Dear Parents/ Guardians,
For 50 years, Bramfield House School, our local authority customers, and the parent community we serve, have faced many challenges big and small and have come through them all by supporting each other and working together. At the Heart of Bramfield House we are a community first, relying on each other in difficult times.
I wanted to write to you personally to update you on how we are managing the coronavirus pandemic and keep you informed about the situation at the school in light of the current Covid19 pandemic. I also wanted to reassure you that we are being very proactive in supporting our boys and their specific needs.
Almost all the children at Bramfield House are vulnerable in some way and we are following Government guidelines to keep our schools open as we are regarded as an essential service.
It is also extremely important that we keep our children safe and as such, I would ask you to make sure you do not send your children to school should they present with any symptoms of coronavirus and please do call us to see if we might be able to help in some way with some home study. In anticipation of the disruption, earlier this week you will have received a pack of work for your son to be working on.
Bramfield House will endeavor to continue educating as many pupils as possible in the normal manner over the coming weeks, however, we may need to make daily adjustments to the way that we work to respond to the needs of the school and new guidance on public health in education settings. I can assure you we are doing everything to avoid this impacting you’re your child’s learning.
For our parent community, we are very aware that many of you are classified as key workers and if you are, we would encourage you to contact us direct and let us know. This is in order we may plan to potentially keep part of the school open during the Easter break to support you in your essential role.
However, the school is also battling to maintain staffing levels due to current staff self-isolation and shielding of vulnerable groups. We are working at half the capacity that we usually have in school. As a result we have been forced to prioritise young people who whilst not in school could be at risk. These include children in care, children who have child protection plans, children who are supported by social care, children with police involvement and finally children of key working families. Every pupils’ individual circumstances has been looked at individually.
From next week, whilst maintaining the most vulnerable boys in school, we will be offering some boys alternative education through an online learning platform. These pupils will need to remain at home but will be able to access online learning with their teacher remotely. The aim is that we will be delivering 2 hours a day face-to-face teaching supplemented by a range of other online resources made available to work on.
This will also allow the school to remain open for boys who really do need to be on the school site.
Due to the guidance on social distancing, it has been necessary to close some boarding provision where boys share accommodation in dormitories. This means that for boys who usually reside in the main house during the week, with the exception of a small number of pupils, will be offered a day placements during the pandemics peak. Pupils residing in Ibstock house during the week will continue as per usual.
Local authorities and transport are currently being contacted by the school to inform them of the adjustments to education.
Each parent will be contacted today to inform them of the arrangements for their own son, and parents of boys accessing the online platform will only be contacted early next week to make arrangements for them to access the resource.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any general questions or questions specific to your child. All further updates will be posted on the schools website. The school is currently setting up a new service ‘Parent mail’ From next week you will be able to access all communication through this App. Details of this will follow in the coming days.
In the meantime, it is the kindness and support that we give to each other that will help us get through these unprecedented times, my sincere thanks go to you for your continued support.
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