Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus

The Department for Education has established a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Detailed information and advice for the public and returning travellers can be found on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated): www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Updated information can be found on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidanc...

Please click here to view Update about COVID-19 – Novel Coronavirus (13th March 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED: 19 March 2020

1. What is the school doing about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Current Government advice is that schools should stay open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. The school will respond to guidance, advice and instruction from the Government and Coventry City Council.

Currently, key workers are defined as NHS staff, Police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to go to work to support the countries fight to tackle coronavirus. We are awaiting further guidance from the Government on a definitive list of roles that are classed as key workers.

At this time, vulnerable children are defined as those that have a Social Worker and those that have an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP). An EHCP is a legal document that describes a child’s Special Educational Needs and the support they require. Children who do not fall in to these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Schools have been asked to stay open during the Easter holidays for the children of key workers and vulnerable students (as defined above).

It is possible, that at some point, the Government will change its advice. The school is working with Coventry City Council to plan for a variety of possibilities. Updates and changes will be shared as quickly as possible with our parents, carers and students.

Department leads and teachers have planned work that can be shared with students to enable them to build on and consolidate their learning. This will be shared via the VTE, the school’s document management and storage system. This can be accessed via the school website www.stokepark.coventry.sch.uk. If school closure is extended the school will provide additional advice on the website.


2. What happens if I am a Key Worker and my child or someone in my household displays symptoms of coronavirus?

Parents and carers should continue to follow Government guidelines around social-distancing and self-isolation in the event you or a family member in the same household display symptoms. Please refer to Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/topicalevents/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

To view more information about Key Workers, please refer to Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision


3. My child has an EHCP or is classified as vulnerable (see definition above) and they or someone in their household displays symptoms of coronavirus?

Parents and carers should continue to follow Government guidelines around social-distancing and self-isolation in the event you or a family member in the same household display symptoms.Please refer to Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/topicalevents/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.


4. How can I communicate with school?

The school will post updates on its website (www.stokepark.coventry.sch.uk). This will be our main method to share information so we ask that students, parents and carers use this as a means to access information.


5. What can my child do in the time the school is closed?

Department leads and teachers have planned work that has been shared with students to enable them to build on and consolidate their learning. This will be shared via the VTE, the school’s document management and storage system and can be accessed via the school website www.stokepark.coventry,sch.uk If school closure is extended the school will provide additional advice on the website.

We also suggest students can use online resources, for example, MathsWatch and BBC Bitesize.


6. How do I access the resources at home?

Students can access the VTE by using the link found on the Stoke Park School website (www stokepark.coventry.sch.uk). Students should login using their school email and password.


7. My child is unable to access school systems/VTE. What can I do?

Your child can email the school’s IT helpdesk (info@stokepark.coventry.sch.uk) who will resolve issues if possible.


8. Can I contact my teacher to ask questions about my learning?

All students and their parents/carers are asked to use this FAQ document to help them resolve issues where possible.

Students from all year groups (and their parents/carers) should use info@stokepark.coventry.sch.uk to raise queries. If appropriate, emails will be forwarded to Subject Leaders to disseminate/respond


9. I’ve run out of work. What can I do?

The recommended work is available on the VTE accessible from the school website. If school closure is extended the school will provide additional advice on the website


10. My child is due to take public examinations, will these go ahead or will there be any changes to exam timetables?

The Government has announced that national assessments and examinations (Year 6 SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels) will not take place this academic year. They have advised that they will work with Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations) to ensure children get the qualifications they need. We will advise more on this when we know more from the Government. We are expecting more information from the Government on Friday 20th March on this matter.


11. My child is doing a BTEC. How do I submit coursework?

Students in years 10 and year 12: BTEC classes have been set classwork or coursework to complete whilst the school is closed. These students will not need to send any work to their teacher directly during closure. They will need to bring this work back to their BTEC teacher when the school reopens.

Students in years 11 and 13: have been issued coursework preparation packs with clear explanations of what needs to be completed. These students can contact their specific BTEC teacher via school email addresses.


12. When will the school reopen and how will I know?

The school is following Government guidelines around school closures and will, therefore, continue to monitor and provide updates via the Stoke Park School website. The school will publish updates on the website and text/email parents when the decision to reopen is made.


13. How will I know it is ok to send my child back to school?

The school will refer to Government guidance on school closures and follow Public Health guidelines on school’s reopening. The school will also consider staffing levels in case of illness and ask parents/carers to follow Public Health guidelines around self-isolation.

The school will announce when the school will re-open on the website and by text/email to parents/carers.


14. I wish to accept/decline my child’s place in year 7 for starting secondary school in September 2020. Who do I contact?

Parents and carers can contact Coventry City Council Admissions Department (email secondaryadmissions@coventry.gov.uk or telephone 024 7697 5445) to accept or decline a place. Alternatively, parents/carers can email the school on info@stokepark.coventry.sch.uk.


15. I’m a student or adult and I have a safeguarding concern. What do I do?

Please, contact our Safeguarding Lead Mrs S Elliott at Stoke Park School on info@stokepark.coventry.sch.uk and she will contact you about this issue as soon as possible.

We may also wish to contact the Coventry Safeguarding Children’s Partnership through their website (www.coventry.gov.uk/lscb)


16. My child is entitled to a free school meal (FSM).How can they get this?

The school is awaiting Government advice about how FSMs will be issued to students.We will update you as soon as we are able.


17. My child was due to attend a school trip or event.Will I be refunded for this?

Where refunds are possible, the school’s Finance team will need to undergo a lengthy process to refund these costs to parents and carers.We ask that parents and carers recognise that this may take some time due to staff shortages.