Covid19 (Coronavirus) Update

25th March 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020

Letters to Parents


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020

Key Worker Parents – Social Distancing

This afternoon we received further information from the Government regarding implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings.  Please see the link for the full document: HERE

Recognising what was required from the outset we have met these guidelines and have small groups of children together; deep cleaning happening every evening and good hygiene is being practised.

Please can I draw your attention to those people within our community that we must shield in order to keep them safe.   Our staff completed an audit to this effect last week, hence having a skeleton staff available to volunteer to support our provision.  Parents are asked to consider if they have vulnerable household members to consider the risk.  In the Pre-prep provision there are some very young children for whom it will not be possible to understand fully and follow the instruction of social distancing. 

No staff member will be allowed to attend the key worker provision if they feel unwell. Similarly, we ask that no child should be sent into school with any possible symptoms.  This will enable the school to continue to provide its key worker provision.  I am sure that you will adhere to the social distancing guidelines yourself and kindly ask that you adhere to these when dropping off your children at school.

I hope that you have received my note about siblings (See documents below) – do let us know if you require that service and I am aware that a number of you have enquired about Easter provision and travel.  These will be discussed over the next day and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Once again, thank you for all that you do.

Richard Notman

Headmaster


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 25th March 2020

Public Health England guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (shielding).


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated – 19th March 2020

Dear Parents,

As you will be aware from the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday evening, all schools in England will be closing at the end of day, on Friday 20th March, until further notice. There is an exception for parents who qualify as a key-worker. If this applies to you, please contact the school office using schooloffice@stover.co.uk before 10.00am on Friday 20th March. This will enable us to organise a suitable childcare provision for the coming week.

The Government also announced that “GCSE and A Level examinations will not take place in May and June”; we await further clarification on this matter.  As yet, we do not know what form of assessment will be applied instead or whether examinations may be held at a later date. Similarly, we await confirmation on whether we will be returning to school after the Easter break. It is therefore important that Year 13 and Year 11 pupils continue with their planned work and revision as usual, over the Easter break and beyond.

Academic provision

Next week, leading up to the Easter holiday, all Year groups will be carrying on with their educational provision using ‘distance learning’. Classes have already been prepared for this eventuality, and informed how they will be accessing their work from home. In order to apportion study time appropriately, we advise all pupils to follow their usual timetable, as near as possible, day by day. Copies of year group timetables are attached for your reference.

All teachers have let their pupils know how to access work for classes via the school portal, as detailed in the ‘remote learning’ section of the school website (where there are direct links), and in the attachment to the e-mail to parents titled COVID-19 (coronavirus) Senior School update 13th March 2020, sent on the 13th March.

Pupils will be using a mixture of:

  1. Class work and instructions in the Everyone (Y:) drive of the Stover intranet system, where folders are organised as Senior School / Year / subject / class.
  2. ‘Google Classroom’ (using the specific code issued by the class teacher).
  3. Specific websites such as Sparxmaths, Kerboodle, BBC bitesize etc., as directed by the class teacher.
  4. Specific issues may be addressed by e-mail, using teachers’ and pupils’ school e-mail addresses, or parent e-mail addresses as appropriate.

Queries can be answered via Google Classroom, or by e-mail and work can be returned for marking and feedback by these means or saved to the pupil’s home directory / my documents.

Pupils have already been advised to gather all text books and notes etc. and to make sure they have all the resources they will need at home for the next week.

If pupils have missed any instructions or explanations they can e-mail staff directly. A list of staff e-mail addresses can be found on the school website under: contact us / teaching staff contacts.

In the event of school closure after the scheduled Easter holiday, further details about our remote learning procedures will be e-mailed to you. At this stage we will enable virtual classrooms and real-time teacher interaction and assessment, to mirror as closely as possible our normal approaches to personalised learning.

Contacts

During the school’s enforced closure communication will primarily be by e-mail:

For the School Office & general enquiries, please email schooloffice@stover.co.uk

For Admissions please email registrar@stover.co.uk

For Finance please email accounts@stover.co.uk

For the Headmaster’s PA please email kporter@stover.co.uk

For further contacts, email addresses and updates on the current situation, please visit our website at www.stover.co.uk

For any pupils who need support in accessing on-line material, such as a password change or technical help, a help desk will be available throughout normal school hours at ictsupport@stover.co.uk or icthelpdesk@stover.co.uk (both addresses link to the same place).

If you wish to speak to someone urgently please ring 01626 354505.

Kindest regards and the best of health over this uncertain time,

Mr Richard Notman

Headmaster


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 18th March 2020

Dear Parents,

You will no doubt be aware of the Government announcement to close all schools at the end of play on Friday 20th March 2020.

The Senior Leadership Team will send you a detailed message tomorrow morning regarding the implications for Stover School pupils. 

Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Kind regards

Richard Notman
Headmaster


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 17th March 2020

Dear Parents

We would like to remind you of the updated guidance from the government: “if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill”

Please follow this carefully to help protect our school community.

May I thank those parents and families that responded to our requests for your child to go home yesterday, understandably we will make the same decisions today, even if symptoms seem mild.

We appreciate that these directives are inconvenient, but they are essential if the spread of the COVID-19 virus is going to be controlled but throughout the school and community at large. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Best wishes – look after yourselves and each other.

Richard Notman

Headmaster


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 13th March 2020

Following the latest government update, we are continuing to assess the situation with regards to COVID-19.

Please can we remind you of the new advice from Public Health England:

  • Individuals that have a new cough or a temperature of 37.8c or above are asked to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 7 days. Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free.  You should follow the advice sheet CLICK HERE

The school has been in contact with Edwin Doran the tour operator for the South Africa trip and Camps International regarding the Uganda trip who will be producing a plan and advice for the school in the near future.

We ask that you carefully consider any travel plans over Easter. Please review the information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. Note that there are a number of countries that will not allow UK residents to cross their borders, so check the travel advice from the FCO regarding individual countries https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline and will reflect any of the medical advice given.  Finally, we re-iterate the “Catch It – Kill It – Bin It” campaign and the advice about washing hands thoroughly and frequently CLICK HERE

All school events are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  In order to protect our community, decisions may be taken to cancel or postpone and we thank you for your understanding and support with regards any changes to the calendar.

We are well-prepared, should the government make the decision to close schools, and from Monday 16th March there will be 2 week programme of online education available, to provide education up to the Easter break.  These materials will be updated after the Easter break, if necessary.  Any pupils who are isolating due to a new cough or a high temperature may wish to access these materials, if they feel well enough to do so. You may be aware that the pupils have been practising accessing online platforms. Further details will follow to support any on-line education after Easter should the school be directed to close.  Please see the relevant guidance attached to this email.

Kind regards,

Mr RWD Notman, Headmaster


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 6th March 2020

We are continuing to assess the situation with regards to COVID-19. Please can we remind you of the following advice from Public Health England:

  • Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet.  Please also inform the school with immediate effectCLICK HERE
  • Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities. 
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you have travelled to the UK from Iran, Hubei province in China, special care zones in South Korea and lockdown areas in Italy even if you do not have any symptoms.
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you have travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath even if your symptoms are mild: mainland China outside of Hubei province, South Korea outside of the special care zones, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Italy outside of the lockdown areas.

Open Day will be as usual tomorrow. To reassure you all, the school has taken extra-precautions of writing and speaking with all the pre-booked families that are visiting and will complete checks regarding coronavirus with all the families that show up on the day.

The vast majority of external events and fixtures will continue as normal, however all events involving external partners are being reviewed case-by-case. In order to protect our community, decisions will be taken to cancel or postpone a number of events and we thank you for your understanding and support with regards any changes to the calendar.

The rest of the school will continue as normal, in light of the advice outlined above.

We ask that you consider your plans over Easter with regards to the advice above, particularly if planning trips to Italy or other listed areas. Please review the information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office CLICK HERE

We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline and reflect any medical advice given. Finally, we re-iterate the Catch It- Kill It – Bin It campaign and the advice about washing hands thoroughly and frequently CLICK HERE

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Yours sincerely,
Mr RWD Notman, Headmaster


Dear Parents,

COVID 19 – coronavirus update 2nd March 2019

You may have heard that there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus in Churston Ferrers Grammar School.   Parents of that school have been contacted about next stages and about the school re-opening.  All four new cases have been confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Whitty as having recently travelled from Italy.

A number of Stover families have children that also attend Churston Ferrers Grammar School and understand that this is a worrying time.  Please can we remind you of the following advice from Public Health England:

  • If you have returned from Northern Italy since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should call NHS111, stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people.  You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
  • Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet as well as inform the school with immediate effectHERE
  • Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.

We remind you about effective hand hygiene and to follow the guidelines on the attached poster.

We continue to be in regular contact with Public Health England and the newly established Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline.  Any decisions will be informed by the medical advice that we receive. 

In order to be proactive and to follow containment advice we have made the decision to postpone all of our sporting events from this evening.  We understand that this might be disappointing for some of our pupils and we will review this at the end of the week.  The rest of the school will continue as normal, in light of the advice outlined above.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Mr RWD Notman

Headmaster


Information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)
25th February 2020

This letter is a further update to that issued on 11th February 2020. Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising: If you have returned from Hubei province in the past 14 days you should call NHS111 and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms. If you have returned from Iran, the lockdown area of Northern Italy, or the special care zones in South Korea since February 19th 2020 you should call NHS111 and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms. If you have returned from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, stay indoors and call NHS111, even if symptoms are mild. If you have returned from Northern Italy (not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Mayanmar since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should call NHS111, stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

For further information please use the following links https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china for updated information about travel to China https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public for updates about the COVID-19 which are published daily after 2pm https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for current advice for those coming from a coronavirus affected area or displaying symptoms.

Easter travel At this point in time, the advice remains about travel over the Easter break for all pupils, boarders or otherwise, to not make plans that involve travel to China, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, whether this is to visit families or for recreation. This includes travel that might have a stop-over in these areas. We ask that you review your travel itinerary and follow this advice carefully. It is highly likely that matters will be different by then as the situation continues to evolve. The risk from the virus might have completely abated, or the list of countries where travel is not advised might have increased considerably.

Any boarder or day pupil that chooses to return to any of the countries listed above will be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks before returning to school. This also extends to any overseas visitor to school, parent or otherwise that is from the above countries. The school’s current advice regarding travel to the areas of Japan, South Korea, Iran or Italy is to limit this to essential travel only and essential visits from others. Individuals that have been in these affected areas in the last 14 days are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms and to call NHS 111. We recognise that this exceeds the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but we must take reasonable measures to protect the school community and plan for what could happen. What to do if you become unwell and believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (either through travel to China and other affected countries or contact with a confirmed case) Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency and explain which country you have returned from in the last 14 days.

People who become unwell are advised not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Individuals that have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate at home even if they are symptom free and follow the advice sheet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation

It is important that children and young people know to tell a member of staff if they feel unwell. Family and friends who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities. As you can appreciate this advice is subject to change and we will continue to update you on this matter.

Yours faithfully

Mr RWD Notman

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