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WVAT Letter to parents 18 March

posted 28 Sept 2020, 06:02 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:06 ]
18th March 2020
Dear Parents I Carers
I am writing to you as CEO of Waveney Valley Academy Trust, therefore the following applies to Stowmarket High School, Northgate Primary School, Aide Valley Academy, Sir John Leman High School and Roman Hill Primary School.
Within  the  current uncertainty  surrounding the  impact on  schools  of  COVID-19, I feel  it is important to write  to you to assure you that,  as the situation progresses, we  will continue to ensure that  the wellbeing of our students and staff is our main  priority.
You will have heard about the importance of taking sensible hygiene precautions, so of course this is  being implemented across  the  sites. We  can all  continue encouraging children to maintain a sensible approach to their own  hygiene, whether they are at school  or at home. As a reminder of the message from the government on 16th March, if anyone in your household develops either  a high  temperature or a new,  continuous cough, you should not  send your child into school: please  keep  them at home with you.

We  will continue to  follow  the  advice of  Public  Health  England and  the  Department  for Education. As guidance changes and the self-isolation is widened, we know  that  we will be faced with the challenge of keeping schools open. The latest  DfE guidance is that  all schools and early years' settings should remain open: we will therefore work to keep our schools open for as long as it is reasonably practicable.
If we do  have to close any  of our five schools, you will be  given  as much notice as possible, but  please  appreciate that  this may  be  minimal due  to the  fluid nature of the situation. Our teams of teachers are preparing work for your children to do at home, should a full or partial school  closure  become necessary.    In the  event of a  full or partial closure,  our schools  will remain in touch, and update you with regard to when they might  be able to reopen.
Many  of you will be  concerned about forthcoming SATs, GCSE or A-Levels. The below is the latest statement from Ofqual, the examinations regulator:
" We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer  exam  series. Our advice at  this time  is  to continue to  prepare for exams and  other assessments as normal.
We continue to work closely with exam  boards, other regulators  and the Department for Education and
we have  met  to plan  for a range of scenarios,  as the  public  would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption  to a minimum.
It is still many  weeks  until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary,  giving  schools and
colleges as much notice as possible."
I would like to put  on record my appreciation for the way in which our Headteachers and  all members of staff have responded to this unprecedented situation.
This is a difficult and  unsettling time  for all of us: the safety  of your children and  our staff will always be our priority.
Yours sincerely
Jeremy Rowe
Chief Executive  Officer
Waveney Valley Academies Trust