St Paul's Catholic College Providing Education For The Diocese Of Westminster
COVID-19 - Latest information - 19 March 2020
The government has made the decision to close all schools from 3pm on Friday 20 March until further notice. This means all children except those from parents who are key workers, will not be attending school. Once we receive a definition of key workers we will be contacting all parents to ask if they are key workers and if they require provision for their children in school.
Regarding the provision for off-site education, we are unable to give you a definite recommencement date at the moment, but will inform you once the national/local issues become clearer. In the government announcement it was stated that GCSE and ‘A’ Level exams are cancelled in May and June. Again, we are unclear what this exactly means. It could mean the exams being postponed to later in the year, or teachers using predicted grades linked to work completed. Therefore we need to continue to prepare for all contingencies and their work needs to continue until further guidance is provided by exam boards and universities.
In my previous communications, we have outlined how we are preparing, so that all children can continue to work from home during the school closure. We have completed most of our planned tasks. These will enable the following to occur:-
Years 11 and 13 will continue to follow their timetables as normal from home until we receive the guidance as previously mentioned. This means teachers will email work for the students to do and this work should be returned to the teacher at the end of the lesson. Departments have also produced a plethora of booklets and resources. We will be using GCSEpod, Mathswatch, GCSE Bitesize and Educake to supplement these lessons. These lessons will continue as normal until further notice.
At present Years 9 and 10 will be set regular independent work via email by all their teachers. Years 9 and 10 have been shown how to access the GCSEpod. Teachers will direct them to the resources, tasks and assessments. We will be aiming to return to timetabled lessons via email in due course.
Years 7 and 8 have independent work set which will be outlined on our website. This is primarily in English, Maths and Science. Again students can access Mathswatch and Educake to supplement their learning. Teachers will also be regularly emailing with updated learning tasks.
Year 12 has been given a great deal of booklets, assignments and other resources set for their independent work. Like other year groups teachers will be emailing extra tasks and marking work which is returned to them. We will be aiming to return to timetabled lessons via email in due course.
Finally I would like to advise parents to work with the government and Public Health England regarding self-isolation, I have enclosed the advice below:
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.
I wish you all well during this difficult period and hope to get all of your children back into school again as early as possible. We will continue to update you through schoolcomms and the school website.