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COVID19 - Coronavirus Update

Page last updated: 02/06/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please ensure you read all available links and guidance on this page, and those available on the DfE / Public Health and Essex County Council websites before making contact. Should your question(s) still not be answered, then please email schools.communication@essex.gov.uk​. Alternatively, if you need to speak to the DfE directly then use the following contact details:

  • Telephone Number - 0800 046 8687
  • Email - DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
  • (Opening hours 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
  • ​Please note: If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

​​​This page will be updated daily with the most recent communications sent from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education - see below. 

Different sets of Frequently Asked Questions have been put together which again, will be updated as and when new queries arise:

If you need to report a school closure, please log this (for every day you are closing) via the My School Page in the usual way. Further information can be found on the School Closures page. ​

There are a number of documents and resources also available for you:

Re-opening - guidance, information and resources to support preparations to reopen

Governors - information and guidance for governing bodies during the coronavirus outbreak

HR - ​guidance and resources for managing your workforce
Medical - ​supporting students with medical needs through closures
Mental Health and Wellbeing - ​support and advice for staff, students and families
Overarching - guidance, information and resources on various aspects of schooling and more during the coronavirus outbreak
Parent Information - information for parents and templates for you to use to communicate with them if needed
​Remote Learning - guidance, support and resources for remote learning for schools, students and families

Resources 

Safeguarding and SEN - ​information and resources to help ensure the safety and protection all students, as well as support for vulnerable children and children with SEND 

Any documents referred to in the below statements, can be found above in the list of resources.​

Latest email update from Clare Kershaw - Monday 1 June 2020

Latest DfE and ECC Guidance Update​s - 1 June 2020

Dear Colleague, 

I hope yesterday went okay for primary colleagues.  I am aware that many schools were closed to pupils yesterday, but will be re-opening to pupils from today – I wish you the very best of luck with today if that is your situation.  If you were opened to pupils yesterday, I hope the day went according to your plans.   I have raised the issue of the changes made to the daily attendance recording in my discussion with the DfE yesterday.

Today's communication focuses on the following topics:

  1. DFE Guidance Updates
    1. Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplication
    2. Critical Workers
    3. Implementing protective measures
    4. Actions for educational settings to prepare for wider opening
  2. Responding to a case of COVID19 in school
  3. HR FAQs
  4. Online safety guidance and resources
  5. Attendance coding

1. DFE Guidance Updates

    1. The Early Years Foundation Stage disapplication notice has been updated to include that progress checks at age 2 need not happen during the COVID19 response period.
    2. The following pieces of DFE guidance have been updated to reflect the decision to move forward with the wider opening of schools from 1st June. The guidance content has not otherwise been updated:
      1. Critical workers who can access educational provision
      2. Implementing protective measures
      3. Actions for educational settings to prepare for wider opening

​2. Responding to a case of COVID19 in school

Please see attached our guidance and FAQs around how to respond to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19 in school.

3. HR FAQs

Please see attached updated frequently asked questions in relation to HR and the wider opening of schools. These have been updated around shielding staff,  any refusal to work in response to union advice and staff going on holiday over the summer who will then have to quarantine.

4. Online safety guidance and resources

Please see attached updated guidance and resources around keeping children safe online.

5. Attendance coding

We have received some queries about attendance coding and in response to these please see the attached brief guidance.

​Many thanks and have a good day.

Clare