Friday 15th May 2020

Good Afternoon,

I am sure that, like me, you and your families watched the briefing on Sunday with great interest. The developments around schools starting to plan a phased return are welcome as we are all keen to begin to be able to support our young people more.

The Government guidance for parents can be found here Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

However, I wanted to outline my principles during the planning for the phased return of some students. Of course the top priority is the health and well being of all of our students, staff and the wider community who we all return to at home each day. We are carefully monitoring all the government guidance and looking at our risk assessment to decide how we can operate safely while balancing the desire to return children to school.

As yet, the government has not confirmed that the country has met the conditions required for schools to put any planning into action after the 1st June, so we continue to monitor this closely.

We are continuing to provide in school provision for our students who are the children of key workers or are considered to be vulnerable, this includes over half term where required.

The first phase of any wider return to school of students will be working with Year 10 in line with the Government guidance. In planning for students to come into school I am balancing the additional risks associated with students coming into school with the educational and welfare benefits of students coming in. The needs to socially distance students on arrival/ leaving site, during movement around the school, use of facilities such as toilets and catering as well as during lessons are in reality very challenging and we are working hard on this. If students do come into school then I need to be certain that it is for a meaningful session and of great enough benefit to justify the additional risks despite the measures to reduce the risks.

I am in a very fortunate position to be working with a staff of colleagues both teaching and support who are working with me to problem solve how we can best support our students, and I thank my colleagues for their unwavering support at this time.

I would also like to thank the students and parents who have been so positive throughout and your feedback is helping to shape how we can best support the community at this time.

We recognise that this situation will be continuing for weeks and probably longer, therefore we have listened to the feedback from students and parents and we are developing the use of Google classroom to involve some teacher led content initially probably recorded lessons for students to follow along with, more of this after half term.

We are also looking at how we can have a keeping in touch conversation with all students via their tutors and we are planning this for after half term.

Year 10 Parents Email Questionnaire

Hopefully all parents in Year 10 have received the following email and been able to complete the questionnaire, I have had over 70 responses so far, with very helpful feedback.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister and subsequent guidance as a school we are carefully starting to plan for the next steps on supporting year 10 during the Covid 19 outbreak.  I would like to emphasise that our priorities are the health and wellbeing of the students, staff and the wider community of families at home, in all that we plan in conjunction with how we can best support Year 10s well being and education before the summer.

As part of this planning we would appreciate some feedback from parents.

Initially we want to offer each Year 10 student a 1:2:1  "keeping in touch meeting" in school to learn about their experience of lockdown and how they are, as well as what they need from us over the next few weeks. This information will then form part of our planning along with your response to this questionnaire.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE

The Government guidance for parents can be found here Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers 

As always if we can be of any support or assistance please do not hesitate to get in contact with us using the details below.

I hope you have a good weekend, take care.

Mrs N Pearce

Contacts for issues to do with: -

Free School Meals vouchers enquiries@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

In school provision for keyworker students j.eddie@vyne.hants.sch.uk

Year 7      Mr A Morey        a.morey@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 8             Mr M Duffy        m.duffy@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 9             Ms K Cunio        k.cunio@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 10   Mrs L Guzzi        l.guzzi@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 11   Mr K Peebles        k.peebles@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

NHS guidance to parents of symptoms and signs of COVID-19

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology logo

Telephone Support Line for families, education settings and professions during covid-19

In line with government policy around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) remains available to contact for all. We are offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:

• A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for families, education staff and other professionals in Hampshire;

• available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;

• for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.

Please phone the number below for your local area:

• North (Basingstoke): 01252 814 835

• South (Havant): 02392 441 497

• East (Rushmoor): 01252 814 729

• West (Winchester): 01962 876 239

• Isle of Wight: 02392 441 497

We recognise that we are living through unprecedented times. Things are changing daily and the impact on day-to-day life is significant. There are many helpful sources of advice and support available; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) have put together a collection of key links which are available:

https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/young-people/coronavirus-help-support-and-advice/- Advice for children, young people and families from Hampshire CAMHS, with a wide range of helpful links

https://www.rcslt.org/-/media/docs/Covid/uk-england-advice-for-children-and-young-people.pdf?la=en&hash=B7AEBAAB7914AEF9ED9F3E7F678F3E8EE7C77C0C – provides general advice and many other helpful links for parents, carers and people who work with children

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to- coronavirus/ - The Children’s Commissioner have produced a colourful, downloadable guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people, with lots of ideas about how to make the best of their time at home

https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1 - an app for 10-18 year olds designed to educate about mental health and wellbeing, also with specific covid-19 updates

SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight have teamed up with Covid 19 Basingstoke which is run by members of Hampshire Council.  They will be providing food parcels for vulnerable adults and families in need and members of the Covid 19 will be coordinating volunteers to be able to distribute the parcels to homes across the area.

Any families or vulnerable adults in need of support can email food requests to admin@spotlightuk.org or call 07804 880072.

They will be open 10-4pm Monday to Saturday running from Hart House, Priestley Road RG24 9UP.  

If you wish to donate to the foodbank please email admin@spotlightuk.org.