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鑑於Joseph Chamberlain College 持續關閉，校董會決定繼續遙距教學，直至學期結束為止。新學年報名招生將於2020年9月19日及26日舉行。
在新冠病毒疫症 (COVI-D-19) 流行期間，我們能夠在網上提供高質素的教學，確保每個學生的進步對他們的新學年有所幫助，得到家長和老師的好評。同時，我們按照教育部的指示辦好GCSE和A Level班的學生評估，以確保他們在公開考試應達到的等級。為配合政府的抗疫措施，我們今年不打算舉行結業典禮，但會發布年終學業報告，並獎勵成績優異的學生。對每個人來說，新冠病毒疫症期間是一段艱難時期，校董會詳細考慮後，決定凍結學費，並減收重返學生的費用，新學年學費如下：
•AS / AL-所有學生£240。
•一月入學–非考試班 £150；考試班 £160；舞蹈班 £110。
鉴于Joseph Chamberlain College 持续关闭，校董会决定继续遥距教学，直至学期结束为止。新学年将于2020年10月3日开始。
在新冠病毒疫症 (COVI-D-19) 流行期间，我们能够在网上提供高质素的教学，确保每个学生的进步对他们的新学年有所帮助，得到家长和老师的好评。同时，我们按照教育部的指示办好GCSE和A Level班的学生评估，以确保他们在公开考试应达到的等级。为配合政府的抗疫措施，我们今年不打算举行结业典礼，但会发布年终学业报告，并奖励成绩优异的学生。对每个人来说，新冠病毒疫症期间是一段艰难时期，校董会详细考虑后，决定冻结学费，并减收重返学生的费用，新学年学费如下：
•AS / AL-所有学生£240。
•一月入学–非考试班 £150；考试班 £160；舞蹈班 £110。
School Notice and Update--31/05/2020
Due to the continuing closure of Joseph Chamberlain College, the Board of Governors has decided to continue teaching and learning remotely until the end of school term. The new academic year will start on the 3rd October 2020.
During the COVID pandemic, we have been able to deliver quality teaching online with good feedback from parents and teachers alike, making sure that the progress each student made will benefit their learning when they return next year. At the same, we followed Education Department’s instructions to complete GCSE and A Level class assessment, ensuring that students achieve the grade in the open examination that they truly deserve.
In line with the COVID public health policy, we are not planning to hold a speech day this year. However, we will issue end of year school reports and award outstanding students in recognition of their excellent work.
We recognise that COVID is a hard time for everyone. Having carefully considered its impact, we have decided to freeze the current school fees and reduce payment for the returning pupils. The fee structure for the next academic year is set out below.
- Non-exam class – £170 (returning students); if returning pupil is repeating the year, then £160 as no textbook will be provided; £205 (new students).
- GCSE – £205 (returning students); £240 (new students)
- AS/AL – £240 for all students.
- Dance class – £110 (returning students); £160 for newcomers.
- January in-take – £150 for non-exam class; £160 for exam class; £110 for dance class
We will continue to take care of education, health and well-being of all our students. In the new school year, we will take effective measures to ensure the student’s health and safety. We look forward to welcoming you back to school in September and take this opportunity to thank you for your support.
鑑於疫情仍然嚴峻，政府宣佈延長家居令三個星期，本校原定在復活節假期後開課，但由於政府加長居家令及停學指令尚未取消，本校必須跟從政府的指令繼續停學至 5 月 7 日，本校會繼續跟進政府的抗疫指令。如果政府再有新的指令或有復校的日期，本校會在網頁公佈。另外，校董會亦決定取消本學年的終期考試。
在停學期間，本校希望學生可以繼續學習中文，所以老師會在 4 月 25 日開始, 每星期用電郵方式發放一段視頻及功課給學生，學生可以在視頻跟隨老師學習中文，觀看視頻後，學生可以在家中做功課。學生完成功課後，請把功課紙以電郵或電話拍照的方法交給老師，老師檢查功課後會給予評分。
如果在此學期完結前，政府仍未取消居家令及停學指令，老師會以學生之前在課堂的表現，測驗，功課 (包括停學前及 4 月 25 日後的家課)及之前的考試作為計算此學年的總成績依據。
Due to the government’s announcement to extend the lockdown for a further three weeks, our school has decided to keep the school closed at least until 7th May 2020. We will continue to follow the government’s policies and keep you update about the re-opening date on our website. As a result of the school closure and the pupils’ safety, the Governor Board has decided to cancel the final term examination this year.
While the school is remaining closed, our school would like our students to continue learning Chinese.
From 25th April 2020 onward, our teachers will send a short video and homework once a week via email to the students. The teachers will demonstrate their lesson in a video, the students are required to finish the homework and return it to their teachers by email or picture using their mobile phones.
The teachers will mark the homework and give comments/marks accordingly.
If our school is unable to re-open during the remaining period of this term, our teachers will use the following materials as an assessment and predict the students’ final grades for this academic year: (i) class performance, (ii) previous test results (iii) homework (including the homework before school
closure and after 25th April 2020), and (iv) examinations which are taken during this academic year.
In order to comply with the government’s policy to control the spread of the virus, our school has been closed for several weeks. However, our school is determined to try our best and use our limited resources to provide learning materials to our students during this challenging time. We also
understand that parents have paid school fees at the beginning of this academic year with an expectation that their children can learn Chinese in a school environment. Unfortunately due to these special circumstances, the school must follow the government’s advice and close the school. Our
school appreciates your support and co-operation, in order to be fair to the parents, the governor board is considering one-off school fee reduction next academic year for the returning students. We will announce the details of the new school fees and new academic school year on our website in due
鑑于疫情仍然严峻，政府宣布延长家居令三个星期，本校原定在复活节假期後开课，但由于政府加长居家令及停学指令尚未取消，本校必须跟从政府的指令继续停学至 5 月 7 日，本校会继续跟进政府的抗疫指令。如果政府再有新的指令或有复校的日期，本校会在网页公布。另外，本校的校董会亦决定取消本学年的终期考试。
在停课期间，本校希望学生可以继续学习中文，所以老师会在 4 月 25 日開始每星期用电邮方式发放一段视频及功课给学生，学生可以在视频跟随老师学习中文，观看视频後，学生可以在家中做功课。学生完成功课後，请把功课纸以电邮或电话拍照的方法交给老师，老师检查功课後会给予评分。
如果在此学期完结前，政府仍未取消居家令及停学指令，老师会以学生之前在课堂的表现，测验，功课 (包括停学前及 4 月 25 日後的家课)及之前的考试作为计算此学年的总成绩依据。
緊急通告 Emergency Notice 13/03/2020
鑑於新型冠狀病毒正在社區擴散，Joseph Chamberlain College (JCC) 通知本校因它們未能完全執行場地的防疫措施，確保所有人的安全，需要暫停星期六學校，體育中心及其他場地租用，直到復活節假期結束為止。因它們未能完全執行對新冠病毒的防疫措施，確保所有人的安全。
我們於3月21日開始停課，暫定復課日期為4月25日，但須視乎到時情況而定。若JCC更新校舍開放日期，我們將以電郵通知家長 / 監護人，請通知老師更新閣下電郵通訊地址，並留意學校網站http://birminghamchineseschool.org/wp/ 的最新消息。不便之處，敬請見諒！
鉴于新型冠状病毒正在社区扩散，Joseph Chamberlain College (JCC) 通知本校因它们未能完全执行场地的防疫措施，确保所有人的安全，需要暂停星期六学校，体育中心及其他场地租用，直到复活节假期结束为止。因它们未能完全执行场地的防疫措施，确保所有人的安全。
In view of the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, Joseph Chamberlain College (JCC) notified our school their decision to suspend Saturday schools, sports centre and other venues hire until the end of the Easter holiday as they cannot put sufficient controls in place for the COVID-19 prevention and ensure the safety of everyone in school.
We will suspend classes from 21/03/2020 until 25/04/2020, the latter is subject to change. Should there be any new development or changes from JCC, we will inform parents / guardians by email. Please notify the teachers and keep your registered email address with the school up-to-date and refer to our school website http://birminghamchineseschool.org/wp/for the latest advice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to you.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Please be vigilant and practise good hand and respiratory hygiene to help reduce the transmission of illness in the community.
Board of Governors
COVID-19: guidance for educational settings
This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:
- the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,
- how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19,
- what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting, and
- what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from specified countries or areas within the last 14 days, including school trips
With regards to travel information for specified countries/areas for pupils or students resident or boarding in the UK, we recommend following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) country advice pages.
1. Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
2. How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions) containing the virus are most likely to be the most important means of transmission.
There are 2 routes by which people could become infected:
- secretions can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or could be inhaled into the lungs
- it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching own face).
There is currently no good evidence that people who do not have symptoms are infectious to others.
3. Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
- see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.
PHE has a suite of materials that contains public health advice about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like those that cause COVID-19, by practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene. To access, download and share this information you will need to register for an account which only takes a couple of minutes.
Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.
People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).
4. What to do if children, pupils, students or staff become unwell and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 (either through travel to a specified country or area or contact with a confirmed case)
Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk), and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. People who become unwell should be advised not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
Whilst you wait for advice from NHS 111 or an ambulance to arrive, try to find somewhere safe for the unwell person to sit which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If possible, find a room or area where they can be isolated behind a shut door, such as a staff office or meeting room. If it is possible to open a window, do so for ventilation. They should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects and be advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the bin. If no bin is available, put the tissue in a bag or pocket for disposing in a bin later. If you don’t have any tissues available, they should cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow. The room will need to be cleaned once they leave.
If they need to go to the bathroom whilst waiting for medical assistance, they should use a separate bathroom if available.
Make sure that children and young people know to tell a member of staff if they feel unwell.
5. What to do if a case of COVID-19 (pupil, student or staff) is suspected in your childcare or education setting
If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited. There is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home. As a precautionary measure, the NHS are currently testing a very large number of people who have travelled back from affected countries, the vast majority of whom test negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that staff members need to take apart from cleaning specific areas (section 13) and disposing of waste (section 14).
Once the results arrive, those who test negative for COVID-19 will be advised individually about return to education.
6. What to do if a case of COVID-19 (pupil, student or staff) is confirmed in your childcare or education setting
The childcare or educational setting will be contacted by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken. An assessment of each childcare or education setting will be undertaken by the Health Protection Team with relevant staff. Advice on the management of pupils or students and staff will be based on this assessment.
The Health Protection Team will also be in contact with the patient directly to advise on isolation and identifying other contacts, and will be in touch with any contacts of the patient to provide them with appropriate advice. Advice on cleaning of communal areas such as classrooms, changing rooms and toilets will be given by the Health Protection Team and is outlined later in this document.
If there is a confirmed case, a risk assessment will be undertaken by the educational establishment with advice from the local Health Protection Team. In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary but this will be a local decision based on various factors such as establishment size and pupil mixing.
7. What to do if pupils, students or staff in your institution are contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 who was symptomatic while attending your childcare or educational setting
The definition of a contact includes:
- any pupil, student or staff member in close face-to-face or touching contact including those undertaking small group work (within 2 metres of the case for more than 15 minutes)
- talking with or being coughed on for any length of time while the individual is symptomatic
- anyone who has cleaned up any bodily fluids of the individual
- close friendship groups
- any pupil, student or staff member living in the same household as a confirmed case, or equivalent setting such as boarding school dormitory or other student accommodation
Contacts are not considered cases and if they are well, they are very unlikely to have spread the infection to others, however:
- they will be asked to self-isolate at home, or within their boarding school dormitory room, for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the confirmed case and follow the home isolation advice sheet
- they will be actively followed up by the Health Protection Team
- if they develop any symptoms within their 14-day observation period they should call NHS 111 for assessment
- if they become unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath they will be tested for COVID-19
- if they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of potential contact with COVID-19
- if they are unwell at any time within their 14-day observation period and they test positive for COVID-19 they will become a confirmed case and will be treated for the infection
Family and friends who have not had close contact (as listed above) with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities such as attending childcare or educational settings or work, unless they become unwell. If they become unwell, they should call NHS 111 and explain their symptoms and discuss any known contact with the case to consider if they need further assessment.
If a confirmed case occurs in an educational setting the local Health Protection Team will provide you with advice and will work with the headteacher, principal and or management team of that setting. Outside those that are defined as close contacts, the rest of the school does not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities attending educational establishments or work as usual, unless they become unwell. If they become unwell they will be assessed as a suspected case depending on their symptoms. This advice applies to teaching staff and children in the rest of the class who are not in a close friendship group or children undertaking small group work. The decision as to whether pupils, students and staff fall into this contact group or the closer contact group will be made between the Health Protection Team, the educational setting and (if they are old enough) the student. Advice should be given as follows:
- if they become unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath they will be asked to self-isolate and should seek medical advice from NHS 111
- if they are unwell at any time within the 14 days of contact and they are tested and are positive for COVID-19 they will become a confirmed case and will be treated as such.
8. What to do if pupils, students or staff in your childcare or educational setting have travelled from any Category 1 specified country/area in the past 14 days
If an individual falls into this category, contact NHS 111 for further advice:
- if they are currently well, they should self-isolate for 14 days and you should follow the advice as above for contacts of confirmed cases in the educational setting
- if they become unwell please call NHS 111 immediately for them to be assessed by an appropriate specialist. You should follow the advice as above for contacts of confirmed cases in the educational establishment. If they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of recent travel to risk areas for COVID-19
9. What to do if a pupil, student or staff member has travelled from a Category 2 specified country/area in the last 14 days
If they are currently well:
- they are advised to self-isolate only if they develop symptoms
- they can continue to attend work or education
- they do not need to avoid contact with other people
- their family do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
- testing people with no symptoms for COVID-19 is currently not recommended
- it is useful to always take a mobile phone with them when they go out so that they can contact others if they do become unwell
If they become unwell:
- they should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with other flu viruses (see this home isolation advice sheet).
- they (or a family member, colleague or member of staff) should call NHS 111 immediately for them to be assessed by an appropriate specialist, as quickly as possible
- they should stay at home and should not attend work or education
- they should not go directly to their GP or other healthcare environment
- if they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of recent travel to risk areas for COVID-19
- see further information and the Public Health England Blog
10. What to do if pupils, students or staff return from travel anywhere else in the world within the last 14 days
Currently there are minimal cases outside the risk areas and therefore the likelihood of an individual coming into contact with a confirmed case is low.
There is no need to advise any of these pupils, student or staff to avoid normal activities or educational settings unless they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
If individuals are aware that they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should contact NHS 111 for further advice.
For the latest country specific information please visit NaTHNac Travel Pro.
11. School trips
Pupils, students and staff returning from school trips in specified countries/areas should follow the same advice as given above (sections 8, 9 and 10).
12. What to do with post, packages or food sent from specified countries/areas within the last 14 days
There is no need to change how you handle post, packages or food received from the affected regions. The virus does not survive well for long periods outside the body and so it is highly unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread through post or packages. It is highly unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread through food.
13. How to clean educational establishments where there were children, students or staff with suspected cases of COVID-19
Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a flu-like illness and include cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Once symptomatic, all surfaces that the suspected case has come into contact with must be cleaned using disposable cloths and household detergents, according to current recommended workplace legislation and practice.
- all surfaces and objects which are visibly contaminated with body fluids
- all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones
Public areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time in (such as corridors) but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids do not need to be specially cleaned and disinfected. If a person becomes ill in a shared space, these should be cleaned as detailed above.
14. What to do with rubbish in the educational establishment, including tissues, if children, students or staff become unwell with suspected COVID-19
All waste that has been in contact with the individual, including used tissues, and masks if used, should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. It should be put in a safe place and marked for storage until the result is available. If the individual tests negative, this can be put in the normal waste.
Should the individual test positive, you will be instructed what to do with the waste.
15. Tools for use in childcare and educational settings
Use e-Bug resources recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence to teach pupils about hygiene. Key sections that may be useful are:
15.1 KS1: Horrid Hands and Super Sneezes
15.2 KS2: Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene
15.3 KS3: Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene
Education Scotland produces resources for the use of schools in Scotland.