Coronavirus Communications

(20th March)

Dear Parents
The Government have now clarified which professions constitute Key Workers and so whose children can access the school if there are no alternative arrangements that can be made (please see information below from the Government website). I must stress that this is an emergency provision only, as Government guidance is clear that it is best for students to be at home during the coming weeks.
It is vital for safeguarding reasons that we have a definitive list of students who we expect in school each day, so that we can alert parents if students are absent.  We have opened a booking form in the Parents’ Evening section on Edulink.  This will allow you to book a place at school for your child for Monday 23 March for the emergency school provision, 9am – 2.30pm.

We will need to repeat this process each day, to determine the number of students for the following day.  We will use the text service to prompt you.  If you have any issues using the booking form, please email datamanager@brookfield.hants.sch.uk
Vulnerable Students: If your child has significant needs and requires additional support then we will contact you early next week to invite your child to attend the school.  This is not mandatory, but we would recommend that they do (even if it is not every day so that we can touch base with them over this difficult period).
The emergency provision will be able to provide activities but will not be teaching to the National Curriculum or GCSE Specifications. The day will be slightly shortened running from 9:00am until 2:30pm with a lunch break at 12:30pm. We will be able to offer a free hot meal in the Canteen for the students at lunchtime and free cookies and squash at breaktime. We will not be able to provide other food for students to purchase in the Canteen, but students are obviously welcome to bring in their own packed lunch if they prefer.
Students attending are to arrive at the Main Hall for a 9.00am start and registration. Students are not required to wear school uniform but will need to wear appropriate clothing. Students are to bring with them the usual stationery equipment, a water bottle and their PE kit.
Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
Your sincerely
Mr Parkes
Headteacher

Extract from Gov.uk website:
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.


Dear Parent/Carer

Prom 2020

It is with deepest regret that we have taken the decision to cancel Prom on 26th June 2020 due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19.

I understand how disappointing this will be to Year 11 students and their families; it is disappointing for us too. We are all feeling the sense of loss for our students, who will not have the same experiences as previous students. However, safety must be our first priority.

Where payments have been received, refunds for tickets will be sent by cheque. Your patience with this will be appreciated.

We hope to be able to host a celebration event in the future, although this very much depends on how the situation develops over the next few months and we can offer no guarantees that this will go ahead.

Kind regards

Mr A Grice
Deputy Headteacher
Brookfield School


(19th March)

Dear Parent

It is with much regret that I can confirm that today was the last day for our Year 11 following on from the statement from the Education Secretary yesterday.

I passed the message to all Year 11 students directly after lunch in their classes. I appreciate how sudden and shocking this is and I will send a letter to them once I have been able to absorb the information myself.

Please be reassured that students will receive grades and I can confirm there will be no GCSE examinations.

Kind regards,

Mr Parkes
Headteacher
Brookfield Community School