COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Learning from Home, Working in Isolation and Advice

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Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school or complete their home learning lessons then please inform the school.

To report an absence for a student in any year:

Email studentabsence@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Or

Report the absence to us via Parentmail

If you are unable to do this then please contact us on:

01202 871 243

Choose option 1 for a year 9, 10 or 11 student absence.

Choose option 5 for a Sixth Form absence

Please let us know the reason for the absence. If the absence is COVID 19 related then please state if your child is shielding / isolating / Has COVID symptoms or if a family member has COVID symptoms.

Communication During Closure

Thank you for all the communication and hard work we are seeing at FUS – we are really proud of how our Ferndown community are responding to school closure.

A reminder that school is open to children of key workers and for those with additional support from Children’s Services or have an EHCP. We are open throughout Easter, including Bank Holidays. If your child is coming into school, please contact the school by 3pm the day before so we can plan ahead for student numbers. If students can stay at home, they should.  

Each tutor group has their own Team and are being set a daily riddle and challenge by their tutor. It is great to see so much brilliant engagement with these. Please encourage your child to take part if they are not, it will hopefully make them smile and laugh in these tricky times.

Students are set work daily through G4S by their teachers. G4S will give students their “to do list” each day, with the tasks loaded in full on Microsoft Teams for students to complete.   

If a student is ill, please do not worry about catching up missed work, just get back into the daily work being set.

If you have questions over the work set, please contact the class teacher directly about this as they are best placed to support you on the work they have set.

Students receiving Free School Meals should receive a supermarket e-voucher each week to their school email address. If you are struggling as a family, please contact Mrs Taylor for support through the Food Bank. We are hoping to be working with a local supermarket to access further food to provide support for families and we will update you next week on this.

For any pastoral issues, please contact the Head of Year; for SEND issues, please contact the SENCO. Contact information is found here https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/pastoral/

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Stay Safe Online

If you are concerned by any online behaviour either by your child or towards your child, please do contact the Pastoral Teams at school and we can support you with this.

Staying Healthy

Careers Information

If your child is unable to attend school or complete their home learning lessons then please inform the school.

To report an absence for a student in any year:

Email studentabsence@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Or

Report the absence to us via Parentmail

If you are unable to do this then please contact us on:

01202 871 243

Choose option 1 for a year 9, 10 or 11 student absence.

Choose option 5 for a Sixth Form absence

Please let us know the reason for the absence. If the absence is COVID 19 related then please state if your child is shielding / isolating / Has COVID symptoms or if a family member has COVID symptoms.

Thank you for all the communication and hard work we are seeing at FUS – we are really proud of how our Ferndown community are responding to school closure.

 

A reminder that school is open to children of key workers and for those with additional support from Children’s Services or have an EHCP. We are open throughout Easter, including Bank Holidays. If your child is coming into school, please contact the school by 3pm the day before so we can plan ahead for student numbers. If students can stay at home, they should.  

 

Each tutor group has their own Team and are being set a daily riddle and challenge by their tutor. It is great to see so much brilliant engagement with these. Please encourage your child to take part if they are not, it will hopefully make them smile and laugh in these tricky times.

 

Students are set work daily through G4S by their teachers. G4S will give students their “to do list” each day, with the tasks loaded in full on Microsoft Teams for students to complete.   

 

If a student is ill, please do not worry about catching up missed work, just get back into the daily work being set.

 

If you are having issues with accessing the work, please contact IT Support and we can hopefully help out with technology.

 

If you have questions over the work set, please contact the class teacher directly about this as they are best placed to support you on the work they have set.

 

Students receiving Free School Meals should receive a supermarket e-voucher each week to their school email address. If you are struggling as a family, please contact Mrs Taylor for support through the Food Bank. We are hoping to be working with a local supermarket to access further food to provide support for families and we will update you next week on this.

 

For any pastoral issues, please contact the Head of Year; for SEND issues, please contact the SENCO. Contact information is found here https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/pastoral/

Learning from Home - Subject Work

Year 10 – Use your revision guide and workbooks to continue work on your current topics. In addition to this, you can access all of the resources on Student Resources via HomeAccess+.

Year 11 – As above but revision rather than current topics.

Year 9 – Use GCSE Bitesize and Student Resources to carry on your current topics.

March 13th 2020
March 13th 2020

Update COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Parents and Carers

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus yesterday, Public Health England have issued updated guidance on what to do if you have any of these symptoms:

  • new continuous cough
  • high temperature

Then please do not send your child into school.

Further to this:

  • they should stay at home and not leave the house for 7 days from when the symptoms started.
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
  • sleep alone.
  • wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
  • after use, throw tissues straight into the bin .
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

In the event of staffing being affected, some changes may need to be made to the way lessons are delivered. Should this occur, we will notify you of this as soon as possible.

 

 

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Jones

March 12th 2020
March 12th 2020

Update COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Parent / Carer

Update COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

I am writing to inform you of the steps that the school is currently taking with regards to Covid-19.

Firstly, we would request that good personal hygiene be maintained:

  1. Encouraging handwashing and sanitizing for staff, pupils and guests.
  2. Ensuring pupils understand the importance of covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze (with tissues being disposed of immediately afterwards), and then washing their hands.
  3. Reminding pupils to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Ensuring doorknobs and handrails are disinfected every evening.
  5. Ensuring toilets are kept clean and well-stocked up with soap and toilet paper.

In the event of us having to close or partially close the school:

  1. We will set work, which we will expect students to access through Go4Schools.
  2. For Y11 and Y13 we will also use online learning platforms like Bitesize, Seneka, GCSE Pod, MyMaths etc.

What we ask you to do:

  1. Talk to your child about the importance of good personal hygiene (see points 1-3 above).
  2. Contact 111 if you require advice regarding COVID-19.
  3. Inform us immediately if anyone in your family is being tested or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  4. Inform us immediately if anyone in your household is showing symptoms of a cough or fever and has either travelled recently from a high-risk area or has in contact with someone who has tested positive.

I would like to thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult period.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Jones, Headteacher.

February 25th 2020
February 25th 2020

Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus – updated information

Coronavirus – updated government guidance issue today.

The government has issued new guidance for all UK citizens who have travelled to specific lockdown areas in northern Italy (see attached), special care zones in South Korea as designated by the government of the Republic of South Korea and the Hubei province in China.

Anyone recently returning from these areas is advised to self-isolate at home for 14 days, even if they are not displaying any symptoms of the virus.

If you have travelled to any of these affected areas during half term please can you advise the school at the earliest opportunity and we will ask that your child/children are kept at home for two weeks. You are also advised to ring 111 for NHS advice and guidance.

This is purely a precautionary measure.

Government guidance for other areas still remain in place – please refer to this link which provides the updated and existing guidelines and areas in the world where advice applies: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers