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COVID-19 Information

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.   

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms.

Public Health England have produced a letter for parents of schoolchildren. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing. You can read the letter here.

      

Back to school information for parents, carers and pupils.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils backs to the College at the beginning of the new academic year.

Our College Crisis Team and staff are preparing for our pupils' return and have undertaken detailed risk-management planning to ensure all pupils are provided with the best and fullest educational and social opportunities possible whilst controlling risk to an acceptably low level in line with the guidance published by the UK government. The College's Operational Opening Document also outlines safety for all staff, the details of which have been sent via the Parent Portal.

There is helpful information on West Sussex County Council's webpage that may answer any questions you have, alternatively please contact the College. We look forward to seeing you back at the College soon.

Slindon College Open for EHCP and Key Worker pupils - March 2020.

We have been open since 23 March to vulnerable EHCP pupils and key worker pupils under 16. Current advice from the Department for Education is for schools to re-open to more pupils from 1st June. Some of our Primary School pupils will return to Slindon College on this date in line with a specific Operational Plan and Risk Assessment. Our Year 10 pupils will return on 15 June, again, under a specific Operational Plan and Risk Assessment.

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: 

  • Social distancing of 2 metres for all staff and pupils. Visual reminders will be displayed across the College.
  • Staggered drop-off and collection times.
  • Children and staff spread out in the classroom and no contact between different groups of children.
  • Pupils will have access to specific rooms only, they will each have a dedicated base desk and laptop, these will be private to them and no other pupil will enter this area or use their equipment.
  • Constant consistent communication of the hygiene message 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It'.  Hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and tissues are widely available and staff model regular hand washing.
  • Fastidious cleaning routines, paying additional attention to hard contact areas.
  • Any member of staff or pupil displaying symptoms, including an elevated temperature, will be asked to return home immediately. 

Slindon College is compliant with the Boarding Schools Association COVID Safe Charter. This means that we are, and will continue to, comply with all government rules and guidance that keep our pupils safe in light of COVID-19. You can find this charter at the bottom of the page along with other useful information including a document produced by the World Health Organisation, providing guidance to parents on how to support children at this time.

There is also a letter to parents from West Sussex County Councillor: Paul Wagstaff, Director of Education & Skills.

You will also be able to find help, support and guidance at West Susssex Parent Carer Forum. For more information you can visit gov.ukDepartment of EducationPublic Health England or NHS websites.

 

It is imperative that you keep yourself up to date via the Parent Portal as all messages regarding the College 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.

Information about COVID-19 

Please watch this video for information about Coronavirus:

 

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Government Guidance on Coronavirus self-isolation is:

  • 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Remote Learning via Google Classroom.

All other pupils who are currently not attending the College are continuing to learn remotely via Google Classroom. To do this effectively and minimise the impact of the crisis on his education your son will need the following:

  • A dedicated desk space with appropriate lighting in a location free from distractions, ideally not his bedroom.
  • A computer with microphone/speaker, camera and an effective Internet connection
  • Access to a printer

To learn more about Google Classrooms  please watch this video:

 

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Parent Feedback on Remote Learning

"Thank you for your excellent online teaching, [our son] can manage it. So glad to see him [putting in] effort to complete tasks."

Overseas Pupil Parent

 "I just want to say a big thank you [to] all the staff for helping us through a really difficult time and for constantly communicating and advising [...] it is really appreciated."

Parent of Year 7 Pupil

"Thanks so much for this, it is all really useful! [...] Thank you for keeping in touch and for all the great resources."

Parent of Year 11 Pupil

"I must say that the online ( google Classroom) was a very positive move that kept the boys in education as well as the family contact with other boys and the teaching staff. We appreciate the effort and I believe together we’ll see the boys through and watch them reach their full potential."

Parent of Year 7 Pupil

"I was listening in today to your [remote learning] and was very impressed with [my son's] engagement!"

Parent of Year 8 Pupil

 

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

The College have put these measures in place to ensure our College community is in the best possible position to avoid contamination:

  • 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.
  • Any member of staff or pupil displaying symptoms, including an elevated temperature, will be asked to return home immediately. 
  • 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. 

Update as of 20th April 2020
 

Following instruction from the Department for Education Slindon College will continue to teach pupils via remote learning during the Coronavirus lock down following the usual College timetable. 

Learning will recommence Monday 20th April and follow the timetables set from last term.

Teachers will use Google Classroom to carry out lessons, please see our Coronavirus Information page for more information.

We hope pupils have enjoyed their Easter holiday, whilst staying home and staying safe.