Welcome to our Life@OPA during Covid-19. This page will hopefully give you a little insight into what we are doing here at Oxley Park Academy to adapt to this very unique and different world we are all living in at present.
Below you will find all the information around changes, updates and what life is like for your children as they return to school.
We are working extremely hard to ensure Life@OPA is safe, relaxed and enjoyable for all during this period of time, whether children are attending OPA@school, learning remotely via OPAschoolonline, or attending our OPAemergencycare provision.
Following the Prime Minister's recent announcement,
we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 8 March when we re-open.
Please read the latest Principal's Post dated 23 February for more information:
Principal's Post 23 February 2021.pdf.
Sadly, we find ourselves placed within another national lockdown, with all schools physically closed to the majority of pupils until at least Monday 22 February. Whilst we remain open for our vulnerable children, and children of our key worker families, the majority of our pupils are now following our remote learning provision, which is a mixture of daily, live sessions with their class teacher, daily pre-recorded lessons, plus access to a range of tasks and online learning provisions. We believe this approach will offer a degree of flexibility to best serve our busy families, who may be working from home whilst supporting their children and possibly sharing devices. Pre-recorded lessons can be accessed at a time that is convenient.
The requirements from the Government during this lockdown differ greatly from the lockdown during the spring/summer terms of last year, when the National Curriculum was suspended. During the current lockdown, schools are expected to set meaningful and ambitious work each day in several different subjects that includes either recorded or live direct teaching, and should be of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. As a minimum this expectation is 3 hours per day for Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2 when pupils are aged between 5 and 7) and 4 hours per day for KS2 (years 3-6 when children are aged between 7 and 11). Those hours include both direct teaching and time for pupils to complete tasks or assignments independently.
Please see our Principal’s Posts of 31 December 2020 and 6 January 2021 for further details: https://www.oxleyparkacademy.com/news/principals-post.
These are unusual times. We appreciate that our families are doing their very best, and we are here to support in whatever way we can.
OPA@school: This is our regular provision when school is fully open to all year groups for face-to-face teaching and learning. Any updates to this provision will be shared through Principal’s Posts.
OPAschoolonline: This provision has run since the start of lockdown and has proven to be a great success. We will continue to use this regularly for Home Learning, and also in the event of pupils having to self-isolate, or a local lockdown. All children will have full access to Google Classroom.
OPAemergencycare: Our Emergency Care provision will be re-introduced in the unfortunate case of a local or national lockdown. Should schools be forced to close by the government, this provision will be open to our children of key workers and our vulnerable children.
For children returning to OPA@school children must arrive and be collected at the following times:
We have organised this into House Teams so families with more than one child in different year groups have the same drop off and pick up. Please note that Wednesday collection times are the same as the rest of the week. Please remember only one parent per family and Achieve children where possible to come onto the campus alone. Thank you.
We will be running a new one way system on both campuses. There will also be signage and lines out that will help you. Please watch the following videos to see how these work…
Our absolute priority is to ensure our children feel safe, relaxed and happy back at school after such a long break away. A wide range of books, resources and strategies are being used. Daily reflection, social stories and mindfulness games will all be part of our daily routines.
Relationships between adult and child remains our utmost priority and even with all the new guidance we must adhere to we will ensure every individual child feels cared for. Our highly skilled Sanctuary Team will be supporting all staff in providing whatever is needed to uphold our very special ethos that we had here at Oxley, way before Covid-19 existed! For further information on our pastoral provision please do check out our Sanctuary pages on the website.
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.
For the latest guidance, please see the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/
If a member of staff or pupil tests positive, advice from PHE/ local health protection team, will be sought as to whether this involves the temporary closure of a class or wider bubble within a Quad or Street.
After a positive test, we must inform NHS test and trace and contact our local Health Protection Team
At present our Academy offices are only open for emergencies and collection of children within the day. However, we are still here and we really don’t want our parents and carers to feel you can’t get in touch with us. Here are the ways we can still do this:
Any general enquires about any of our provision or general academy queries please contact our academy offices by telephone or email:
Oxley Park campus: 01908 503870 Shenley Wood campus: 01908 506899
Google Classroom and any school online enquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our Principal’s Post dated 4 September 2020, which sets out email addresses for your child’s class teacher
The government are regularly updating their guidance around Covid-19. Please follow the links below for further guidance:
Latest parent guidance:
What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19:
Supporting your child's remote education during coronavirus (Covid-19):
Latest general guidance:
How to get tested:
Mental Health support:
We have a range of resources in our Sanctuary section of our website but here are some links to some you may find useful:
A Friendly explanation to what is Coronavirus for Nursery, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1:
A friendly explanation to what is Coronavirus for Key Stage 2:
A child friendly social story:
Catch it, bin it, kill it:
Child friendly Gruffalo-style story: