WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL
2nd September 2020
Firstly, on behalf of all staff in school, we are delighted to welcome back children to school this week. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the most recent rules and guidance around isolation:
I appreciate that information and guidance can change very quickly, so I will ensure that you are updated should there be any further changes to rules and restrictions that affect you.
A very detailed and thorough risk assessment has been undertaken at school to minimise risk and to keep all staff and children safe. This includes among many things - a rigorous handwashing and hand sanitising programme, staying together in a class bubble, own stationery packs, staggered lunch breaks etc.
More specifically to reassure you, if a child was to develop any COVID symptoms eg: high temperature they would be supervised and kept safe and you will be phoned to pick them up from school.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to keep our school and community safe.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2020
20th July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the Government’s announcement that schools will reopen fully in the Autumn Term 2020, I am writing to share with you the arrangements we have implemented to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils and visitors to the school. These arrangements have been put into place following a robust risk assessment process, which is available to view on our school website.
We are looking forward to seeing all our pupils once again, but I would like to reassure you that the safety of our school community is our priority. We will continue to review the arrangements we have implemented at this stage and update you with any changes as and when we make them.
I can confirm that school will reopen to all pupils on Thursday 3rd September. From September 2020, the normal rules around school attendance apply. Therefore, we must remind you of your duty to ensure that your children attend school regularly. The school have a responsibility to record attendance for all children and follow up any absences.
We recognise that some of you may have some concerns about your child returning to school and that this is an unsettling time for some children. We also understand that the past weeks will have been challenging for many families. School will do all that it can to help and support you and your family in these challenging times.
In line with Department for Education (DfE) guidance, the school has made arrangements for all children to attend school as part of a consistent group, often referred to as a ‘bubble’. These groups of pupils will remain together throughout the school day and will not interact with other bubbles in school.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the Government, the following actions for infection control remain in place:
• Displaying coronavirus infection control measures information posters around the school
• Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap
• Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue before they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away
• Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
• Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell, isolating any unwell people in a separate room, and providing a separate bathroom, where possible
• Telling staff to stay at home for 14 days if they develop symptoms of coronavirus
• Arranging classrooms so that children are seated side by side facing forwards and removing unnecessary furniture and equipment.
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you continue to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
All staff and pupils will continue to have access to testing if they develop symptoms of coronavirus, and rapid action will be taken should any test come back positive to ensure that the school continues to be a safe environment. The affected pupil or member of staff will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days, as will any pupils and members of staff they have been in close contact with (e.g. the rest of the pupil’s bubble).
As per the current NHS and Government advice, you should keep your child at home for a period of 14 days if they develop coronavirus symptoms. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss of taste/smell. Where symptoms continue after 7 days, or begin to worsen, you should call 111. If someone in your child’s household has symptoms, your child must self-isolate for 14 days from the day the other person’s symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear. More information regarding symptoms and actions can be found on the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/).
The school will insist that any children or members of staff who show any symptoms that may be compatible with Coronavirus, book a test immediately. Information on booking a test will be provided by the school and the children / member of staff will not be permitted to return until the test result is confirmed and the period of isolation is complete. In addition, guidance from the DfE states that a small number of home testing kits may be able to be distributed by the school in exceptional circumstances. We have not yet received the details of this and will advise parents/carers as soon as more information is available.
If someone you or your child has been in close proximity to has tested positive for Coronavirus, you may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. Information on the NHS Test and Trace service is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youre-contacted-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus/
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school on 01332 291140 at the earliest opportunity.
From September 2020, all pupils will be expected to return to school in their full school uniform. On the day they have PE they must come into school in their PE kit which they will then wear all day. To ensure good ventilation we will keep windows open as much as possible, so please ensure your child always wears a jumper or cardigan.
It is still recommended that we limit the amount of equipment pupils bring to school each day. Therefore, only essentials can be brought to school by pupils such as: book bags, lunchboxes, hats and coats.
The beginning and end of the school day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place, so it is important for you all to maintain safe distances when dropping off and picking up.
The times for nursery pupils are 8.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The school gates will open at 8.45am for all other pupils. It is really important that you are all punctual. If you are late please go to the main entrance. All pupils will need to be picked up at 3.15pm as usual.
There will be staggered break times and lunchtimes where children can play in larger year group bubbles. They will have their lunch in class bubbles - children can bring a packed lunch or stay for school dinners. Due to COVID restrictions and a shortened 45 minute lunch break there will be no children allowed to go home for dinners. Thank you for your support and understanding with this.
If you need to speak to the school at any time, please contact the school by phone on 01332 291140 or by email on email@example.com You will not be able to speak to a member of staff face to face without making an appointment in advance. Appointments will only be made in exceptional circumstances so we can ensure that you and our staff are kept safe. A teacher will text or email you during the day if they wish to speak to you when you pick your child up at the end of the day.
I hope that these arrangements provide you with the information you need to support your child’s return to school.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for supporting the school over recent months and supporting your child with their home learning. I hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in September.
Mr Nigel Daintith
MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE STAFF
The school office is still open for enquiries. Please ring on 01332 291140 option 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 14th APRIL
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you and your families are all safe and well – we miss seeing you all in school. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will continue to be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice. We have continued to stay open for a small group of children and staff have been working really hard at home to provide children of all ages with activities and learning to do from home. Keep checking the school website for weekly updates and newsletters from each phase. If the work suggested in your child's phase seems too difficult or they need something more challenging, please look in other phases to find work that will suit them better. The BBC is enhancing its education provision to include daily lessons starting from 20 April 2020 - we will give you more information about this when we have it.
Please remember to make sure your children are safe when working online and be aware of the different scams and misleading posts on the internet and through social media - think very carefully before you open any attachments or provide personal details to people or organisations. Click here for more information on how to protect yourself.
We have provided contact details for some key people in school who you may wish to speak to about any issues that are affecting you during these unusual circumstances. School will continue to provide food vouchers to families who are eligible whilst school is closed. These will either arrive by post or directly to your phone/device. Click here for more information about Free School Meals.
Please remember the Government advice:
Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save lives
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 24th MARCH
Last night, the government issued instructions that everyone in the country must
STAY AT HOME
See more details here
It is vitally important that EVERYONE follows these instructions to ensure that we do not have too many people getting sick at the same time, because the NHS will not be able to cope.
In line with the latest Government guidelines, school is now CLOSED to most children. We do not yet know when we will reopen, but we will regularly update the website, and we will send out a text message for any important information. We are also planning on using email to send out more detailed information - if you have not already given us an email address, please email it to email@example.com .
We have contacted all the parents whose children fall in the vulnerable category identified by the Government. If you are a Key Worker (see Government list here) and you are struggling to find childcare, please contact school on Monday to see whether we can help you.
It is important that your child continues learning even though they are not at school. You should have received a pack of activities for your child - please support them to do some learning each day if they are well. The teachers have also put links to lots of websites and online activities that can help your child to learn - see the appropriate year group under Parents>Coronavirus Work for Children
Please keep checking back, as the teachers will add more as time goes on.
Whilst your child is at home, please remember that schools are closing to try to stop the spread of Coronavirus, so it is important to follow the Government guidelines regarding social distancing. Children should be staying at home wherever possible, and visitors should be limited. Remember, older people are particularly at risk, so please take particular care around them. Please see the Government guidelines on Social Distancing.
We know that children are worried about Coronavirus, so please take some time to reassure them. Evidence so far shows that children generally are not very badly affected by it, and have mild symptoms. Schools are not closing because children are at risk, but to help slow its spread through the country.
Please take care and keep safe. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school when the crisis is over.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 17th MARCH
Yesterday the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation for symptoms of Coronavirus.
If anyone in your household has either or both of the Coronavirus symptoms, which are:
then the entire household must self-isolate for 14 days.
This means that if anyone who lives in the house has these symptoms, then none of the children who live there can come to school.
Please telephone school to let us know if this is the case.
More information about what you need to do, please go to the Government website:
It is important that children continue with their learning while they are not at school, if they are well enough. We are putting together packs of work which will be sent out for children to complete.
We will also put links to useful websites and other work that can be done in the section CORONAVIRUS WORK FOR CHILDREN
If the school is required to close, then we may use emails to communicate with parents. If you have not returned the update letter that has just been sent out requesting this, please send your email address, together with the names and classes of your children, to firstname.lastname@example.org
13th March 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
Following the latest advice published by the Government yesterday, I want to update you on the actions that we are taking in school, and what we need you to do.
The latest Government advice is that schools do not need to close, and that children should continue to come to school if they are well. However, you should now look out for the symptoms of Coronavirus, which are:
If you child has these symptoms they should stay away from school for 7 days. They can return after 7 days even if they still have a cough, as long as their temperature is normal. See the back of this letter for the advice and where to find more information. If your child starts to show these symptoms in school, we will contact you and ask you to come and collect them.
In school, we will continue to ensure the highest hygiene standards through regular cleaning and ensuring the children wash their hands regularly and use tissues for coughs and sneezes. Please encourage them to do the same at home. We have also noticed that some children are starting to get dry, red hands, so please use hand cream or moisturiser on them at home to help prevent this.
Although we are not planning on closing the school at the moment, we may need to in the future if we are advised to do so. If this is necessary, we will notify parents by text message, and also put a notification on our website. It is therefore very important that we have an up-to-date mobile number for you. If you have changed your number recently, please let us know – you can give a note to the class teacher, come to the office, or email us on email@example.com.
The information at the moment suggests that children are less likely to get Coronavirus than adults, and generally only have mild symptoms. However, children with serious medical conditions such as reduced immunity, severe asthma or heart conditions may be at higher risk. If you feel that your child falls in this category, please contact Miss Fryer, so that we can help to keep them safe.
I understand that this is a worrying time for everyone, but please be assured that we will follow the expert advice and take all necessary actions. I will keep you updated with any changes to this advice.
Mr Nigel Daintith
GOVERNMENT ADVICE - CORONAVIRUS
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
If you have to stay at home, you can find information on what to do here:
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
You can access NHS 111 online here:
You should remain at home until 7 days after your symptoms started.
After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can go back to doing what you would normally do.
The cough may go on for some weeks in some people, even though the coronavirus infection has cleared. A cough by itself does not mean you have to stay at home for more than 7 days.
If you do not get better after 7 days use the 111 online assessment service before you leave your home or let visitors in.
(source: NHS 111 online)