Daily Update 19th March 2020 (10.15 a.m.)
- Please refer also to the URGENT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE of yesterday, 18th March
- Provision for “Keyworkers” and vulnerable students.
We are still awaiting guidance on who are deemed “key workers” and how this will work, especially in the Easter holiday period. When we have the definitive list, we will contact parents to establish who is a key worker and whether they are likely to make use of this provision. Clearly, we need to know numbers. We do not routinely gather this information (because we’ve never needed to!)
- Public Examinations
We have been told that further guidance and clarification will be issued tomorrow (Friday, 20th March). I have tried to keep personal opinions out of these updates, but I am so angry that this was not clarified in the first place. The distress caused to huge numbers of students across the country since yesterday’s announcement (witnessed in College this morning) is appalling.
- Students in Receipt of Free School Meals
We await guidance on this. It has been suggested that the government will introduce a food voucher scheme, but there are no further details at present.
LINKS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
The following link is the government’s advice to schools, last updated on 16th March.
The next link is Devon County Council News Centre: Health and Wellbeing (Coronovirus advice) page:
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Should you have any specific queries regarding Covid-19 and Clyst Vale, please call the main switchboard on 01392-461407 and ask for Mrs Ann Hopkins (College Manager).
Thank you for your support and understanding at a very challenging and rapidly-changing time. We are doing everything we can to provide some normality for students and to help calm fears.
Kevin Bawn, Principal