New Forest School is currently: Open for students with Critical Worker Parents and Specific Students.

LATEST UPDATE: 11/05/2020 13:10pm

At present Government advice is for all schools to remain closed except for students whose parents are Critical Workers and/or are considered Vulnerable Children.

However, on Sunday 10th May, the government addressed the nation to outline their proposed roadmap.

This stated that:

  1. At the earliest by June 1st, after half term, they believe they will be in a position to begin to get primary pupils back into schools, starting with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
  2. Their ambition is that Secondary pupils facing exams next year (Year 10 & Year 12) will get at least some time with their teachers before the summer holidays.
  3. They will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make this work in schools.

We are currently awaiting the more detailed guidance from the government and Department for Education.

We are also in the process of making phone contact with parents of students currently NOT attending school to discuss next half term.

New Forest School Opening

As per Government & Public Health England advice our school remains open for students who:

  1. Have parents who are Critical Workers – List available here
  2. Are considered Vulnerable (children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans).

The government has asked parents/carers to follow 5 key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they must be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents must also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They must observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

Communication

We will continue to make use of the following methods to communicate any updates and/or changes to students/parents/carers:

  1. Text Message Service
  2. Email
  3. School Website – specifically this webpage

NB: The education@newforestschool.co.uk email address will continue to be monitored daily even if the school closes.

Virtual Learning

Our virtual learning environment continues to be regularly updated by teachers and we are pleased to see the number of students who are accessing the site.

All user details for this and other online learning resources were issued last week – if any parent/carer has not received these, please email education@newforestschool.co.uk or speak to your Child’s tutor.

Student’s tutors are trying to make regular contact with parents/carers to check how students are doing and can assist/feedback any technical issues. They are the first point of contact for students/parents/carers and will continue this contact during term time until students have returned to school.

We have also created Office 365 accounts for all students – you will shortly be receiving details of these. These will allow students to access online version of the Microsoft Office software as well as a school email address.

Year 11 Exams

The Department for Education/Ofqual have announced that all Year 11 exams are cancelled.

We are due to receive an update by the end of this week detailing the process by which students will be awarded grades, however we do know that:

  1. Students will be awarded a grade reflecting work put in so far
  2. Students will have option to sit an exam early in next academic year if they wish to
  3. Ofqual are developing process to provide a calculated grade
  4. Exam boards will ask teachers to submit judgement of grade student would have received based on range of evidence and data including mock exams and non-assessment data. Guidance will provided by exam boards on how to do this.
  5. Exam boards will combine teacher assessment with prior data.

We will provide more detailed updates as soon as we are made of them.

Useful Links

The following external links provide access to useful information on COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Coronavirus

Social Distancing

STAY AT HOME

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

NB: The rigid social distancing rules put in place are obviously impacting on students, parents/carers and staff.

We would ask all parents/carers of students who do continue attending school to ensure they implement social distancing rules for students outside of school hours.

This is vital to ensure we do all we can to reduce risk of infection within school.

Symptoms & Self Isolation

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

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

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

NB: Again, we are asking all students, parents/carers and staff to adhere to this advice to help prevent any possible spread of the virus within school.