COVID-19 updates

Parent update on Coronavirus

Last updated: 01 Apil 2020

You should only send your child to school if you have to because your work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.  If you are able to care for your child at home, you should.

We will regularly update the information on this page to reflect the latest government guidance and the status of our schools in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

Academy closures

All of our schools are currently closed for the vast majority of pupils. We are continuing to care for vulnerable children and the children of critical key workers who have notified their individual academy in advance that they require this service. Please help to save lives by only sending your child to school if you are unable to keep them at home.

From Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice, we have established a number of Star Community Hubs. A number of our schools have joined together to form Star Community Hubs, which are listed below.

Greater Manchester
Star Community Hub – Bolton
Based at The Olive School, Bolton.
The Olive School, Bolton
Eden Boys’ School, Bolton
 
Star Community Hub – Manchester
Based at the Eden Leadership Academy, Manchester campus.
Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Lancashire
Star Community Hub – Bacup
Based at The Valley Leadership Academy.
The Valley Leadership Academy
 
Star Community Hub – Blackpool
Based at Highfield Leadership Academy.
Highfield Leadership Academy
 
Star Community Hub – Morecambe
Based at Bay Leadership Academy.
Bay Leadership Academy
 
Star Community Hub – Preston
Based at Eden Boys’ School, Preston.
Eden Boys’ School, Preston
The Olive School, Preston
 
Star Community Hub – TIBHS
Based at Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School.
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School
TIBHS is also hosting the following schools from outside the Star family: Brookhouse Primary School, Daisyfield Primary School, St Michael With St John CE Primary School and St Stephen’s CE Primary School.
 
Star Community Hub – TIGHS
Based at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College.
Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS)
The Olive School, Blackburn
TIGHS is also hosting the following schools from outside the Star family: Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy, St Luke & St Philip’s Primary School and Lammack Primary School.
 
London
Star Community Hub – Hackney
Based at The Olive School, Hackney.
The Olive School, Hackney
 
Star Community Hub – Slough
Based at Eden Girls’ School, Slough.
Eden Girls’ School, Slough
 
Star Community Hub – Waltham Forest
Based at Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest.
Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest
 
West Midlands
Star Community Hub – Birmingham North
Based at Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham.
Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham
Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East
 
Star Community Hub – Coventry
Based at Eden Girls’ School, Coventry.
Eden Girls’ School, Coventry
 
Star Community Hub – Small Heath
Based at The Olive School, Small Heath.
The Olive School, Small Heath
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham
The Olive School, Birmingham
Small Heath Leadership Academy
 
West Yorkshire
Star Community Hub – Thornbury
Based at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy.
Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy
Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford
Laisterdyke Leadership Academy
 
Star Community Hub – Tong
Based at Tong Leadership Academy.
Tong Leadership Academy
Tong is also hosting the following schools from outside the Star family: St John’s CE Primary, Carrwood Primary School and St Columba’s Catholic Primary School.
 
Partner hubs
The provision for critical key workers and vulnerable pupils for the following Star schools is being hosted at local partner schools:
High Crags Primary Leadership Academy – hosted at Low Ash Primary School.
Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy – hosted at Lapage Primary School.

Home learning

Your child’s academy will continue to provide home learning resources to cover the period until schools re-open. If you have any questions about the resources or require support, please email the school and they will respond as quickly as possible.

Advice for parents

The government has produced new guidance for parents and carers during the closure of schools. It is available here. The government advice is clear: if it is at all possible for your child to be at home, then they should be.  

Free school meals

We are committed to ensuring that pupils who are entitled to benefits-related free school meals continue to receive this support, even if they are no longer attending school due to the coronavirus outbreak. We have put temporary arrangements in place for all our eligible pupils, which will remain in place until the Government’s national scheme is introduced. All of our academies have written to parents with information about eligibility and the arrangements. If you have any questions, please email your child’s academy.

Update (31 March 2020): The Government has now published details of the national scheme. We are in the process of joining the scheme and will be contacting parents and carers of all eligible pupils to inform them about the new arrangements.

Support for Star families

We recognise that some of our families may struggle to afford everyday essentials over the coming weeks, particularly those who are self-isolating. If you require support with the cost of food and other essential items for your family during this difficult time, please email info@staracademies.org and include your child’s name and school. We are here to support the Star family through this difficult time and will try to support you as best we can.

Examinations

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that there will be no external examinations, including all GCSE, AS levels, A levels and vocational qualifications, or primary assessments this year. The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives. This means ensuring that all students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. The Government has published details of how GCSE, AS level and A level grades will be awarded, which is available here.

We have written to parents of all pupils in Year 11 and Year 13 to provide further information, which is available here.

How to stay safe

Coronavirus symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a:

  • High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

How to protect yourself and others

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any symptoms of coronavirus
  • If you are in a high-risk category, stay at home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact for 12 weeks.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Everyone must follow the latest Government advice on staying at home and away from others.

Please follow the latest NHS advice at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government guidance

The following Government guidance includes important advice on how to keep yourself and others safe.

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

The government and health advice is being updated regularly, so please check www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk for the latest guidance.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

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