Yesterday we reopened school to Reception class, alongside childcare for key worker children. We tried to make it as positive experience as possible for those children in attendance. School does look and feel very different and our new way of working will take a while to get used to. We will be opening to Year 1 pupils from Thursday. Please see the previous post about arrangements for dropping off etc.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the Government announcements yesterday evening and today regarding the possibility of schools returning from 1st June for certain year groups, I wanted to reassure you on a number of points.
This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the DoWMAT team and all of our academies for your support since the closure of schools to the vast majority of children, on the 20th March.
There is a lot of concern around what the children have access to whilst they are online. Being at home and accessing content is a lot less safer than at school because of the systems that we have in place to make it secure. Please visit Parent Zone for some support with online safety and our page on this website.
I've included some advice and support links below should you need any help that we can't offer:
Foodbanks - we are able to refer families who need support from the Foodbank. Please email: [email protected]
Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau - you can contact for advice through these methods:
Text on 0743 461 3625 stating (i) your name (ii) your postcode (iii) the type of advice needed (for example DEBT, HOUSING, BENEFITS, or OTHER). They will then call you back on your mobile phone.
Telephone Advice - call 03444 111 444. Lines open 10:00 am till 4:00 pm
(this will cost the same as calling any 01 or 02 number)
Turn2us Coronavirus support - https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
Entitledto - https://www.entitledto.co.uk/
We have published a selection of resources to support children with SEND during this period of self isolation. They can be found by clicking on this link or visiting the SEND page of this website. Please be in touch if you need anymore support.
I hope you all had a good Easter and that everyone is well. I'm really happy to say that we are reopen for specific children. It seems that some of our staff have had COVID-19 but I'm pleased to say that they're all making a recovery. Please remember that we are closely following all guidance given to us regarding child care arrangement during this tricky time. To book, please email [email protected]
The Department of Education has produced Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Department for Education has produced Guidance on Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers which they are updating as and when necessary.
Yesterday this was updated to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Fire Safety - from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
You should have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home. They give you vital time to ‘get out, stay out and call 999’ if ever you’re unlucky enough to have a fire. And it’s crucial that you test them regularly – we advise once a week.
With more people staying at home, we are asking everyone to be extra careful, to avoid fires happening in the first place…some top tips
Whenever possible, especially when you’re asleep, keep all internal doors closed. This helps to stop fire spreading.
Plan and practice an escape plan and make sure everyone in the house is aware. If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out (closing doors as you go), stay out and call 999.
Please share these messages with friends and family, and check in with those who may be older and more vulnerable. If you would like any further advice please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or call 0800 032 1155
Unfortunately, St Oswald's will be shut for the next two weeks. Two members of staff, one of which could possibly have been ill before school shut on Friday 20th March, and another member of staff who has been in school this week have symptoms of COVID-19. We will continue with our support to our vulnerable families and will be able to provide free school meals to those eligible whilst we are shut.
For those that need childcare during this time please visit the WCC website for further details - click here
We will inform parents as soon as we are open again. Thank you for your understanding. Keep safe.
We have been contacted by Kidderminster Foodbank. They are able to provide a delivery service for those families in need. You will need a referral from School. Please be in touch with school via phone during school hours or via email on [email protected] if you require this support.
Dear Parents and Carers,
This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the DoWMAT and all of our academies for abiding by the advice given by the Government to keep your children at home, wherever possible.
In the meantime, our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months.
If you are one of those workers and if you cannot keep your child/children at home, we will do our utmost to provide a safe place for them, while you are at work.