Following on from the updated Government directive on school opening, Martin High School is now closed. The Cedars Academy in Birstall will be open to children of key workers at Cedars, Humphrey Perkins, Martin High and our primaries, Highcliffe, Riverside and Hallam Fields who have registered for a place
Letter for Parents regarding the coronavirus situation from Laura Sanchez
March 18, 2020
As we are sure you can appreciate, COVID-19 is presenting all schools with a number of challenges. Our priority is to keep our learners and staff safe in conjunction with ensuring that our learners continue to learn. However, staff attendance is falling especially as we have been obliged to send home any staff member who fall into the vulnerable/priority categories as outlined by the Government. Our aim is to stay open for as long as possible whilst supporting those learners who are currently self-isolating, thus requiring on-line learning and a different approach.
In light of these challenges, we intend to provide our staff with additional training in designing a sustainable on-line learning platform. On the afternoon of Friday, 20th March, we intend to hold an INSET afternoon, and therefore we will be closing at 12.30 pm. Lunch will be provided and food will be available at break. Buses have been arranged to leave at 12.30pm for this Friday only. If this creates difficulties for you please could you let our reception know immediately as we will be able to provide a limited amount of supervision that afternoon during normal school hours. However, no buses will be available at the end of the day and it will be your responsibility to ensure that your child is able to return home safely.
At this current time, we have no plans to close the school on Monday. However, we must follow all Government advice and ensure our schools are safe.
Please can you continue to follow the advice of the Government regarding the need to self-isolate and to refer to our website for the latest school updates. Currently, we are advising all staff, adults and learners who are in the listed vulnerable group below to not attend school until further notice. This group includes those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis - chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy - being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Thank you for your support in this matter and for continuing to work with us in these extraordinary times.