16 March 2020
New government advice for schools/colleges
Dear Parents and Carers,
We would like to reassure you that we are continuing to review the current situation and any impact it may have at Camphill Wakefield. We are following the advice issued by the government through Public Health England and the Department for Education and remain open as usual. We are encouraging good hygiene practices when coughing/sneezing, and also encouraging frequent handwashing.
The government has declined so far to close schools/colleges over the coronavirus pandemic, with health chiefs saying that disruption caused by doing so would outweigh the gain in disease-prevention although there is a possibility that we will be advised to close at some point in the future.
If your child or someone in your household is unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others, they should stay at home. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.
If your child becomes unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.
Regularly-touched objects and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected more often than usual using standard cleaning products.
Students will be supervised to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser, and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
Unless we have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health protection team, we remain open.
Self-isolation measures: anyone with a new persistent cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for 7 days
Should you have any questions, the Department for Education has launched a new Education Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents, carers and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 (opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday)
The coronavirus situation is evolving daily and we will respond to any changes to the government advice being given.
You can download a PDF of this statement here
Position Update Friday 22 May 2020
A plan for provisional staged increase in activity on site
You will all be aware of the debate at present about the resumption of schooling for certain year groups and the considerable polarisation that exist on the subject.
We are not quite in the same position but there is a presumption that students will attend f they can and wish to rather than they should be at home unless it isn’t safe. This would be after 1st June.
For the following reasons we have provisionally decided that any gradual return for students not currently on site will only be from 15th June at the earliest. This is for a number of reasons as follows:
The rest of our planning will be in the Covid-19 risk document. Please do come back in early June to read it.
This remains provisional and subject to change if Government advice changes. Please await direct contact before making any firm plans. We will try and do this as soon as possible after 8th June.
Have a good bank holiday weekend keeping safe and distant,
Position update on Monday 23rd March 2020
We are currently closed for normal educational delivery.
We are following national guidelines and providing limited provision on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to keep this under review.
For further guidance and information please follow the links below:
Questions and Answers about vulnerable Young people
we will keep this page updated with information as it becomes available.
Update 24th March 2020
Click here for an open letter from Minister Vicky Ford for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have today been informed that a member of staff, who was working last week on Wednesday and Thursday and briefly on Friday morning, has been told to isolate by paramedics with suspected Covid-19. They have not been present on site since Friday at 10.00am.
While there is only a low risk that they may have been a carrier last week, and we have all been following enhanced hygiene routines, I wanted to let you know so that you would remain especially aware of students who attended on those days. If you have any worries please use the 111 website
I hope that we all stay safe and would thank you once again for your understanding and support at these extraordinary times.