Community Update – 10th July 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

Community Update – 10th July 2020

I hope this update finds you all well and gradually being able to enjoy the relaxation of some of the restrictions. We have been working with West Sussex County Council this week to ensure we know what they will be able to do in relation to transport and all the other services we rely on when we return in September.  All of the plans for September that are currently being put together are based on the current advice; as the advice changes so will the plans.  It is therefore likely that more detailed information, and indeed changes, may occur over the summer holidays.  It is unlikely you will get a summer break from some updates!

As we are now at our maximum capacity in college, next week we will be trialling out new ways of getting the buses loaded and unloaded with students, to ensure we are all well practised in the best way for September.  We are currently working on the basis that there will be a staggered start with buses/ taxis told to arrive in a specific time slot.

Thank you to those families who have volunteered to review and discuss the arrangements for September.  I will be in contact this week to seek your advice.

Detailed sets of guidance will come out next week and we will put together a number of videos to show the changes and what college will look like.

If you are in a position where you need support, then please do telephone the college.

Free School Meals:

Families who are entitled to a Free School Meals voucher over the summer holiday will be contacted to arrange a time or collection method for that voucher.  As these cannot be reissued we will need to have these collected.  Please make sure the return form is signed and given back to college staff.  We still have some families who we need to come and collect the vouchers.  They will all need to be collected by the end of the day on Friday 17th July at the latest.

Last day of term:

The last day of term for students in college is Friday 17th July.  We will finish at 3pm.

Concessionary Places on School Transport

West Sussex Transport Team is working on how students will be transported to college for September based on the updated guidance that has been released.  Potentially this will have an impact on their capacity to offer concessionary places for September.  As with each year, those families who would like a concessionary place need to reapply for this via the WSCC website:

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-and-college-transport/apply-for-transport-to-school/paid-school-transport/

Until the transport team has been in contact with you confirming a place, we advise that you need to look at alternative arrangements.

Summer holidays:

Oak Grove College has been granted some funding to run a summer school for two weeks.  This will be limited, and will also be offered to year 6 students to support transition.  It will be run by staff from Oak Grove College and will operate from Tuesday 21st July to Friday 31st July.  I am very grateful to the staff who have volunteered to do this.  Year 6 students will be offered places on Tuesday 21st July and Friday 31st July.

If you wish to be considered for a place please email: summer@oakgrovecollege.org.uk

We will be coming back to people on Tuesday 14th July to confirm arrangements for this.

For further information about respite and services available over the summer please check out this site:  https://bit.ly/SENDSummer

 

Staff changes for September:

The teaching assistants have now been allocated to their class groups for next year and this information will be available to you next week.  For those young people with complex needs we have kept staff groups as consistent as possible.

 

Work at Home:

Well done to those using the online platforms for their skills development. This is an excellent work effort.

Social Media:

Please be aware of what your young person is doing on social media, it is important they are supervised. The is a recurrence of a craze on TikTok that suggests young people do silly things that is engaging and then ends with students being asked to harm themselves.  Further information is here:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/advice-those-concerned-about-blue-whale-story

I cannot emphasise the need for you all to supervise the use of the internet at all times.  Please talk to your children about what they see, what they believe and get them to consider that lots of what is online is absolute rubbish and not truthful or appropriate.

Please keep the photos coming for the website to show us what you are doing.  Send to: forwebsite@oakgrovecollege.org.uk  It really make us smile!

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

 

#proudofteamOGC

 

Yours sincerely,

Phillip

 

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

Update to families 10 07 2020