Dear parent/ carer,
I hope everyone is staying well as we try to adjust to these challenging times. I wanted to check in again with you and let you know that the academy is still open every day (Monday to Friday) and will be staying open for what would have been the Easter holidays. The only dates our academy will be closed is on the Bank Holidays, Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April.
If you or your child need any advice or support, please do not hesitate to call the academy office on 01708 478892/07990040397. The office staff can make sure you can reach any teacher or member of our team.
Students who are unable to come into the academy at the moment will continue to receive a phone call every day from a member of our staff during the Easter break. For those of our students who are eligible for free school meals, we will be continuing to offer free lunch food parcels, which can be collected at the start of each week. Food parcels will be ready to collect on a Monday apart from when there is Bank Holiday and then collection will be on the Tuesday.
Please ask any member of our academy staff for more details about this offer.
I know that our Year 11s and their families are keen to hear what the government is planning for those students who will not now be taking exams this summer. The government has promised to update parents, students and schools before Easter and as soon as we have this information, I will share it with those students affected. Please be assured that our support for Year 11s will not stop – and we are already in regular discussions to ensure that smooth transitions into their apprenticeships and college courses continues for all our Year 11s.
The government has asked us to highlight new guidance for families about staying safe online. These are some useful links to organisations that can support you and your children whilst online at home:
- Internet matters– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online (internetmatters.org)
- London Grid for Learning– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online (lgfl.net/online-safety/)
- Net-aware– for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC (net-aware.org.uk)
- Parent info– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online (parentinfo.org)
- Thinkuknow– for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online (www.thinkuknow.co.uk)
- UK Safer Internet Centre– advice for parents and carers (www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers)
The full government guidance for all families can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Remember that you can now also receive free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service updates via WhatsApp – simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
As everyone becomes tired and sometimes frustrated with the current ‘stay at home’ government advice, please don’t let you children be tempted to go out with their friends. If we are to lessen the impact of Coronavirus on all of us, it is so important that we all keep to current government guidelines. Remind your children they can talk to academy staff about any worries they have and get advice about how to stay active and well even when we are staying at home.
Havering Council (www.havering.gov.uk/covid19) has set up a free helpline for anyone who needs support during the pandemic. If you, or someone you know, have concerns around care, urgent issues around health and wellbeing or lack of access to supplies including food and medicine please call the free helpline: 0800 368 5201 (Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The council is also offering advice for anyone worried about their finances, employment, council tax or benefits. Links and details of where to get support can be found here: www.havering.gov.uk/covid19moneyadvice
I will stay in touch with you and write to you again soon. We are continuing to regularly update our academy website (www.aphavering.oliveacademies.org.uk) with news and information for you. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us at the academy if you need any help or advice.
We are always here for you and your family.
Ray Lawrence, Headteacher
T: 01708 478892 E: email@example.com