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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 1st June 2020: Incident/Outbreak Management
01 Jun
Dear Colleagues, To keep you all up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and help protect yourself and others, we will be issuing regular updates. The dedicated COVID-19 information area on the HES portal contains all communications and updates from the Local Authority and central government relating to COVID-19. All early years providers and schools can access this area by using the following link: http://hes.org.uk/Page/17045. This update includes specific guidance for all education settings on how an incident will be managed involving a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus affecting an education setting in Havering. This is an interim arrangement while national guidance is awaited, and operational from 1st June 2020. Take care, Trevor
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 29th May 2020: Supporting Children and Young People with SEND, Preparing for the Wider Opening of Early Years and Childcare Settings and more
29 May
Dear Colleagues, To keep you all up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and help protect yourself and others, we will be issuing regular updates. The dedicated COVID-19 information area on the HES portal contains all communications and updates from the Local Authority and central government relating to COVID-19. All early years providers and schools can access this area by using the following link: http://hes.org.uk/Page/17045. Yesterday afternoon, the Prime Minister announced that the Government’s five tests for easing the lockdown in England have been met, and as expected, the Government will proceed with moving to the next phase of relaxing lockdown measures, enabling all children to be welcomed back to early years settings, and a phased return of some children to school, from Monday 1st June. The Local Authority wishes to thank all of you for your incredible work in planning and preparing for this milestone over the past few weeks, and the arrangements you are putting in place to keep pupils, parents, staff and your wider community as safe as possible. To achieve this in such a short period of time, in the most challenging circumstances any of us have ever faced, is down to the amazing leadership you have all displayed. Having reached this point, I’m sure that the coming weeks will continue to be as complex and complicated, particularly as the Test and Trace programme becomes more established, and the potential disruption that this may cause on the availability of staff, and the attendance of children and pupils – but the Local Authority will continue to support you as we move forward. This update includes further information regarding Supporting Children and Young People with SEND, Preparing for the Wider Opening of Early Years and Childcare Settings, Safe Working in Education and Childcare Settings (including PPE), Recording Attendance, and Providing Free School Meals. Take care, Trevor
Recovery Plan for Service & Training Provision
29 May
As the current COVID-19 related shut down and restricted contact across schools and the wider sectors starts to subside, we have reviewed how we will resume aspects of our services and training provision that had been disrupted by the pandemic. We believe it is essential for us to continue supporting the professional development of school and early years colleagues. Our approach is informed by the need to adapt to the consequences of prolonged social distancing being in place and to take into account alternative technological tools which support the continuation of service delivery. We have split this approach into two phases as detailed in the Recovery Plan displayed in the attachments section in the right-hand panel. As you review the plan, please pay particular attention to the Free ‘Virtual Support Programme’ put together by our School Improvement Service (schedule also attached). The offer includes optional ‘surgeries’ (one-to-one consultations with subject and aspect specialists) as well as email contact details.If you have any specific queries about the HSIS offer, please contact grahame.smith@havering.gov.uk directly.
Hsis Summer Term Virtual Support Programme for Schools
29 May
Our School Improvement Service (Hsis) have developed a virtual support programme spanning the months of June and July comprising a number of introductory subject specific catch-up meetings and online subject/aspect leader network meetings. These sessions are now available to book via the HES Portal and are free to all schools in Havering. An overview of the online meeting schedule is available to view in the attachments section in the panel on the right-hand side. The School Improvement team are also offering optional free ‘surgeries’ (one-to-one consultations with subject and aspect specialists) during this period, as well as normal email contact. Any queries, please contact grahame.smith@havering.gov.uk directly.
CONTRACTORS PROVIDING GOODS / SERVICES SOCIAL DISTANCING
26 May
Here are details for suppliers that may be able to help with any planning for school return. These suppliers are used by the Local Authority and can provide various products / services to help with implementing protective measures in education settings.