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POTENTIAL SCHOOL REOPENING LETTER

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I am writing to update you on the progress we are making on our plans for re-opening school after half-term.

Firstly, whilst the Government is advising that schools should reopen to all pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, we are planning to open only if the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff can be maintained.

 

In reality, this may mean that whilst we are able to welcome more pupils back in school, places cannot be offered to all children in the specified year groups.

 

As I’m sure you will understand, we are working in an environment that has many variables to consider: the limitations of our school site, the number of staff available to supervise classes in school whilst continuing home learning for all other pupils, the number of children of critical workers (that varies on a daily basis), the availability of additional cleaning and hygiene products, etc.

 

The school is working closely with Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) to ensure that our planning is comprehensive and a full risk assessment is available for you to view on our school website.

 

To update you on actions we have taken to date:

 

  • Measurements of all classroom areas and teaching spaces have been taken and plans for each space developed that show how desks can be safely set out to ensure a 2-metre space (social distancing) between each child.
  • From the measurements and plans above, a capacity number has been calculated for how many children each space can safely accommodate, including a member of staff. The full capacity figure for the school has also been calculated in this respect.
  • The number of staff required to adequately supervise the smaller groups of children has been calculated taking into consideration requirements to have staff who are trained in first aid, paediatric first aid, SEND and safeguarding (Designated Safeguarding Lead trained).
  • One-way systems and other control measures are being implemented in circulation spaces such as corridors and around toilet areas.
  • Timetables are being adapted for all groups so that break and lunchtimes are staggered, and children can remain in their smaller groups to avoid wider interactions across the school with larger numbers of pupils and adults. Arrangements for lunch times are also being discussed with our catering and kitchen staff to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Other timetable changes are being made to utilise outdoor space throughout the day (weather permitting) as much as possible and on a rota basis for each class/group.
  • Staggered drop off and pick up times are being developed for each group of children with different collection and pick up points to those you may be used to.
  • DDAT have issued guidance on their ‘minimum hygiene standards’ and this guidance is being used to develop our own hygiene routines in school. Children, staff and visitors will be required to follow our instructions on handwashing and cleanliness whilst they are on the school site.
  • Additional facilities are being ordered to ensure cleanliness and staff are being briefed on routines around cleaning areas throughout the day as well as cleaning staff being briefed on additional actions on a daily basis to keep our school clean and safe. You may notice additional signage in school reminding everybody of their role in keeping the school clean.
  • A safe room/space has been allocated for any pupil and/or member of staff who displays symptoms of the virus during the school day and needs to isolate.

 

Vulnerable children and the children of critical workers will continue to be a priority for places in school.

 

School is closed for half term next week and you will be contacted by phone from the 1st June to advise you of whether your child(ren) can be welcomed back in school along with more details on the safety measures taken to protect our children and staff. You will be given details of a starting date, which entrance to use and a start and finish time for the day. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

 

I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that robust planning is taking place behind the scenes to ensure the safety of staff and pupils in advance of a directive being made by the Government to re-open schools, whatever date that may be.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Mr. Nigel Daintith

Head Teacher

Please see the files below for the detailed risk assessment and a copy of this letter.

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE STAFF

The school office is still open for enquiries.  Please ring on 01332 291140 option 0 or email admin@arboretum.derby.sch.uk.

An Inspirational Rainbow themed quote from our Office Staff:

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.
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save lives

 

Thank you,

Mr Daintith

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 24th MARCH

Last night, the government issued instructions that everyone in the country must

 

STAY AT HOME

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get 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.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 20th MARCH

 

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 admin@arboretum.derby.sch.uk .

 

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:

  •  A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  •  A new continuous cough

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:

• https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

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 admin@arboretum.derby.sch.uk 

13th March 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

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 admin@arboretum.derby.sch.uk.

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.

Yours faithfully

 

Mr Nigel Daintith

Head Teacher

GOVERNMENT ADVICE - CORONAVIRUS

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

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.

(source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public)

If you have to stay at home, you can find information on what to do here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You can access NHS 111 online here:

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

How to look after your symptoms at home

  • rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • put used tissues in a bin
  • wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds

 

When to end your stay at home

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)

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