Head of School Message

I write to you in a time of uncertainty and concern around the educational landscape and the wider communities. Times such as these demand the need for community and support for one another in whatever capacity that may be. I am sure we can all agree that we have never experienced the magnitude of what is happening in any of our lifetimes and we see challenging times ahead. The Everest community is strong and always has been which is why the staff at Everest are so very proud to work there. The staff have been working tirelessly to not only support their families but to also support the students, providing work and email support to the young people.

Family at this time is the most important thing and I urge you to look after yourselves and those around you- community is stronger together. The education of the students will be caught up and anything missed will be covered in the months ahead so please do not worry. Life has taken a pause for the time being but we must continue to support the key workers and the people around us.

The Government has announced this morning that parents are asked to keep their children at home wherever possible.

Schools have been asked to try and remain open from Monday 23rd March to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response if they cannot be safely cared for at home. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

It is stressed that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children but the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

If there is no one at home who can care for your child, it is not safe for them to stay on their own and you fall into one of the following categories, please let us know by contacting the school directly today by phone or the email given by Saturday 21st March at keyworker@everestcommunityacademy.org. Please note the school phones are not manned after 3pm today or on Saturdays so please use the email in those cases.

This will then allow us time to process the requests on Sunday 22nd March and contact parents and relevant staff members.

Critical workers

The government has defined critical workers working in the following sectors:
1. Health and social care
2. Education and childcare
3. Key Public Services
4. Local and national government
5. Food and other necessary goods
6. Public safety and national security
7. Transport
8. Utilities, communications and financial services

Please follow this link for more detail https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational- settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and- carers

Can I please stress that in the efforts to reduce social interactions to limit the spread of the disease, this service is to be used to allow critical workers who cannot safely care for their children at home to continue to go to work. If our school is unable to provide care at any point because it is unsafe to do so we will work with neighbouring providers and the local authority to find an alternative setting for your child.

The Government are currently working on a national voucher scheme to support parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. In the meantime, we are looking for an interim solution to support these families.

It has been an extremely turbulent and emotional time and I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period.

With regards to external exams, what is clear is that these have been cancelled. We expect further updates today and will then be able to provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve. We understand the disappointment that the year 11 students feel and how devastating this news is but please be assured that all staff are on the end of an email should any student have questions or would like to speak further about their educational future. If parents or students have specific questions regarding college or careers advice please contact Mrs Woods cwoods@everestcommunityacademy.org who is on hand to support you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Everest staff are determined to have a celebrations for the year 11s success at Everest in the future when life gets back to normal so we will be in contact with parents in the future.

It has been an extremely turbulent and emotional time and I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period.
Yours sincerely

Mrs H Dibden

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