CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Updated – 2/7/2020 – 11.00am

Denton Community College has a duty of care to all its students, staff and our wider community.  We are following the advice given out by the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England.  We are monitoring all advice and guidance and will keep this page updated on a daily basis.

Students have been given information about the Coronavirus and about the importance of good hygiene. Students should not worry as it appears that the young are the least vulnerable age group.  It is important though for them to take precautions so that they do not pass the infection to people who may be more affected.

On this page you will find a short explanation and a link to Government guidance. Please click on the link for more information

Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?

The best way to find out about the Coronavirus and the government’s response is to Click here

Specific government advice for schools can be found if you click here

Is the school open?

Other than certain exceptions for Key Workers and Vulnerable students there will be no formal schooling in our building from Monday 23rd of March. Learning will continue to be provided at home.  

From the 22nd June, 2020 Denton will begin a phased return of specific students in line with government guidance. We will contact parents of students who will be allowed to attend. This will begin with Year 10,

The Government is planning for wider reopening what is DCC doing?

As you are aware the Government has said that schools will reopen in some form before the summer holidays, starting with Year 10. At DCC we have been working hard, in a safe and measured way to integrate your child back into school life. Our intention, which is in line with government guidance, is to ensure that every student in Year 10 has some quality time with a member of staff before the end of the academic year as they prepare for their examinations next year.
Due to strict social distancing guidelines, the school is limited to the number of students it can have in the building at any one time. Consequently, it will not be possible to invite all Year 10 students back at the same time. Therefore to ensure all children have the opportunity to meet with their teachers Year 10 students will be given a specific time and date for them to attend school for a “Face to Face meeting”.
These “face to face meetings” will allow students to ask questions about their learning, and support them with any concerns or queries in relation to the distance learning that we have been providing, and provide valuable social contact with staff and peers. We are conducting the first wave of face to face meetings from the 22nd June until 3rd of July.
Year 10 students will receive an invite over the next two weeks. Each invite is being sent out a week in advance so please do not worry if you have not heard this week.

Government Advice – Closure of Schools

Preparing for Wider re-opening of schools from the 1st June 2020

Additional information on schools from the UK Government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Additional Statement from the Education Secretary 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/details-on-phased-wider-opening-of-schools-colleges-and-nurseries?utm_source=1bd749ca-0e91-42b6-b61f-5232e089f2ad&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

When will the schools reopen?

The secretary of State for Education and the DFe have issued guidance on how Schools will reopen from September, details can be founded here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Where can I find additional help during School Closure?

The information on his page includes Safeguarding Concerns, Foodbanks,  Tameside Support Services, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and other useful links.

Additional Support During School Closure

Please also follow the school twitter account for regular updates: @DCC_News

I am a key worker, can my child come to school?

As you will already be aware the Government announced that schools in England are to close on Monday 23rd March, all schools will then remain closed until we are advised to reopen. This is likely to be for a substantial period of time.

The Government also requested for schools to stay open for the children of ‘key workers’ and for vulnerable children (either in receipt of an Educational Healthcare Plan or being supported by specific external agencies).

In order that we can plan effectively, we would like to know which Parents/Carers are in the following ‘key worker’ groups:

  • Emergency Services
  • Essential NHS staff
  • Social Workers
  • Military
  • School transport
  • Education/settings staff
  • Essential Adult Services
  • Food Delivery/Transport
  • Essential infrastructure
  • Local Authority Personnel as defined by the Government COVID19 Response
  • Financial Services as defined by the Government COVID19 Response

If you believe you are a key worker who is not covered by the list above please follow the link below.

Key worker – Government Definition document

If you believe you qualify as a ‘key worker’ AND are likely to need a place for your child within an educational setting. Please e-mail info@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk. These requests will be reviewed in line with eligibility criteria.

If eligible we will then contact you to explain the next steps

To access a place in an educational setting you need to let us know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Role
  • Name of Organisation
  • Student Name:
  • Year Group:

What is happening to Free School Meals?

During the period of school closure, parents and carers with children entitled to a free school meal will be issued with a voucher through the new government voucher scheme for free school meals. These will be issued weekly by e mail from hello@edrenred.co.uk or info@edenred.co.uk and will be to the value of £15 per child. The email will contain instructions of how to access your voucher using the 16 digit e-Code. Each voucher will be valid for one month after they are issued.  If you have not received your voucher you should check the ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folder on your e mail.

If you are having difficulty accessing your voucher, here are some helpful tips which may assist:-

  • I have received my e-Code, but the queue in the redemption website waiting room looks very long, how long until I can access the website?

Due to exceptional demand, we have implemented a queuing system on the ordering website. This is to control the amount of traffic on the website at any one time in order to improve the user experience for everyone and speed up the voucher redemption process once past the queue.

Please note it can take up to an hour to enter the website, but this can vary during peak and off-peak hours. For a shorter queuing time, we recommend trying outside of peak hours or days, which is between 10am and 5pm, and on Mondays.

  • The eCode isn’t working when I try to redeem it

if you receive an error message when trying to redeem your eCode, you may have entered the incorrect code. Please try to enter your code again. If your code is still not accepted, please delete the browsing history on your device – as your device may be storing the incorrect code in its memory.

  • I haven’t received my order confirmation email or eGift card

Our e-Gift Card delivery system is currently experiencing high volumes of traffic and as such it is taking longer to process and deliver your e-Gift Card.  We anticipate the e-Gift Card will be delivered to you within 48 hours.

  • I’m concerned about the 1-month eCode expiry period

As of 23rd April, we will be increasing the expiry date on eCodes to four months, and this change will be retrospectively applied to all live and pending eCodes.

  • My eGift card isn’t working in-store

Please check that you are not reusing an eGift card that you have already spent. Once you have spent the full value of the eGift card, it will expire and cannot be used again. You will receive a new eGift card when you redeem your next eCode.

  • I can’t see the barcode in the eGift card email

This is because some email inbox providers automatically switch off the downloading of images for new emails. You should see a prompt to ‘Display images’ or ‘Download full message’ to see the barcode.

Please also note, that some retailers require you to click on a link in the email to see the barcode in an internet browser instead.

We recommend downloading your eGift cards before you leave the house to do your shopping, or whilst connected to WiFi in case of internet connectivity problems in-store.

Please click on the following link for the Parent and Carer FAQ’s

https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf/

If your circumstances have changed and you believe you may be eligible for free school meals, an application can be made via https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims-tameside

Free School Meals guidance

BEWARE OF SCAMS: The college has received notification that some parents have received emails that state “As schools will be closing, you may be entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we will make sure you are supported”. The DFE have informed us this is a scam. DO NOT SUPPLY YOUR BANK DETAILS. All information about school meals will be sent directly to Parents/Carers from the school.

Are School trips taking place?

On 12 March the government advised schools that students under 18 should not travel abroad.  As a result, we had already cancelled all foreign trips this academic year.  Following Government advice on 16 March, the decision has been taken to postpone all school trips and visits for this academic year until further notice. This includes events with Partner schools either on or off-site, Field Trips related to coursework, Duke of Edinburgh activities and outward bound events.

We are currently working with trip providers to recover any payment made for trips which are no longer taking place. Once funds have been returned to school, payments will be refunded via ParentPay.

School trips currently planned for academic year 2020/21 including those in September and October are under review, we will watch developments and follow UK government guidance over the coming weeks before deciding on these trips. Anyone who is part of an organised trip will be contacted by the trip leader in due course.

Guidance for Educational Trips

 

What about parents and other visitors coming to school?

We are keen to continue to engage with parents, we will have these discussions on the telephone or through email.  Telephone meetings can be arranged in the normal way.  Visitors should only enter reception if absolutely needed.  The safety of our school community is our main priority.

What if my child feels ill?  

Please follow the NHS advice.  Under new government guidance issued on 16 March, they should stay at home for 14 days.  If any other students at Denton Community College live in the same house they should also self-isolate for 14 days.  Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for up-to-date guidance.

Please ring school by 8.30 am to inform us that your child will be off if your child has been allocated a place as the child of a Key Worker.  It would be helpful if you gave full details rather than just saying that they are ill.  If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation.  There is then no need to ring each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover.

What should my child do if self-isolating while the school is closed?

If your child is well enough to work at home then they should firstly complete tasks supplied to them by the school either as physical form or through Google classroom. They should also check in their exercise books to see if they have any work to complete or feedback to respond to.  Once they have done this most student will be able to devise some retrieval resources on work they have done previously.

How will work be provided if the school is closed?

We will provide work via Google Classroom and staff email. It would be useful for you to check with your child that they can access Google Classroom and their email account.  If there are any problems please let us know.

Please direct any Username and Password issues to:

googlereset@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk

information about how to access Google Classroom can be found here:

How to log into Google Classroom for the first time

Help with Google Classroom – FAQ

Guidance and Activities for you and your Child on maintaining Internet Saftey can be found here:

E-Safety Advice for Parents

How do I help my child during this time? What can I do to explain the situation?

The following document provides specific advice on speaking to your child at this time. It has useful help and tips on how to respond to worries and concerns in relation to COVID -19 and Coronavirus.

Click on this link: Responding to worries about Covid-19, advice for Parents and Carers

Where can I find support for my Mental Health and Isolation?

The NHS is offering Tips and guidance on Mental Health and Wellbeing here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

What about the GCSE examinations?

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer.

OFQUAL has released the following letter to families of Students:

Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading

Questions and Answers for GCSE students

The Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.

Cancellation of GCSE examinations

Letters from the Secretary of State for Education to OFQUAL

I require extra support during this period, or I have a Safeguarding Concern?

For Safeguarding concerns, please email: dsl@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk
Other useful numbers include:
Tameside Children’s Social Care – 0161 342 4101 Out of hours: 0342 4444
Childline – 0800 1111
Tameside Housing Advice – 0161 330 2032
Domestic Violence National Helpline – 08082000247
Police (Non urgent) – 101
Samaritans (Emotional Support/Distress) – 116 123
St Mary’s Food Bank (Haughton Green) opening times: 
Tuesday – 4pm-5pm
Wednesday – 3pm-4pm
Friday – 11.30am-12.15pm

What can I do?

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health England guidance.

Keep the school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.

Reassure your child and encourage them to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.