Coronavirus Update 20 March 2020

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy will be open as usual for all pupils on Friday 20 March. This will be our last day of full opening, until further notice.

Following instructions from the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education, the school will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March, as part of the country’s ongoing response to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, teachers, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. A full list of key worker categories has been published by the Cabinet Office: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. If you are a key worker and you wish us to look after your child, you must phone the school by 12:00 noon on Friday 20 March.

It is important that all those who can stay at home do so – school is providing an emergency service only. I do not expect to hear reports of groups of children out on the streets: this would be a risk to the security and health of our community. Children must also be kept distant from those at greater risk of the disease, including older people.

I will be in touch with parents and carers over the next two days as we roll out our plans to provide work and educational support for pupils who will work at home. I will also provide details of the support available to those entitled to free school meals. Please do not visit the school during the closure unless this is absolutely necessary.

As our school community disperses at this sombre time, it will be important for us to remember that we still belong together as the community of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. We need to keep in touch with one another – not through personal contact, but through long-range means such as the internet and telephone – and to support each other through the difficult weeks that are ahead.

My best wishes to you all.

Mr A T Fowler, Principal

 

 

Coronavirus Update 19 March 2020

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy will be open as usual for all pupils on Thursday 19 March.

Following instructions from the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education, the school will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March, as part of the country’s ongoing response to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. I will be in touch with parents and carers over the next two days as we roll out our plans to provide work and educational support for pupils who will work at home.

The Government will soon produce its plans to provide for those pupils who are entitled to free school meals.

Thank you for your support for your children and our school community at this time. My best wishes to you all.

Mr A T Fowler, Principal

 

Coronavirus Update: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy is open as usual today. We still know of no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus that are affecting our school community. The Government has asked schools to remain open, so that we can provide a valuable education for our pupils. We are taking precautions and stepping up our cleaning regime.

Please follow the advice given on NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and on the news. Symptoms of COVID-19 are a raised temperature (above 37.8°C) and a new, persistent cough. If you or anyone in your family experiences some of the symptoms, please stay in your home for 14 days and do not come to school. Please ring the school absence line to report your child’s absence, in the usual way. Please do not ring the school receptionist or the house blocks for health advice for your child: they cannot advise you, and they will direct you to the NHS website.

We receive daily updates from the Department for Education. The national picture is changing quickly. We continue to develop our contingency plans for a number of different situations.

Above all, we are concerned about the health, safety and wellbeing of all our pupils, members of staff, and everyone in our wider community.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Mr A T Fowler, Principal

Wednesday 18 March 2020

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday 17 March 2020

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy is open as usual today. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus that are affecting our school community. The Government has asked schools to remain open, so that we can provide a valuable education for our pupils. We are taking precautions and stepping up our cleaning regime.

We receive daily updates from the Department for Education. The national picture is changing quickly, and we have contingency plans in place for a number of different situations.

Above all, we are concerned about the health, safety and wellbeing of all our pupils, members of staff, and everyone in our wider community.

The Year 8 Parents’ Evening, scheduled for this evening, is cancelled.

Please follow the advice given on NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and on the news. If you or anyone in your family experiences some of the symptoms of COVID-19, please stay in your home and do not come to school. Please ring the school absence line to report your child’s absence, in the usual way.

Our office staff are dealing with a large volume of work at present, making important preparations. Please call the school office only if your enquiry is urgent.

Thank you for your understanding and support in these difficult times.

Mr A T Fowler, Principal

Tuesday 17 March 2020