Hastings School is part of the global Cognita family of schools. We are taking our responsibilities as a group very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of the Ministry of Health and local governments in Spain, holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops and using our learning from our schools in Asia to ensure we keep our children safe. From Wednesday 11th March, Hastings School is closed and our teachers and pupils are doing remote teaching and learning.
We’re managing our response in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed by our experience around the world. We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.
Currently, Hastings School is closed and our teachers and pupils are doing remote teaching and learning.
- 24th March 2020. Update from Pearson Qualifications on May/June 2020 exams.
- 23rd March 2020. Update from Cambridge International on May/June 2020 exams.
- 18th March 2020. State of Alarm Modification
- 16th March 2020. Announcement by Ministerio de Interior regarding the restoration of land border controls
- 14th March 2020. Governamental Royal Decree 463/2020 – State of Alarm.
- 9th March 2020. The Regional Government of Madrid announces the closure of the regional schools
- 6th March 2020. Letter from Germá Rigau, Cognita Spain Managing Director
WHAT WE’RE DOING
As a group, Cognita has taken a number of proactive steps to reduce the risk to our school communities:
- Travel ban to high-risk regions including requiring our staff to declare if they, or their families, are travelling overseas.
- Postponement or cancellation of trips to Italy. For trips to other parts of Europe and further afield, we are following Government advice and conducting our own detailed risk assessments.
- Risk-assess and restrict as necessary the exposure of pupils to significant numbers of other people, including avoiding large sports and entertainment events.
At Hastings, we have been preparing for this situation for a couple of weeks, anticipating that closure was a possibility and that it was of utmost importance that all our pupils in the progress with their learning. A remote learning protocol has been deployed with teachers providing home learning tasks to students by way of normal school communications.
The symptoms of coronavirus, as given by the Ministry of Health, are:
- A cough
- High temperature
- Shortness of breath
However, these symptoms are shared by many other illnesses such as cold and flu.
If you, your child or a member of your family begins to feel unwell with these symptoms, please stay at home and call 900 102 112 (Madrid).
Please also report these symptoms to the school along with details of any travel from the last 14 days.
WHO TO CONTACT
Parents and pupils should contact the school to report any symptoms, to ask any questions or to share any concerns:
- Neil Tetley, Principal
- Helen Ormerod, Assistant Principal & Head of Primary
- Jonathan Gunzi, Head of Secondary
A reminder that the email you can use for any queries directly related to the COVID-19 is as follows:
Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the coronavirus is now a public health emergency of international concern and the subsequent raising of the risk level in Spain, we have decided to cancel any private visit to schools and any Open Days until the school goes back to normal (the local government has announced that initially this will happen on the 26th March) to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and staff.
Thank you for helping us take all the appropriate precautions at this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Ministerio de Sanidad is advising that you may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to Spain from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.
These places can be seen here.
If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the 112 or local health service numbers.
The Spanish Government also has a regularly updated listed of countries and areas with implications for returning travellers. If you are concerned about any recent travel, you can visit this page.
The Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.
To help stop the virus from spreading:
- 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 – for at least 20 seconds
- Wash your hands with soap and water often and particularly after:
- breaks and sports activities
- before and after cooking or eating
- on arrival at any childcare or education setting
- after using the toilet
- before leaving and after returning home
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
The full advice poster can be found on the Government’s website.
There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:
- Ministerio de Sanidad
- World Health Organisation updates
- Guide from the charity Mind on how to talk to children about the outbreak
- BBC: How to talk to children about the outbreak
- Coronavirus overview
- Spain Government coronavirus updates
- World Health Organisation updates
- Travel advice for Coronavirus
- How to talk to children about the outbreak
- ITV coverage of the Cognita Response