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Roselyn House School
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              Covid -19 Important Information for Parents & Carers

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

 

                                                                                                    10 July 2020

 

I hope you all continue to stay safe and well.

 

As we draw near to the end of the school year, I want to thank you all for your continued support over what has been a very difficult and trying time. It is not the way we wanted our school year to finish.

 

In terms of September, I am sure you are aware by now that it is the intention of the Government for all students to be back in school, if it is safe to do so, and have asked schools to put in protective measures, working within bubbles in order to make School as safe as we possibly can for students and staff. This will then mean that if there are local break outs of Coronavirus or within school directly, then specific actions can be taken.

 

I wanted to inform you of the procedures we have put in place for Roselyn House School and The RHISE Centre. We have worked very hard on this system, following government guidelines. The way school operates from September will look very different than it has done previously, but we have kept our young people’s needs and safety at the heart of the decisions we have made.

 

School will operate in AM and PM blocks within Bubble Groups made up of the same postcodes. These groups will then be in Year group or Key stage classes. When one bubble group is in school, the other will be off site. This will be alternated daily Monday- Thursday. On a Friday, one bubble group will start at the usual time and finish earlier. The second bubble group will start later (10.10am) and finish later (3.20pm) This is the same amount of time spent at school and will allow enrichment activities to take place.

 

The RHISE Centre will hold sessions for RHISE Service individuals and have a Sixth Form Bubble Group.

 

When students are picked up on transport in a morning, they will be asked to wear a face covering before they enter the vehicle. Likewise, the staff members will also be wearing a face covering. These are available from school. They will have an infra-red temperature test. This means either the driver or passenger assistant will hold up a thermometer to your child’s forehead at arms length. It will then read the temperature and indicate Green, Amber or Red. If your child has a temperature they will be asked to stay at home. They will then be asked to put hand sanitiser on.

If your child is feeling unwell, has a persistent cough, high temperature or lack of taste/smell then they should stay at home and a Covid Test should be done.

 

On arrival at school, each class group will have their own designated door to enter the building by. They will then go and wash their hands. After doing this, they will go to their specific classroom, remove their face covering and place it in a zip lock bag. Each child has their own desk in the school with their own work box containing the resources they will need for the AM/PM education. Teaching staff will move to the classroom to deliver lessons. We understand that the expectation of our students to stay in the same room for a morning or afternoon is a difficult one, so we will be having staggered break times and ‘get up and move’ time. Students will be encouraged to take ownership of their own learning space and will be allowed to personalise as appropriate.

 

Class groups will be in Year groups or Key stages and will still have support. There will be a maximum of 5 in the class group. They will have a Support Assistant. The Support Assistants may, on occasions, wear PPE if in close proximity. Lessons will still follow National Curriculum and be broad and balanced. Hot lunches will be provided in the Classroom when on ‘in school’ lessons. We have installed hand sanitiser stations around school in each zone and frequent handwashing will be encouraged. Classroom desks will be wiped down during the day and the whole school cleaned in the evenings. Windows and doors will be left open to increase ventilation and minimise touch points within school.

 

Your child will be in school 2 mornings per week and 2 afternoons per week.

 

The other 2 mornings and 2 afternoons will consist of Education off site, in the outdoors or at a Leisure Centre. These will consist of Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Forest Schools, Literacy/Numeracy in the Community, Science in the Outdoors and Arts through Nature and Mentoring sessions.

 

This is very exciting as it gives us the opportunity to explore some new subjects. We will look at using real life English and Maths in the community, be able to do bigger science experiments/ projects and increase our work with Eco Schools. We will have a greater developed Physical Education Curriculum and be able to offer more outdoor activities like climbing, canoeing, gardening, and animal care.

 

Students will be transported in a morning to their off-site lessons and provided with a take away lunch.

 

Students swapping from AM to PM sessions will not cross over. These timings will be staggered.

 

We will continue to have Vocational Programmes with Alternative Providers.

 

We will also look at opportunities on a Friday for therapeutic and enrichment activities where students will go out of school in their bubble groups after 2 lessons in school. This is why each group will have different start and finish times.

 

There will be timetabled TEAM Chat sessions so that students who are out of school can communicate with other students to maintain friendships and whole school cohesion.

 

All students will be encouraged to use social distancing. Staff will social distance up to 2 metres, however if required to be in closer proximity, they may have to use PPE.

 

If your child becomes ill at school with suspected Covid symptoms, they will be taken to a designated room and we would ask if you could collect them. If this is not possible and we have to return your child home, the member of staff will be in full PPE. A test will be required. If the test is confirmed positive, students and staff who have been in contact with your child in this incidence will have to self-isolate for 14 days and remote learning will be provided.

 

I know that is a lot to take in!

 

Staff will be completing home visits next week in order to explain the new system and expectation for your child.

 

In addition to this, they will be providing a programme of Literacy and Numeracy ‘catch-up’ work for students to complete in the 6 week holiday. It is important that students do not fall further behind and have compiled this work to meet individual areas of need. Please encourage your child to complete as it will help us to assess in September specific work we need to do.

 

We will continue to provide Food Vouchers over the Summer, but since we are not part of the government scheme, these will be every two weeks, (£30) rather than a one-off voucher at the start of the holidays.

 

Staff have agreed to continue to offer support over Summer and will ring twice and do 2 home visits throughout the six weeks. We feel this is important as we understand there will be anxieties around everyone returning to school in September and will give you and your child the opportunity to discuss these.

 

Examination results will most likely be emailed and certificates posted at a later date.

 

It remains for me to say that these are testing times and I would personally like to thank you all and all our staff for the efforts that have been pooled together in order to support our students. I appreciate there will be challenging times ahead and we will continue to understand your child’s anxieties around these changes. By working together, we will make it work.

 

Please support us in discussing the changes with your child, explaining that as part of our Behaviour Policy, the new procedures are there to keep themselves and others safe.

 

Please explain we are doing everything we can in order for everyone to be back in school, following government guidance and procedures in order to make it as safe as we possibly can.

 

Have a safe Summer and we will see you all soon.

 

Miss D ?

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                    22 June 2020

 

Hi all and hope you continue to stay safe and well.

 

Firstly, I would like to congratulate students who have received Headteacher’s Awards over the past few weeks. These have been given to students for work completed both in school and from home. It is very encouraging to see some of the most fantastic work that has been brought to my attention. It is truly wonderful to see. In addition to this, certificates have been given for positive and supportive attitudes. It is heart -warming to see students supporting other students and thankyou to those Parents and Carers who have sent us some beautiful and uplifting emails.

 

We wanted to inform you that we have now submitted GCSE and functional skills grades which have been based on continuous assessment and rank order. We are lead to believe that the results will be available in August.

 

Following LCC’s position on wider openings we have now been able to welcome back more students; in particular those who are attending Alternative Provision. We have increased our home visits and have started to take some students out for walks. We, still have to look at risk assessments and this wider opening is based on that along with staff availability.

 

Government guidelines for Special School wider openings states:

 

‘For all children and young people with an EHC plan in special education settings, such as special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools, settings should encourage attendance based on the child’s risk assessment, which should be kept up to date, and on the ability of the setting to provide for their needs. Decisions should not be made using the child’s year group as a primary deciding factor. In these settings, year groups may not be as indicative of key transition points or moments that are particularly important for life chances.

 

Our aim is for specialist provision to support increasing numbers of children and young people to access on-site education, whilst prioritising the safety of children, young people and staff. If it is not possible to bring back all children and young people for whom a return would be appropriate straight away, for example, due to staff absences, settings may want to prioritise attendance for:

 

  • children and young people approaching key transition points, for example, transition to another educational setting or from education to adult life, particularly where multi-agency work to secure that progression is needed

 

  • children and young people who most need on-site provision to support their life chances and development, for example to reinstate routines and engagement with learning’

We continue to have increased protective measures in school with regard to hygiene, hand washing/ sanitiser, social distancing and encourage the use of face coverings on school transport. Our aim is to make the school environment as safe as we can for students and staff and fully support individual families’ decisions on whether their child should come to school or not. If your child is displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 and are due to attend school, Alternative Provision or have a home visit, then they should not come in and school should be notified. This is vital to keep everyone safe. If a young person or a member of staff tests positive for Coronavirus, then all students and staff who have been in contact will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

We continue to make our welfare calls to yourselves and have supportive calls for Teaching and Learning. We have increased our online resources and continue to provide work packs, home learning advice, Skype lessons and TEAM Chats.

 

We are looking at providing some face to face contact before the end of term to those students who will be leaving us this year as we feel this is vital for their transition. We will also be offering some increased outdoor learning opportunities and will be in touch regarding these in due course.

 

We continue to provide weekly FSM Vouchers and this will continue during the Summer break.

 

We are currently undertaking an assessment of need for Literacy and Numeracy intervention and will look at suitable ‘catch-up’ in the next few weeks.

 

I have attached the updated Government guidance below for Parents/Carers and hope that it is helpful:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

Please be assured we continue to work hard, in difficult circumstances in order to meet the needs of all our students in the best way that we can and will endeavour to keep you updated as we progress.

 

Again, thankyou for your patience, support and kindness during these times,

 

Miss D ?

 

                                                                                          9 June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Following the latest Government Guidelines in respect of wearing face coverings whilst using public transport, in an attempt to further safeguard staff and students, we are going to implement that all staff and students need to wear a face covering whilst in vehicles travelling to and from School and Alternative Provision.

 

Please try to reassure your child that this is nothing to worry about and is simply a protective measure that we are putting in place to minimise the risks to all.

 

We have purchased some face coverings that are due to arrive in school very shortly.  As soon as these have arrived, it will be an expectation that all staff and students need to wear them.  If they refuse to wear them, we will not be able to transport them into school.


When staff and students are travelling in vehicles, they are sat in close proximity and therefore, by introducing this, we hope it will help relieve some of the concerns surrounding transport.

 

Staff and students do not have to wear the coverings provided by school if they do not wish, you can provide your own.   They will however have to follow Government Guidance:-

 

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.

When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.

There is also information on making your own face covering and this can be found here:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Rachel Smith

School Business Manager

Roselyn House School

 

 

                                                                                          28 May 2020

 

 

Hi everyone,

 

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

 

It has been a while since I have spoken to some of you so I thought I would send a quick letter to you all to say hello and although we are not all together at the moment, we are still a team and all in this together.

 

I am attaching some information that may be useful to some of you in terms of your wellbeing. It is very important at the current time to look after ourselves, both mentally and physically.   A series of Apps have been created that may be able to help you or your brothers and sisters or even your parents and carers.  I will detail them at the end of this letter.

 

I am also going to attach some information from Digital Healthy Schools Lancashire which provides some explanation. 

 

Please continue to stay in touch via the school Facebook page and school e-mail, we love to hear from you.

 

Roselyn Community Facebook Page

Email - student@roselynhouseschool.co.uk

 

Enjoy the sunshine (don’t forget your suncream!) and continue to stay safe.

 

Mrs Smith ?

 

Healthy school website
Coronavirus: Apps to help children and young people

           

 The Worrinots* and Wotnot* are companion apps to help children offload their worries, and allow parents to monitor their child's concerns. The Worrinots is a secure app designed for children, providing them with a safe place to share their worries, fears and concerns, which in turn provides them with a practical, fun coping mechanism for their fears, using one of the four Worrinots characters. Parents can use the Wotnot companion app in parallel, which has been designed specifically to help parents/carers monitor children’s fears when they are sharing them through The Worrinots app.

https://www.worrinots.com/

Chill Panda is a family friendly relaxation, breathing exercise and activity app. It allows children and adults to start to understand how their bodies respond to different feelings, and includes some play based activities demonstrated by a panda avatar.

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/chill-panda/

Wysa* is an emotionally intelligent chatbot which employs research-backed, widely used techniques such as CBT, DBT, Yoga and meditation, to support users with stress, anxiety, sleep, loss and a whole range of other mental health and wellness needs.

https://www.wysa.io/

Mindful Powers™* is a kid-first, holistic approach to helping young minds learn and practice mindfulness so they can respond more effectively to stressful situations through the power of play. Built on a skills-based approach that helps children in early and middle childhood build a healthier relationship with life, stress, and anxiety, Mindful Powers™ empowers kids to bring calm to their lives at the touch of their fingertips.

https://mindfulpowersforkids.com/

Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories* provides children with soothing bedtime stories, relaxations and sounds, allowing them to drift calmly off to sleep. Each story follows the natural pattern of sleep, slowing in rhythm as dreamy melodies and comforting bedtime themes emerge.

https://www.moshisleep.com/

Rafi Tone is an app designed to help make using an inhaler with a spacer easier and more fun for young children with wheeze or asthma symptoms. It works alongside the Able Spacer and small whistle mask manufactured by Clement Clarke International Ltd (www.clement-clarke.com) and available on prescription or from the pharmacist. There is a whistle tone emitted by the mask when correct breathing technique is used. 

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/rafi-tone/

MySpira is an augmented reality, asthma training game, developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals. It is only compatible with ARKit enabled devices. In the app, children will learn about asthma and good inhaler techniques from Dr. Woozo, a character from outer space, and through fun mini-games.

https://www.myspira.com/

Dario Diabetes Management is a tool designed to simplify diabetes management. It allows users to keep a record of blood glucose levels, monitor progress through a logbook, and keep track of emotions, which can have an impact on blood glucose. The Dario App can seamlessly share real-time information with caregivers or family members, meaning that parents can monitor their child's diabetes information.

https://mydario.com/

EmolliZoo is a fun way to help children learn about dry skin conditions, in particular eczema, and the need for emollient. Children learn the correct way to use their own emollient through game play and are rewarded with stickers and certificates when they maintain a good routine of emollient use. All EmolliZoo educational content is accredited by the National Eczema Society (Regd Charity Nos 1009671 and SCO43669). A separate Parent section includes more detailed information about the skin, eczema, and emollients.

http://emollizoo.co.uk/

Brush DJ has been developed by a dentist for anyone wanting to reduce their risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The app helps keep children's smile healthy and breath fresh by using a toothbrush timer that plays 2 minutes of music from your devices, cloud or streaming service, making tooth-brushing for an effective length of time less boring!

https://www.brushdj.com/

Triumf has been designed for children and young people with cancer, diabetes, asthma, surgical intervention, and young people who are overweight or obese. The app encourages users to play a fun game, find out more about their illness, get psychological support from a virtual friend, and get rewarded for changing their habits. It aims to improve mental wellbeing, health-related quality of life, and patient engagement. This app needs a referral code from a doctor to use.

https://triumf.health/

 

*may include in-app purchases some have a 7 day free trial

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools: Lancashire

 

 

What is Digital Healthy Schools?

 

Digital Healthy Schools is an educational programme providing the learning resources and tools that young people need to responsibly navigate and use the ever-growing field of health-app technology. Throughout the programme which integrates with the PSHE curriculum, the students interact with many activities, videos and group exercises designed to teach them valuable skills relating to the use of mobile health (mHealth). They are also given access to the digital healthy schools portal, enabling them, their parents and teachers to find high quality apps through their app libraries, learn more about the sector, and recommend apps to their loved ones.

 

The programme enables teachers to educate pupils about keeping healthy, including managing their mental health, whilst exploring the topic of app development, app reviews as well as career prospects in Digital Health. It helps to safeguard children from using harmful apps, whilst teaching them to find and use good apps to support their overall well-being. Perhaps most importantly though, they develop the skills and knowledge they need to ensure their own healthy future, knowing where and how to look for good health and care advice. 

 

Nine out of ten young people in the UK own a mobile phone. Rather than fight this growing adoption, Lancashire County Council want to harness this interest to empower young people to use apps to support their health and well-being. 

 

Impact 

Steve Archer, Witton park Academy, Blackburn – “It’s something that really engaged them in the class. The package itself [is] easy to set up, self-explanatory, good to go. There are a number of students who say they’ve actively made changes to their lifestyles, which is really positive as it seems that young people are taking responsibility for their long-term health”

 

 

Below are responses collected from a student survey conducted at the end of 2019:

 

 

 

 

Want to know more?

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RgKTcBNHCQ

 

How can schools get involved?

 

Introducing your Digital Healthy Schools Package, an exciting new initiative commissioned by Lancashire County Council in partnership with ORCHA, to empower young people to embrace and responsibly use apps to support their own health and well-being. 

 

Digital Healthy Schools gives you the information, support and guidance to help your students explore and understand digital health and see the real difference it can make to their everyday health and wellbeing. 

 

 

A reminder of what schools receive in their FREE package:

Schools will have access to a customisable Digital Health Hub, lesson plans, assembly PowerPoints and downloadable resources.

  • School Staff will be able to recommend health and care apps directly to students and see activation data
  • Students will have access to a powerful App Finder that has thousands of stringently reviewed health apps to download safely. 

 

How to activate your free Digital Healthy Schools package:

 

  1. Click the link to go to Lancashire County Council’s Digital Healthy Schools site:

https://lancs.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/

  1. To activate your hub, click on ‘Features’ at the top right of the page or by scrolling down
  2. Click on ‘Get Started’ 
  3. Enter the activation code - Lancashire2019
  4. Fill in the details to set up your digital hub
  5. Once your site has been confirmed, you will receive an email explaining what to do next

 

                

 

What’s new for 2020?

 

COVID19 update:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, and schools being closed, it has been even more important to rely on digital means of communication for support and advice. All apps that can be found on the app libraries within the school portal’s are being updated to ensure that students and teachers can quickly identify which apps may be able to help support our physical as well as mental health during this lockdown. 

 

Schools will soon see apps listed with COVID19 badges to mark that these apps have undergone another layer of review and assessment to be deemed a COVID19 support app.

 

 

 

In the meantime, here are some useful apps for young people shared in the Digital Healthy Schools Newsletter:

 

Coronavirus apps to help children and young people:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/coronavirus-apps-to-help-children-and-young-people/

 

Here you will find some FAQs from schools using the Digital Healthy Schools Programme:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/digital-healthy-schools-your-questions-answered/

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools Career Zone

 

Digital Health or Health Tech is a rapidly developing area and we need young people to consider working in this exciting field. This Careers Zone will provide more information to students, teachers and parents about careers in this field and how young people can pursue them. The Digital Healthy School programme would like to support young people to consider new roles and careers by bringing together health and technology. 

 

The programme has had a great response from various Digital Health leaders across various organisations who have come forward to offer their time to record mini video series and posts for the Digital Healthy School website: https://www.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/careers/. 

 

Over the next few months and as summer holidays approach, students and teachers will be able to access a lot of great information on inspirational leaders working in Digital Health.

 

The Digital Healthy Schools social media will continue to be active during the summer holidays and students and teachers are encouraged to follow so that learning can continue over the break period.

Digital Healthy Schools: Lancashire

 

 

What is Digital Healthy Schools?

 

Digital Healthy Schools is an educational programme providing the learning resources and tools that young people need to responsibly navigate and use the ever-growing field of health-app technology. Throughout the programme which integrates with the PSHE curriculum, the students interact with many activities, videos and group exercises designed to teach them valuable skills relating to the use of mobile health (mHealth). They are also given access to the digital healthy schools portal, enabling them, their parents and teachers to find high quality apps through their app libraries, learn more about the sector, and recommend apps to their loved ones.

 

The programme enables teachers to educate pupils about keeping healthy, including managing their mental health, whilst exploring the topic of app development, app reviews as well as career prospects in Digital Health. It helps to safeguard children from using harmful apps, whilst teaching them to find and use good apps to support their overall well-being. Perhaps most importantly though, they develop the skills and knowledge they need to ensure their own healthy future, knowing where and how to look for good health and care advice. 

 

Nine out of ten young people in the UK own a mobile phone. Rather than fight this growing adoption, Lancashire County Council want to harness this interest to empower young people to use apps to support their health and well-being. 

 

Impact 

Steve Archer, Witton park Academy, Blackburn – “It’s something that really engaged them in the class. The package itself [is] easy to set up, self-explanatory, good to go. There are a number of students who say they’ve actively made changes to their lifestyles, which is really positive as it seems that young people are taking responsibility for their long-term health”

 

 

Below are responses collected from a student survey conducted at the end of 2019:

 

 

 

 

Want to know more?

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RgKTcBNHCQ

 

How can schools get involved?

 

Introducing your Digital Healthy Schools Package, an exciting new initiative commissioned by Lancashire County Council in partnership with ORCHA, to empower young people to embrace and responsibly use apps to support their own health and well-being. 

 

Digital Healthy Schools gives you the information, support and guidance to help your students explore and understand digital health and see the real difference it can make to their everyday health and wellbeing. 

 

 

A reminder of what schools receive in their FREE package:

Schools will have access to a customisable Digital Health Hub, lesson plans, assembly PowerPoints and downloadable resources.

  • School Staff will be able to recommend health and care apps directly to students and see activation data
  • Students will have access to a powerful App Finder that has thousands of stringently reviewed health apps to download safely. 

 

How to activate your free Digital Healthy Schools package:

 

  1. Click the link to go to Lancashire County Council’s Digital Healthy Schools site:

https://lancs.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/

  1. To activate your hub, click on ‘Features’ at the top right of the page or by scrolling down
  2. Click on ‘Get Started’ 
  3. Enter the activation code - Lancashire2019
  4. Fill in the details to set up your digital hub
  5. Once your site has been confirmed, you will receive an email explaining what to do next

 

                

 

What’s new for 2020?

 

COVID19 update:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, and schools being closed, it has been even more important to rely on digital means of communication for support and advice. All apps that can be found on the app libraries within the school portal’s are being updated to ensure that students and teachers can quickly identify which apps may be able to help support our physical as well as mental health during this lockdown. 

 

Schools will soon see apps listed with COVID19 badges to mark that these apps have undergone another layer of review and assessment to be deemed a COVID19 support app.

 

 

 

In the meantime, here are some useful apps for young people shared in the Digital Healthy Schools Newsletter:

 

Coronavirus apps to help children and young people:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/coronavirus-apps-to-help-children-and-young-people/

 

Here you will find some FAQs from schools using the Digital Healthy Schools Programme:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/digital-healthy-schools-your-questions-answered/

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools Career Zone

 

Digital Health or Health Tech is a rapidly developing area and we need young people to consider working in this exciting field. This Careers Zone will provide more information to students, teachers and parents about careers in this field and how young people can pursue them. The Digital Healthy School programme would like to support young people to consider new roles and careers by bringing together health and technology. 

 

The programme has had a great response from various Digital Health leaders across various organisations who have come forward to offer their time to record mini video series and posts for the Digital Healthy School website: https://www.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/careers/. 

 

Over the next few months and as summer holidays approach, students and teachers will be able to access a lot of great information on inspirational leaders working in Digital Health.

 

The Digital Healthy Schools social media will continue to be active during the summer holidays and students and teachers are encouraged to follow so that learning can continue over the break period.

 

GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR WORK WITH US! hello@orcha.co.uk  @DH_Schools

digitalhealthyschools.co.uk  @digitalhealthyschools

0151 482 9728   @OrchaUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR WORK WITH US! hello@orcha.co.uk  @DH_Schools

digitalhealthyschools.co.uk  @digitalhealthyschools

0151 482 9728   @OrchaUK

 

 

                                                                                                    21 May 2020

 

Hello to you all again and I hope you all continue to stay safe and well.

 

Next week is half-term but we will be continuing as we are; providing 3 days opening at school for those students who have been offered ‘high risk’ placements and continuing with home visits and welfare calls. We will continue to provide FSM vouchers also. A deep clean is taking place over the 2 days school is closed.

 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your children for some of the beautiful Thank A Teacher Day pictures and posters we received. They are truly heart-warming and mean so much. We have been busy producing some more online videos and these can be found on Roselyn House School You Tube channel, Roselyn Community Facebook and Roselyn School Twitter Page.

 

May I just remind you, that the government’s advice on the wider opening of schools from 1st of June 2020 is dependent on if it is safe to do so at this time, and because we are a Special School we will offer our placements based on risk assessment of need, not necessarily within the year groups the Government have suggested for mainstream schools.

 

We are continuously developing our risk reduction procedures and have some additional protective measures in the school with regard social distancing, hygiene, ventilation and sharing of items. We continue to encourage hand washing and have also implemented sanitiser stations. School is cleaned every day with deep cleans taking place during school holiday times.

 

The Government today has published specific guidance for parents in educating their children at home, which states the following:

 

‘While staying at home due to coronavirus, parents and carers may be concerned about their children’s education and the effect of missing school. Parents of year 11 students may also be worried about GCSEs and their child moving on to the next stage in life.

 

Schools are working quickly to adapt to the current situation, producing new materials and ways of teaching. If you have any concerns about your child’s education or how work is being set for them, do not hesitate to speak to the school and let them know.

 

This is a difficult time, and parents and carers should just do their best to support children in doing the work school sets for them.

 

Alongside any work your child receives from school, you can also use online educational resources from BBC Bitesize.

 

You can also call Starline on 0330 313 9162. This free helpline is providing support and advice to parents on home learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

  • Help your child organise their time

 

  • Do not worry about trying to maintain the full routine your child had at school. Their school will be planning an achievable amount of work for them to do at home. This may include:

 

  • work to be handed in by a set time, like homework
  • some online teaching sessions

 

  • Schools may give you advice on how to structure the day and your child may need some support to organise their time.

 

  • You know them best – it may suit them to split work up into shorter tasks or vary the different types of activity. Encourage them to take breaks and make time to be active – see physical activity resources for secondary school children to do at home.

 

Try different ways of working, not just using digital devices, for example:

 

  • use books, textbooks and other printed materials that their school has provided or that you already have at home

 

  • complete some work by hand – write a diary, a summary of things they have learned each day, or ‘to do’ lists

 

  • It may be difficult to keep your child motivated or for them to complete all the work school sets them. Do your best to support them and if they’re having problems completing their work, contact the school to discuss it with them.

 

Using digital devices for schoolwork

 

Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child uses and try to monitor the websites and apps they’re using. See advice on keeping them safe online and talk to your child about online safety.

 

Screen time

 

More screen time is expected while children are continuing their education and socialising from home. Help your child to spend time away from screens by suggesting breaks or other activities, such as phone calls, reading books, or doing exercise, while following the rules on social distancing.

 

If you can, get them to stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.

 

Socialising while social distancing

 

Children may be missing socialising with others at school. Let your child speak to their friends and family members through phone or video calls.

 

Many children will be socialising online too. See advice on keeping them safe online and advice from the NSPCC about gaming if they’re socialising through online games. Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices they use and ask them to tell you if they see anything worrying online.

 

Schools may also be looking into ways they can help children socialise and discuss things as they would at school.

 

Mental health and wellbeing

 

Staying at home and the change of routine may make this a difficult time for some children. They might show feelings of worry or frustration. It’s understandable and many families will be experiencing this

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Try to limit the time they spend watching the news if it upsets them. Take time to reassure them and be open to talking about their feelings.

 

This may be a particularly difficult time for year 11 children who have worked hard towards exams that will not now take place and are missing end of school celebrations. Make time to talk to them about it if they need to and acknowledge that they’ll probably have a range of feelings about it.

 

YoungMinds provide help and advice on mental health for both children and their parents.

You can also read our advice on how to support your child’s wellbeing, which includes places to find information and help.

 

Guidance is also available to help you look after your own mental health.

 

Talking to your child about coronavirus

 

Coronavirus can be a difficult thing to talk to children about and you may be worried about upsetting them. However, ignoring the subject could upset them more. Be open to talking to them about it.

 

You know your child best and conversations will be different depending on their age.

 

Try to reassure them that:

 

  • you’re doing your best to keep them safe and well

 

  • they’re unlikely to become seriously ill and that you’ll care for them if they do

 

  • if you or other family members are ill they’ll be cared for too

 

  • this situation is only temporary

 

  • Let them know it’s OK to be worried – do not dismiss their concerns or tell them how to feel about it. Answer the questions they asked, or if you do not know the answer tell them that you do not.

 

  • Be truthful and get your information from reliable sources such as GOV.UK or the NHS.

 

  • Talking about their feelings is a healthy thing to do and will help your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

What schools are doing

 

One of the responsibilities of schools is to provide pastoral care – the support they give children to help them to develop socially, academically, and personally. Schools are considering how to provide this in the current situation and many are checking in on children’s wellbeing and safety.

 

They’ll be contacting some children more, such as those who are vulnerable or those who are not completing work or replying to emails from teachers.

 

Schools are also considering how to provide extra support to children who will find it harder to learn at home or are making the least progress. This could include children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), children who receive free school meals, and children who have a social worker.

 

If you feel that you need some more support, contact your child’s school.’

 

Contained within the guidance are specific strategies for particular age groups.

 

Secondary age groups:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Primary age groups:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

I hope this is helpful. Continue to be kind to each other, stay safe and thankyou once again for your support. We will get through this together!

 

Miss D ?

Headteacher

Roselyn House School

 

 

13th May 2020

Dear Families,

 

We hope you and yours continue to be safe and well.

 

Firstly, thankyou! We continue to be impressed on how supportive you are and how you have responded to the challenges that this current situation has posed. In a short space of time, (I know it must feel longer), together we have worked together on changing what Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service offer but I am sure you will agree that the efforts of us all continues to help support our students, their well-being and educational development.

 

I’ve got to thank all the staff for their continued efforts and urge your children to look at some of the fantastic videos that are on Roselyn House School You Tube Channel, website and Roselyn Community Facebook page. There is something for everyone, Mr Violet’s drumming challenges, Mr Tate’s fitness challenges, Mr Haworth’s Cookery instruction and Mr Hartley’s Science experiments. Not to mention some of the group videos that we have all done.

 

We continue to email and post work out to students along with Skype lessons. If you are not yet involved in this then please contact school via email or phone and these can be arranged.

 

We are now on twitter and can be found @RoselynSchool- take a look. We are utilising different social media so that we have the best chance of staying in touch.

 

We are this week posting out an activity pack, which every member of staff has contributed to, which is aimed to be educational and fun. Please show us what your children are doing by posting work back to us, handing it over at home visits- place it on the floor outside your home, taking a photo and emailing it or sending it to the Community Facebook Page. We really want to see it!

 

I’m sure by now you have heard the announcement of the Prime Minister about plans for the wider opening of schools from 1st June only if it is ‘safe to do so’. The announcement has said Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Primary could be phased back and that Year 10 and Year 12 Secondary should have some opportunity to have some face to face time with their Teachers.

 

The Government has produced Guidance for schools- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020. In this document, it states that Special Schools can decide which students, from differing year groups, that we may include, based on the risk assessments for need that we currently carry out weekly. This could be on a part-time basis. We will work closely with local authorities on this and when we have more information we will let you know. Please feel free to discuss your thoughts and feelings on this the next time you receive a well-being call.

 

There has been a lot of talk in the press about school places for vulnerable students not being used and the government has been asking for more vulnerable students to attend. To be clear, this is for the places that were originally offered for ‘the most at risk’ students and at Roselyn House School 100% of these places are currently attended.

 

We have managed a rota where all students continue to have home visits and this is wonderful to hear how successful these are. Can I just remind everyone that social-distancing measures still need to be adhered to and can only take place 2metres away from the house. This is for the safety of everyone involved.

 

The risk of the Coronavirus is still at dangerous levels of infection despite some changes to the lockdown and we have stringent procedures to follow both in school and for home visits. Please can I remind you all of the importance of social-distancing and washing hands regularly for 20 seconds. In addition to this, the government has published guidance to wear masks if you need to use public transport.

 

New guidance has been published for Parents and Carers,

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

We continue to produce FSM Vouchers and support our families and students the best

way we can. I would like to ensure you that we put first and foremost the individual needs of our students, staff and our families. You are always at the forefront of our thinking and approach.

 

If you have an queries in this matter do not hesitate to call : 01772 435 948 or email office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk. For students work, please send to student@roselynhouseschool.co.uk

 

Warmest wishes and regards

 

Miss D

 

Sharon Damerall

Headteacher

Roselyn House School/ The RHISE Service

 

 

                                                                                                    4 May 2020

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Please find attached updated guidance for Parents and Carers as published 1st May with regard schools from the Department for Education.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

 

The guidance has been updated with additional information on the Friday, 8th May Bank Holiday and updates relating to the support and educational resources available to parents to help them educate their children at home.

 

School will be open on the Bank Holiday for our most high-risk students and some home visits will take place.

 

Some of you have been asking about free laptops and use of 4G. The situation is currently:

 

There are 2 groups of children and young people eligible for a laptop or tablet who currently lack access. The first is care leavers and children who receive support from a social worker (including families with pre-school children with a social worker, as well as older children), who need to keep in touch with social care services. The second group are disadvantaged students who would not otherwise have access to online learning and are preparing for exams (in Year 10).

 

We have been informed that this will be decided by the placing authority and it will be their responsibility to distribute them to schools. This is anticipated to be no sooner than June for those who are eligible.

 

Thankyou, for your kind support in this and all matters

 

 

Yours sincerely

      

 

Miss S Damerall     

Headteacher                                         

 

                           29 April 2020

 

Hi everyone

 

Just wanted to give you a quick Hello and let you know we are missing you. We want to provide you with some current updates.

The situation, still remains the same at this time and we hope you are taking full advantage of the work packs (posted and e-mailed), online learning and social media Platforms that are available to all students.

We continue to carry out welfare calls and are getting round as many students who we haven’t seen in a while for home visits. These are being done at a safe distance but are proving to be invaluable for Parents/Carers and students alike. It is nice for the staff to see you too.

We have been busy with our new You Tube Channel, found if you search, Roselyn House School and staff are becoming very creative, I have to say. I too have posted a message sent from all of us with, I hope, some helpful tips.

We continue to post to our Roselyn Community, Facebook Page and now have students emailing us at the student@roselynhouseschool.co.uk e-mail address, with some fantastic work and videos. I will be looking at awarding some Headteacher Awards in due course. These, also go on the school and RHISE websites too. www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk and www.rhise.org

We want to hear from you. It keeps us all together, even though physically we can’t all be at this time.

Public Health England have provided some updated guidance today with regards households who may have possible coronavirus infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

and Guidance for Households who live with someone who is increased risk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/guidance-for-households-with-grandparents-parents-and-children-living-together-where-someone-is-at-increased-risk-or-has-symptoms-of-coronavirus-cov

We have attached a shorter guide which is useful too.

We continue to provide weekly food vouchers and are available for Parents and Carers to contact us via office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk along with the school telephone. Please leave a message, as there is not always a member of staff in the school office at this current time due to increased risk.

As of 20th April 2020, Lancashire Care and South Cumbria NHS Trust (LSCFT) have extended crisis support for children and young people to 24/7 provision. If a child or young person is experiencing a crisis with their mental health there is always someone to call with health professionals available to provide specialist support and advice seven days a week. This information has been emailed today. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Helpline also offers a 24/7 phone service and is available to everyone, irrespective of whether they are currently accessing a CAMHS service.

This is available on 0800 915 4640, or can be accessed by texting ‘Hello’ to 07860 022846.

As always, stay safe, take care, be kind to yourself and others and know that you are always in our thoughts.

Miss D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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