It is unprecedented that we find ourselves in a position that we have altered our day-to-day lives in such extraordinary ways. I hope you and your families are adjusting to this ‘new normal’.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have responded to the rapidly changing government guidance. Please be assured that every decision we have made has been with your child’s wellbeing, and the continuation of their studies, foremost in our minds.
The guidance from the Government has become firmer day-by-day. Please do keep track of what is being advised and follow as best you can, both in your professional context and in your personal lives.
The Prime Minister told the nation to only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Whilst schools were asked to provide on-site education for children of key workers and vulnerable children, the overriding message is, “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.” We have found that, being a post-16 setting, no students have attended in recent days. We have consulted with parents of students who may be considered children of key workers and vulnerable children and none require attendance on-site. This helps us promote widely the ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ message.
As a result:
- We remain open but we are now teaching entirely online and all staff are working remotely
- Bishopsfield Road, CEMAST and CETC Campuses are now closed to staff and students. This will be reviewed in line with guidance from the Government.
For our students it is important they look after their health and wellbeing and continue to engage with their learning. We will provide all the support we can to enable them to still achieve their qualifications. As further guidance on qualification achievement becomes available we will share this with you.
We have been notified by some parents that they have not received some of the communications we sent out in the last week. Therefore, please find attached a recap of all of these communications as well as the remote working guidance sent out to all students. You can also access the recap at https://www.fareham.ac.uk/covid-19-update-230320/ and the remote working guidance at https://www.fareham.ac.uk/it-support/
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents that Parents Evening on Monday 30 March is cancelled. Parent Portal contains information regarding your child’s progress. To access Parent Portal click here Should you experience any issues logon into Parent Portal, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in a challenging national public health emergency; I strongly encourage you to discuss with your child the need the to follow government advice in order to suppress the spread of Coronavirus. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus