parents affected by this decision will receive a phone call explaining the arrangements in place this week.

As a school we have a duty to ensure that all of our learners continue to make academic progress during this challenging time. So all learners currently ‘self-isolating’ will be receiving a pack of work to complete during their period of ‘self-isolation’ at home and there will be further work set online by our staff team should their absence from school continue for a longer period. It would be really helpful if you were able to support the continued learning of our young people during an enforced absence and it would be lovely if you were also able to share their activities via our facebook page (if appropriate) so we can continue to keep in touch with our families. The online platforms (e.g. purplemash, HegartyMaths and Edmodo) all do have parent access so accounts will be set up for you to monitor the progress your child is making with the work set and assessed by the teaching team. We also have on our school website a list of suitable links to educational sites for our students to access from home. Whilst your child is at home and potentially online more than usual, we have also collated a bank of resources for parents and carers which clearly address the measures you may need to take to keep your child safe online when they are using software applications such as TikTok, Fortnite, FiFa, Roblox, Instagram, etc.) which we hope you find useful: http://bromptonhall.n-yorks.sch.uk/parents-carers/e-safety-for-parents/e-safety-posters/

Can I request that you please ensure that our School Office has an up-to-date email address for us to continue to keep you updated on any changes to our current plans. Any announcements relating to the closure of our school plan will be communicated via email and through our school website. We appreciate that the on-going changes and the unprecedented nature of this situation may give rise to concerns and anxieties. We ask that you continue to follow the medical advice regarding the virus and that you ensure we are able to contact you to provide regular updates via email or through our school website.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Update 1 - Friday 13/03/2020 16:00

As you will be aware the government is entering the country into the 'delay' phase of its strategy to deal with coronavirus and it has updated its advice accordingly.

The updated guidance states that individuals should stay at home for 7 days if they have either:

1) a high temperature

2) a new continuous cough

More detailed advice is available on the government website below. Should your child need to self isolate please inform the school as per our normal absence reporting arrangements and state the reason is 'self isolation'.

If, as part of the national response to this pandemic, we are instructed as a school to close, we have contingency plans in place to ensure the continuity of learning for our students, as far as we are able to provide remotely. Any announcement of closure and our school plan will be communicated via email and through our school website.

We appreciate that the on-going changes and the unprecedented nature of this situation may give rise to concerns and anxieties. We ask that you follow the medical advice regarding the virus and that you ensure we are able to contact you to provide regular updates via email or through our school website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Updates on COVID-19 can be found on the following websites:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/