CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

01.04.2020

Temporary Closure of the Emergency Reduced Provision   01.04.2020

 

After one of the pupils on site developed a potential symptom of COVID-19 we have had to shut down the emergency reduced provision for 14 days (until Thursday 16th April).

This is in line with the protocol we set out for our emergency provision in order to achieve the highest levels of safety possible for all users of the school building.

We hope that all children and staff on site stay healthy and we will keep in touch with the families whose children have been on site to make sure nobody else develops symptoms.

 

Carrie Osmond

27.3.2020

Please find a newsletter from Carrie with an update.

27.3.20 Newsetter

 

Useful information and resources

Please find some useful information and resources for you and your families on this page.

As ever, make sure you read any documents, watch videos and check any apps before sharing them with your child.

 

Social Stories

These have been written by our behaviour lead, Karen. They have been adapted for students on both primary and secondary site.

Secondary – What is Coronavirus social story

Primary What is Coronavirus social story

Emotional Well-being 

This is a very challenging time for us all. Krissie, our mental health lead, has put together some ideas and resources for you to use at home.

Emotional Wellbeing Info for Parents

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Tuesday 24.3.2020

Please find below a letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, which will be of interest to you.

 

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Monday 23.3.2020

Further Update to parents and carers regarding Covid-19 school closure

23rd March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

The government has updated its guidance again over the weekend.

Further information may be accessed using the following links:

 

In our schools, Culverhill and New Siblands, risk assessments have identified some pupils who may be able to access provision at this time of emergency.  For those pupils, we are working towards opening a level of provision from Monday 31st March.  The provision will be monitored and re-evaluated daily, as we are finding we have fewer and fewer staff able to come in to school.  We will contact those families later this week.

School leaders are needing to carefully ensure available staff have the right medical needs training to safely open a reduced provision.  We are also seeking resources and equipment from health providers to ensure basic health and safety measures are able to be put in place.  This includes sufficient sanitiser gel, soap, plastic gloves, cleaning products, thermometers.

We will be sending out attendance protocols that we feel will minimise the chance of our pupils and staff contracting and spreading the virus later this week and will include our expectations about daily changing of clothes, temperature testing, the wearing of gloves and aprons.

We are liaising with Health colleagues to try to provide us with additional capacity to train staff in administering medication, including epilepsy medication. We will also be seeking Health support with first aiders on site.  This is because the majority of our trained staff in these areas are self-isolating or unable to attend work due to their own medical needs.  We are also liaising with Health colleagues for advice on safe working protocols for our staff.  We will be liaising with the Local Authority around transport, and will request that transport providers update us and yourselves on protocols for minimising the spread of the virus from surfaces in the vehicles.

Any child who is able to attend reduced provision will need to bring a packed lunch.  We are seeking to establish on-site provision of food for children who would have free school meals.  We will be liaising with the Local Authority to set up a way for payments for other children who are not accessing school and who would ordinarily be entitled to having free school meals.  We will update you in due course.

The list of people that are considered to be key workers can be found via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The government have been very clear that parents are to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  We do not have the capacity to manage large numbers of children so are asking parents and carers to only use this provision if there are no other, safe alternatives. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Some pupils have significant underlying health needs, such as significant respiratory conditions for whom the virus presents a life-threatening risk, and others may not able to adopt self-care hygiene strategies as defined by Public Health England.  Some pupils may need ‘hand-to-hand’ contact to access provision or require intimate care.  A key risk is that staff could, unwittingly, pass on the virus because of the close physical proximity that is necessary with that child.  If children come to school then they stand a greater chance of contacting the virus and spreading in their homes and communities.

For some pupils, they may be safer at school or be the children of key workers and of course these children will need to be looked at on a case by case basis.  We may be requesting evidence of key working to ensure emergency access to provision for the children of our nation’s frontline staff at this unprecedented time.

The decision for any pupil to stay in school should be the last resort rather than the default option.

Thank you for your support at this very challenging time for us all.

Best wishes

 

Friday 20.3.2020

 

Further Update to parents and carers regarding Covid-19 school closure 20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope you are continuing to remain safe at this difficult time.

The government has updated its guidance early this morning and can be found at:

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

We may have already contacted you today to ascertain whether you are a key worker, critical to the country’s Covid-19 response, in order to establish the level of emergency provision we may need to facilitate.

The government have now released the list of people that they consider to be key workers. This can be found via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The government have been very clear that parents are to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  We do not have the capacity to manage large numbers of children so are asking parents and carers to only use this provision if there are no other, safe alternatives. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

If we haven’t spoken to you, please can you email me (carrie.osmond@newsiblands.org.uk) or leave a message on the answerphone at Primary (01454 866754) by 7am on Monday 23rd March.

There has been some confusion relating to Government advice about pupils with EHCPs.  We now know that it is not a ‘requirement’ that all children and young people with Education, Health and Care plans attend school during the period of school closure. Section 1.10 of the information for families is clear that decisions should be made locally based on risk assessments of health and safeguarding. The guidance is now clear that there may be some children who will be safer at school whilst most will be safer at home. Schools are advised to make this decision on a case-by-case basis.  The advice is that children with underlying health conditions should stay at home.

We are working with colleagues across the special school sector in South Glos to identify which children will need specialist support, either because they are vulnerable or have a parent who is a critical worker, to ensure that educational provision will be available for them.  We will coordinate with Health, social care colleagues, transport and catering services to support a collective emergency response.  Schools still remains fully closed until further notice.

Thank you for your support at this very challenging time for us all.

Best wishes

Carrie

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Welcome to New Siblands School

New Siblands School occupies two sites in the market town of Thornbury on the outskirts of Bristol. The Primary School shares the building and facilities with our friends and partners Gillingstool primary school. We are two distinctive schools with some shared values – two schools, one community. Our Secondary School site is about half a mile away and offers our pupils a fantastic new learning space to move onto as they get older. We have an active programme of inclusive learning opportunities with local secondary schools Castle School and Marlwood School.

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