What is our current status in each centre?
- Addenbrooke’s: Pupil facing work at the Addenbrooke’s site has resumed. However, dependant on the type of ward, some restrictions on the delivery and duration of teaching may apply. On most wards, bedside and classroom-based learning has resumed. However, due to social distancing, classrooms are not able to deliver at full capacity. All staff at the Addenbrooke’s must wear gloves, apron and mask when having contact with a child.
- The Croft: Full-time pupil facing work has resumed at the Croft but has some restrictions to ensure infection control is managed safely. All staff at the Croft must wear a mask when teaching or supporting the learning.
- The Darwin: Full-time pupil facing work has resumed at the Darwin but has some restrictions are in place to ensure infection control is managed safely. All staff at the Darwin must wear a mask when teaching or supporting the learning.
- The Phoenix: Full-time pupil facing work has resumed at the Darwin but with smaller class sizes to reduce transmission. The centre also has some restrictions in place to ensure infection control is managed safely. All staff at the Phoenix must wear gloves, apron and a mask when teaching or supporting the learning.
We are supporting pupils currently isolating, whether at home or on the wards due to procedure, via Google Classrooms. We will post resources to support on our website.
Where a young person is in isolation:
- If on site due to the procedures required by an individual ward: regular visits are made throughout the day to ensure the pupil is successfully accessing the work set and Google Classrooms.
- If at home: the young person and their family receive daily phone calls and work is set on Google Classrooms.
Due to the environment of which we work, many of our children have health conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting coronavirus. Our commitment to the safety of our vulnerable pupils puts us on high state of alert to the dangers of this virus and work very closely with the clinical teams to ensure measures and procedures are adhered to at all times.
What are we doing to protect our pupils and staff?
- Assessing and mitigating risks by conducting thorough Risk Assessments and putting actions in place that provide safe environments for both our pupils and staff;
- Carefully monitoring advice from the Department for Education, Cambridge University NHS Hospital (CUH), Cambridge Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC);
- Raising awareness amongst our staff of measures they can take to prevent the spread of the virus, in particular around personal hygiene and social distancing;
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning in our offices and classrooms;
- Minimising movement of staff between settings.
A copy of our Whole School Risk assessment can be found on our policies page.
Speaking to your child about the situation
Many of the pupils will understandably become anxious. ‘Talking to children about illness’ from the British Psychological Society and ‘mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak’ from the World Health Organisation may prove useful, in particular:
“Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities’ platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours.”
Further support for young people can be found on the Young Minds website.
Department for Education advice
UK Government COVID-19: guidance for educational settings – click here
1. What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak – click here
2. Staying safe outside your home – click here
3. Supporting your children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19) – click here
4. Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – click here
5. COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – click here
6. Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested – click here