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COVID-19 Update

Covid 19 Update No 10- with a note for Year 11 and for Upper Sixth

It has now been decided that schools in England, Scotland and Wales will close, with effect from the end of school on Friday except for certain categories of student. The exception is for students with EHCPs, students who have social workers and students whose parents are ‘key workers” (currently defined below).

· NHS staff, health workers, including doctors and nurses, midwives, paramedics and so on.

· Police.

· Other health workers employed in a health setting.

· Fire brigade and other community safety workers.

· Supermarket delivery drivers and workers.

· Other delivery drivers.

· Workers looking after the vulnerable and elderly

· School staff

· Anyone working in “critical infrastructure”

A level and GCSE examinations have been cancelled “in this academic year” and we await further clarity on what this means. As a minimum, the Anglo will issue a ‘school leaver’ certificate and our staff will engage fully with Universities and employers on behalf of each and every one of our students. Conditional offer letters for our International Sixth Form have been issued today. Students should not be unduly concerned regarding their place in the Sixth Form and we will issue further clarification upon receipt of further guidance from Government.

IB examinations are currently still scheduled and we are seeking further clarification on this.

Please scroll down for further information specifically for Upper Sixth and Year 11 students.

We have three questions for parents and carers to which we need answers by midday tomorrow (Friday 20 March). Please email [email protected] if you are affected.

1. Please inform us if both parents with parental responsibility are both key workers, with the names and forms of the children you have at the Anglo

2. Will you require your children to be supervised at school and if so, on what days of the week?

3. Will you require your children to be supervised at school during the Easter holidays?

We will continue to offer this service as required by the Government, provided we have sufficient staff to do so. Please note that childcare should not be the responsibility of elderly relatives, particularly those over 70 or with ‘underlying health conditions’. For those students being supervised, normal school policies (for instance, those relating to behaviour, e-safety and uniform) will apply as will the appropriate sanctions.

In response to various emails sent yesterday, as well as other considerations, we would like to make or reiterate the following points;

1. Contrary to some rumours, we have no confirmed case of the virus at the school. If a confirmed case occurred in the school, we would advise you immediately but please

note that very few tests are being taken at the moment. Any absence stating this as a reason will not be authorised.

2. International Day (27th March), Charities Week (27th March – 3rd April) and G Nation (1st April) have all been postponed

3. Sanitary products: One consequence of ‘panic buying’ is that sanitary products are in short supply. We are part of the Sanitary Products in Schools scheme and we will be issuing such products during the course of today.

4. Free School Meals – please ensure you are registered for Free School Meals if you qualify and if you have not already done so. We anticipate Government making provision for such students. Please complete the attached form and return to Mrs V. G. Miller, Business Manager at the school or via [email protected]

5. School buses: As you know, these are registered as public service vehicles. Both First Bus and NIBS are awaiting advice from the Traffic Commissioner but we have to assume at the moment that they will not be running.

6. We will provide regular updates throughout the coming weeks via our website www.aesessex.co.uk. We would be grateful if parents could try not to email with too many questions or comments as we have limited capacity to answer them.

7. Social Media – you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (angloeuropean73)

Yesterday we had 25 teachers, 8 professional support staff and almost 500 students absent. We are grateful to our wonderful staff for helping us to keep the school open but we accept that there comes a time when it is not viable to do so whilst offering a meaningful educational programme as well as supervising the school site to the standards that you would expect.

You may be aware that we have updated our studying from home guidance, please follow the attached link https://www.aesessex.co.uk/emergency-closure-work/ We also recognise that it is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance whilst at home especially when freedom of movement is so restricted.

To summarise:-

1. Follow Government guidance whilst at home.

2. Visit our website regularly for updates as well as updated versions of our “studying from home guidance”

3. Log in to Showmyhomework daily.

4. If students email teachers they MUST do so using their school email and they should not expect immediate replies, for instance if the teacher is ill.

Our senior team and others have been meeting daily to both plan ahead and react to an evolving situation. The positive feedback we have received has been really encouraging and we are most grateful that many of you have taken the time to write to us. The strength of the Anglo community is an important factor in helping us all get through these challenging times;

From our Chair of Governors, Helle Gulowsen;

On behalf of the Governors, I would like to thank all of you at the Anglo for your amazing work during this difficult time. I can only imagine the challenges you face in your efforts to follow Government advice to keep the school open. Please pass on our thanks to all members of staff, putting their own health at risk to support the school.

From a Year 9 parent:

I want to place on record to be shared with the Governors how much I appreciate the manner in which the school has chosen to communicate with the parent body about Covid-19. I think it has been consistent, authentic, transparent and timely. So thank you, I don’t intend emailing to ask about the detail of your plans, not because I don’t care but because I have every confidence in the school’s ability to act in the best interests of the school community and that of course includes the staff. Keep up the good work, you have my full support and confidence.

From a Year 11 parent

As a parent, I just wanted to say thank you to all the dedicated staff that are doing their upmost in these trying times, to keep a balanced school life where possible. It is very commendable. Well done.

From a Year 8 parent

I fully support your school and I know that you are doing your best. I am sad for all those opportunities that the kids will miss out this year. I wish you good luck and to stay strong.

For the attention of our Upper Sixth students;

Sadly, we have to assume that tomorrow, Friday 20 March, will be your last day in school. Enjoy it but try not to distract us from some of the important work we are currently having to do! We will issue you with a school leaver certificate summarising your achievements.

· Please clear your lockers.

· We have been advised to postpone, but not cancel the Prom in July. Watch this space for a new date!

· IB exams are still scheduled but we are seeking further clarification.

· Our staff will engage fully with Universities and employers to ensure they understand your qualities, the nature of your education at the Anglo and your academic achievements. We will do this in writing and in person if necessary.

· We advise you to focus some time on your own educational development with a priority being given to your chosen career, apprenticeship or degree study.

We wish you every success and stay in touch. Register for our alumni network – it is free!

For the attention of Year 11 Students

Sadly, we have to assume that tomorrow, Friday 20 March, will be your last day in school. Enjoy it but try not to distract us from some of the important work we are currently having to do!

· Don’t forget to bring in a spare shirt or blouse for signature.

· Please clear your lockers.

· We have been advised to postpone, but not cancel the Prom in July. Watch this space for a new date.

· You will receive offer letters today and students who are not in school will receive their letter by post. Those not receiving offers and feel that they would have done well in their GCSEs had they been sat, will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Please do not worry.

· We will engage fully with other post 16 providers to ensure they are aware of your abilities in the absence of GCSE exams being sat and grades being awarded.

· We advise you to focus time on your own educational development with a particular emphasis on the subjects you wish to study at IB or A level. We will issue further guidance in due course.

We wish you every success and stay in touch. Register for our alumni network – it is free!