This page has been created to centralise information provided to parents, students and staff regarding COVID-19.
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The secretary of state has asked schools to reopen for all students after the 1st September 2020. The DfE has provided detailed guidance for schools to support this policy (see link below).
HBHS have created a fully risk assessed operational plan that responds to all the guidance and sets out how we will start to educate all HBHS students in September. The decisions made for the opening are in the best interests of staff and students, putting safety first in all instances.
1) COVID-19 : 'What I Need to Do.' A Parent's Guide
2) COVID-19 : 'Test & Trace'. A Parent's Guide
3) COVID-19 : 'HBHS COVID-19 Protocol - Students'
4) COVID-19 : 'HBHS COVID-19 Protocol - Staff'
We have received the following information from Stagecoach regarding bus services in the new academic year. PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHOOL BUSES WILL BE ENTERING THE SCHOOL SITE AS USUAL
NO CHANGE WILL BE ISSUED ON BUSES
As you get your kids ready to return to school, we know you’ll have some concerns about what might be different for them when they use the bus.
At this difficult time our priority is to protect the safety of your children, our passengers and colleagues. We’ve been listening carefully to feedback on what extra steps we can take to help people feel safe onboard our buses. One of the measures we’ve taken is to minimise cash handling by not issuing change on the bus. To confirm, we are continuing to accept cash on our buses, but our drivers are unable to give change back. Any overpayments are donated to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Some of you will have purchased a KCC pass for your child, this can be scanned on the bus as usual. However we know some of you didn’t want to commit to a long term ticket in such uncertain times.
Don’t worry, we still have lots of options for you.
Thanks for bearing with us on this.
The government require all passengers using public transport aged 11 years or more, to wear a face-covering unless medically exempt. Our drivers will remind passengers of this requirement, but it is the responsibility of your child to comply. Our drivers will not refuse travel or apply any enforcement measures, but we appeal to students and parents to ensure that this is taken seriously and that a face-covering is worn at all times when on the bus.
BUS SERVICE LEVELS
We'll be running our usual complement of school day bus services from September. We have a range of measures in place to ensure our buses are clean, safe and ready to help get children to and from school from the start of term.
Discussions are ongoing between bus operators, KCC and the DfT about school transport arrangements, including how government capacity guidelines will apply and the impact this may have on available capacity. We're working very closely with the County Council on planning for this and we're ready to do all we can to make sure your children can travel safely by bus.
We're urging everyone to check our service information web page for the latest timetable and service information. https://www.stagecoachbus.com/SECovid19
The school has been contacted by Southeastern, who have asked that we pass on the following information regarding the use of rail services for travel to and from school in the new academic year. If your child uses the train to travel to school, please ensure they are familiar with the rules in place. These documents can be downloaded by clicking the image
Electronic Vouchers for Free School Meals
If your child is eligible for free school meals you will have already received an email informing you that vouchers will be provided electronically and requesting a reply giving consent for your email address to be used for this purpose. Emails were sent to email addresses held on the school’s system. If you have not received the email please look in your junk folder, if after checking, you still have not received the email you may need to provide us with your current email address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to update it.
Vouchers will be provided on a weekly basis and will cover term time days at a rate of £3 per eligible child per day. For vouchers covering term time days following the Easter Holiday you will receive an email from Edenred the scheme operator containing an eCode which you can then redeem for an eGift card. The first email you receive from Edenred is expected to be during week commencing 13 April. Further information can be found here Please download FAQs
Update 18 May
Edenred have fulfilled our latest order for £60 per student and parents should receive an email containing an Ecode today.
The NHS has a dedicated website with information on how COVID-19 spreads and how to avoid infection; plus NHS advice for anyone who thinks they may have symptoms or who might have been exposed to the virus when travelling: Please click here for NHS 111
The Department of Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
|Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
For the latest information from Public Health England regarding COVID-19, Please click here
Public Health England have a comprehensive list of guidance that can be found here : Please click here for Public Health England