COVID-19

 

COVID-19: Update 25 March 2020


Please can I update you on how we are planning to communicate with you over the next weeks:

  • Students will receive at least 2 emails a week from a senior member of staff.
  • Staff will receive a daily update from a senior member of staff
  • Parents will receive at least one email from a senior member of staff. This will normally be on a Monday.

Thanks

Peter Roberts

Acting Principal


I   know that many of you are worried and confused about how your son/daughter be will be graded this year. I would like to assure you that we will be doing everything that we can to ensure that our students get the best possible grades. The link below is the latest government guidance on what is going to happen now that the summer exams have been cancelled:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

It is clear from the guidance that a range of factors will be considered when deciding ‘calculated grades’, including consideration of coursework if applicable, teacher assessment and predictions and how much progress students would ordinarily make attending a specific college.  Fortunately, students at OSFC perform very well compared to those nationally, which should help to ensure your son/daughter gets the results that they need to progress. Despite being closed we are continuing to work with your son/daughter online, using Google Classroom. It is important that your son/daughter completes the work that they have been set on Google Classroom as it may improve their final grade(s).

The Government is hoping to publish examination results by the end of July 2020, which is earlier than normal. This is helpful in terms of your son/daughter’s progression. They have also stated that students who receive lower results than they were expecting will be able to appeal and that there will also be opportunities for them to take their exams during the next academic year, probably in the autumn as well as in the normal exam period in the summer.  It is, therefore, important for your son/daughter to continue to revise and engage with the materials on Google Classroom, remembering that as long as their teachers remain fit and well that they will be available to help them. I am asking that teachers are only contacted when they normally teach your son/daughter and that they do not ask about final grading.

Your son/daughter completing all of the work is also important as it will improve their understanding of the course(s) that they have studied, which should in turn help them in the future. For Year 12 students, the work that we are expecting them to do is essential and will eventually be assessed and contribute to their final grades. Engaging with work that we have set will also provide structure to their day, which is important for their mental health and wellbeing.

I would be really grateful if you could encourage them as much as possible to work hard at home.

I have asked all of our students to be socially responsible over the next weeks and months. Our NHS is going to be stretched and we need to do everything we can to stop COVID-19 from spreading. College is asking that our students don’t associate in large groups either in their homes or the wider community and that they try to keep at least two metres from everyone they are with as well as following the other guidelines such as washing their hands.

I will be writing to you again with further updates. Once we know more about grading, we tell you as quickly as possible.

Please take care.

Peter Roberts

Acting Principal


COVID-19: Update 20 March 2020

The Government have released further information about grading this summer, please see below.

Goverment Information (click here)

At this point this is all we know and we are expecting further details soon.

In the meantime, please can I ask that you don’t email college staff as they do not have any other information.

Thank you for patience. We will update you as soon as we know more and we are working hard on your behalf.

COVID Support available for parents (click here)

OSFC Care Card (click here)

I would like to begin by thanking you for your patience and support in these unprecedented times. We are doing everything we can to ensure that our students get the best possible outcomes and are not disadvantaged in any way.

As you are aware, the Government have announced that schools and colleges are to close from the end of the day on Friday 20th March. However, they have indicated that schools and colleges will be open for students whose parents are key workers, students with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and those who have an allocated Social Worker. I would like to explain how OSFC is responding to this directive.

We are in the process of contacting all students that are categorised as vulnerable to explain the arrangements for Monday 23 March.

The Government last night categorised who they regard as key workers. This is people working in the following sectors;

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and necessary goods workers
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication, and financial services

If you believe you are likely to be categorised as a key worker and wish your student to attend college, please contact using this link and complete the very short form. If you are unsure about what to do, the following may help:

If only one parent or carer is a critical worker, can I send my children into college?

  • Students with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required.

I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child into college, do I have to?

  • Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
  • This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to college if they do not need or wish to do so.
  • For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

We are requesting this information to ensure we have sufficient capacity to supervise your son/daughter. Please note that while we will provide facilities to complete work, no formal teaching will be taking place. There is no need for them to attend College, and parents may prefer them to study at home. If this is the case, you do not need to contact us. Where possible students should be working from home.We are prepared for remote learning via Google Classroom for all our students, whether they are at home or at college, during the period of closure. This will begin today, Friday 20 March, and we believe that it is very important that your son/daughter is fully engaged.

Finally, as soon as the arrangements for awarding grades to students is made clear, we will email your son/daughter, yourself and release a statement on our website. We hope that this is imminent.

Thanks again for your support,

Peter Roberts

Acting Principal

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