Coronavirus update and information
We are aware that there may be an update from the Government this weekend. If there are any implications for schools, we will update you further on Monday.
Update 20 March 2020
We have been sending daily updates to parents and these can all be found here: http://www.alet.org.uk/coronavirus/.
The Department for Education (DfE) have released further details on the arrangement for exams which have been cancelled in the academic year 2019/20 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Full release here.
The government have released guidance around key workers. It’s important to note that many parents working in the sectors listed may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Full update to parents at 10.00am this morning.
Latest updates: Update for Parents 19 March 2020
Previous updates can be found below:
Update 18 March:
Following the update from the UK government's Education Secretary today, stating that schools will close at the end of this week (until further notice) our Leadership Team are working to put in place final plans for next week, to include how we continue to provide support for children of key workers and our most vulnerable children. We will release further information tomorrow morning.
Please note that UTC Reading is open as normal for students in Years 11 &13. Year 10 and 12 students are working from home with remote learning access & activities set up. Should students experience difficulties with accessing tasks, they should email the relevant member of staff. We will continue to send out regular updates. Thanks for your support. For information on the latest Coronavirus news, please visit http://www.alet.org.uk/coronavirus/
Local updates – Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children
You may be aware there has recently been a case of COVID-19 in a staff member at Willow Bank Infant School in Woodley, which is in Wokingham Borough Council’s area but is very close to Reading. No schools in Reading are currently closed or have reported any cases of COVID-19. We would like to reassure you that we are following advice from Public Health England about actions to take in the school.
In addition to Willow Bank Infant and Junior schools, Aldryngton Primary School has closed in order to carry out a deep clean. This is purely a precautionary measure. There is no indication that either site poses any risk to pupils or staff but headteachers must satisfy themselves and their school’s communities that they are doing everything possible to keep children safe.
We will continue to operate as normal and we take any reports of illness or travel to and from affected areas very seriously and will make decisions based on expert advice to keep our pupils and staff safe.
If the situation changes, we will send out further updates. We are working closely with Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers educational services on Reading Borough Council’s behalf and Reading Borough Council too.