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Coronavirus

In addition to DB Primary we have added a Remote Learning page under the Pupil Menu. Activities will be added as they become available.  Please also look at the Curriculum page where you will find suggested reading lists and a Useful Links page which offers lots of additional learning activities.

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Families with free school meal entitlement will receive £15.00 per week (£30.00 distributed fortnightly) per child.  We are currently providing Asda e-vouchers to those families who are eligible.  You can either print these vouchers off or present the voucher on your mobile device.  Please ensure the school have an up-to-date email address.  We do also have a small supply of Asda gift cards in school which are available for parents who can/wish to come into school to collect. The office is currently open 8.30am to 3.30pm.
 
Please note that this is not applicable to those children in Years Reception to Year 2 who are entitled to a free school meal through the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.  However, if you feel you may be eligible for free school meals then please apply at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.  If your application is successful, the school will be notified accordingly.
 

20/03/20

We have now received information from the government about Key Workers and what schools will be providing for the foreseeable future. The first important message to note is:

Government state that if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. 

Please note that Oak View School will not be providing education after today but we will be providing childcare. Whether your child is in school or at home, they will be receiving exactly the same work. Teachers will not be teaching classes in school.

If you are a key worker and you have no other childcare available, you need to:

Complete and return the parent application questionnaire attached to the letter emailed home on 20/03/20 or complete the on-line Key Worker Response Form.
Log on to the School Gateway and book the lunch options that are required for next week
Bring proof of employment as a key worker with you on their first morning (or email a copy to school)

Childcare will be provided from 8.30am-3.00pm Monday to Friday.

In addition the government has pledged support for low income families whose children are eligible for free school meals but are unable to attend school due to the coronavirus outbreak. We are working hard to find a process to get vouchers to these families as soon as we can but in the meantime school can provide a packed lunch that can be collected from school each day.  Lunches should be ordered via the gateway and will be available to collect from the office from 11 am each day. Please note that this does not include children currently in receipt of Universal Infant Free Meals (Reception-Year 2).

Apply on-line – Key Worker Parent Response Form

 19/03/20

We have been directed by central government to close the school due to the spread of Coronavirus from tomorrow afternoon (Friday 20th March).

We have however been asked to remain partially open for a very limited number of pupils.  Only pupils whose parents are ‘key-workers’, who have an EHCP plan or a named social worker helping them are eligible to come in.  At this moment in time we understand ‘key worker’ to mean NHS staff, police and others in frontline services.  However – we are awaiting clarification on who exactly is eligible but please remember that all those who can distance themselves socially should do so.

We cannot accept pupils during this time who do not specifically ‘qualify’ as this is a mandatory nationwide closure of all schools to the ‘vast majority of pupils’.

If you feel that you may fall into one of the eligible groups (and it is absolutely safe for your child to attend) please notify the school office TODAY – this is so we can begin planning for the children’s provision.  Where possible please do this by email, providing your child’s details (name and class) and your ‘keyworker role’. 

If you become concerned as to the welfare or safety of a child during this unprecedented period then you can either make a direct referral to children’s services yourself (phone 0300 123 4043) phone the police (999) if you believe that a crime has been committed or email the school admin account for any lesser concern. School email accounts will be monitored throughout this period, records will be made, safeguarding

17/03/20 –  In line with the latest Government guidance, any child or adult living in a household with a person who displays the symptoms of ‘a fever or a new, continuous cough’ should now self-isolate, (as a household), for 14 days.

Please be advised that we currently have several staff absent due to either self or family isolation, with the potential for this to increase for those individuals classed as high risk due to underlying health conditions.

Should any parent choose to self-isolate their child, would you please ensure that the school are advised immediately, with a clear explanation of the symptoms, so that we may monitor any absence for this reason.  Your child will need to self-isolate and remain at home for the recommended time, currently 14 days.

More information on how to access work remotely in the case of self-isolation can be read in our letter sent out today.

16/03/20 – In light of the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please be advised that the Parent Teacher Consultations on 23 and 24 March have been cancelled as has Oak View’s Got Talent Show on 2nd April. Parent reading meetings are being suspended for the time being and class assemblies will continue for the children only, no parents to attend.

 Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

There is a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The recommended guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    before leaving home
    on arrival at school
    after using the toilet
    after breaks and sporting activities
    before food preparation
    before eating any food, including snacks
    before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces          

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

See further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.