Doncaster Council has shared with us the following information regarding a course which parents/carers/ grandparents and extended family members may find useful.
We want to make sure you are aware of this fantastic, locally sponsored, offer: Maybe you have heard about the brilliant online courses for parents, FREE (with access code: STGEORGE at:www.inourplace.co.uk) for residents in our area? The Solihull Approach (NHS) have launched a NEW online course!
Over the weekend, a primary school in Doncaster alerted the Police to risks posed by “Omegle” so the Local Authority have asked schools to issue guidance for parents if they find their children accessing this chatroom.
Omegle is a website that pairs random strangers for live text or video chats. It first launched in 2009 and its slogan is “Talk to strangers!”
There is an option for adult (18+) content and a section for people aged 13+ with parental permission. Anyone can use the site. Users simply go to Omegle.com and then choose ‘Text’ or ‘Video’ chat and the page states how many users are currently online.
A local resident emailed school this morning following an incident they witnessed involving 2 adults in a people carrier who had parked across the drive of an elderly resident of Meadow Rise. It has been reported to me that there was an angry confrontation because the resident asked the adults to move their car.
To ensure it is safe for all members of school community, please think of others when parking; do not block others in or park in front of the school gates, or across residents’ drives. Please do not park in the school car park between 8:40-9:10am and 3:20-3:45pm as these are very busy times and there have been a few near misses between drivers and pedestrians.
There is little that I can do about such incidents, but I would like to make sure that we are modelling respectful, considerate behavior to the children in our care. If you see an example of dangerous driving, or obstructive parking outside the school gate, please report it to the police by ringing 101. If you see parking on yellow lines or keep clear areas, contact the Safer Roads Dept. on 735124
Remember parents can always park in the pub car park at the beginning and end of the day and walk to avoid congestion at these busy times.
The government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be given for free to all families and households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles, to help find more COVID-19 cases and break chains of transmission. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders.
Tests are available for adults in these households to collect. As with student testing, this is encouraged but not mandatory. Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:
testing in-person via workplace testing
local authority test sites
collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows
a new home ordering service, which will allow people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home
I am writing another article this week to remind parents about the importance of monitoring their children’s internet and mobile phone use to ensure that the children are sticking to the rules to keep themselves safe and to use the platforms responsibly.
I received a few emails from parents this week who had followed the school’s advice when they noticed some inappropriate messaging during an online gaming session. We advise parents to:
Firstly screen capture any inappropriate inter actions or conversations (photograph the screen with your mobile phone if necessary)
Then block and report the child sending the inappropriate messages.
Finally, send a copy of the offending photographs to school
Recently, we subscribed to National Online Safety, who provide online training courses for all members of the school community, including staff, governors, parents and children. I encourage you to visit their website which has has a full range of free safety guides for every online platform to help keep young people safe online: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
We are trying to become a certified school, and are 83% towards certified status, but need parents to sign up and watch the online safety videos, hosted
Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction. The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
Click here for free resources to talk to your child about online safety this Safer Internet Day.
All schools, including Wadworth, will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week.
Free school meal vouchers will continue over half term, either using the national scheme or the scheme we utilized during the first 2 weeks of this term.
Contact Tracing Over Half Term:
Again, the Department for Education and Public Health England advise that: • where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms within the first 48 hours after the end of half term, and tests positive, school should be contacted and informed. • where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms after the first 48 hours and tests positive, they should use the ‘normal’ national test and trace system.
This week, we are taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.
This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’. Place2Be has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home including activity ideas and tips for parents and carers – please see the link below.
It would be lovely if you could email in photographs of any activities that you have completed with your children throughout the week.