Coronavirus


Our approach to the extending of school provision at OTCA

Key principles

  • All planning is based on a “when ready” approach. Therefore there are deliberately no target dates set for any particular step to be completed.
  • The physical and emotional health and welfare of staff, children and families is the most important driver of our plans.
  • Any expansion of provision will therefore be introduced in a graduated, careful manner, moving through a series of small steps.
  • Moving on to the next step is conditional on successful implementation of the previous step.
  • We are aiming to do the POSSIBLE to the very best of our ability. We will not be forced into the IMPOSSIBLE.
  • Staff will be consulted at all stages of the planning and implementation process.
  • Our plan is a live document and will be kept under constant review.

Steps towards extended provision

Step 1 – currently underway

  • Preparation prior to any expansion of provision
  • Risk assessments and development of Safe Systems of Work
  • Preparing the site e.g. one way markings

Step 2

  • Staff reorientation and training

Step 3

  • Initial expansion (Y1 and Y6), subject to medical/scientific conditions and advice
  • Children to work in “bubbles”” of no more than 8 children initially
  • Each bubble to attend one day per week

Step 4

  • Further expansion (YR), subject to medical/scientific conditions and advice
  • Children to work in “bubbles” of no more than 8 children initially
  • Each bubble to attend one day per week

Step 5

  • Further expansion (YN), subject to medical/scientific conditions and advice
  • Children to work in “bubbles” of no more than 8 children initially
  • Each bubble to attend one day per week

Step 6

  • Increase the number of sessions available to children in YN, YR, Y1 and Y6
  • This will be achieved by combining two bubbles
  • Children would then be able to attend two days per week

Step 7

  • Gradual admission of Y3 and Y5
  • Follow the process for other year groups shown above i.e. bubbles of no more than 8 children initially

Step 8

  • Gradual admission of Y2 and Y4
  • Follow the process for other year groups shown above i.e. bubbles of no more than 8 children initially

 

Update 19/5/20

Click the link below to read a letter from Trafford Council, explaining that primary schools will not open before 10th June at the earliest.

Trafford Council – Reopening-of-Schools-19052020

Update 12/5/20

Click the link below to read a letter to parents from the Principal

20200512 letter to parents

Update 11/5/20

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a phased return to school, OTCA continues to remain open to key worker and vulnerable children only. We will contact parents with more information when we have it. In the meantime, please continue to Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS.

Please see the letter below from Focus Trust, which explains the approach we will take to planning the phased return.

20200512 Focus-Trust letter to parents

Advice for parents if you are concerned about your child’s health

Follow the link below for advice if you are concerned about your child’s health:

COVID19 Advice for parents

Update from Focus Trust 20/4/20

Please read this letter to all parents from Focus Trust:

20200420 Focus-Trust Letter to parents

Focus Trust are producing regular newsletters for parents during closure. They can be found by following the link below:

https://www.focus-trust.co.uk/caring-for-our-communities-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Contacting school

During this period of school closure, our office is frequently unstaffed, which means that we may not be able to answer your phone call. The best way to contact school is via email oldtrafford@focus-trust.co.uk

Important message for parents who are Key Workers

We have contacted all parents who we know to be key workers directly. If you believe you are a key worker needing childcare during school closure, and we have not contacted you, please contact school. Thank you.

Local help and support

Trafford’s Community Response leaflet COVID-19 (1)

Trafford Council have also set up a link on the Council website to support parents who require assistance to locate a provision in light of a school closure.  Queries should be raised on-line via the Family Information Service and the link is https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/contacts/secure/family-information-service.aspx

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: Dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8a.m. to 6p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Updates on Corona Virus: http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for Educational Settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

School closures

The government has announced that all schools must close at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March, for an indefinite period. This is to help slow down the spread of the virus. Although, in limited circumstances, some children may continue to be offered limited emergency childcare in this period, the key message is that schools need to be as empty as possible. The safest place for children is at home. We will be contacting parents of children with Education, Health and Care Plans, children with a designated social worker, and those whose parents have indicated they are critical workers in the nation’s fight against this virus. If we have not contacted you, and you are in one of these categories, please contact the school office between the hours of 11am and 2pm Monday to Friday.