Dear Parent/ Carer
We are sure that you are all aware the HM Government last week announced that we are moving from the contain phase to the delay phase of their strategy. As we said in our last letter we will continue to follow advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Public Health England (PHE) which can be found here.
This introduces important changes and guidance that parents and school have to follow. These will create some disruption to our normal way of life however as was outlined yesterday they are important to ensure the safety of the public as a whole.
If a student has either:
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- a new continuous cough
they should stay at home for seven days and avoid all but essential contact with others (self-isolation), to slow the spread of the infection. This means that they should not be out of the house during this period. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation 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.
Practically for us as a school this will also mean that we will have to change the way that we deal with students who present to our School Office with either of these symptoms. Where students present with these symptoms we will make contact with you and they will need to be collected from school quickly and then go into self- isolation for a period of seven days.
If your child is going to be absent from school can we ask you to continue to ring the absence line on 01661 833215 (Press 1, If school is closed) When leaving a message please be specific about what is wrong with your son/ daughter and if they are going to be absent for a seven day period (self-isolation) due to the symptoms outlined above.
HM Government also changed their guidance around overseas school trips which can be found here. The advice currently states that foreign trips are advised not to take place until further notice. We will be speaking to the tour companies for our visit to France, which will take a little time, and will contact those of you who have booked to go in due course. This advice does not apply to trips within the UK, however as the situation develops we will need to review risk assessments for these trips and will keep those involved fully informed about these also.
In addition to the measures outlined above we have also taken the decision as a trust, and with the support of our PE Department, that we are not going to take part in sports fixtures until further notice. This is to reduce contact between students from other schools for non-essential activities and will not impact on PE lessons.
Pupils have been shown instructional videos about how to effectively wash their hands and the daily episodes of Newsround watched during afternoon registration are currently focussing on cleanliness and age appropriate information regarding the virus. Additional daily cleaning methods have been put in place by the cleaning staff, including disinfecting all table surfaces, chair backs and tops, door handles and push plates and PC keyboards.
However, school remains open and we will endeavour to maintain the day to day operation of the school. This week’s Wizard of Oz performances will go ahead as planned, as this will only involve our students and their relatives being on site. If you have already purchased a ticket we hope to see you there, however we would understand if you feel unable to attend.
Further to yesterday’s information regarding access to work from home, we have now ensured that all pupils know their School360 login details. Once they login they can access virtual classrooms in to which work will be assigned. As they login to each classroom they will need to enter the following codes, as prompted in School360. For example, all maths/numeracy work, will be placed in the ‘OMS Numeracy’ classroom, with a reference to the class teachers name, for example ‘Mrs Kemp, Year 6, Numeracy [Date]’. In some instances pupils may be directed to other sites such as MyMaths, times table rockstars and spell zone to complete their work. Pupils have their passwords for these sites in their homework diaries.
Classroom Class Code
OMS Literacy ehxsncy
OMS Numeracy zg4nohm
OMS Science ac6osy4
OMS Humanities srw33lw
OMS ICT witn6g4
OMS Languages l7tlc74
OMS RE nisiu46
OMS TECH 2s5qcke
OMS Art ouiqbgw
If you do not have access to IT facilities at home, please advise us and we will endeavour to provide paper based work in the event of a closure.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support and ask for your understanding and compliance with the new measures announced yesterday as we recognise that they may cause significant disruption to normal family life, but they are essential.
Finally, as this situation evolves we will continue to follow any updated advice and communicate this to you.
Mr Ian Lakey