Kent Together - posted 02-04-2020

Kent County Council has launched a new 24 hour helpline called Kent Together to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

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Nappies and Medication - posted 30-03-2020

If any parent/carer needs to access your child's nappies, medication or enteral feed equipment that is currently at school please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jeremy Edwards or Chris Holmes via the main school office phone number - 01843 863891.

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Support and Guidance - posted 26-03-2020

We all appreciate the difficulties that many of you are facing at this time when we are being told to stay indoors. Again we want to send the message that, although your children are not in school, we are still here for you.

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Contact / Free School Meals - posted 23-03-2020

We are in the process of looking at options for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Currently there looks like a choice of options for parents. We will be contacting parents of any child in receipt of FSM, but not attending, over the next couple of days.

Please remember, if your child is not attending, we are still here for you to offer support, guidance and, should you want it, a listening ear. Please give us a call on the main school number – 01843 863891, or by email at foreland@foreland.kent.sch.uk. Should we not be able to talk with you then and there, please leave your number and we will get back to you.

We will be keeping in touch with parents of any child not at school regularly.

Please look after yourselves and your wonderful children.

Adrian

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School Contact - 20.03.20 - posted 20-03-2020

I fully understand at the moment that many parents are wondering about arrangements for next week. Today we will be contacting all parents in order to gather the information we will need to plan the schools operation in response to supporting the national effort in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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School Update - 20th March 2020 - posted 20-03-2020

In support of the national effort, the school will be opening in a limited capacity on Monday. We are able to accommodate children of key workers and other categories identified within the government’s vulnerable groups.

The ability to continue to offer this provision will remain under constant daily review. It is very much dependent on the number of staff we have in school at any one time. There will be a maximum number of pupils that we can accommodate based on the amount of staff we have in school and the specialism of those staff to safely meet the social, emotional and health needs of the pupils at school. We will, at all times, follow government advice regarding social distancing.

Any child who can be accommodated at school on Monday will receive a call this evening informing them of this. If you are not contacted, please do not send your child into school on Monday. Pupils attending on Monday that would normally attend our Garlinge satellite provision should attend at the Foreland Fields School site until further notice.

Whilst there have been no confirmed cases, we still have a number of pupils and staff self isolating due to presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In 2 of these cases, we have consulted with Public Health England (PHE). It of the utmost importance that any child who is displaying a temperature or cough is not sent into school. Should your child, or any member of your family, display any of these symptoms you must follow PHE advice to self isolate.

Any child not now attending school will, if they haven’t already, receive a work pack from their class teacher.

I will ensure I keep in regular contact via ClassDojo and the website and, of course please feel free to contact us on the generic school email address: foreland@foreland.kent.sch.uk.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful staff here at Foreland Fields who all give that bit extra to ensure that your children have a positive experience at school. This week has not been easy for any of us and I have asked a lot from them. Not once did I hear the slightest complaint or grumble. I feel so blessed to work with such passionate and caring individuals.

To all parents/carers and your wonderful children, everyone here wishes you all the best of health.

Adrian

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School Arrangements - 19.03.2020 - posted 19-03-2020

Having watched the government briefing from Gavin Williamson and Boris Johnson last night, I would imagine many of you are a little unsure as to where that leaves us as a school. The Department of Education have not released in detail how special schools are supposed to operate and we await further guidance.

We have been promised further clarity in regards to the key worker categories from the cabinet office today. We have also been assured that further information regarding which children fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category will be made available.

As we have more information we will of course share it with you. As it stands, the school will be open as usual tomorrow – Friday 3rd March 2020.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update) - posted 17-03-2020

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

• if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

School will be open tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March). Please ensure that any child who has a temperature or a cough is kept off from school for 14 days. Please ensure you call into school to inform us if your child is unwell.

Stay Safe!

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