Important Information: Covid-19
23 March 2020
Every day is a new day in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the Government’s advice changes to ensure we act swiftly to keep ourselves and others safe.
Schools are officially closed and even the children of key workers are now recommended to stay at home. As per BBC news all parents are urged not to send their sons/daughters to school. We are only offering a child-minding facility and many, if not all of our pupils are able and probably safer to look after themselves at home, thus ensuring that we minimise contact with others.
There is no legal age a child can be left home alone. Every child matures differently, so it would be almost impossible to have a "one size fits all" law. However, parents and carers are responsible for keeping their children safe.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that our cleaning is having an effect in the fight against this virus. We have measures in place like insisting on 2m social distancing and frequent washing of hands. However, we could have several humans working in close proximity that could bring in a flora of different microbes including C19, this clearly is not in the best interests of anyone concerned.
Schools are certainly not operating like they did, teaching and learning is not the focus if pupils do attend. However, work is being set electronically for pupils by their teachers and is being placed in Google Classroom, this is where the rigour and high expectations of learning are. Pupils can continue with some form of education independently without the need to socialise. This is a very serious situation for humankind and we need to radically change our behaviours.
External Examinations – Year 11 and Year 13
Guidance states that Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, will develop a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence, including teacher assessment and prior attainment.
Pupils who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. The school’s advice is to continue to work for your GCSEs and A levels.
Please refer to the Rushden Academy website for contact details should you need our support during this challenging time. Our thoughts are with you and your families as we get through this difficult period.
Mrs J Burton