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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Yesterday the Government announced a new set of responses to the Coronavirus which will affect the education of Wyvern students.

 

Firstly, ministers decided that anyone living in the same house as someone with Corona-like symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days. Given that the main two Coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature and a new, persistent cough) are also the symptoms of other illnesses, we anticipate that a growing number of both students and staff will be absent in the days ahead. Some staff and students are already in isolation because either they or a member of their family is displaying these symptoms.

 

It is really important that you contact us on the first day of your child’s absence, saying clearly the reason for the absence so that we can maintain accurate registers. We have a safeguarding responsibility to students and need to know where they are and how they are. Secondly, the government has announced that staff that are pregnant who have certain underlying medical conditions need to be sent home for a period of 12 weeks.

 

Taken together, these announcements mean that the college is operating with a depleted staff. In order to ensure that lessons are covered appropriately and that good quality work continues to be set, we have decided to cancel all non-essential activities. We are fortunate that subject teams have high quality lesson planning documents and supporting resources. This means that although your child may not have their usual teacher for a particular set of lessons, they will continue to cover the appropriate curriculum content. By cancelling enrichment activities, we can ensure that cover lessons occur due to staff sickness and there is a higher availability of Wyvern staff to cover the lessons of absent colleagues.

 

If your son/daughter were due to take part in a trip or event outside of College, from now until Easter only, these have all been cancelled with immediate effect. If a refund of a payment is required, we will contact parents via email on a trip by trip basis, over the coming days, to confirm how this will be done. All after school clubs are also cancelled with immediate effect. Future trips and events will be reviewed after the Easter break.

 

In an attempt to limit large social gatherings, we have decided to cancel assemblies until further notice and to make alternative arrangements for the Yr 11 parents’ evening scheduled on 24th March. We would like to replace the standard format of parents coming in to meet with teachers, with a system of teachers emailing parents the information they wish to give about students. Further information about this will be sent out to Yr11 Parents. We will review how these arrangements work before finalising the format of the Yr 8 parents’ evening, scheduled for the 31st March.

 

It is likely that at some point in the days or weeks ahead, the Government will close Wyvern as part of a national shut down of schools and colleges. Equally, it is likely that in the absence of such a shutdown, we will have to partially close the college (for some year groups only) as staffing levels continue to reduce. Clearly, Yr 11 will be our top priority, to remain open for, with their exams just weeks away. Because a closure could be imminent, teachers are ensuring that students take home their books and folders each day.

 

Staff are working on preparing work packs, which students will be able to use in the event of a college closure. In the meantime, students who are currently at home in isolation, should continue their learning, following at home their normal timetable of lessons where they can. They should access appropriate work from the Curriculum Maps on our website. You can find these in the Parent section> Curriculum. They provide an overview of the term’s learning for each year group in every subject. Students should use the Curriculum Maps in the following ways:

 

  1. In the curriculum overview section of the map, there are some key questions, which sum up the unit. Students should research answers to these questions, using either the internet or their class work, providing detailed written answers to each question.
  2. In the technical terms section of the maps, there are key subject words. Students should write a glossary of definitions for each of these key words and for each of them, construct a sentence with the term used appropriately in it.
  3. In the revision and retrieval section, there are activities that students should undertake to consolidate their work here.
  4. In the super-curricular activities’ section, there are more detailed reading and written tasks for students to complete.

 

Students should work their way through the Curriculum Maps for the spring term in those subjects they study at college. They can also do these activities using the autumn term Curriculum Maps in order to recap their work from last term.

 

To remind you from my previous letter, parents should still report an isolation absence to the college in the normal way, on only the first day of self-isolating, indicating how many days the student will be absent.  We will then not require parents to contact again until the time period has passed. In these circumstances, we will not count their absence as a normal absence; we will not include it in our process of following up low attendance with Hampshire County Council.

 

Finally, I would like to ask you to continue to support our response to the Coronavirus by reminding your child of the need for thorough hygiene, for organising and supporting their learning if they are at home.

 

We need to work together to keep our students safe and calm and I therefore appreciate your co-operation with these new measures.

 

We will continue to update you when we receive further guidance from the Government.

 

Kind Regards

B Rule

Headteacher

 

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Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

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