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Glenfield Primary School

Glenfield
Primary School

SCHOOL REOPENING 2020

Information for Parents and carers Updated 1/9/20:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Update 30th August 2020

First of all, a huge thank you for your support and patience as we welcome children back to school. I know this has meant some changes in terms of gates etc. and your cooperation is much appreciated.

The children who have already attended have had a great start and are really adjusting well to their new classes and routines.

We are constantly monitoring and reviewing all our procedures and we know that we will need to continue to adapt our procedures as we go along.

After some reflection, we have decided to make some changes to our drop off and pick up times in order to ensure everyone’s safety. We also ask that parents and carers wear a mask whilst on the school site. Children do not need to wear a mask. Please see the new timings below.

 

Drop off

Pick up

EYFS, Y1, Y2

Gates open at 8:30 for parents/carers of these children only. Registration will be at 8:40. Older siblings can go their classrooms using the one -way system as soon as the younger children gone into school so that adults can leave the site promptly.

Gates will open just before 3:05 children in EYFS, Y1, Y2.

EYFS will be collected from their playground. Y1 children will be collected from the KS1 playground. There are white dot markers all around the perimeter of the playground for parents to wait. The teachers will bring all the children out to you.

Y2 parents/ carers can use the line of white dots around the outside of the building to wait for children. This will allow space for others to pass by using the one-way system.

Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6

Access through the park side gate and church side gates will be from 8:40. Please do not arrive before this time as this may cause a build up around the gates. Y4 and Y6 pupils who do not have younger siblings should continue to use the Large Church Road gate.

Registration will be at 8:50.

Access will be from just after 3:10. Please do not arrive too early.

Y3 and Year 5 parents using the park side gates should follow the one -way system to the classroom. To avoid congestion at the end of the building, we have assigned an additional waiting area for Mr Brawn’s class. Other parents should keep to their right as they turn the corner. There are yellow markings to help you.

Y4 and Y6 parents should again use the large Church Road gates. Y4 children will be brought to the playground to meet parents. Parents should use the yellow socially distanced dots around the perimeter of the playground.

Speech and Language Provision

Children arriving by taxi will be met at the gate near the white ATC building by staff members. Children arriving with parents should also meet there at 8:40

Children will be taken to the ATC gate by our staff.

If you are using the small gate behind the church, please be careful if you cross the grass and be mindful that parents will be coming the other way and keep to the grass, if at all possible.

 

 

 

We have sent out so much information in recent weeks, I have written a summary below of the main points:

 

Pick up/ Drop Off

  • One adult only please

  • Leave the site promptly

  • Please do not arrive before your designated time above.

  • Walk, cycle or scoot to school. (We have moved one of the cycle racks for Y4 and Y6 pupils)

  • If using the park side gate, follow the one-way system

  • We ask that parents wear a mask when on the school site.

  • Older children can be left at the gate if possible.

Protective Measures in school

  • Regular handwashing/ sanitising upon arrival, before leaving and throughout the day (minimum 6 times)

  • Enhanced cleaning schedule throughout the day. All classrooms and teaching areas have a supply of cloths, sanitiser and gloves. A log is completed each time surfaces, light switches and door handles are cleaned throughout the day. Toilets will be cleaned throughout the day.

  • Children taught and play within their year group bubbles

  • Staggered breaktimes and lunchtimes

  • Children taught to “Catch it! Bin it! Kill it! Lidded pedal bins in all classrooms. Posters are displayed in each classroom to remind the children.

  • Children are provided with their own pencil case containing pencils, rulers, rubbers, sharpeners and erasers.

  • PE and play equipment will not be shared across year groups and will be sanitised after each use.

  • Children will sit at tables, in rows or L shapes and will not sit altogether on the carpet.

  •  Until further notice, there will be no assemblies or school trips.

  • Classrooms will be well ventilated. Windows will be kept open.

  • Lunches will be eaten in classrooms (EYFS will use the hall)

  • Children to wear PE kit to school on PE days (You will be told when this will be)

  • We are unable to accept any cash payments in school. All payments should be made using the School Gateway System. Please download the APP if you have not done already.

Attendance

  • It is expected that all children will attend school, unless they are unwell. Family holidays will continue to be recorded as unauthorised absences. Please avoid taking holidays in term time.

Further Advice for parents https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools-colleges-and-academies/coronavirus-school-information/back-to-school

  • Includes information about what happens if a child has symptoms of COVID 19

 

 

Many thanks for your support and understanding at this time.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kathy Martin,

Headteacher

27th August 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

Please ensure that children use the correct gates to enter and exit the school to ensure social distancing. We know this may mean longer journey times for some depending on where you live but we need to stick to this system to ensure the safety of all adults and children. Year 4 and year 6 should use the gate on Church Road, all other year groups should use the side gate or field gate (see attached map below titled 'Entrance and Exit').

Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

26th August 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Please see below our Risk Assessment for school re-opening.

This Risk Assessment will be reviewed regularly.

Many thanks.

 

25th August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all safe and well. You have done so much already to support your children in all aspects of life during what has been a very difficult time and I thank you for this. We now need your support more than ever to help make our reopening work more safely. Further to our newsletter of 18th August I would like to update you with the final arrangements for the return to school, during the next two weeks. Please pay particular attention to the information about the start/end of the day. We may need to introduce staggered timings if necessary.
Dates
We will stagger the return to school, starting with the children from year groups who were not eligible to come back to school in June:
Thursday August 27th
Years 5 and 6 return to school – Reflectors, Philosophers, Investigators and Researchers
Friday August 28th
Years 3 and 4 return to school- Communicators, Achievers, Analysers and Innovators
Monday 31st August
Bank Holiday
Tuesday 1st September
Years 1 and 2 return to school- Discoverers, Detectives, Observers, Enquirers and Speech and Language Provision.
Wednesday 2nd September
EYFS start part time. Details of this have already been sent out to parents
The start/end of the school day
As ever, we really need your support to ensure that the drop offs and picks ups are as safe as possible for children, staff and parents as we adjust to this “new normal” for schools.
1. Please walk, cycle or scoot to school if at all possible. The car parks and areas around the school are busy at the best of times. We want to avoid any additional stress/ overcrowding.
2. The Gates will open at 8.35am and 3.10pm in the first instance. Please do not arrive to drop off or collect your children too early, to avoid any congestion at the gates.
Newsletter August 25th 2020
3. Please observe 2m social distancing with other families at all time, whether waiting to be let through the gates or on school premises. (We do have markers 2m apart throughout the school grounds.)
4. Please follow the one-way system around the building and leave the site promptly.
5. Please ensure that only one adult comes into the school grounds to drop off/ collect children.
6. If your child is able to walk to class without an adult please encourage them to do so. Staff will be waiting at the classroom door for them.
7. If you have a child in Year 6 or year 4 and do not need to drop off/ collect younger children, please use the large gate on Church Road to access the school.
8. Please understand that in these circumstances, you will not be able to come into the school building. This does not mean we do not want to communicate with you or keep you involved and informed about what is going on in school. We can arrange a telephone call if matters need to be discussed and emails will be responded to as soon as we can. In some circumstances, a face to face meeting can be arranged but this will need to be in advance so that arrangements can be made for this to be done as safely as possible.
9. We are unable to accept any cash payments in school. All payments should be made using the School Gateway System. Please download the APP if you have not done already.
Many of the procedures and protective measures will also be on the Risk Assessment which will be posted on the school website from Wednesday 26th August.
A message from Public Health England to share with parents / carers: “As the new school term approaches, PHE are supporting the Department for Education’s preparations for this. PHE’s scientists have been analysing the impact of COVID-19 in schools and the evidence to date has indicated that schools are not a major driver of COVID-19 infections in the community. Our study published in the BMJ this week explains that children and young people mainly experience COVID-19 asymptomatically or as a minor illness with age remaining the biggest determinant for severe illness. Today we have also published a rapid review on transmission of COVID-19 in schools and interventions to minimise transmission, and we will continue to monitor new studies as they are published. Parents can be reassured that PHE has provided rigorous input to the extensive guidance published by the Department for Education.”
Staff and Pupils must not come into school if they have symptoms. You will be asked to collect your child if they develop symptoms in school and we will ask to you to self-isolate for 14 days and book a test. We are engaging in the NHS Track and Trace process and understand how to contact our local Public Health England heath protection team.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any further questions.
We will write to you again with specific information for each year group.
Yours sincerely,
Kathy Martin,
Headteacher

18th August 2020

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are all safe and well.

As you know, we are currently making preparations for the return of your children, who we are very excited about seeing again.  As promised, we are writing to you with further details of the return to school to help you to prepare.

There are still some matters to finalise, when we collaborate with all staff on the upcoming Teacher Days and, as always, things might change following updated government guidance or a change in the local situation or circumstances. We will, of course, keep you updated. There is a lot to read here, but I have tried to be as clear and concise as possible.

Firstly, I have also attached the “Tips for Parents” from the Leicestershire Educational Psychology Service to support you in the vital role you play in preparing your children for the weeks ahead. Most children will be excited about the return to school but may have worries about any changes. All the staff understand this and will be ready to support them with this transition but it will also help enormously if you can talk to your children about their return to school and explain to them what will be the same and what might feel a bit different at first:

What will be the same?

  • The classrooms will not look too different. They are still bright and colourful and there are stimulating displays on the walls.
  • They will be in class with all their classmates and their teacher and learning will still be exciting and fun.
  • As it stands at the moment, we plan to keep school start and finish times the same as previously (Gates open from 8:40am for 8:50am registration and finish at 3:15pm). This is because we know that many families have more than one child and that work arrangements are often set around these times. However, we really do need the support of all parents and carers to make this work (more details below) and we may have to revise this if necessary.
  • Children who usually bring a packed lunch can continue to do so and a fruit snack at break times is still OK.
  • Children will still need to wash their hands upon arrival, before and after eating and breaktimes and at other times during the day.
  • The Golden Rules will still be in place and the expectation that everyone is kind, respectful and works hard.
  • They will still be met with a smile and get lots of encouragement, support and praise for all their efforts.
  • Midday supervisors (Lunchtime Teachers) will still take care of children at lunchtimes. Each class will have their own adult.

 

What might be different

  • Each year group will have their own area for break times and lunchtimes and these times will be staggered.
  • There will be a one way system around the outside of the school.
  • Lunches will be eaten in classrooms. They will be delivered to the rooms and all areas will be cleaned down before and after eating. We are working with our catering team to ensure that meals are still balanced and nutritious, but the menus may be slightly different so that meals can be transported easily.
  • Children will not need to bring plimsolls to change into. Instead, they can wear dark coloured trainers to school (black, if possible and with Velcro if they are not able to tie shoelaces).
  • On PE days, children will come to school in their PE Kit (White T shirt, please, black or grey shorts or tracksuit bottoms.)
  • They will not have large assemblies or mix with other year groups on the playgrounds or fields.

 

Many of the procedures and protective measures will also be on the Risk Assessment which will be posted on the school website before children return to school.

 

 

Additional Information for parents

The start/end of the school day

As ever, we really need your support to ensure that the drop offs and picks ups are as safe as possible for children, staff and parents as we adjust to this “new normal” for schools.

  1. Please consider walking or cycling to school if at all possible. The car parks and areas around the school are busy at the best of times. We want to avoid any additional stress/ overcrowding.
  2. Please observe 2m social distancing with other families at all time, whether waiting to be let through the gates or on school premises. (We do have markers 2m apart throughout the school grounds.)
  3. Please ensure that drop offs and pick ups are as swift as possible and follow the one-way system around the building.
  4. Please ensure that only one adult comes into the school grounds to drop off/ collect children.
  5. If you have a child in Year 6 or year 4 and do not need to drop off/ collect younger children, please use the large gate on Church Road to access the school.
  6. Please understand that in these circumstances, you will not be able to come into the school building. This does not mean we do not want to communicate with you or keep you involved and informed about what is going on in school. We can arrange a telephone call if matters need to be discussed and emails will be responded to as soon as we can. In some circumstances, a face to face meeting can be arranged  but this will need to be in advance so that arrangements can be made for this to be done as safely as possible. Any payments should be made using the School Gateway System. Please download the APP if you have not done already.

 

Attendance

All children will be expected to attend school full-time and it is important that they do so for their social, emotional and academic well-being.  Staff have worked hard over the summer to ensure that the children have appropriate work to support all those areas and enjoy being back at school.  We can assure you that not only will the children start to make progress very quickly but they will enjoy school as the work that the teachers are planning will engage and motivate them in wanting to learn and being with their friends. We know that some families may find it difficult to get the children back to school and we are here to support you with this.

 

School Changes

During the summer holidays, additional hand sanitising stations will have been installed around the school to support hand washing. that we will insist on for all children at regular intervals throughout the day.  We know that you will remind your children of the importance of hand washing to stay safe.

 

Breakfast Club

We are currently looking at how we might be able to continue this service. Mrs Chalmers and the office staff will be in touch with parents who have already registered for this or expressed interest but we will not be able to do this straight away.

 

After School Clubs

There will be no extracurricular activities for the children over the coming term so that children do not mix with the wider school during that time.

 

School Uniform

The school uniform requirements will remain the same except for footwear and we require children to simply wear plain trainers which are unbranded which can be used both indoors and outdoors.  We would request the school uniform is washed on a daily basis to prevent any possible contamination being passed on.  On PE days children should come to school in their PE kit, either shorts or joggers, white t-shirt and the usual sweatshirt or cardigan.

 Equipment and Clothing

Please spend time over the next few days putting your child’s name on EVERYTHING. They can bring a book bag, water bottle and lunch box, if needed. They will not be able to bring anything else from home. The children will not do homework in books, it will be completed online. More details about this will follow.

If unnamed items are left behind, I am afraid we will not be able to hang on to them. However, as children will be moving around the school less and will not be mixing outside their year group, we believe there will be fewer opportunities for children to misplace items. The school will provide all children with their own pencils, rulers etc. which will be kept at school.

 

 Dates

We will stagger the return to school, starting with the children from year groups who were not eligible to come back to school in June:

Thursday August 27th

Years 5 and 6 return to school – Reflectors, Philosophers, Investigators and Researchers

Friday August 28th

Years 3 and 4 return to school- Communicators, Achievers, Analysers and Innovators

Monday 31st  August

Bank Holiday

Tuesday 1st September

Years 1 and 2 return to school- Discoverers, Detectives, Observers, Enquirers and Speech and Language Provision.

Wednesday 2nd September

EYFS start part time. Details of this have already been sent out to parents.

 

Thank you for your patience, understanding and many messages of support as we work to implement getting children back into school. There are many of you we have not seen for several months and we have missed you.

All of this is new to us all and I know we will continue to work together to make it work.

Please do contact the school if you have further questions.

I will be writing to you again before the beginning of term with further updates.

Yours sincerely,

Kathy Martin

6th August 2020: Update-School re-opening in the Autumn Term

 

With the new term approaching, when we hope to welcome all children back to school, I thought you would appreciate some information to help you to prepare, now that the local lockdown has been eased in Glenfield. We are all really looking forward to seeing the children again and have lots of plans to make learning safe and enjoyable.

There will be more detailed information to follow, but for now I know you will need to know when the school is reopening and what children need to bring to school.

Firstly, we are aiming to stagger the return to school, starting with the children from year groups who were not eligible to come back to school in June:

Dates

Thursday August 27th

Years 5 and 6 return to school – Reflectors, Philosophers, Investigators and Researchers

Friday August 28th

Years 3 and 4 return to school- Communicators, Achievers, Analysers and Innovators

Monday 31st August

Bank Holiday

Tuesday 1st September

Years 1 and 2 and Speech and Language Provision return to school- Discoverers, Detectives, Observers, Enquirers

Wednesday 2nd September

EYFS start part time. Details of this have already been sent out to parents.

 

PE and Equipment

  • Children will not be required to change their shoes at school. Instead, we recommend that they wear trainers.
  • Children will still need PE kits. Most PE will be outdoors. We will ask children to come to school wearing their PE Kit (suitable for the weather) on their PE days until further notice. Teachers will let you know when these days are, nearer the time.
  • Children will not need to bring any equipment from home, other than a book bag. They will each have their own set of equipment to use provided by the school.

 

Timings

  • There will be no change to start the start and end of the day, but we will be asking parents to maintain social distancing, for only one person to bring/collect children and for a one-way system to followed.
  • Break times and lunchtimes will be staggered so that children are not mixing outside of their year group bubbles.

Extras

  • Educational Visits, Swimming and After School Clubs will not be running until further notice.
  • We are currently looking at how we can run Breakfast Club, but it will not be operating for the first few weeks.

 

Of course, there will be several protective measures in place and a thorough risk assessment and we will send you details of how all this is going to work in due course. Safety is our number one priority, but we also want the children to be learning and for school to feel as “normal” as possible.

 

In the meantime, we hope you and your children are looking forward to being back at school soon.

Thank you.

 

 

5th August 2020

We are currently finalising our plans for all pupils returning to school in the Autumn Term.

We will be following all government guidelines and there will be several protective measures in place.

If your child has not been at school for a while, it will be a little different- and we will need to full support of parents and carers to follow our social distancing guidelines and one way system.

Full details and the reopening schedule will be sent out to parents soon.

Thank you for your patience as understanding.

 

30th June 2020 - Updated Information

Dear Parents  and Carers,

You will have all heard the news last night about Leicester not easing the lockdown at the current time and that schools within the city will close on Wednesday evening for the remainder of the term.  Sadly, this also includes some of the areas around the city including Glenfield therefore we have to inform you that Glenfield Primary School will also be closing at the same time.  Like you, I am very upset that we’ve had to go down this road again but it is more important that everybody stay safe. Therefore, we are following the guidance.

Children of key workers and those considered vulnerable are still able to attend school during normal school hours as was previously the case before the wider opening of schools.  Children of key workers in EYFS and Year 1 will form their own bubble from Thursday onwards.

Children in both those year groups will now resume remote learning until the end of term. 

We have been given very limited information at this point in time, as the news was only released last night.  We hope to have some more information later this afternoon but it felt it was important that you knew what was happening as soon as possible hence the early morning newsletter.

I would once again like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this period, which I know at times has been very frustrating and challenging.  We will be sending out additional information about the beginning of next term but as yet the government has not announced exactly what is happening within primary schools in any great detail, other than saying that schools will be open in September.  Again will be corresponding with you during the summer break to keep you informed so that you can prepare your child to return to school.

Take care,

‚ÄčKathy Martin, Headteacher

21st May 2020 

Phased Reopening- Starting with EYFS pupils

Dear Parents / Carers

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for patience and understanding as we work to organise a safe, phased return to school under the government guidelines. This current situation is stressful for us all and I know that this is a difficult time for parents and their families.

Currently, we are still prioritising increasing numbers of key workers’ children and vulnerable pupils each day in school and will continue to provide this care Monday- Friday. If your child is taught in the Speech and Language Provision or has an Education and Health Care Plan, Mrs Bhamra (Head of Speech and Language) or Mrs Jameson (SENCO) will be contacting you to discuss school provision, if they have not done so already.

For other groups of children, we are we are continuing to take a measured and cautious approach to reopening the school to the wider school population.  As a result of this, we will aim to have no more than one year group being added at a time- starting with the EYFS age group from June 1st.

We plan to have no more than 15 in a class and wherever possible children will be kept in the same groups with the same adults and teachers who are known to them. The children will be divided into groups by alphabetical order.

Initially, we plan a gradual induction back into school to help the children to readjust to school. We propose that children attend for 2 days (Mon & Tues or Wed &Thurs) on the first week they are welcomed back to school. Friday will be for deep cleaning and staff preparation. We will not be able to change these days around for individual families. During this induction week, the children will be in their usual classroom bases with their teacher and one other adult known to them.

The following week, we will review the situation and we aim to have all the children from the year group in school from Monday- Thursday. Each class will be split into 2 groups and each group will work with the same adults from Week 1. Please appreciate that it will not be possible for all children to be with their original teacher after Week 1, but the adults will have been with them in week 1 and all children will do the same activities. We will also need to split these groups into four classrooms.

Once the EYFS children are settled into school, we plan to welcome Year 1 pupils back into school in a similar way.

It is our intention to have Year 6 pupils back in school at some point before the end of the Summer Term, but we are unable at this stage to say when that will be.

The children in in the EYFS and Year 1 classes will continue to have their school lunches provided. However, it is likely that these will be served within their classrooms and not in the hall. Children will remain within their small groups for all activities including play times within designated areas. 

We aim to stagger start and finish times slightly in order to observe social distancing procedures

and parents will be requested to hand over their children at the designated areas and immediately leave the school premises so that there is no overcrowding in any single area of the premises.  When collecting you will be again asked to stay 2m apart within the collection points and again we would appreciate leaving the site immediately.

All available classrooms will be used once these year groups are in school, so it is unlikely that we will be able to open for other year groups. However, we may be given more guidance on this in the coming weeks.

Children in Years 2,3,4,5 will continue to receive Home Learning Activities. The content will increase and there will be an expectation that work will be sent via email to the teachers on duty.

We will be sending out additional information to each year group prior to them starting back at school.  That letter will outline the differences to the school day that will form the “new normal” in the short term and you will be told when your child will start induction back into school. EYFS parents will be sent this information as soon as possible

We are looking forward to seeing all our children and parents back at school as soon as it is practically feasible.

Take care,

Yours sincerely

Kathy Martin

 

15.05.20 LATEST SCHOOL INFORMATION

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are well and we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.  We know that things are challenging and that some of you will be anxious to know more answers about when your children can attend school again. 

On Sunday, you will have heard the Government’s announcement about schools starting to open from Monday 1 June.  Since the announcement, we have been carefully considering all aspects of school life and how we can implement a ‘new norm’ into school with a maximum of 15 children per class.  We are ensuring that we have looked at the needs of the children and the staff with the overriding consideration being the safety of everyone.  In light of this, we are putting measures in place and planning the appropriate staffing structures that we may need.  We will keep you informed of all developments as soon as we can but we are sure you can appreciate that this will take time to plan and implement.  We are grateful for your patience and support in this matter.

These plans are not yet finalised, but what we can tell you at this point, is that a return to school will be phased, so that different year groups return to school gradually.  This is so that we can open the school in a measured and timely manner.  In addition to this, we will be unable to provide breakfast club or any after school activities.  There will be no whole school activities, assemblies, sports days or performances before the summer holiday.

Home learning will be available for next week as usual.  We will not be providing work over half term so that everybody can have a break.  However, we will continue to post ideas about fun things to do on our website and twitter pages. 

It is a very unsettling time for us all but rest assured that we will continue to keep you informed about our plans for a safe reopening. 

Take care.

Yours sincerely

Kathy Martin,  Headteacher

 

20.3.2020 LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATE

  • Key Workers:  “parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors .. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

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 distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes 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, and 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 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 production, processing, distribution, 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

This includes 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 COVID-19 pandemic), 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.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes 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 COVID-19 response, as well as 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 and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

 

19.03.20

Dear Parents/Carers

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

 

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to most children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. You can email the school or speak to a member of staff and we will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text message, email and notices on the school website.

 

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

*  A weekly grid of activities will be posted on the school website. These include some online activities.

*  We will continue to develop our use of online learning platforms and will keep you informed

*  If you do not have access to the Internet at home, please let us know and we will do our best to provide alternatives.

*  It is expected that work will be completed each week

*  The school does want you to stay in touch and we will try to help with any queries. The best way to do this is by email to the school office so that we can direct your enquiry to the right available person. You will also be able to leave messages by telephoning the school.

 

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

 

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

*  School trips

*  Breakfast or after-school clubs

*  Events

*  Tests

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the school email above.

 

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

 

17.3.2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As promised, we said we would keep you updated as soon as we knew anything.

It is challenging but we are all working extremely hard in school to maintain as much normality as possible. However, with the most recent guidance from the Prime Minister this is getting more and more difficult and I fear it may get worse before it gets better.

These are uncertain times for us all – so as I write this, we are concerned that it will be out of date before you read it.  This letter is based on what we know this morning, please bear with us if by the time you get this the news has changed.

School will remain open

This is our intention until such a time that staff absence or confirmed cases of Covid-19 make it unsafe to remain open, OR the government announce school closures.

We may have to be inventive in class organisation in order to keep the school open as we have no idea when staff might be off.  We may have to instigate partial closures with classes being off if a lot of staff become unwell.  We will try to give you as much notice as we can.

 

Self-isolation

If your child needs to self-isolate please call school to report the absence on the absence line with our normal practice. Once we are notified of a 14 day self-isolation this absence will be authorised by school and classified as ‘exceptional circumstances’ this is in line with the guidance from the Department for Education. It will not be necessary to call each day.  When leaving an absence message it is important that you do not just say ‘unwell’ please let us know of any symptoms or if you are self-isolating.

In the case of all other absence, please call and report in the usual manner.

Cancellations

We are cancelling all events in school which are to be held before Easter.  Please see the list below:

Assemblies

Disco

All sporting competitions which take place at other schools

Swimming

Sports Club (held on a Wednesday after school)

School trips

 

Communication

If you have not already done so, it is advisable to download Twitter and Follow us. All Tweets also appear on the front page of our website.

It is very important that you let us know immediately of changes to email addresses and telephone numbers.

We will also be using the text messaging service for any urgent information you might need.

Work for pupils

We will provide work for children who are self-isolating but please bear with us whilst we get this sorted.  We will then arrange with you as to how to access this.  We cannot get the work sorted straight away but will do our best to get it to you as soon as we can.

 

   Yours sincerely

Kathy Martin

Headteacher

We have cancelled imminent trips and sporting events, including swimming, until further notice.

Please see newsletter to parents 17th March  below.

LATEST ADVICE 16.3.2020

  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

We will continue to follow current government advice regarding precautions and procedures. Please be assured that we will continue to keep parents up to date if there are any developments or changes.

 

The Year 5 trip to the National Space Centre has been cancelled as a precaution. We know the children will be disappointed but feel that this action is necessary in the light of the government announcement today. Thank you for your understanding.