Unfortunately, Hailey Hall School has had to close due to continued staff shortages relating to the current Covid-19 outbreak.
We have done our best to continue education to a reduced cohort of students, but unfortunately this decision has had to be taken for the safety and welfare of the students and staff alike.
The Government has confirmed its strategy regarding the provision of support for the pupils of Key Workers and other more vulnerable groups as follows:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be, even if the child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available either from your child’s school, or alternatively via your local authority if your child’s school is closed.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
In response to the above, Hailey Hall School will do its best to provide an on-site school service to those children who fall into the categories above, at the point that we have sufficient staff resource to facilitate this. Taking account of the self-isolation criteria, and the personal circumstances of staff, we hope to be able to provide some school provision with effect from 2nd April 2020 and during the Easter break . This is on the basis that we have sufficient appropriately skilled staff who are able to return. We will assess the level and type of provision that we can offer and communicate with parents/carers regarding this on an ongoing basis via the website, and in more detail through various communication methods, including teacher2parent.
As the School will be unable to provide support to pupils in the above categories until 2nd April 2020 at the earliest, you are advised to contact the Local Authority for alternative arrangements if you need support until this time. Please check the Herts CC website at https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/home.aspx for this. Herts CC will provide a list of alternative arrangements on Sunday and seek to redirect you to another local school in the area that your child, or children, can attend.
Home Learning: Please see the recent letter that was sent out to you.
Mental Health: Please see the attached poster that was sent out to you.
Please also find below some web-links that may provide some answers to your children’s questions:
https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ (In particular, the 7 points at the end give very helpful advice)
Other communication and advice to parents and carers regarding Covid-19, that the School has and will be distributing, can be accessed via this link. Communication will also continue to be sent on an ongoing basis to parents/carers via Teacher2Parent.
This is a very difficult time for us all, but please be assured that we will work with you and the Local Authority to ensure that we do everything at this time to support you and your children.