For advice about how to support your child's mental health in the context of the current pandemic:
Every Mind Matters
Anna Freud Centre
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR BROAD OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2020
As you are aware, school has remained open throughout the pandemic to provide places for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
We understand that this has been, and continues to be, a very worrying time for many people, and we will be relying on the trust, co-operation and good will of all our families and staff in these difficult times.
These are our guiding principles in the plans we have made and, in this ever-changing situation, our plans will be reviewed regularly to ensure that we are doing everything we can to comply with current guidance to keep everyone safe:
Safety is paramount – COVID 19 presents the biggest risk we have seen in many years. Health and hygiene routines such as regular hand-washing, social distancing and intense cleaning have been set out in detail in our current risk assessment. Your children will be invited into school in socially isolated “bubbles” to reduce social contact with larger numbers of children or adults.
- Good communication between school and families and school and staff is essential to make sure everyone knows what to do at all times. For those unable to attend school we will be in contact regularly to provide help and advice about our distance learning programmes such as Seesaw and Zoom.
- Health, wellbeing and personal, social and emotional development will be our first priority as children return after being at home for many weeks. We will be planning activities that allow the children to talk about their experiences and form a better understanding of the situation we are facing together.
- Education and the wider curriculum will be planned to take account of the time children have missed in school and to help them to prepare for the next steps ahead.
These principles have been our starting point in applying all the guidance and advice we have reviewed so far, from the government, the local authority, the unions and the experiences of schools in other countries.
We have uploaded a letter from Manchester Local Authority, our school risk assessment, our action plan for September and our home learning strategy should we need to close your child's bubble.
We welcome your comments, questions and feedback to ensure that everyone feels safe.
Please see our video of school outlining the changes made in school.