How to use Arbor to prepare for school closures

James Weatherill - 19 March, 2020

Category : Blog

How to use Arbor to prepare for school closures

To all our Arbor schools and MATs, Our priority right now is to help you prepare for next week, following the Government announcement that all schools will close from Friday, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children. The Government also introduced measures to support those eligible for Free School Meals.  To make it

To all our Arbor schools and MATs,

Our priority right now is to help you prepare for next week, following the Government announcement that all schools will close from Friday, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children. The Government also introduced measures to support those eligible for Free School Meals. 

To make it as simple as possible for you to get the information you need, we’ve created one central article in our Help Centre with everything you need to know on using Arbor to react to the Covid-19 outbreak. To help you prepare for school closures, the article specifically explains how to:

  • Record & report on children of key workers, with the ability to bulk update records
  • Produce key demographic reports on: children with EHCP, child protection status, FSM children, and children of key workers at school and MAT level
  • Record, report and update staff and student absence 
  • Record whole or partial school closures 
  • Report on Y code absences

All of these features are live and available to use in Arbor now as you prepare for next week.

Coming soon: we’re updating our roadmap to focus on features designed to help you manage your school during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. We’re monitoring the news closely, including for any further updates around exams, so we can be responsive to schools’ needs as they arise. Each time we release a new feature we’ll update the same Help Centre article and email you to let you know too.

Our Support Team will be on hand to help you this weekend from 9am-12pm. We know that many of you may need to work on Saturday and Sunday to prepare for next week, so we’ll be available to support you both days by phone, email and web chat.

In the meantime, I hope you and the staff, students and parents at your school are coping as well as you can. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help – we’re all in this together.

All the best,

James

James Weatherill
CEO and Co-Founder, Arbor Education