The Oaks Academy Covid-19 Information
Free School Meals
Free School Meals In response to schools being closed to most pupils during the current national lockdown, the national free school meals voucher scheme will soon be available again to provide support to families during term time. This will be managed centrally by the Department for Education and provided by Edenred. If you are in receipt of free school meals you will be contacted, by Edenred, in due course.
Consent for Lateral Flow Testing (Covid-19)
Following the government’s announcement on Monday 4th January 2021, mass testing for Covid in schools has been put on hold. We will continue to arrange testing for staff and priority pupils who are accessing the on-site provision.
In order to do this, we need to obtain parental consent for lateral flow testing. Thank you for all the responses received so far. If you are yet to do, so please click on the ‘Microsoft Forms Icon’ to submit your response electronically. Alternatively if you are unable to access the Forms link, then you can download the consent form by clicking here.
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process.
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
Please see the one page guide from the NHS on the process, alongside a Frequently Asked Questions document.
We strongly encourage all parents/carers to consent to testing and support the government’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.
Thank you again for your support throughout this challenging time, and we are sure that by working together and engaging positively with the government’s strategy we can help reduce the spread of the virus and potentially safe lives.
Please can we ask that you take a few moments to fill out the parent survey by clicking the ‘Microsoft Forms Icon’. This will provide us with valuable information to support and improve our online learning provision. Thank you.
Parent Support – Teams
Following on from the parent support meetings that have been held this week, please find attached a short recording of how to access Microsoft Teams. If you have any further questions regarding accessing work or to discuss the work set for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me direct on email@example.com
This video can also be found on the Support Page.
We are actively looking at ways to safeguard our students during Covid-19. Please see the addendum to our Current Safeguarding policy below. Further information about Safeguarding can be found in The Safeguarding Centre.