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COVID-19 Updates

This page will be updated with information, resources and current guidance on the Coronavirus. Please check the dates to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

Back to School - September 2020

 

Click here to view two videos that Mrs Barnes-Smith has made to show you what to expect on your first day back at school, on Thursday 3rd September.

School Reopening

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.

Mr Marshall

IMPORTANT UPDATE

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.

 

  1. Firstly, the safety of all our pupils is of the utmost importance to us and all decisions will be taken in the best interests of all our children and families.
  2. Our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months – and this will continue even when we open our doors to additional year groups.
  3. All DoWMAT academies will listen carefully to the guidance we receive from the Local Authority, the Diocesan Education Team and the Department for Education.  The DfE has yet to issue its detailed guidance - we expect it in the next few days.
  4. We will keep you informed and provide you with additional information in the comings days and weeks about what this means for your school. 
     

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.

 

Best Regards,

Claire Davies

DoWMAT CEO

Internet Safety

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.

 

Advice and Support

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)


Email - via the Enquiry Form on our website (www.wyreforestcab.org.uk) on the 'How can we Help You' page, or email direct - [email protected]

 

Turn2us Coronavirus support - https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

Entitledto - https://www.entitledto.co.uk/

 

Current Newsletter

Resources to support home learning for Children with SEND - 21 4 20

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.

School re-open - 20 4 20

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] 

Safeguarding Update - 2 4 20

 

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.

Safeguarding Update - 2 4 20

 

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:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

Safeguarding Update - 2 4 20

 

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

 

  • If you’re at home because you’re ill or self-isolating, please take extra care if you’re cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Always ‘Watch what you heat’.
  • Switch off any electrical items you’re not using.  If you use a charger, for a phone or laptop for example, don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.
  • Candles should be secured safely in a proper holder and never left unattended.  Same with a portable heater, remember not to put it close to things that could easily catch fire, like bedding, clothes, soft furnishings or curtains.
  • If you smoke, be extra vigilant. Keep matches and lighters away from children, and double check that your cigarette is properly extinguished. Try not to smoke if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and avoid smoking in bed or if you’re feeling sleepy. If you can do so safely, smoke outdoors.

 

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

School Closure - 25 3 20

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.

 

Mr Marshall

Food bank - 26 3 20

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.

CURRENT INFORMATION - THIS MAY CHANGE DAILY

 

23/3/20

 

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.

 

Best Regards,

Claire Davies

DoWMAT CEO

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