Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is closely monitoring the national and local situation and is following the official guidance from Public Health England. We receive daily updates from Public Health and we are liaising closely with our colleagues in Local Authorities.
We have been updating our plans as to how we will respond to the potential detection and spread of the Coronavirus. This includes how we will manage either a partial closure of a school or schools due to staff absence, or closure of our schools if directed to do so by Public Health.
GOV.UK advice page Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Letters from the Trust's CEO
Link to CEO's update on the Coronavirus sent to all our parents, carers, staff, governors and trustees on 18 March 2020 - https://horizonstrust.org.uk/news/2020-03-18/update-on-the-coronavirus-or-covid-19 and letter to parents and carers of 15 May 2020 https://horizonstrust.org.uk/news/2020-05-19/ceo-letter-to-parents-and-carers
Each of the Trust's academies has its own web page dedicated to information and guidance related to the Coronavirus, and also providing resources and links to websites for those students who are not in school, as follows:
- Abbey Hill Academy
- Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
- Green Gates Academy
- Hollis Academy
- Mo Mowlam Academy
- Westlands Academy
Free School Meals
The Department for Education (DfE) have developed a national voucher scheme to provide supermarket vouchers to family of pupils staying at home who eligible for free school meals. If you thing you are eligible, or become eligible for free school meals during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please see links below to the national free school meals application site, along with information on Local Authority websites for Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Clevelamd.
National website for applications for free school meals: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Stockton Borough Council: https://www.stockton.gov.uk/children-and-young-people/schools/school-meals/
Middlesbrough Borough Council: https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/free-school-meals
Redcar & Cleveland Council: https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/resident/schools-and-learning/advice/Pages/Free-School-Meals.aspx