Novel Coronavirus (covid-19) Updates

LAST UPDATE: 30/3/2020 – 13:30

As of Monday, 23 March the school is closed, in line with Welsh Government guidance. Please see my letters of 18 March for more details. Letter 1 here and Letter 2 here.

Contact has been made with families regarding arrangements for the child care of students of ‘key workers’ only for the week commencing 23rd March 2020. We are responding to the crisis on a day-by-day basis and will continue to update families as the situation changes. However, we are operating a skeleton level of staffing so please follow the guidance which is to remain at home, where it is safer.

Please see Flintshire County Council Press Statement for further information.

As of Monday, 30 March, Hawarden High School will become one of Flintshire LA’s ‘Resilience Hubs’. For further information relating to this and to book a place for childcare at the school from this date, please click here.

The work for home-schooling students is also available in the section below. For any questions related to distance learning, please contact the school office by email: (hhmail@hawardenhigh.flintshiresch.uk) Your email will be directed to the relevant member of staff. If children have problems accessing their Office365 email account or Hwb account, please send an email the ICT Team: (ICTSupport@hawardenhigh.flintshire.sch.uk).

Remote Working
Teachers are busy trying to facilitate methods of home working. At the present time, teachers are establishing the best ways of working with their groups. All students have access to their emails and an online version of Office 365 from home so will be able to receive emails from teachers when they are sent. Parents should be aware that the National Curriculum has been suspended but children should still try to engage with school work.

Home Learning guidance can be downloaded here.

Pupils and parents can access Learning Plans (password for page: 526400) here, to see what work should be covered presently.

We have collated a webpage with links to Past Papers for all of the subjects taught in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Students can begin using these as a basis for study and revision. The page is accessible here.

We are currently collating a list of useful online resources which will be updated below. Please keep returning to this site for further information.

Online Resources

Office 365 – student access to email and online office

Hwb – Welsh Government repository and access to Teams, Google classroom and other resources

BBC Bitesize – general learn and revise resources

Seneca Learning – useful website with most subjects

MathsMyMaths (username: Hawarden password: factor), corbettmaths.com, A Level Youtube

English – Years 7-9 Accelerated Reader (Pupils should continue to read and quiz at home. All pupils have login details in their planners). A Parents Guide and What is Accelerated Reader

Science GCSE Physics, Seneca, Educake, PhysicsOnline, Doodle Science, Science Shorts, Isaac Physics, Tanio, Biology Resources

TechnologyDesignoutthebox, TechnologyStudent

Geography Seneca, PiXL Geography App (Class code for Mr. Smith’s Class: 7p0jlsq8ux and Mr. Clive’s class: lcl005j22x )

Computer Science

LanguagesLinguascope (username and password both: hawardenhs)

Art/Photography Years 7-9 ideas, GCSE and A level students, please use the checklist stapled inside their sketchbooks and the exam/portfolio/ coursework instructions can be found on the WJEC website for art and design.

ICTYear 7-9 Bitesize, ICT Revision

Business StudiesGCSE Online Textbook

HistoryResources webpage

Religious StudiesBible Society

Regional Resources from the school improvement service (GwE)

Careers Wales Live Chat – for careers guidance and advice

CAMHS Resources to support wellbeing:
Coping with stress
Coronavirus information for young people
Helping children cope with stress
Mental Health apps
Resource pack for young people
Resource pack for parents

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing; and/or
  • fever.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and/or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have yet to have been reported in children.

How COVID-19 is spread?
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • students/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;
  • students/staff who reside with another person displaying symptoms should stay at home for 14 days;
  • washing your hands often – with liquid soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell; 
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please use the Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment;
  • see the latest information about novel coronavirus on the Public Health Wales website.

Social Distancing
As of 17th March 2020, we recognise the need for all members of the community to be particularly stringent in adhering to ‘social distancing measures’ where they meet one of the following criteria

Actions taken by the school to support the wellbeing of students and staff
School leaders have been working to establish a continuity plan in response to the pandemic. This also includes planning for delivery of activities in the situation of a forced closure and planning for a return to ‘usual practice’ should a short-term and/or long-term closure take place.

Preventative measures have been introduced, including

  • Establishing a critical incident team to plan for all eventualities;
  • Identify members of the community (student and staff) with underlying medical conditions which place them in the ‘at risk’ group;
  • Raising awareness of the symptoms closely linked to COVID-19 and the precautionary measures through visual displays;
  • Purchased additional quantities of alcohol based hand santizer and liquid soap (where national availability permits);
  • Additional cleaning of the regularly touched surfaces throughout the school day ie. door handles, hand rails etc; and
  • As of 16th March 2020, all non-essential activities will be either postponed or cancelled ie. sporting fixtures and visiting speakers.

In the event of a full/partial school closure (short-term and/or long-term)
The school will only close where there is direct guidance/recommendation from appropriate authorities eg. Public Health Wales and/or where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to safely deliver an education to students. In the event of a school closure, staff will not be able to access the school site. Therefore, in this situation the school will

  • Provide all students (as so far as is possible) in all year groups (with increased support for those students preparing to sit public examinations in the summer) with online materials to facilitate distance learning;
  • Provide paper-based materials for those students who do not have access to either a mobile device and/or internet (as part of the preparation phase the school will seek to identify where this is the case);
  • Communicate with families/students on a regular basis, via this webpage, to provide updates on recovery phase ie. safe return to normal school life.

Upon return to ‘normal practices’ the school will

  • Undertake a learning audit for examination classes to identify skills-gaps in readiness for the summer series;
  • Communicate with relevant awarding bodies to make them aware of any requirements for special considerations;
  • Respond to any ongoing support required for students and/or staff. This may include counselling services.

Communication
Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of students the school asks that all families

  • Sign up to the school twitter feed @hawardenhs to be able to access relevant information in the eventuality of a partial/full closure;
  • Ensure that the school has the correct email address in order to maintain communication throughout the process;
  • Talk to child(ren) about hygiene practices and make use of relevant sites to reduce anxiety.

Other Useful Information
UK Government (COVID-19)
Welsh Government (COVID-19)
Public Health Wales
World Health Organisation – Useful video resource to help explain COVID-19 to family members

School Letter from Headteacher 16/3/20
School Letter from Headteacher 18/3/20
Letter to Pupils from Headteacher 18/3/20
School Letter 2 from Headteacher 18/3/20

School Letter from Headteacher 30/3/20