Coronavirus – School Updates and Information
We are all aware of the problems posed by the outbreak of Coronavirus, Covid-19. At Heckmondwike Grammar School we are taking the issues very seriously in terms of minimising the risk of passing on any type of virus, by encouraging the highest standards of personal hygiene.
As a school we continue to follow the guidance issued by The Department for Education. The full guidance can be found here.
20 March 2020
19 March 2020
17 March 2020
At HGS we are being very vigilant and proactive in looking after the safety of our students during the recent outbreak of coronavirus. We are also very keen to ensure they continue to have an excellent educational experience over the next, potentially difficult few weeks. For some students this may mean learning from home, supported by direct instruction from teachers using Microsoft Office Teams. As of tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March, Year 9 and Year 12 students are being directed to stay at home for initially the remainder of the week. The exception to this is for Y12 Further Maths students who should attend their FM lessons in school as normal in order to prepare for their external exams. A further update will be sent to parents on Friday.
Students in years 9 and 12 should follow their normal school timetable but from home and should access their work via the Teams platform. If there are any problems with this, please email the relevant teacher. For students in years 7, 8, 10, 11 and 13, lessons in school will be as normal until further notice.
If any students from year groups being taught in school fall ill or are self-isolating at home, they will need to communicate with class members (not their teacher) to catch up work missed.
Please do understand that this decision has not been taken lightly and has been done to ensure the safety of all students and staff and also ensure we have capacity to continue high quality education for all students albeit for some it will be in school and for others it will be at home. If the need to implement a partial closure of the school continues, we will aim to rotate the year groups being in school/at home. Further information on this will be communicated as necessary over the coming days and weeks.
It is hugely important that all staff and students do not attend school if they have a continuous cough and/or a high temperature or any member of their family has, for a period of 14 days. Everybody should continue to have the highest standards of personal hygiene which includes regular handwashing throughout the day.
16 March 2020
In accordance with the Department for Education and Public Health England, students who are demonstrating the most common symptoms of coronavirus (new continuous cough and/or high temperature) should stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms started. Students who begin to demonstrate these symptoms whilst in school will be isolated until a parent/carer is able to collect them.
If you feel your child’s illness could be related to the suspected Coronavirus (Covid 19), please follow the advice published by Public Health England. If, as a result of this advice, you decide that your child should self-isolate for the recommended period of time, please let us know so we can amend our records accordingly.
13 March 2020
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
If as a result of this advice, you decide that your child should self-isolate for the recommended period of time, please let us know so we can amend our records accordingly.
12 March 2020
We are aware of the decision made to close schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland. We are continuing to monitor the recommendations and instructions from the UK government and will respond accordingly. Heckmondwike Grammar School remains open for students and staff.
Following the government’s latest advice against school trips abroad, we are currently considering our options regarding the upcoming trips to Iceland and Paris. Trip leaders will communicate any updates with you as and when they have them.
We have a number of UK-based educational visits planned over the next few weeks and months and unless we are given government instructions to the contrary, we are continuing
with plans for these to go ahead. Clearly, this decision is influenced by the destination and planned activity of the visits and the situation will be continually monitored. Again trip leaders are currently consulting with the necessary parties and will be in contact with parents and students as soon as there is any further information.
Letters to Parents
Useful Information form the Department for Education
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: