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School Closure over the Easter Holidays

Please note that teachers will not be setting work for students via Google Classroom over the Easter holiday period, Monday 6th to Friday 17th April. Both teaching and support staff will endeavour to reply to any messages or emails after this time from Monday 20th April onwards. Stay safe.

Year 11 Summer 2020 GSCE Update 3rd April 2020

2020-04-03-Ofqual-covering-letter-to-parents-1.pdf – 10 KB

Update from the Headteacher 1st April 2020

Click here for the latest update:   Covid-19-Update-from-Headteacher-1st-April-2020.pdf – 53 KB

Safeguarding and Welfare Advice

Dear Parents/ Carers,
I am writing to you to highlight the ways you can seek support and safeguard your child when not in school.
1) If you are struggling to support your child with the work they have been set, they can interact with their teacher via the google classroom or email the school directly: admin@hdhs.school
2) If you are seeking support with any pastoral, welfare or safeguarding issues, the following routes still apply:
– Wispa on school site (via the report a concern button at the bottom of the school website). This is a reporting tool which can be anonymous.
– Teentalk 01255 504800 www.teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk
– Family Operations Hub 03456037627
– Childline 0800 1111
– CHAT young person text service (health) 07520615734
– SHOUT (emotional well being service) text Shout to 85258 for call back
– Anna Freud Advice for parents and carers of anxious young people https://youtu.be/ME5IZn4-BAk
– Anna Freud self help resources for young people https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care
Finally, any queries or concerns regarding safety and welfare will still be managed by a member of the school’s safeguarding team. Again, please use the email address: admin@hdhs.school if any of the above routes do not apply.
Yours faithfully,

J. W. Loten

Deputy Headteacher

The Essex Welfare Service

0300 303 9988
provide.essexwelfareservice@nhs.net
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri, 8am – 7pm
Sar-Sun, 10am – 2pm
The Essex Welfare Service is there to help you find and access support during the Covid-19 challenge. If you need support with advice, daily living tasks and wellbeing, please contact them on the details above.

Friday 20th March 2020 11.50am

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware from today the school will be closed for all but a small proportion of pupils; those who are children of key workers and those who have been identified as vulnerable. I am writing to give further information for families that fall into the category of key workers.We will be contacting families of vulnerable children and those with an EHCP separately.The Government has finally produced a critical worker list and the following document to guide parents regarding school closures:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
The list is far more extensive than expected and it is clear that schools would not be able to accommodate the children of all parents that fall in to these categories should they decide to send them in. The key point to note from the Government is:
‘Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.’
Currently, we are working with a much-reduced number of staff and over the coming weeks I suspect that this could be reduced further. I am so grateful to all of my staff for their willingness to help at this difficult time. They themselves have now been classed as critical workers and everyone who is fit enough to work will support their fellow key workers. The clear advice from Government is that we need to increase social distancing and we will therefore have to limit the numbers we can admit and prioritise according to need. Therefore, we will only be able to offer a school place to students in Year 8 or below and limited private study facilities in school for Year 9 and above; please be reminded that most importantly children should be at home to avoid transmission of the virus – if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then that it where they must be. All pupils attending school will be following the same work that will be sent home to all pupils from Monday.We therefore ask you to email admin@hdhs.school to let the school know if you require your child to be in school from next week onwards. Forms will be distributed to those parents who respond in order that we can allocate places. We will aim to allocate all places by Wednesday 25th March 2020. Until then please only send your child into school if you are a key frontline worker (health, social care, emergency services and education only).If you receive Free School Meals, we will be sending electronic vouchers to the email address of the primary carer of the child.Pupils attending school will not be required to wear school uniform until the school fully reopens to all pupils.Thank you for your patience and supportYours sincerelyKate FinchHeadteacher

Free School Meal Supermarket Vouchers

All parents/carers whose children qualify for Free School Meals (FSM) should have already received a text message or email from Wonde, asking them to nominate a supermarket for their FSM vouchers.
We have asked them to send a week’s worth of FSM payments at a time, and understand that this week’s should arrive shortly.
If you have not received an email or text message from Wonde asking you to nominate a supermarket, please contact rebecca.rooker@hdhs.school to ensure that we have the correct contact details for you.
The vouchers will be for the amount of £2.30 per day, or £11.50 per week.
We understand that the government is currently working on a national solution to providing FSM vouchers so our local arrangements may be replaced by a national scheme in due course.
Mr M Higgon
Deputy Headteacher

Further information

Our main channels of communication with parents/carers are via email, text message and updates on the front page of the School’s website.  We will communicate with students via Google Classrooms and other online platforms.

All the GCSE, AS and A-level examinations due to take place this summer, have been suspended. Students will be credited for their learning in some other way. The Government plan to issue results as normal in August. We appreciate the impact this is having on those who were due to sit the exams this summer, but please do not contact staff asking for predicted grades.  We are unable to answer any queries regarding assessments at this time.  We await further guidance from the Government.

The DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus