In line with the government's announcement, Elmfield School is now temporarily closed.
This decision to close the school was made following advice from the Department for Education and in conjunction with the Head of Education Outcomes at our Local Education Authority. The majority of our students will be able to continue their learning through the work that teachers are providing and we will be constantly reviewing the efficacy of this. During this period, teachers will remain in contact with you, and we encourage you to email or post your child's work to them for marking and feedback, where appropriate. We would even welcome photographs of the work that your child is producing, but please do not include your child in the photograph.
Our preparations include ensuring a continuity of learning for your children. Some teachers are providing pupils with activities and projects which can be worked on at home. We are also setting up a virtual learning environment where staff can share resources and activities with pupils and there will be a facility for staff to mark and give feedback on work submitted. This continuity is key, especially for our Upper School pupils, who will, no doubt, have their upcoming exams at the forefront of their minds.
Not all teachers will chose a digital method for sharing work and, as a school, we would not advocate your children to be regularly using technology as part of their learning in this way. However, we are in an unprecedented and unknown situation and our priority is to the safety and education of the children. With this in mind, please check our E-safety page where you will find guidance and some advice regarding keeping your children safe online. Please, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this guidance. Our children are vulnerable if they are online without restrictions or age appropriate supervision. We cannot stress how important this is.
The government has asked where possible that parents keep their young people at home and have asked schools to remain open for those children and young people who absolutely need to attend. The fewer young people in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
The target groups identified include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, 'looked after' children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response are expected where possible to use the guiding principle that if it is at all possible, young people should remain at home.
If your child attends Elmfield but you have difficulty in safely caring for your child and you are a front-line worker, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe on 07731 856326 and we will contact the Local Education Authority in order to find provision for your child at a local school.
If you have a safeguarding or welfare concern during this period of social distancing and self-isolation, you should contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07731 856326 or Diana Ball (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07528 046949.