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Dear parents / carers,

Thank you very much for your responses to the consultation in relation to your child / children returning to school. We are now in a position to share our action plan that has been devised in consultation with Governors and with reference to the Department for Education and Union guidance and our own risk assessments pertinent to Parkside’s situation.

It is our intention to focus the next phase of provision in school on returning primary phase pupils. We also plan to provide our school leavers (year 11 and 12) with an opportunity for some transition out of the school.

We currently have four “Kingdoms” open in the school. We intend on opening a fifth Kingdom from June 8th and will contact those Primary parents whose children to whom we can offer a place. Unfortunately, our risk assessment shows that it is unsafe to offer all places requested by parents from the consultation.

Online / remote learning will continue. Those pupils who are currently attending can continue to come to school. The new Kingdom will take the number of pupils on site to 38 from 25, including the additional Key Worker pupils.

We will contact parents of year 11s after half term to discuss their leaving arrangements.

I have attached / enclosed a copy of our latest action plan, written from our school Risk Assessment for your information. You will notice that we will be changing the school day times from Monday 1st June to finish 15 minutes earlier on Monday – Thursday to allow class teams to prepare resources for cleaning. We will finish at 12.30 on a Friday to allow for a more thorough clean of the school each week. If any Key workers will find this difficult, please contact the school so that we can support you. Please also note that since we are asking parents to send their pupil in with fresh clothes each day, we will not expect pupils to wear school uniform at this time.

May I also request that families let the school know if a family member is showing symptoms or had a positive test, as we will need this information when reviewing our daily risk assessments.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Bob Holderness,

Head Teacher

Carolyn Ellis-Gage

Head Teacher Designate

These documents are to be read on conjunction with the main School Covid 19 Risk Assessment:

Covid19 Pandemic Action Plan

Sites Risk Assessment return to school from 1 June 2020

 

Information regarding School Opening from 1 June 2020

Ref   RH/KE

21 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you very much for your responses to the consultation in relation to your child/children returning to school. We are now in a position to share our action plan that has been devised in consultation with Governors and with reference to the Department for Education and Union guidance and our own risk assessments pertinent to Parkside’s situation.

It is our intention to focus the next phase of provision in school on returning primary phase pupils. We also plan to provide our school leavers (Year 11 and 12) with an opportunity for some transition out of the school.

We currently have four “Kingdoms” open in the school. We intend on opening a fifth Kingdom from 8 June 2020 and will contact those Primary parents whose children to whom we can offer a place. Unfortunately, our risk assessment shows that it is unsafe to offer all places requested by parents from the consultation.  Online/remote learning will continue.  Those pupils who are currently attending can continue to come to school.  The new Kingdom will take the number of pupils on site to 38 from 25, including the additional Key Worker pupils.

We will contact parents of Year 11s after half term to discuss their leaving arrangements.

I have enclosed a copy of our latest action plan, written from our school Risk Assessment for your information. You will notice that we will be changing the school day times from Monday, 1 June, to finish 15 minutes earlier on Monday – Thursday to allow class teams to prepare resources for cleaning.  We will finish at 12.30 pm on a Friday to allow for a more thorough clean of the school each week.  If any Key Workers will find this difficult, please contact the school so that we can support you.  Please also note that since we are asking parents to send their pupil in with fresh clothes each day, we will not expect pupils to wear school uniform at this time.

May I also request that families let the school know if a family member is showing symptoms or had a positive test, as we will need this information when reviewing our daily risk assessments.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Yours faithfully

ROBERT HOLDERNESS                                      CAROLYN ELLIS-GAGE (Mrs)

Head Teacher                                                          Head Teacher Designate

Enc

 

200521 HT Covid19 Pandemic Action Plan

Letter to Parents/Carers re June opening

13 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the Government statement regarding some pupils beginning to come back into school from 1 June 2020, the Leadership Team at Parkside are starting to make plans about how to manage safely this gradual transition of more pupils. We welcome your input to whether or not you would like your child to attend school for the final half term.  You do NOT have to send your child into school, it is your choice and there will be no fine or attendance meetings/letters if you choose not to send your child in.

Whilst the Government has specified certain year groups for mainstream provision, they have asked Special Schools to make their own judgements around pupils returning, not focusing on certain year groups but instead on pupil needs and how they can be best managed. This will be done through risk assessments linked to safe practice with social distancing where possible, hygiene and levels of staffing required.  We currently have approximately 25 pupils in school each day. We may be able to increase the provision in the final month before the summer holidays to a maximum of 50 pupils.  This may be on a part-time basis depending on our risk assessment.  We are not realistically looking to have a full school back this academic year.

As I am sure you can imagine, social distancing is difficult in a special school. However, we have made sure our pupils are only mixing in small groups of no more than 8 per grouping, with 4 – 6 adults per group.  We have followed guidelines on not sharing equipment where possible, staggering break times and giving each group their own outside area and exclusive use of two classrooms.  Lunches are eaten in classes so pupils do not mix.  The teaching team your child has may be different to the team they had before the pandemic but they will have the same adults each day wherever possible.  There are first aiders, safeguarding leads and pastoral support additionally available on site.  We have an excellent cleaning team working very hard each day to clean the areas used and deep clean each Friday.

If we have lots of pupils wanting to return we will use our knowledge of pupil needs and their family situation in line with the schools own risk assessments in order to prioritise places.

There will be no change in provision for pupils that are already accessing school.

Please email the school office at office@parkside.norfolk.sch.uk  with your response or complete the form below by Monday, 18 May 2020, at the latest.  If we have no response by then we will assume you do not want a school place next half term.

Yours faithfully

Bob Holderness                Carolyn Ellis-Gage (Mrs)

Head Teacher                      Head Teacher Designate

 

 

 

RETURN TO PARKSIDE SCHOOL BY MONDAY, 18 MAY 2020

 

Child Name: ……………………………………………. Class: …………………………………………………….
 

Yes I do want my child to be considered for a place in school June/July 2020

 

No I do not want my child to be considered for a place June/July 2020

Reason for choice: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

Signed: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Name: …………………………………………………………………….………………………………… (please print)

Date: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

School Update – COVID19

11 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

School Update – COVID-19

Now that the Prime Minister has announced the continuation of lockdown, albeit with some concessions, I felt this was an appropriate time to write to you all to let you know where the school stands.

We have been waiting to hear from the Government, their decisions for schools, and in light of the latest announcement, will most likely be looking to increase our number of pupils in school from June. We will, however, be following advice from the Local Authority along with our own bespoke risk assessment to ensure we keep all our staff and pupils as safe as we can.

As I am sure you are aware, our pupils struggle with social distancing and we will need to assess the different needs of pupils in school at one time, together with the level of training of staff to meet these specific needs. I would like to reassure you that we will be moving slowly, continuing to listen to latest advice from the Local Authority and Central Government and carry out our own risk assessment at the time.

Following half term we will be returning to normal arrangements for payment of school meals for pupils.

We have been incredibly grateful to Soul Church in Norwich who have asked us to identify families who would benefit from periodic food parcels and who provided the first of these last week. If anybody has had a change of circumstance we may not be aware of, and feels they would benefit from this, please contact the school.

I hope everyone is remaining safe at this unusual time.

Yours faithfully

 

R Holderness

Head Teacher

May Day Bank Holiday letter

30 April 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer

RE   MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY

I am writing to let you know school will be closed on Friday, 8 May 2020, which is a Bank Holiday. If you are a Key Worker and require childcare on this day please contact the school in a timely manner.

Yours faithfully

ROBERT HOLDERNESS

Head Teacher

28 April 2020 – Letter from Head Teacher

Dear Parent/Carer

I sincerely hope that everyone is healthy and still coping as well as possible under the circumstances.

The staff at the school are working to ensure that the pupils’ needs are being addressed and I am very impressed with the imaginative, creative ways in which this has been achieved. 

As we look forward we still do not have certainty when we will be able to open up for more pupils.  We are working closely with the Local Authority and Health to ensure everyone remains safe, and I will let you know if there are any developments as they occur. 

We are continuing to plan for the school’s future and I am delighted to announce that Governors have appointed Mr Habershon as Deputy Head Teacher from September 2020.  I am sure that Mrs Ellis-Gage and Mr Habershon will make an excellent leadership team.  Other appointments are also being considered over the next few weeks.  I have been asked to stay on in a supportive capacity on a part-time basis to support the new leadership team in their roles.  I have agreed to do so to ensure that transition into these new positions is smooth, especially considering the extreme circumstances. 

I wish you all the very best. 

Robert Holderness

Head Teacher

 

Message from Mr Holderness, Head Teacher

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Bulletin

 

Dear parent/carer

I hope that everyone has had the best possible Easter break under the circumstances.

The Government has not yet announced how the country will leave lockdown, and what that means for schools. As it stands, we have a small group of children on the site, supervised by staff on a rota basis.  There will always be two members of senior staff on site between 8.30 and 3.30 Mondays to Fridays if you need to seek support or advice or simply need to speak to somebody.

I will keep you informed of any developments over the coming weeks. I am pleased to see that the home schooling plans have been working well.  I am very proud of the staff at the school who have gone out of their way to support education in the home.

Please keep yourselves safe.

Kind regards

Bob Holderness

Head Teacher

Groceries Hunt

SENsational Families has been hearing a lot from families who are having problems buying particular foods and drinks for their children. This has become a real concern for those who have rigid eating patterns and limited diets.

Families are having trouble finding delivery slots and the limited items per order when they do isn’t helping.

To help with this, SENsational Families have created a Facebook group so people can share which items they are having difficulty sourcing. They will add this info to a spreadsheet on their website so that other people can help search for the items.

They will be approaching supermarkets and manufacturers to see if they can help directly, too.

Please click link for more information on the Groceries Hunt

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