Dear CTK Community

I hope you are continuing to look after the people around you and to stay safe.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support during these difficult circumstances. I’d like to reiterate the latest advice from the Government concerning how best to stay safe:

  1. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

 

In terms of social distancing advice, which needs to be followed by everyone, this is the latest:

 

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidancefor more information
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

You can access more detailed updates and information on the Government website, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance.

In school, teachers are continuing to provide resources for independent learning on Google Classroom. Please let us know if there are any issues accessing the work – if your son/daughter has not accessed these resources, I have attached the class codes and instructions for KS3, KS4 and KS5 pupils to this document. We appreciate that there may be difficulties in accessing and completing the work, but please try and do what you can and keep in touch with your subject teachers if you need help.

Staff are engaging with pupils daily with challenges and quizzes – we will be coordinating these further through our social media accounts and through one designated email each day so that it reduces the number of messages that are sent. Whilst we continue to look after pupils to the best of our ability, we are also supporting staff with their ongoing professional development utilising online courses, as well as encouraging everyone to keep in touch with one another. If you are a parent, please continue to engage with us, and if there are any questions or concerns we will do as much as we can to support you and your families. You may also find the following link useful, which is a comprehensive list of resources that required payment previously, but are now free:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2020/03/paid-for-things-they-ve-made-free-boxsets–audiobooks–fitness-c/#meditation

One of things that makes CTK such as special place is the sense of community that pervades everything that we do – from our charity work and fundraising endeavours to the support pupils offer one another across year groups and key stages. Although at the moment we are physically separated, we must still hold close the values that allow us to live our lives in a compassionate and caring way; to grow, learn, serve and pray form our CTK Way and it’s vital we keep these morals in our minds during these difficult times. I am reminded of the quote, ‘it is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars’ – when we are tested, people step up, dig in, try harder and do more. We all need to keep trying to do the right things, at the right times to see us through this period, and look forward to coming back together as a whole school community when skies are fairer for us all.

Stay safe and be kind.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Erin Wheeler

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