To our Bank View community,
We hope you and your families are all keeping well in these unusual times. We are separated in some cases from family members as well as friends which is challenge for many of us.
School is open next week and the office will be open from 8am to 4pm. If you have any concerns or you need any support please give us a call.
We also have the ‘BVS ‘during coronavirus tab’ on the website which we are updating regularly. There is a link to our online resources for students. If you have questions about any of the work in the work packs please email the teaching staff. Staff are checking their emails regularly.
The city came together at 8pm last night to ‘Clap the Carers’ We are grateful for all their hard work and the efforts of all ‘essential’ workers including all our staff here at Bank View.
Please keep yourself and your families safe and follow the guidance from the government.
We cannot wait to bring the Bank View community back together.
Bob and Juliette
Chair of Governors / Headteacher
I am writing to inform you that we will be open on Monday and we will endeavour to keep the school open for as long as staffing and pupils numbers allow.
The school day will remain the same for now but pupils can wear their own clothes. Staff are planning a variety of activities that students can access and enjoy. Any child who has a school dinner will continue to do so.
In the upcoming weeks, if your child is not able to attend school they have been provided with a pack of work today to support home learning. If a student’s absence is linked to the coronavirus their attendance will not be affected.
The situation is obviously subject to change so we will update parents via the website and school app as well as in writing.
Thank you so much for your continued support through what are unprecedented times.
You will have seen the announcement by the Secretary of State that school will close after Friday the 20th.
The Government have announced that provision will be made for pupils whose parents are what they describe as key workers. They have been defined so far as; NHS staff, Police/emergency services, delivery drivers. A full list of key workers/jobs is due to be published today.
The Government also announced that provision should be made for vulnerable pupils that includes pupils with EHCPs and/or those who have an allocated social worker. This in effect means all pupils in our school.
We would urge parents to consider the advice below especially if pupils have any of the following health needs:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
If in any doubt consult your GP or medical practitioner. People in this category are being advised to socially distance themselves for up to 12 weeks.
Social distancing is;
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).They are:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
5.Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
The advice in regards to presenting with symptoms remains the same. You / your child must self-isolate for 14 days if presenting with a temperature and/or a new or continuous cough. Immediate family members in the same household must also self-isolate for the same period of time.
We will endeavour to keep the school open and running for as long as we can and will be liaising with the local Authority on what will happen going forward.
We know these are very worrying times for us all in our school community. We will all need to support each other to make our way through this national health crisis. Be assured that the school and staff wish to do everything we can to support our pupils at this time.
Please do not hesitate to contact school with any queries.