Following the latest Government announcement from the Prime Minister this evening, tomorrow school will be closed to the majority of children and will remain open for vulnerable children and key worker children ONLY.
We will contact parents tomorrow for clarification on key worker status and attendance requirements. We ask that key worker children who need to attend tomorrow arrive at 8.45am and line up and enter at their normal class entry points. Further instructions on times, arrangements, entry and exit points will follow later tomorrow.
Details of home learning arrangements for the children will be posted tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding in these challenging and difficult times.
Following recent guidelines from Public Health England and the NHS to places of education, we would like to make all parents aware of the current importance of maintaining high levels of personal hygiene for pupils, staff and parents.
Please refer to the Public Health England website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england for up to date information and also to the document below:
Parents and children should be aware that Snapchat have introduced a new feature called the ‘Snap Map’. This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. the Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.
This feature has prompted safeguarding concerns for children – particularly if they have added people they do not actually know to their contacts.
We recommend that Snapchat users – particularly children – switch their settings to ‘Ghost Mode’ which means that only the user can see their own location.
Further information on the Snap Map and what the different settings are can be found in the document below:
The attached document is designed to help adults to understand how children and young people might react to frightening events and to give some ideas of what might help.
Further copies are available from www.traumaticstress.org.uk
Weekly school newsletters keep you up to date with life at St Oswald’s and are posted on the website every Friday (easily accessed via the school app). Copies are available in St Oswald’s church and can also be picked up from the school office. Past copies for the current academic year are available below.