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Dear Parents and Guardians 

 

The situation on Coronavirus is developing very quickly now and we continue to follow all advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

 

Following the Prime Minister’s changed guidance on Monday, we have seen a big increase in the number of students and staff needing to self-isolate. We have sent some students home because they have either a high temperature or a new and prolonged cough. If your son/daughter has an underlying health condition which is now advised that they need to self-isolate, we will respect your decision to keep them at home. Please notify us in the normal way, indicating how long they will be not be in.  As in my previous letters, these students will not be penalized for being absent.

 

In the case of staff, self-isolation this has been due to a variety of reasons due to the recent changed in the guidance. We have modelled carefully the expected staffing levels for the next few days, informed by developments in school and nationally. 

 

We have now reached a critical level of staffing; where possible, we have increased the hours of our part time teachers. Nevertheless, our current staffing projections show that we are not going to be able to teach all classes in the college. Because of this we will be unable to provide effective learning and meet our duty of care for all students. It is therefore with very great regret that college will be partially closed on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March.  Year 9 and year 10 students are NOT to come to college on these days. All other students, years 7, 8 & 11 are expected to be in college as normal on these days.

 

Students will be told of these arrangements at the end of the today.  Please help us to maintain our calm environment by refraining from contacting your son/daughter to notify them of these arrangements.

 

We have prioritised year 11 students for remaining in college due to the fact their exams are timetabled to begin in a few weeks’ time. We have also chosen to keep year 7 and 8 students in college; they are our youngest students and many would require parental supervision, affecting parents ‘capacity to go to work, with a potential loss in earnings for families. Older students in years 9 and 10 are able to work more independently in their studies.

 

It is too early for us to project staffing levels for next week, but we will be doing this in the next few days and providing you with an update on any further partial closures for next week and which year groups these would be for. We envisage being able to update you with this information on Friday morning.

 

If a parent of a year 9 or year 10 students works on the front line of the NHS and is not able to arrange for their child to work at home on these, days, we will be able to supervise a small number of students within College, they will be completing the work set for all students in their year group. If this is your personal position, please email the College, enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk, to let us know you wish to take up this offer of supervision. 

 

Teachers will be producing work packs for years 9 and 10 students to complete on Thursday and Friday away from College. Details of how the students can access this work will be sent to parents and students. Due to the current pressures on teaching staff, they are unable to send individual set work home for students to complete. In yesterday’s letter I explained that meaningful work, linked to what students are currently studying in their curriculum, can be found online in the Curriculum Maps which are stored under the Parents’ section> Curriculum, on our website.

 

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.

 

These are difficult times for everyone and I hope that you and your family stay safe and well. We will continue to update you.

 

With best wishes, 

 

 

Mr B Rule

 

Headteacher

 

Contact Wyvern

Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

Reception Opening Hours: 8:15am to 4:00pm

 

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