Key Information – COVID-19

Key Information – COVID-19

(Last updated on 18th March)

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There are 3 main ways we will communicate with you during the school closure:

  • Parentmail
  • Notifications via the school Twitter feed @fba_official
  • The school website

Advice from NHS and Department for Health

We continue to follow the advice provided for schools by the Department for Education and the NHS.

Information for parents/carers can be found at:

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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 

School Closure

  • The school is now closed for the vast majority of students.
  • The Government has closed all schools from Friday 20th March indefinitely and asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend

Schools will remain open to provide care for a limited number of children:

  • Students who are vulnerable
  • Students whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

If your daughter can stay at home, please keep her at home

Students at additional risk

The Government are advising that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):

  • 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
    • diabetes
    • 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 BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant
  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

Remote Learning

Remote learning and running a virtual school is new to all staff so there are going to be teething problems at the start. Please stick with us whilst we try to get the type and amount of work set for students at the right level.

The students are being set work via Show my Homework for each timetabled lesson.

This will appear by 8:30am of the day of the lesson and will be expected to be completed by the end of the week. We do appreciate that this may not be possible in all circumstances and we will refine how this works.

Detailed information about this process is published on the school website – Parent and Student Guide to Show My Homework

There is a Notifications tool on Show my Homework that students can use to contact teachers with questions and queries.  

Examination Update

The Government have confirmed that there will be NO examinations in this academic year.  Students in Years 11 and 13 will have a grade given to them in each of their subjects which will be a calculated grade.

Grades will be calculated based on two factors:

Teacher assessment of the grade the student would have received in the summer.  

This will take into account a number of factors including mock examinations, non-exam assessment and continuous work.  We expect greater clarity on exactly how teachers will make this judgement in the next few weeks.

(2) The Government’s information about the student’s prior attainment.

This is likely to mean public examinations such as SATs and GCSEs.  It should also consider how the school they attend has performed in the past.  Obviously this second factor is very positive for students at FBA given our results last year and the positive progress our students made.

Calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

On the 26th March, the Government made an announcement that outlining the next steps of the process and release of further information:

We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We continue to monitor information and announcements from The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the examination boards and will inform parents and students with any updates as soon as we receive them.

Trips and Visits

Overseas Trips

We are continuing to talk with the travel companies about the Normandy and Uganda visits and we will communicate further information asap.

Domestic trips for children under 18 organised by education settings

It is highly likely that any domestic trips planned for this academic year will not take place. We are communicating with venues and destinations to ensure we get refunds or postpone the visits until later in the calendar year if that is appropriate.

Free School Meals

Currently there is no Government advice regarding this issue

Havering Local Authority are continuing to liaise with other LAs to share possible solutions, and lobby Government for an update.

We are currently in working on plans to provide food for students who receive free school meals in the event of a long term closure. We will provide an update to those involved in the near future

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