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01.06.2020 - Update from Sam Perryman, Head of School
Please click on the document below to read the latest communication from Sam Perryman, Head of School.
22.05.2020 - E-mail update from Sam Perryman, Head of School
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you are keeping well.
This week I have written to all Parents and Carers who indicated on their questionnaire that they would like their children to attend school in Term 6. You will appreciate we have not been able to allocate places to all families who requested it and I appreciate how difficult this will be for some families. Please be reassured we are continually reviewing the situation and will increase our pupil and staff numbers as soon as it is safe to do so.
For those families who will continue to be Home Learning next term your child’s Class Teacher will continue to set work and remain in contact with you. I would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish you a safe half term break.
Very best wishes
Head of School
19.05.2020 - E-mail update from Sam Perryman, Head of School
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you are keeping well - my thoughts have been with you all.
Thank you for your responses to the Parent and Carer Questionnaire. The Leadership Team, with the support of the Governing Body, have agreed that we will initially be prioritising places for our pupils who have the most significant need at this time (family circumstances, vulnerable children and where parents or carers are Key Workers). I am committed to ensuring we keep our pupils and staff safe, therefore, we will not be able to meet everyone’s requests for places from 1st June at this time. We are also expecting another announcement from the Government on 28th May with further guidance for schools and will also need to consider how we respond to any additional information.
The current plan is to limit class sizes in an attempt to adhere to social distancing and I would like to stress again we will not be able to guarantee social distancing for our pupils (& staff) due to the complexities of pupils needs. In order to meet the Governments guidelines we will have to make changes to your child’s usual school routines, this includes changes to their classrooms, staff and parent/transport drop off and collection arrangements.
For those families who have decided to keep their child at home next term, please continue to stay in contact with your child’s Class Teacher, we will be continuing with our Home Learning Programme for next term.
The school will be closed for all pupils during the half term break to ensure we have made the necessary changes and put into place the new measures to keep pupils and staff safe. I will be in contact again with you in due course with further details and arrangements for next term.
Thank you for your continued support, we are all doing the very best we can during a very challenging time.
Keep safe and well, very best wishes
13.05.2020 - Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
The Local Authority has seen an increase in distress in young people, specifically 10 to 16 who are feeling socially isolated and may be struggling with conflict or relationship difficulties at home. In addition, we know that young people who display behaviours associated with neurodevelopment conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or ADHD are likely to find it more difficult to recognise their distress and access support associated with their wellbeing.
Action is being taken across schools, health services and social care to try to identify young people who
may be particularly vulnerable to emotional distress at this time. However, we would like to draw
your attention to a range of support available to young people and their families.
If families or children are not sure what support is needed, then they can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 4496 to talk through what information, advice and support might be appropriate. This is also the number to call if a child needs urgent mental health support.
For people of all ages needing immediate mental health support, just text the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign.
Other services that young people can access directly are:
Please reach out, please don't think you are on your own. If you don't want to access the services above or would like some support to do so, please get in touch either with your child's Class Teacher or contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leaders.
12.05.2020 - Parent/Carer Questionnaire
Following the Government's announcement earlier this week and Sam, Head of School's letter yesterday, please find below a link to a questionnaire to help us with our planning. Please complete and submit the questionnaire by 5pm on Monday, 18th May. If you have more than one child at Oakley, please complete a separate questionnaire for each child.
07.05.2020 - Oakley School VE Day - It’s good to talk
This week’s Team have kept the mantle going and have made a wonderful video to say “Thank you to our heroes past and present. There is no need to feel alone. It's good to talk. Happy V E Day”. Just click on the following link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/DX5Rvm46eIU
01.05.2020 - Oakley School Mash Up!
Last week’s staff team started a little healthy and good humoured competition, and this week’s team picked up the mantle, making another amazing video for all our children and families to enjoy. https://youtu.be/sbafS6egn00
24.04.2020 - Oakley School NHS Rainbow: We’re all in this together
To show our support for NHS staff and Key workers around the UK, staff at Oakley School have been busy making a special surprise for everyone this week. We hope you enjoy watching our video as much as we enjoyed making it. Stay safe and well.
21.04.2020 - Resources to support our Parents and Carers
Its a tricky time for everyone at the moment, with so many parents and carers having to home school and provide support and care for loved ones 24/7, it is important to look after yourselves. We hope the links in the document below, might help.
17.04.2020 - Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy - Addendum, Covid-19
As part of our risk assessment of the current situation, we have written an additional section to our Child Protection & Safeguarding policy. The safety of our School Community remains paramount, so if you have any child protection or safeguarding concerns, please get in touch!
14.04.2020 - Letter for Parents and Carers
Please read the letter below from Sam Perryman, Head of School.
09.04.2020 - Updated handwashing advice from the DfE
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
09.04.2020 - NHS Covid19 Guidance for Parents & Carers
The NHS has asked us to share the document below with all parents and carers.
06.04.2020 - Free School Meals (FSM) Vouchers
Over the weekend the government decided that the FSM vouchers would also be available to families for the Easter break. We have today therefore processed our request for vouchers; £15 per week, per child. The majority of the vouchers will be sent directly from the DfE to parents' e-mail addresses, with instructions of how to redeem the voucher. We will post vouchers to home addresses for those parents for whom we don't have an e-mail address. Please e-mail email@example.com if you need any help accessing the vouchers, and we will do our very best to help.
02.04.2020 - Helpline launched to support vulnerable people in Kent
A new 24 hour helpline has been launched to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication; Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council (KCC). The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people. The service can be accessed at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 419292.
REMINDER: Kent Police has raised concern that some children and young people are continuing to socialise and has asked schools to remind parents of the social distancing advice; particularly that children should not be socialising with their peers.
01.04.2020 - DfE Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health & wellbeing
Please click on the link below to read the government guidance.
31.03.2020 - DfE Update on Free School Meals Vouchers
The government has shared guidance for schools on how to access vouchers for those children who are entitled to FSM, but who are not in school due to the current situation (please see below). FSM entitlement is term time only so we will be making sure we have access to the DfE system in good time for families to get these vouchers from the beginning of Term 5. Please also take note of the horrible scam that seems to be operating - Oakley School will obtain the vouchers on behalf of our families and will send an e-voucher via e-mail or post an actual voucher/gift card to home addresses - we will NOT be asking our families for their bank details. Please stay safe.
30.03.2020 - Letter for Parents and Carers
Please read the end of term letter below from Sam Perryman, Head of School.
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.
24.03.2020 - Update for Parents and Carers
Please click on the latest guidance below about staying at home and keeping your distance.
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".
23.03.2020 - DfE Guidance on Vulnerable Children & Young People
Please click on the link below for the latest guidance.
20.03.2020 - Update for Oakley parents and carers
Please read the letter below and respond as soon as you can. Thank you.
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.
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.
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