UPDATED - 8th April 2021
Important Information For Parents and Carers
Parents/Carers of children attending school:
We look forward to all our children returning on Monday 8th March. Pupils attending should be back in uniform and attend at their regular times. Just 3 children will attend 8:35-11:30 and 12:05-3:00 to support smooth transition and distancing. Just 3 children and families, follow the orange signs! In Early Years (Purple signs to mark entrance and exit points) Nursery sessions will be 8:45-11:45 and 12:30-3:30. Again, children can be collected from 3:15 to support families with siblings. Reception to Year 6 is 9-3:15 with doors open from 8:45 and children to be collected from 3:10 to support staggering the number of people in the grounds. Every child will receive a free breakfast bagel on arrival. We want to keep to a minimum the adults we have on our grounds at any one time and would ask that KS2 children where possible come through the gates in to school on their own and that if adults do drop off or pick up that this is one adult to help reduce traffic! Please support us by ensuring you are practicing distancing in and around school. Our signs (Blue KS1 and Green KS2) will also support the smooth flow of people!! Just as always, children will be very much a class group and they will remain in this bubble- where children sit in a class group to learn and to eat school dinners and will play out together in that double year band but with each class separate. Breakfast Club is open at each site from 7:45 for these children and After School Club runs until 5:45 each teatime for the children. Please book on to those clubs through the usual channel.
Parents/Carers of children still Home Learning
There will be a small number of children unable to attend due to illness, household members being contacts of positive Covid cases and also possibly household members or children displaying symptoms of Covid and even being positive for the virus at times. For those children, class teachers will be providing daily activities on Tapestry (Early Years) and Seesaw (KS1 and 2) for children to learn at home. These activities will be fun and exciting and in most cases linked directly to what is being taught in school. Families need to ensure they log on to Tapestry/Seesaw to access learning. If children have not completed activities, then teachers will ring to follow this up and offer support. If it is that families are having issues with a lack of a device or that a paper pack is needed, then we can support this. You can also ring if you know there is anything that we can do to help you: give you your QR code, locate a laptop etc. We are here to help in any way not just learning. If there is a family issue we can support- just because you can't see us, we are on the end of the line 01422 244613. We will provide meal packs for any children having to isolate who are eligible for FSM.
We are living in unprecedented and very challenging times and I am sure, like many other parents, both you and your child will have some anxiety about school which is completely understandable in the current situation. However, please be assured that as a school we are following the Government’s guidance and have received advice from the Council to ensure your child will be as safe as possible upon their return. The LA inspection of our Risk Assessment and facilities was glowing in its praise. Our Risk Assessment has been updated with every change to the guidance.
As so many children who have been away from school since January 4th return on March 8th it is important to put everything into perspective and reassure your child that they will be safe upon their return. Only 3 of the people who have died from COVID-19 in England and Wales were children of primary school age. It is important to be aware that some children may transmit the virus to others, even without symptoms. It is therefore important that you understand the symptoms of coronavirus, your own personal risk and what to do if you or a family member gets symptoms or is advised to self-isolate.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are continuous cough, fever (temperature above 37.8 degrees) and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you should all stay at home and immediately arrange for that person to be tested. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ to arrange a test or ring 119. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and told you or your household member has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should follow their advice to self-isolate to protect yourself and others. Please let school know if your child is staying at home because someone in your household has symptoms or they are identified as a contact.
The people at risk from being more seriously affected from COVID-19 are older people, those with underlying health condition and pregnant women. People aged 70 and over account for 83% of deaths from COVID-19 and 90% of people who have died had an underlying health condition. People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups and those living in deprived areas are also at increased risk of being more seriously affected by COVID-19. This is likely to be due to higher rates of underlying health problems in these groups and social and economic factors that increase risk such as housing, low income and working in roles that carry a higher risk. The link below gives more information about who is at higher risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/
The Local Authority has a statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) for the safety of staff and for your child and we have completed risk assessments and followed all the Government advice for the school environment. However if you have not done so already please can you also ensure that the school is made aware of any significant underlying health condition(s) that your child may have as I will need to discuss those risks with you and take any necessary advice accordingly.
I also have moral duty to ensure your safety as a parent as well as those in your most immediate household who may become inadvertently affected. In light of this, I have provided this information from the Local Authority in order for you to assess your own personal risks before you send your child back to school and decide on what, if any, safety precautions you need to take.
As I am sure you understand, the school will do everything it can to maintain a safe environment, however I cannot guarantee that your child or one of their friends will not come within the ‘social distancing’ guideline of 2 metre separation or maintain the necessary hand and respiratory hygiene whatever Government advice we follow. We are dealing with young children who will be so happy to see their friends and who will naturally want to play in the normal way. I would always advise you to ensure that your child washes their hands and face as soon as they return from school
Obviously if your child is unwell please keep them off school and please inform the school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms of: high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Please be aware if a teacher or child in your child’s class contracts the virus the Test and Trace programme will assess whether your child is classed as a contact and they may be asked to isolate for 10 days
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
April 2021 - Risk Assessment
26th March 2021
1st March 2021
8th January 2021
We have developed a Learning Continuity Plan so that the children will continue to learn and be supported by school in the event of them being off for COVID related reasons including bubble closures or - hopefully not - whole school closures. To view the document - which also sets out what work your child would be set each day, please click the following links:
Parents and Carers
With guidance changing all the time, there are so many things to consider to make sure you and your family are keeping safe.
Here is a useful guide to 'what to do' if someone is showing COVID symptoms, is awaiting a test result or tests positive.
Please take a look!
Safeguarding Policy Update
Our Safeguarding policy has now been updated with a COVID-19 addendum. You can find the policy here.