I would like to thank you for your support during this challenging period. Your children have been brilliant at what must be a confusing and stressful time for them. While Patcham High has had a slightly emptier feel this week, and our thoughts and best wishes are with those who were unable to make it into school, it has been a thoroughly pleasant place to be with staff and students really pulling together. We have been very grateful for the full cooperation of the whole school community and for the many positive messages of support.
As of the end of the school day this Friday Patcham High, alongside all other schools in the country, will close until further notice. However, vulnerable children and children of key workers will continue to be able to come into school as normal. Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children including those who have a social worker and those with educational health and care plans. We are presently collating a list of students who fall into these categories. The school will be in touch with students on this list to clarify details of provision.
Full plans are in place that will facilitate learning at home for students during closure. These plans are outlined under Contingency Plans in the Latest News section on the front page of the school website. The plans will come into effect, alongside further details, next Wednesday 25th March. Between now and then I have attached work for students to complete online (please select the appropriate Year Group for your child) and information about accessing reading materials. Thank you in advance for supporting this.
We have completed a survey of students’ access to IT and the internet and we are determined to support students who may not have access to everything they need. We are targeting support at families we think need it most, but if we haven’t approached you and you need assistance with IT access please let us know and we will do our best to help.
I have also attached a guidance booklet that we have put together that offers advice and support on how to remain mentally and physical fit during the school closure.
Finally, we are devising plans so that students who receive free school meals can continue to access these in some form and we can provide additional support to families in need.
As soon as we have an official date to re-open, I will communicate this with you via email and the school website. Until then, I would like to offer our very best wishes and hope that anybody affected by this unprecedented virus makes a speedy recovery.