Special Announcement

Coronavirus - September 2020

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Many of you will be concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect school.

Update 1st September 2020

Newfield is now fully open for all pupils, as agreed with parents.

Most Recent Letters to Parents

Letter to parents - 27/08/20

Full Opening of Schools from September 2020 Covid-19 Risk Assessment Newfield - 01/09/20 - This document outlines the risks and how we are managing them within school at the current time.

Letter to parents from BwD LA - 25/08/20

WellChild - the national charity for sick children - is offering a Direct Response Service to help families get the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and support with supplies that parents and carers need. Please see the information on their website and complete the online form for support getting PPE for home.

BwD Mobile COVID Testing Site - 10/07/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers - This information from the government will help you to plan travel - walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

Letter to parents - 17/07/20 - Plans for full opening in September

Letter to parents - 10/07/20 - Summer holiday support

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Please click here to see some of the questions that we have anticipated you may have about our reopening in June 2020. We have already had one or two questions from parents, which we have endeavoured to answer and we thought it would be useful to share these with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in school if you have further questions that are not answered here.

COVID Risk Assessment - Newfield - 04/06/20 - Risk assessment shared for June re-opening

Letter to parents - 22/06/20

Letter to parents - 02/06/20

Letter to parents - 22/05/20

Letter to parents - 20/05/20

Letter to parents - 13/05/20

Letter to staff from the governing body - 11/05/20

05/05/20 - Please see below for a printable postcard ‘Please do not shout at me’ for you to show people who may be questionning why you are taking your child out with more than one carer, or more frequently.

Letter to parents - 22/04/20

Letter to staff from the govering body - 10/04/20

Letter to parents - 06/04/20

Letter to parents - 25/03/20

Letter to parents - 23/03/20

Letter to parents - 19/03/20

You can make contact with school by using the contact email - contact@newfield.org.uk

The Senior Leadership Team is meeting virtually, on a regular basis, to discuss and implement any strategies required and is liasing with the BwD local authority as well as health and socail care colleagues.

Learning at Home

We are continuing to develop content on the website to support learning at home

We will be maintaining contact with families with a phone call at least once per week. Parents can email the class teacher or school website for additional support - we will get back to you.

Class teachers are sending out modified targets from the EHCP for you support your child’s leanring at home, as well as providing activities and resources specific to your child and families needs. If you are concerned about your child’s learning, please discuss this during your phone call from school and we will address this with you.

In addition, support and guidance for alternative arrangements for individual children can be sought from:

Free School Meal Guidance

If your child is entitled to free school meals you will have been sent an email to the email address that school holds for you.

The email will contain an e code. You need to then redeem this code following the instructions on this Free School Meals website.

This gives you further information on the process you need to follow.

If we do not have an email address for you the information (e code) will be printed and posted. You will then need to follow the instructions listed on the Free School Website above.

Daily Exercise Guidance

Many of our children need regular opportunities to exercise by going for walks outside, which is difficult during ‘lockdown’.

The government has some guidance about what you can and cannot do during this period, which may be helpful - particularly section 15 - in their information - Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

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NW SEND - Regional Network Newsletter - September 2020 - This network provides support for children, families and practitioners.

We continue to follow government advice from Public Health England.

We continue to encourage you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and would ask that you ensure your children are doing this also.

If you live with others and you or one of them 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.

Any vulnerable people should social distance to protect themselves as directed by the government, as directed in the govenment advice on social distancing.

Please see here for further information about the COVID-19 UK government response.

For further medical advice, please go to NHS 111 online.

We understand what a worry time this is for everyone and will keep you updated via the normal channels i.e. here on the website and via ParentMail.

Many thanks for your support, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe!

Hospital Passports

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group wants to encourage all individuals with learning disabilities or their carers to complete a hospital Passport to communicates their likes, dislikes, communication issues, how they express pain etc. You can access a COVID Hospital Passport that has been developed by Learning Disability England to support the current crisis.

BwD help hub
support helplines
Advice for parents when a child is unwell

Please check here again for the latest updates.

Newfield School
Old Bank Lane
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 2PW

01254 588 600

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Safeguarding

Newfield School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

Full copies of Policies and Procedures related to all aspects of Safeguarding, and the Complaints Policy, are available on request from Rik Robinson, Head Teacher and Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Equality Duty

Newfield School complies with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act (2010). In accordance with the duty we publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

These specific duties have been considered in relation to all our policies and procedures in school. Our objectives will be reported on and published as part of the Governance public documents available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Regulations and Data Protection duties and in the school newsletter to parents.

Our Equality Objectives are set, reviewed and published annually in our School Development Plan.

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