Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information for Parents, Carers, Learners and Staff

Letters to Parents, Carers and Learners:

22 May 2020 - Letter to learners, parents, carers and staff - LDE UTC Plan to re-open following government's directive (click here to view)

18 May 2020 - Letter to parents and carers - College Re-opening (click here to view)

11 May 2020 - Letter to parents in response to Prime Minister's speech on schools reopening  (click here to view)

27 April 2020 - Letter to parents and carers - Summer Term update (click here to view)

03 April 2020 -  Letter to parents and learners - OFQUAL announcement on awarding examination grades for GCSE and GCE exams this summer (click here to view)

03 April 2020 - Letter to learners, parents, carers and staff - End of term celebrations and general updates (click here to view)

03 April 2020 - (Free School Meal parents only) Letter regarding National FSM voucher scheme (click here to view)

02 April 2020 -   (Newham website for parents and Carers) Newham Covid-19 Service Updates for Families (click here to view)

20 March 2020 - (Key workers letter) Letter regarding arrangements after 20th March 2020 (click here to view)

20 March 2020 - (No longer relevant, see more recent letters) (Free School Meal parents only) Letter regarding Free School Meals after 20th March 2020 (click here to view)

19 March 2020College closure notice after 20th March 2020 (click here to view)

13 March 2020 - (No longer relevant, see more recent letters) Update on COVID-19 (click here to view)

Guidance and further information:

NOTICES: We continue to take advice from Public Health England & Gov.UK. Latest guidance.

Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on the curriculum, after school activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. We have also amended information on whether it is compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu