As we move forward with restriction slowly lifting. We welcomed all children back to school from March 8th. All children are expected to attend unless they and 'shielding.' Shielding restriction are being lifted March 31st.
We have created one bubble per year class however, after Easter there will more mixing of classes as year groups will form a bubble to work together, for teachers and TA's to work across year groups and to facilitate the resumption ( albeit limited) of after school activity clubs. These will be year group specific.
If in the event of a Year group 'bubble' bursting the children will be provided a broad menu of blended learning for the children at home to access. There is a lot of discussion over the 'best' way to support children, as always there is no one size fits all. this is supported through the articles below form Ofsted and DfE and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).
If your child has to isolate the class teacher will provide you with information and work will be provided through online blended learning.
Of course - if you have any problems please contact you child's teacher or the school FLO.
Breakfast Club and After-school Club will both be up and running after Easter but for a limited number of key worker children.
Drop off will be staggered by class.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (not to be confused with Universal Free School Meals in Years R, 1 2) please contact the school office to ensure that your vouchers are issued.
Government Guidance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948630/Contingency_framework_implementation_guidance.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0cBDkBk3xfIg0bTvDSQS9A9BiEzukrUTva3bzxwazJz5UoMdD1dDeZJUo
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Critical/ Key workers
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes:
- those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after chil:
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services
- adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
- those living in temporary accommodation, those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion.
How to help your child understand the Coronavirus.
The documentation below forms part of the many documents for schools and education settings and these have been updated multiple times in the past weeks. Please bear with us whilst we get our heads around all the changes.
For further Government guidance on this please see the links below.
Advice for schools and settings
What Parents and Carers need to know!
Please talk through Social Distancing with your child before they return to school
Support for parents from the DfE
We understand this is a challenging time for parents too, many of whom are now supporting their children’s learning at home or may have questions about their children potentially returning to school.
We have developed the following guidance and resources for parents to support them at this time:
- Q&A which answers key questions parents may have
- Guidance for parents on supporting learning at home for early years and primary age children (secondary school guidance to follow)
- List of online resources to support children’s development
Information about Free School Meals (FSM) provision
This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where the pupil is not attending school. This is not the same as Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) provided to all Year R, 1 and 2 children.
The Government website and information is here.
Under normal circumstances, schools are not expected to provide free school meals to eligible children who are not attending due to illness or if the school is closed. However, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we expect schools to continue to provide support to these pupils if the school is:
- only open for certain groups
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work/school
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
If you suspect you have symptoms:
- try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
- ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
- sleep alone, if possible
- regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol, to help with your symptoms
- do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
- do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places
The key new government measures are:
What to do if you feel unwell
How long to stay at home if you have symptoms
Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 10 days.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
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
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Steps we are taking
- Every visitor has their temperature taken on entry and their hands washed or sanitised.
- As well as the usual cleaning by our cleaners, overseen by our site team, there will be daily cleaning/disinfecting of all high-traffic hand areas, such as push plates on doors, door handles, tables, sinks etc
- A plan has already been put in place where key areas of the school are cleaned/disinfected after each use
- All bins are emptied at the end of the day.
- We had a deep clean across the school during the Easter break.
- Physical contact is an inevitable process in school, but, of course, there are risks of people passing on a virus (as has always been the case). We are keeping a strict 2 metre distance where possible.
- We would recommend that people continue to follow the NHS guidelines above (‘Staying healthy’) taking particular note to regularly wash hands, particularly after significant physical contact. The advice is also to avoid touching your face or other surfaces until hand washing has happened.
- The children will be asked to sanitise/wash their hands on entering school in the morning, regularly throughout the day and again just before school finishes
- As normal, if a child feels unwell, then we would ask you not to bring them in.
If you have any questions please ring and ask to speak to the Head of School Mrs Sullivan by making an appointment via the the school office. firstname.lastname@example.org - 01233 622673