Updates & Important Information
3rd April, 2020 - Free School Meal Voucher Information
We will be continuing to issue weekly vouchers for all students who are eligible for free school meals, in the summer term. From Monday 20th April, the weekly value of the voucher will increase to £15, per eligible child. Parents and carers will be able to choose a supermarket to redeem their voucher. The following retailers will be available:
- Waitrose (John Lewis)
- M&S food
In order to receive your voucher, we will require an up to date email address. If we do not already have this information, please could you provide it via email@example.com. Please include your name in the email.
We will be sending out some additional information regarding the voucher scheme over the next week.
27th March, 2020 - Free School Meal Voucher Information
From next week, all students eligible for free school meals will receive a weekly voucher, this will be in replacement of hampers, which were delivered this week.
Parents/carers of these students will receive either a text message or an email with information and guidance on selecting a supermarket and how to redeem the voucher(s). Please note each child eligible will receive a voucher..
Please contact the school via main reception or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received an email/message by Tuesday morning.
Please ensure we have up to date contact details for you, otherwise this may result in a delay in you receiving your voucher.
If your child is in school from Monday 30th March, please ensure you provide them with a packed lunch each day, as our kitchens are no longer providing food. If you have any further questions regarding this, please email email@example.com
We are currently awaiting further national guidance regarding the Easter holidays, and will communicate updates as soon as possible.
24th March, 2020 - Collections are cancelled. Deliveries will be made
We would like to update you further following the government guidance issued yesterday.
We have cancelled the collections tomorrow to limit the number of people coming on to the school site. Instead, we will now be delivering hampers to homes from Wednesday morning. We have 180 homes to visit, so this may run on to Thursday morning, updates will be provided through our Facebook page. Click here to follow our Facebook page.
A massive thank you to all the staff who have volunteered to support.
Also, we have reduced the number of administration staff on site. Therefore, as of Thursday 26th March, school reception will now only be open to call between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, with a messaging service available at all other times. If you prefer to email please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
23rd March, 2020 - Free School Meals (Hampers)
Following our earlier communications regarding Food Provision Update, please note for students who are eligible for Free School Meals, hampers will be available for collection from Wednesday 25th March onwards. Due to the importance of social distancing at this time, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all, we have arranged specific allocated collection times as follows:
- If your child is in Year 7, 8, or 9 and is eligible for Free School Meals, please collect 10am – 11am from the Sports Hall
- If your child is in Year 10 or 11 and is eligible for Free School Meals, please collect 11am – 12pm from the Sports Hall.
Please note, hampers are to be signed for when collecting.
For those who are currently in self-isolation, we ask that you do not visit the school site.
Many thanks for your continued support.
23rd March, 2020 - Food Provision Update
We are committed to supporting our students and their families during this time, and are working closely with our catering provider to ensure that we continue to offer healthy food choices for our students.
Please click here to view the Food Provision Update, which gives further information regarding those students in receipt of Free School Meals and for those students in school, alternatively, this information has been sent to all parents via email.
20th March, 2020 - Critical Worker Survey Email
During the night the government finalised their plans for school closures built around key principles
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then the educational provision will be available for them.
The critical worker areas are:
- Health and Social Care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
- Food and other necessary goods
To manage in school staffing we are asking parents who work in Critical Worker areas complete this survey.
The guidance also states
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as for adults.
Please make sure you follow this guidance.
There is also a detailed information page for parents on the Department for Education Website
18th March, 2020 - Latest announcement from the Prime Minister
As many of you will have just seen the prime minister’s announcement; schools will be closed for a majority of students from when their doors close on Friday, and the summer exam series is cancelled.
We appreciate the uncertainty and turbulence this gives our students in year 11 and 13 and we want to reassure you we will do our very best to guarantee the best qualifications possible.
Baxter College will run as we have so far this week for the next 2 days and we will write to you again as soon as we receive more information. Thank you.
18th March, 2020 - Students currently studying at home
For those students currently studying at home, we would like to remind you that staff will continue to set work on Doddle and/or Google Classroom for your child to complete.
Should either you or your child experience any technical issues in accessing the work, please email the ICT support team at email@example.com. Please include your contact details in the email, as this will ensure our records are kept up to date.
Please remind your child to only email the teacher directly should they have a question regarding the work set.
If you or your child require any further information regarding the school day, please visit the school website or our Facebook page, where there are regular announcements and updates, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
17th March, 2020 - Venice Trip Guidance
Following the questions asked in the parent Venice visit survey, we have compiled a ‘frequently asked questions’ summary, please click here to view.
17th March, 2020 - Attendance Codes
We have received a number of questions regarding attendance coding, and the effect on student’s overall attendance. We have created guidance regarding attendance codes. Please click here to view the guidance on Attendance codes
17th March, 2020 - Self Isolation
As you will be aware, the Government have updated the guidance regarding self-isolation for individuals who are experiencing potential symptoms of Coronavirus, or individuals who are living with someone who is experiencing these symptoms.
Currently anyone experiencing symptoms, or living with someone experiencing symptoms should remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days.
Your child/children should remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days, along with other members of the household if:
- They are experiencing symptoms
- A member of their household is experiencing symptoms
The following links provide further information regarding the current Government guidance and symptoms.
17th March, 2020 - Venice Trip meeting cancelled
Following the Government guidance from the 16th March regarding the reduction of person to person contact, we are postponing our Italy Visit briefing tonight.
Thank you to the parents who have responded to the survey. Using the responses, we will be providing further information later today.
13th March, 2020 - Updating your contact details
In accordance with the latest information about COVID-19, it is imperative that we have your updated contact details. We send weekly emails and ad-hoc text messages; if you don’t receive these, we do not hold your correct contact information and you are needed to log on to your Arbor Parent Portal or phone the school on 01562 741524 to update your information.
Unless we advise otherwise, students are required to attend school and continue the extended hygiene measures as advised by the NHS.
Thank you for your support during this time.
13th March, 2020 - Venice Trip meeting
At Baxter College, we share the concerns of our parents and consequently, we have arranged a school meeting in the Theatre on Tuesday 17th March, 2020 at 5:15 PM for parents of students listed for the Venice trip to attend.
As the guidance is not time specific and whilst waiting for more clarification from the Foreign & Commonwealth office, we have composed a parent survey regarding the Venice trip. We would appreciate all the parents of students listed for the Venice trip to complete this survey as this will enable us to understand your views and concerns prior to the meeting.
Please see supporting documentation below:
12th March, 2020
Following the updated advice from the NHS, students need to stay at home if they have the symptoms of:
- a high temperature (37.80C or higher)
- a new continuous cough
If you feel that your child has either of these symptoms please keep that at home and notify the school through the normal route of absence reporting. When doing this please inform the attendance team that they are ‘self-isolating’. Our staff will set work for students who are having to do this so that their education is not significantly disrupted.
We will continue to provide updates, if you have any concerns please contact the school reception or email email@example.com
What we are doing...
To ensure we remain a safe and happy community, we have implemented strategies and resources throughout the school site to reinforce healthy practices to prevent the spread of infection.
In preparation for a potential school closure, teachers are making alternative provisions for learners to continue studying whilst at home to ensure the continuance of learning.
What you can do...
To prevent catching or spreading of infection, please do the following:
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
What to do if you think you might have coronavirus
If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:
stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next
The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.
This advice has been retrieved from the NHS website. For more information and support, please click here.
You can also visit the GOV.uk website for more information and support.
What advice we are taking...
SAET Coronavirus Statement
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting affected areas. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the areas affected and advice can be found by clicking here. To read the full SAET Coronavirus Statement, please click here.