–Education SEND -
Dear Parents / Carers As a result of the recent informal consultation sessions across the borough we are now in a position to provide you with the opportunity to make comments on the proposals. All schools will be displaying the statutory proposals notice clearly highlighting the appropriate ways to share your views. Complete proposals can be obtained from Carol Douthwaite – Administration Manager – SEN Team. EDC, Pelsall Lane, Walsall, WS4 1NG. Tel: 01922 686377 Yours Sincerely Mike Morris Group Manager Strategic Lead for SEND
WALSALL METROPOLITAN COUNCIL STATUTORY PROPOSAL FOR PRESCRIBED ALTERATION TO ALL SPECIAL SCHOOLS INCLUDING SHORT STAY PROVISION WITHIN THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SECTOR
Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that Walsall Metropolitan Council intends to make prescribed alterations to Oakwood and Old Hall Primary School and Mary Elliot Secondary School; Phoenix Primary School and Elmwood Secondary School; Castle Business and Enterprise School and The Jane Lane a College for Cognition and Learning College and Shepwell School and Home and Hospital tuition services to commence September 2015.
In line with section 25(1a,b) of the Children and Families Act 2014 where the local authority must exercise its functions with a view to ensuring the integration of educational and training provision with health and social care provision, where it thinks that this would promote the well-being of children or young people in its area who have special educational needs or a disability to improve the quality of special educational provision also section 19(d) the need to support the child and his or her parent, or the young person, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help him or her achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes.
It is proposed to increase provision by:
Severe Learning Difficulties / Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
-Oakwood and Old Hall Primary would between them increase their capacity by 10 places (130 places in total);
-Mary Elliot would increase their capacity by 20 places (130 places).
Social, Emotional Health and Wellbeing
-Phoenix Primary and Elmwood School to become one school with separate primary, secondary and 6 th form departments. There will be 40 places (increase of 10 places) in the Primary department, 56 places in the secondary department with a 6th form to be developed.
Moderate Learning Difficulties
-Castle Business and Enterprise College and The Jane Lane College of Cognition and Learning would between them increase their capacity by 50 places (270 places in total) with the re-introduction of Key Stage 1 provision.
Communication and Interaction (Autism Spectrum) Unit at the Shepwell Centre
-There is a commitment to further expand the Shepwell Centre to accommodate 20 secondary pupils.
This notice is an extract from the complete proposal, copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from: Carol Douthwaite – Administration Manager – SEN Services, EDC, Pelsall Lane, Rushall, Walsall, WS4 1NG (Tel: 01922 686377; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Within four weeks from the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by sending them to Carol Douthwaite at the above address. Signed: Publication Date: 23/02/15
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
The Winter Plague February 2015
DEALING WITH DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING
During winter there is usually an increase in cases of viral gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) throughout the community with schools and nurseries often reporting outbreaks and pupil or staff absences.
What is viral gastroenteritis? It is a self-limiting infection which usually lasts between 24-72 hours. Symptomsoften start quite suddenly &usually include nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and/ordiarrhoea.Some people may also have a headache, raised temperature or aching limbs.
How do you get it? It is easily passed from person to person from contact with an infected individual, contaminated foodorwater or by touching contaminated surfaces. It can survive in the environment for many days.
How long should you stay away from school/nursery/work? Affected individuals should remain at home until they have beenfreeof symptomsfor at least 48 hours andarefeeling well. Those who becomeill at school/nursery/work should go home as soon as possible.
CONTROLLING THE INFECTION
IsolateIf anyone (children or staff)becomes ill whilst at school they should be sent home.Keepaffected children away from other childrenuntil collectedand reduce contact to just one member of staff. Designate a separate toilet for them to use.
Excludeaffected individuals (children and staff) until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours& are feeling well.
Hand washingwith soap & wateris the most effective way of preventing the spread of infection. Alcohol gels do not work inthis situation.
Encourage hand hygieneat the start and end of the day, after using the toilet, before eating and drinking and before and after play, making sure that hands are washed & dried thoroughly, including fingertips.
Supplies-ensure ample supplies of soap (preferably liquid soap in wall mounted containers) and disposable paper towelsare available at all times.
Gloves and aprons should be worn when cleaning up vomit/faecesor for toileting/nappy changes. Wash hands after removing gloves.
Wherethere is an outbreak;
discard shared resources (e.g. sand, water, play dough, finger paints etc) and refrain from cookery until there have been no further cases for at least 3 days.
movement of children between classes/rooms should be limited where possible. Visits in and out of school/nursery/collegeshould cease. If other groups use the premises, e.g. after school clubs, external classes, then advice should be sought from your local Public Health England Team(see local contact details at the bottom of this newsletter).
Dealing with Diarrhoea and Vomiting February 2015
Toys should be wiped over withhot, soapy water then disinfected with hypochlorite (bleach) solution or Milton, then finally wiped and dried before storage. Fabrictoys should bewashed at the hottest cycle the fabric can withstand. Toysvisibly mouthed or soiled should be removed from play and cleanedimmediately.
Soiled laundry should be placed in a plastic bag and sent home with the child. Parents should be advised to wash soiled clothing on a pre-wash or rinse cycle on the hottest wash the fabric can take.
Cleaning materials should include liquid soap, water and a chlorine based disinfectant e.g. bleach/Milton.Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for appropriate dilution of any disinfectant used. Risk assessmentsshould be undertaken to ensure correct usage of any cleaning products.
Clean frequentlytouched surfaces such as toilet handles, taps, door handles and light switcheswith a chlorine-based disinfectant such as Milton at least twice a day.
Usehot, soapy water on nappy changing mats, potties or toilet seats after each useand dry thoroughly. Disinfect if heavily soiled.
Spillages of vomit or faecesshould be cleared up immediately using paper towels and the area cleaned thoroughly with hot, soapy water and adisinfectant if the surface allows.
The local PHE team should be notified when an outbreak is suspectedand will provide further guidance and advice on management of the outbreak.…………………………………………………………………………………………………
West Midlands West Public Health England Team – Local Update
One common cause of diarrhoea that typically affects babies and young children is rotavirus but an effective vaccine is available. Rotavirus is a highly infectious stomach bug causing an unpleasant bout of diarrhoea, sometimes with vomiting, tummy ache and fever. Most children recover at home within a few days, but nearly one in five will need to see their doctor, and one in 10 of these end up in hospital as a result of complications such as extreme dehydration. A very small number of children die from rotavirus infection each year.
Rotavirus vaccination is available routinely on the NHS as part of the childhood vaccination programme for babies aged 2 months and 3 months.
Some of the rotavirus is in the vaccine and this helps the child build up immunity so that the next time they come into contact with rotavirus they will not get the disease. The rotavirus in the vaccine is weakened, so the child won’t get rotavirus disease just from having the vaccination. The rotavirus vaccine is very effective and gives good immunity to rotavirus infection. Since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in 2013, cases are down by 69%
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