Posted: 19 March 2020

Coronavirus Update Thursday 19th March 2020

Coronavirus Update Thursday 19th March 2020

My updates are getting harder and harder to write! I thought that yesterday was one of the toughest and saddest days of my teaching career, but today is proving to be even more of a challenge with the unfolding levels of uncertainty

I have extremely reluctantly come to the decision that Prospect School will now close to all students at the end of today. I had hoped to keep the school open until the end of the day tomorrow, but our current circumstances mean that this position has become untenable. I am sorry.

We are still awaiting further updates as to what this will mean for Year 11 and 13 students who were due to sit their public examinations this summer. The reality is that whatever decision is made will be a compromise, but we are in unprecedented times and I understand this is necessary. I have tried to see as many of our students as possible to say goodbye; I very much hope that there will be opportunities for proper, final goodbye later in the year. As we learn more about what the exact status of public examinations will be, you will of course be updated.

Our teachers will be providing work via ClassCharts in the first instance. We are also exploring other forms of remote learning and we will continue to update you as soon as we have further details. If your child is unable to access ClassCharts, please contact jclyne@prospect.reading.sch.uk and we will reset this for you.

We are also still waiting for clarification as to the definition of what ‘key workers’ will be able to continue to send their children into school, along with those children deemed to be vulnerable. We will be working with the local authority to provide a co-ordinated response, but in the meantime, if you could respond to the questions below, it will very much help us with our planning.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and you have not yet done so, please contact cbrown@prospect.reading.sch.uk. We understand that the government is also planning a co-ordinated response to this, but until we know the precise details, we will be providing supermarket vouchers to ensure your child continues to receive this important source of nutrition.

As always, I am extremely humbled by the level of support shown within our local community. Please be assured that we are still available to provide support and guidance to you and your children, so please do not hesitate to contact myself or my leadership team at any time. If you have any queries relating specifically to safeguarding, please contact safeguarding@prospect.reading.sch.uk

Kind regards

David

 

Please reply to keyworker@prospect.reading.sch.uk with your child’s name and tutor group, if any of the below apply:

  • Both parents are key workers (as yet undefined, but likely to include emergency services, education, health care workers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers and those working in critical infrastructure – eg gas/electricity utilities)
  • Your child has an EHCP
  • Your child has an allocated social worker

And

  • You would like your child to still attend school from Monday 23rd March
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