Coronavirus Update 20.03.2020

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

You are all aware of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increase in the number of
confirmed cases in the UK. As a result, it was announced by the Government on Wednesday
afternoon that all schools in England will close at the end of today and will not reopen until
further notice. This is unprecedented and has naturally caused a great deal of anxiety.
However, we have no choice as we are all trying to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The school will continue to provide study facilities for some vulnerable students and the
children of key workers who have no other childcare options for as long as we are able to do
so. Please see the previous communication regarding this.

For all other students, including Year 11 and Year 13, I expect them to be working from
home completing the online learning that will be set by their teachers via Show My
Homework. This will be done in line with their usual school timetable. All students must
ensure they are available for contact within normal school hours every weekday while we
are closed. Please understand that your sons and daughters must engage with all work set
in order to maintain their academic progress. The close support of parents and carers will be
invaluable in helping our pupils make the most of this ongoing educational provision.
I know the staff will join me in wishing all our families well during this difficult period. We
will of course be checking in with you regularly through email, posts on the website and by
phone. Please contact us too if we can help. If you have safeguarding concerns about a child
during our closure please contact the safeguarding team. I have included all the out of
school support available for your reference, should you need it.

We are all part of an extremely special community at Hylands School and I know that our
resilient spirit will carry us through this unprecedented and difficult time. I look forward to
writing to you with better news in the near future.

Yours faithfully

Mr A Parry