Home Learning - COVID-19

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, school life continues to be very different to what we are all used to and this may continue yet for the weeks ahead. We are working hard to ensure that there is provision available for those families where there are key workers who need to work but also where we have agreed with families and social care that provision at school is required.

Parents and carers will continue  to receive separate communication to keep them updated and with information of how learning resources from teachers can be accessed for their young person at this time.  Learning packs are uploaded weekly to the individual class google drives and additional resources can be requested by contacting the school.  Teachers are also contacting families twice a week via emails.

Any questions or requests for support should be emailed to sch.610@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Keep safe and stay at home.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

 Please see below for information from gov.uk 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

School closures

We have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response - who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

While as many schools as possible should try to stay open for eligible pupils, this will not be possible for all settings and the local authority should coordinate pooling of resources so pupils are able to access provision elsewhere.

How are critical workers defined?

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place, so long as their job cannot be done from home.

Many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

How are vulnerable children defined?

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home. We will work with schools, colleges and local authorities to help identify the children who most need support at this time. Children and young people who would be at significant risk if their education, health and care provision and placement did not continue, namely those who could not safely be supported at home will be prioritised. Looking after these children will enable schools to support the country during challenging times.  .

How will the staffing support my young person to be in school?

Local authorities will need to work closely with educational settings – and in particular special schools and other specialist provision – to ensure sufficient provision is available across the local area. Local authorities and educational settings may need to redeploy staff (whether teachers, support staff or other critical workers) to ensure specialist schools and specialist colleges have sufficient workforce to operate safely, and may need to do this across the usual boundaries of maintained, academy, college or other status to ensure the right staff are in the right settings.

How are Free School Meals being provided?

Our catering team has prepared food parcels which are available to collect or be delivered.  All those who would usually receive free school meals have been contacted and have been able to access this service if they require it.  The government are currently developing a national approach to providing support through supermarket and shop vouchers. We will provide further details shortly.

How is the school following safeguarding procedures in keeping children safe?

The way schools and colleges are currently operating in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) is fundamentally different to business as usual, however, a number of important safeguarding principles remain the same:

  • ·       with regard to safeguarding, the best interests of children must always continue to come first
  • ·       if anyone in a school or college has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
  • ·       a DSL or deputy should be available
  • ·       it is essential that unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
  • ·       children should continue to be protected when they are online

We are sending emails twice a week from teachers to all families and for our more vulnerable learners we will also be in contact by phone.

Negative experiences and distressing life events, such as the current circumstances, can affect the mental health of pupils and their parents. Teachers should be aware of this in setting expectations of pupils’ work where they are at home. The department for education is providing separate guidance on providing education remotely.

In most cases, the majority of children will not be physically attending the school or college. It is important that all staff who interact with children, including online, continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk. Any such concerns should be dealt with as per the child protection policy and where appropriate referrals should still be made to children’s social care and as required the police.

Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

·        Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·        London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·        Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

·        Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·        Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

·        UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

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