We will continue to update you on the current situation as and when necessary. Please check your emails regularly and keep an eye on our social media. All the latest updates will be available here: Parents/Coronavirus Information.
Thank you all for your support during this time.
If you have a safeguarding concern you should contact the school office in the usual way. If you are unable to do this, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If your concern is urgent, you should consider contacting the emergency services or the Children's Social Care duty team on 03001232224.
The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The Government has released some Q&A's surrounding this; please see the link below:
You will see that the Government has said, "if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be'. This is the safest place for your child and the rest of the community.
If you are a key worker and your child is unable to stay at home, please contact the school before 1.30 pm today (Friday 20 March) to let us know.
Provision in school will be the same as at home - online learning but students will be supervised in school in order that key worker parents can go to work. School staff are engaged in supporting all students at home and school, following timetables and all students will be following online timetables.
If you tell us that your child will need to come into school, we will treat this the same as usual school attendance, ie we will contact you if he/she is not in school. Students in school will continue to wear school uniform.
The Cabinet Office will be sending schools a list of key workers today. We will share this list with you on our website. If you are in any doubt whether you qualify as a key worker, please check this list. Again, please restrict phone calls to the school for the moment so that we can focus on getting things in place for the children.
As you will have heard, schools have been directed to close for all students except those whose parents are key workers or deemed vulnerable children.
Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we will not be able to have the usual celebration for Year 11s next term as scheduled and so tomorrow will be given to them as a special day to celebrate their time here at The Castle School. Year 11s are invited to come in smart non uniform. Traditionally students leaving have brought in a shirt that can be signed by friends and staff, as well as a leavers book. However we know many students will not have purchased a book for this and so we will provide exercise books for this purpose if they wish. It is important that our Y11s have good, positive memories of their time here at The Castle.
We want to make this a special celebration for our wonderful Year 11s and so have changed their timetable for the day to reflect this, as this (Thursday) will sadly, be their last day with us.
Information for all other year groups
Schools have been told to close from the end of school on Friday. As I wrote to you last week, all work will be on Show My Homework and students are expected to do this work. We will have a revised timetable that we will be publishing by end of school on Friday to ensure that we can provide for the children of key workers as directed by the government.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and/or
high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)
if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section for more information).
if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
if you have coronavirus symptoms:
do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: