Friday 26th June 2020
A letter from Mr Cooper to all our community.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I know these have been very hard and unprecedented times for all and continue to be so. Our pupils have been at home for a long time and in many circumstances this has created some very challenging situations. Woodfield School continues to be closed to the majority of pupils and will remain so until September.
We have been running a trial with a very limited number of pupils and staff to learn about how we are going to keep your children / young people safe when we start to open again. This trial has been split into two week phases and we have learned a lot. We are continuing to learn about PPE, social distancing, pupil and staff ratios, the curriculum offer, wellbeing, cleaning regimes and much more.
We will continue to stay in touch with everybody on a regular basis, offer online support and provision for pupils. We are currently adapting this to meet a wider range of pupils’ needs. We are aware that not all of our pupils can access online work, learning or support. We are able to send work in the post if this is the preferred option discussed with the form tutor. We are currently looking to support more pupils with communication devices and different resources and approaches to be used at home.
We initially closed at the end of March due to high staff and pupil illness and the potential risk this posed to our community. We are hoping that the risk continues to reduce so that in September we can take as many pupils back as possible. We are currently planning for different scenarios in September and will be responding to DfE and Public Health England guidance. We are also working with many agencies including transport who due to their own protocols are only taking two pupils on each bus and will not, at the moment, take any pupils that display challenging behaviour of any type. We are hoping that by September these measures will be reduced.
The scenarios we are currently working on will have prolonged days (beyond the current 3 hour trial period). These scenarios are: a) having all pupils back in as per before the COVID 19 pandemic, b) 50 percent of pupils in on weekly rota and c) having 30 percent on a 3 weekly rota. Scenarios b) and c) entail ‘blended learning’ with a combination of virtual and actual schooling. I know the unknown can sometimes be the hardest part to contend with but I just wanted to assure you that we will do all we can to take as many pupils back as we safely can in September.
Whilst on the topic of planning for the future, we would appreciate parents completing this brief survey to allow us to plan more effectively for September and beyond. The information we have requested from you will help us to maximise the numbers of, and the safety of those pupils returning on site in September.
Jane, our dedicated careers adviser, is hosting a Supported Internships Webinar next week. Internships are one of the options that parents may want to consider for their child for the future. Supported Internships, also known as the Work Transition Programme, are holding a Webinar on 30th June 4:30-5pm. It's an Education to Work programme for those young people with an EHCP. Past students have successfully used internship programs as a pathway to full time employment.
Link to the event: https://bit.ly/Supported2020
- Speakers from College of North West London and Prospects.
- Including questions and answers session.
- All Woodfield parents and young people welcome
Any queries etc, please contact Jane Porteous, Connexions Advisor, Tel: 07717224787 Email: email@example.com
PTA virtual forum meeting
Around 40 people popped in during the virtual meeting. A summary of issues raised and questions answered can be viewed or downloaded here. Thanks to everyone who took part, we felt it was a valuable event.
Year 11 parent meeting
There will also be a virtual meeting for parents of Year 11 pupils on June 30th. Let Patsy know if you would like to attend. The forum will answer your question and discuss the issues of your child moving into sixth form.
If you'd like to book a place for any of these meeting, email Patsy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Grief & Bereavement Session Friday July 3rd at 2:00 pm
This is a session is about supporting your young person to understand and deal with grief & bereavement. DImpi & Horacio will provide advice and techniques to help support your child with this sensitive topic.
Contacting Woodfield School
Woodfield School is currently operating on a very limited number of staff and unable to answer all calls. Please leave a message or email via email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The contact details for key stage leads and form tutors was published in the newsletter two weeks ago.
Video chat & video meetings
We are aware that many pupils are using apps like Google Meet (which we use to conduct our virtual classes), Zoom or Houseparty to 'meet up' and socialise during their free time. We would encourage all parents and carers to monitor and be aware of what their child is doing on the internet. Seeing and speaking to friends is good for a child's mental health, but it's important to balance 'internet time' with other off line activities, such as exercise or family time. It's also important for young people to get plenty of sleep. The NHS recommends a minimum of 8 hrs on a 'school night'.
Parentzone and Net Aware have excellent guides for parents who are looking for advice regarding using video chat, or any aspect of the internet.
Turn2Us Covid 19 Emergency Fund
Please be aware that Turn2us charity has launched a COVID 19 Crisis Fund.
It’s a one off £500 grant.
As you can imagine the online application service is likely to be extremely busy and there is a high likelihood that applicants will have to wait for longer that the 10 days stated.
They can only help those who are in immediate financial difficulty due to the Coronavirus. You will need to satisfy all of the following criteria:
- You can clearly demonstrate a loss of income due to Covid-19 (evidence will be required showing at least a 50% reduction in earnings, we can accept bank statements, letter from employer outlining change in employment)
- You are a resident of the UK / Republic of Ireland
- You are not currently in Further or Higher Education
- You are over 18
- You have less than £1K savings (single person) or less than £2K savings (couple/family)
Please note that if you have received a Turn2us grant in the last 6 months we will be unable to assist you.
Click the here to find out more
Help from local councils
Local councils have set up guides for residents with regard to how to access a range of assistance over this time, be it medical, financial, business or even how to volunteer to assist others.
You can view these offerings from local councils by clicking the links below.
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
Public Health England has issued advice for educational institutions. Updates or changes to this can be found here.
Latest information and advice can also be found at the NHS Coronavirus updates page or https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus