Slindon College remains open.
This webpage has been set up to provide updates and information about the precautions and plans Slindon College is taking and making in relation to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. We are continually monitoring the situation and are taking a dynamic approach to this complex and changing picture.
Current advice from the British Government is for schools with 'vulnerable pupils' should remain open. Pupils with EHCP are considered vulnerable.
It is imperative that you keep yourself up to date via the Parent Portal as all messages regarding any College information is sent through this platform. If you have any issues with using the Parent Portal please contact our ICT Manager. Following a recent update to the Chrome Browser some parents experienced issues accessing the Portal. Do please try another browser should you experience issues and are using Chrome.
Please watch this video for information about Coronavirus:
Our College Crisis Team is effectively our Senior Leadership Team including the Headmaster, Bursar, Deputy Head and Assistant Head.
We continue to monitor and implement official government and Public Health England guidance in relation to the coronavirus to ensure our College community is in the best possible position to avoid contamination. Our current measures include:
- Constant consistent communication of the hygiene message 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It'. Hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and tissues are widely available in our offices, classrooms and at Reception.
- Cleaning routines paying additional attention to hard contact areas.
- We have no overseas trips planned this Academic Year. A Risk v Benefit analysis is being undertaken on all off-site trips.
- We are limiting visitors to the College and have not accepted any overseas visitors from high risk areas since the start of the outbreak. We have a no handshaking policy in place and all visitors are required to use hand sanitiser on arrival and departure.
- None of our overseas pupils returned home during Half Term. We are not able to offer accommodation to any pupils over Easter due to pre-planned essential maintenance works. Overseas pupils are permitted to finish term early to avoid being held in quarantine when leaving the UK. We are taking pro active measures regarding travel plans and isolation for overseas pupils who will return home for Easter.
Should the College need to close we have prepared plans to support the ongoing learning of our pupils. To help prepare for such an eventuality we ask you consider that your son will need the following to be able to effectively learn remotely and minimise the impact on his education:
- A dedicated desk space with appropriate lighting in a location free from distractions
- A computer with microphone/speaker and an effective internet connection
- Access to a printer
In the event of remote learning, we will be using Google Classrooms. To learn more about this please watch this video:
Additional Information and Guidance
Please see below, a document produced by the World Health Organisation, providing guidance to parents on how to support children at this time.
You will also be able to find help, support and guidance at West Susssex Parent Carer Forum.
Update as of 17th March 2020
The Government has introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household 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. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
You can find the full stay at home guidance here: