Latest news - updated 20th May 2020

20th May 2020

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Whilst the situation for wider school opening is still in discussion and the government are yet to confirm a date for schools to start a phased return for some pupils, we continue to provide home learning support for all families, and where appropriate, in school support (based at our secondary department) for those families who need it, either due to parents being key workers or for other particular vulnerability requirements.

 

The government is now asking special schools to prepare to ‘work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups.’

 

Due to the needs of many of our Vale children, who are clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable, we will continue to support through home learning and contact. For other children, it is likely that for many families, the situation will continue to be that home remains the safest place for your child.

 

Safety for children and staff remains our priority, so we will not rush into making any changes.

 

Social distancing for children with Special Needs and Disabilities remains very difficult in practice and whilst we are doing our best to observe distancing, clean more regularly, wash hands and use PPE wherever we can (eg changing position, toileting), this still remains a higher risk for children and staff than staying at home.

 

The number of children we can safely support at school is very dependent on the number staff who are available and able to come in to work under the government guidelines. Many staff are working from home and will continue to do so, supporting families via zoom and many various other ways.

 

We will continue to discuss with you individually your situation at home with your child and the best support we can offer you in the circumstances. If you need some support or have any concerns about caring for your child at home, then please let us know. Where we can and if it is appropriate we will discuss after half term a possible part time return to school for your child.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and liaison with us during this time. It has been wonderful to hear about and see some of the examples of parents and children joining ‘virtual’ learning sessions, carrying out work at home and allowing us to keep in touch and support you as much as we can with home learning.

 

We will continue to carry out or send home the various activities and routines for home learning for as long as they are needed. If there is anything we can do to help further, then please let us know.

 

During half term, we will take a break from any home learning and contact activities, and we wish you a safe and happy week.

 

Please see the Haringey online May half term activities (under home learning) 

 

With best wishes to you all,

 

Sarah McLay

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th May 2020

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and liaison with us during this difficult time. It has been wonderful to hear about and see some of the examples of parents and children joining ‘virtual’ learning sessions, carrying out work at home and allowing us to keep in touch and support you as much as we can with home learning.

 

Whilst we are unsure currently what the near future will look like in terms of lockdown, it is likely that for many families, the situation will continue to be that home remains the safest place for your child.

 

We closed as a school but we are providing some care provision based at our secondary department for those families who need it, either due to parents being key workers or for other particular vulnerability requirements. This will continue for a small number of pupils, but is very dependent on of the number staff who are available and able to come in to work. However, social distancing for children with Special Needs and Disabilities remains very difficult in practice and whilst we are doing our best to observe distancing and use PPE wherever we can (eg changing position, toileting), this still remains a higher risk for children and staff than staying at home. If you need some support or have any concerns about caring for your child at home, then please let us know.

 

We thank you for keeping your child at home if you can and we will continue to carry out or send home the various activities and routines for home learning for as long as they are needed. If there is anything we can do to help further, then please let us know.

 

New: Safeguarding hub for parents

With all of us probably spending more time online, please remember that there are risks that certain websites, apps and social media can pose to children. We have some useful information through the link below which we hope will support you regarding steps you can take to protect your child.

 

The best protection is to ensure that you are there when children are accessing online information. We ask that any zoom sessions, a parent is in the room and we will only contact children through you, their parent.

https://parenthub.thekeysupport.com?uuid=2a9b990f-60b1-4aca-99c6-edbed8261d7a

 

Learning disability information cards

For families whose child needs to have more than one period of exercise a day for wellbeing reasons, these cards may be useful to you.

https://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/learning-disability-assets/coronaviruscovid19severelearningdisabilityinformationcards.pdf

 

 

With best wishes to you all,

 

Sarah McLay

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Tuesday 31st March 2020

 

 

We send best wishes to all our families during this time, while the government guidance remains to stay at home.

 

Please see an update from the Local Authority;

Please note that the Covid 19 link on the Local Offer page is now live here.  It contains information on:

 

 

 

Thursday 26th March 2020 - ongoing contact

 

We are glad to have spoken to families and hear how you are all during the stay at home period. Staff will continue to be in touch as regularly as you would like. Do be aware, that the call may come up on your phone as ID withheld or similar.

 

Boxes of resources and / or work packs are being distributed and your child's teacher will talk to you about ideas for activities if that is useful to you.

 

If you have not had a call, need to get a message to us or just want to ask something, then do please leave a message at the secondary number 0208 801 6111 with you contact number and we will get back to you.

 

Wishing you all very best wishes at this time.

 

We will get through this together!

 

With best wishes

Sarah McLay

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 23rd March 2020 - reduced care provision

 

With Government advice changing almost daily, we are asking parents and carers to consider whether it is absolutely necessary to have child care provision at the school.

 

The first and most important message, is if you are able to stay at home and care for your child, that is the safest option for them and for you. 

 

We are prioritising children of key workers who have to work, so that we keep NHS and essential services running. This includes a small number of children across the school, so we will continue to stay open for them. For other parents and carers, if you need us we will do our best to offer.

 

Please do consider this carefully and we will continue for as long as we have staff to provide for those who need us.

 

If you are keeping your child at home, if we have not already, we WILL contact you to offer support.

 

 

 

 

20th March 2020 - Vale School has closed as a school today until further notice. 

 

We are now preparing to start providing care support in school for those that we can and in different ways for others.

 

We have contacted all families today, many by phone but some still only by text. Please be assured we will get to you all. We will be in contact on Monday or Tuesday.

 

If you have asked for your child to come in, we are working on this to start on Wednesday 25th March and we will be in touch to confirm arrangements.

 

Thank you for bearing with us and best wishes to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus update for parents 19.03.2020

Dear parents and carers, 

 

Most of you will now know that yesterday, the government has ordered schools in the UK to close on Friday afternoon until further notice. 

 

With our primary department already closed for the time being, I know that this is difficult news for the entire community, but I want to reassure everyone that we have been preparing for this announcement and continue to work on next steps. For example, we are working on uploading onto the website resources and videos and looking at other ways to stay in touch with families. 

 

While all schools are closed for education as we know it, we are being asked by the government to consider how we can stay open to support families with looking after their children. Over today and tomorrow we will plan for how we can offer a service to look after the children of key workers and/or how we can offer further care for our children with EHCPs for whom it is safe to continue to attend. At this point we are unable to give you any more details, but we will let you know what our plans are as soon as possible.

 

All staff have worked tirelessly this week to ensure we have 'home learning' arrangements in place. We have sent home packs of worksheets and activities for some classes and the website is being uploaded with ideas for activities and videos of songs etc. We are looking at further ways of keeping in touch with you and your children.  

 

I am sure that you will join me in thanking all our fantastic staff for working so hard at this difficult time. Some cannot be in school at the moment but are working hard at home.

 

I want to thank you all for working with us and your continued support for the school at this time. For now we will update by school text and via the website. You can also call our secondary department and speak to someone or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Please note:

Government guidance: We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

 

 

17th March 2020

 

Update on self isolation: where any person in the household is unwell with fever and cough, the whole household needs to self-isolate for 14 days. 

 

Please click here for the guidance released yesterday by the government on social distancing. This gives more information about what that means.
 
Summary of advice
Data table

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year

 

 

With ever changing news etc, it is important to consider your own resilience and look after yourself and those around you. Make sure you are looking after yourself, doing what you can to help get a good night’s sleep, eating well and doing exercise. 
The Mind website has a ‘coronavirus and your wellbeing’ page which provides information about those who are worried about coronavirus and the impacts of managing it. You can find it by clicking here.  
 
 
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16th March 2020

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Latest information about coronavirus from Public Health England (PHE)

We are following current PHE advice and Vale School to remains open. However,

 

- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with

       - a new, continuous cough or a

       - high temperature

 

If you or your child have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Please see below a link to further information about stay at home guidance.

 

Please let the school know if you or your child develop symptoms.

 

- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high    

  temperature they will be sent home. If you do receive a call, please come to collect your child.

 

Vulnerable children – as we do have children who are more vulnerable at our school, as of today we are advising all parents that we do have a number of staff and children who have developed symptoms and are self-isolating at home. Whilst we do remain open, you may decide to keep your child at home; please let us know. Do give us a call if you are unsure and would like to discuss this with us.

 

We will continue to:

- clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual

- supervise children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and

  water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

 

We appreciate that this is a difficult time and we are here to support children and families at school and over the phone. We will keep updating the school website as and when we receive any further information. We will also start to update class news pages with activities to do with your child if you are self-isolating. Please remember that evidence suggests coronavirus generally causes a mild illness in children and young people.

 

 

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If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

 

          - new continuous cough and/or

          - high temperature

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR: stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID 19) infection

 

 

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The most important thing schools can do at present is to emphasise the importance of normal hand hygiene measures, while continuing with business as usual. 

 

There are general principles that all schools should follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

 

  • Anyone who feels unwell with either a cough, difficulty breathing or a fever should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting.
  • Wash hands more often - with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available.
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue, or the sleeve if no tissue available, throwing the tissue away immediately. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using any regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of spreading the infection on to other people.

 

 

Information about coronavirus from Public Health England

 

There are general principles everyone can follow to help prevent spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water (particularly important after taking public transport)
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education 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 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