Newsletter From The Bramcote College.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Preparing for all eventualities.
In many years of teaching, this has been one of the most unusual weeks I can remember. Although we are still unsure what is likely to happen in the coming days, schools have been advised to stay open, unless they are given specific advice to close.
However, it’s clear that we are still at the early stages of the crisis – the impact of coronavirus may lead to school closures and the disruption of many of our normal ways of working.
We are updating our website advice as the situation develops and will contact you as soon as we know of any changes.
The current Public Health England advice is that you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough., and our policy is that this should extend to more general cold or flu symptoms.
Students, staff, parents and members of the community should also not come to the school site if they know or believe that they may have coronavirus (COVID-19), have been a close contact of someone with a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19.
As you would expect, we have been preparing in detail for all eventualities.
This includes making sure we have materials available for students to access from home and giving particular consideration to students in Year 11 and Year 13 who are approaching exams.
We will also look at events, trips and activities that are taking place and make a decision in line with the expert advice.
been considering how we may manage if we have reduced student attendance
or absences from key staff, and we are continuing to protect the school
environment through enhanced and targeted cleaning.
We will communicate with you in a timely and detailed manner.
Everything we have heard about coronavirus tells us that healthy young people are the least likely to be affected.
The majority will experience mild symptoms and will make a rapid recovery.
However, this does not mean that we can expect to be immune from the effect of the outbreak – not only do we have members of the school community who are in more vulnerable groups, but we all know that our students are in contact with elderly relatives and others in the local community, and so we have a duty to ensure that we limit the spread of the virus as much as possible.
Our Inspire values are the bedrock of the schools in the White Hills
They describe the things that are most important to us, the things about which we remain steadfast, even when we are
challenged and times are difficult. One of our key values is that of Responsibility.
We expect all of our students to understand their own individual responsibility in the measures taken to fight the spread of
That includes following sensible hand-washing advice,
using tissues and so on.
It also includes taking more responsibility at home if family members are unwell, coping with changes in routines and responding with maturity to advice and requests.
Another of our Inspire Values is Nurture – the way we show care and compassion for others.
Students might show this by keeping an eye out for friends who are worried or anxious, by helping elderly relatives and neighbours who are isolated at home, or by showing kindness and care in their local community, for example by donating to food banks.
It is a truism that difficult moments often bring out the best in communities, and I know our students will rise to the challenges that face them.
I’d like to end by offering my best wishes for your continuing good health.
Chief Executive Officer