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Oaklands at Woodlands Road will be fully open this September

This Autumn term our primary children have moved to Woodlands Road site for the first time!

In line with Government Announcements and our own determination to meet our pupils needs we will be reopening this September. The first day of term for students in New Oaks will be Thursday 3rd September, for most pupils. Some pupils will not return until Monday 7th September because staff need to be trained to meet medical needs. These families will be contacted.

At Oaklands we have designed lots of measures to keep our students and staff safe during the school day. Our full risk assessment is also posted here for you to see, there is also information in our last newsletter which was sent out in July.

Like many schools we will be staggering the arrival and departure times to reduce crowding in our reception area. This means that parents who bring their own children to school at Woodlands Road should arrive

8.45am for the Little Oaks unit (entrance in Bridge Road)

9.15am for New Oaks (entrance in Woodlands Road)

The pavement from the pedestrian gate to reception is marked for safe distancing while you wait. Please try not to arrive too early because waiting space is limited. Please try to maintain a safe distance from other families. In the afternoon parents arriving to collect their children should arrive for

2.45pm from Little Oaks

3.15pm from New Oaks

We are sorry but we cannot invite parents to come inside to wait for children this term.

In school your child will spend most of the school day in their own class group. Oaklands staff may be wearing face visors to protect your child, and will definitely wear medical face masks if they are helping children with personal care or when they need to be close to them for instance to help with physiotherapy, seating and repositioning. It is important for Oaklands students to see staff faces for the development of communication most of the school day.

During the Autumn term most of our lessons will be the same, and you will receive your child’s timetable as you usually do. A few lessons will be different to avoid activities which might be more risky for your child. Children who need to be held by staff in the water will not be able to swim. We hope to return to our usual systems as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.

Please be assured that our students safety is our main concern and we will do everything we can to support them as they return to school this term.