Please follow the link below for our latest update on Coronavirus:Coronavirus Update
Or click on the ‘News and Events’ heading and the ‘Coronavirus Update’ tab for the latest news from the Academy
11.00am - 25.03.2020 - Update for Parents and Carers
Unfortunately, even in these really difficult times, there are people who want to profit from the most vulnerable. Please be aware of scammers who are e-mailing parents and families around the country asking for bank account details so that free school meal payments can be made directly into bank accounts. THIS IS A SCAM. We have posted vouchers to the relevant families and if things change next term, parents will be contacted directly by Oakley School. Stay safe.
9.00am - 24.03.2020 - Update for Parents and Carers
Please click on the latest guidance below about staying at home and keeping your distance.
12noon - 23.03.2020 - Update for Parents and Carers
We continue to follow the latest guidance from the government and want to thank parents and carers who have responded by keeping "their children at home wherever possible" to minimise the risk to pupils and staff and their families of contracting or spreading Covid19.
We have a skeleton staff operating for those very few children who "absolutely need to attend".
10.45am - 23.03.2020 - DfE Guidance on Vulnerable Children & Young People
Please click on the link below for the latest guidance.
1.25pm - 20.03.2020 - Update for Oakley parents and carers
Please read the letter below and respond as soon as you can. Thank you.
4.00pm - 19.03.2020 - Update for Oakley parents and carers
Just to confirm that we are open as normal tomorrow; Friday, 20th March and will update you about next week as soon as we can.
6.15pm - 18.03.2020 - Update for Oakley parents and carers
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, Oakley School remains open at this time.
We are urgently seeking further clarification and guidance from Kent County Council (KCC) especially regarding our 'vulnerable learners’ and children of 'key workers'. We are reviewing our staffing provision daily particularly in light of the number of staff with school aged children of their own and/or who maybe self isolating.
We will continue to share information with you as we get it.
Please take of yourselves and your families.
9.30am - 18.03.2020 - Update for Oakley parents and carers
Thank you to all those families who have decided to self-isolate and have stayed in touch with us.
In order that we continue to keep our school community safe, we are postponing all Annual Reviews and Nursery Reviews scheduled this term i.e. between 19th and 31st March 2020. We will be in contact with parents and carers to reschedule these meetings in due course.
We will not be hosting any visitors/prospective parents/carers at this time.
After School Clubs will continue whilst the school remains open.
All college visits and work experience placements for Phase 4 students are currently suspended.
We are in the process of preparing home learning packs with links to relevant resources that can help your children in the event of a closure. Our teachers are still teaching those children who remain in school, however, we will also attempt to get home learning packs to those children who are already self-isolating.
17.03.2020 - Social Story for Oakley pupils
If you are looking for a way to explain the Coronavirus to your child and why they can't come into school, please try this social story, prepared by Becky our Speech and Language Therapist.
16.03.2020 - Letter to all parents and carers from Gordon Tillman, Executive Head
Please read the letter attached below for the latest advice and guidance.
13.03.2020 - Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
10.03.2020 - Coronavirus/Covid-19
Oakley School continues to receive and analyse daily updates from the Government, the Department for Education, Public Health England and the NHS. We also take advice and guidance from Kent County Council regarding the Coronavirus and steps necessary to respond to it.
The School will continue to monitor the situation very closely and carefully and make decisions based on that advice and guidance in order to keep everyone as safe as possible whilst managing a proportionate response to the situation.
02.03.2020 - Update from the Department for Education
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with the virus.
We can all help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
As a School we are following the above advice and are monitoring local and national guidance. If you would like to know the latest information and guidance, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public