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Covid-19 Update - 17.03.2020

 

We are in unprecedented times at the moment, as a school we have to follow the advice we are given by the government. Yesterday’s update laid out the next steps of delaying the transfer of the virus. As a senior leadership team we have discussed how this will look in school.

 

  • Any children or staff who are displaying symptoms of a high temperature or a new persistent cough should self-isolate for 14 days. If anyone in your household is displaying these symptoms the whole household should self-isolate. Please inform school as soon as possible to tell us this is your decision.

 

  • If a child presents in school with a temperature or has developed a new cough, they will be kept away from other children and parents will be asked to collect them as soon as possible and they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

  • Children or staff with significant underlying health issues have been advised to limit contact with other people.

 

With regards to general issues in school we have made the following decisions:

  1. We will continue regular handwashing throughout the day and the cleaners will be cleaning door handles and other hard surfaces more regularly.

  2. We will be cancelling all events and clubs which fall outside of the school day before the Easter Holidays. All events that are affected are listed overleaf.

  3. We have made the decision to postpone the Year 4 residential, we are currently in discussion with the company about rebooking this trip for early in the Autumn Term when the children are in Year 5 and further details will be sent to those parents affected once this is finalised.

  4. We would like to limit the number of non-staff adults who are coming into school, therefore if you wish to speak to your child’s class teacher please do this by phone or by email. I have listed all the teacher’s emails overleaf. Teachers will only answer emails within their normal working day and when they are not teaching.

  5. We have made learning available on the website for children who are self-isolating. Any children who normally receive a paper copy of school correspondence will be given or sent a paper pack of work.

  6. We will not have any additional adults in school to hear readers or other volunteers.

  7. We will limit the number of visits Governors make into school and these will only be if essential

  8. We will have class or year group collective worship rather than whole school

  9. We will have 1 year group playing at the back of the school to try and spread the children out further during breaktimes and lunchtimes

 

Given this new guidance it is highly likely that some staff will be self-isolating due to their own illness or that of a family member. We will make decisions on a day to day basis regarding staffing and we may need to combine classes where we have staff sickness and lower pupil numbers. We will endeavour to maintain consistency wherever possible. Please discuss this with your children, particularly if they are anxious or find change tricky, so that they understand short notice changes will have to happen. There may come a point when we need to facilitate partial closure of the school due to staffing shortages, if as a parent you work for the NHS, the Police, the Fire, in care homes or schools please let us know and we will prioritise places for these children.

 

All school staff will still be working even if self-isolating (unless they are unwell), and will respond to emails, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your children or their learning please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

As a school we still have a responsibility to ensure that our children are safeguarded, and the Designated Safeguarding Leads will be checking in with some families if they are off school for extended periods of time as we would normally within school. The 2 Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss West and Mrs Kirwin. Mrs Wright and Mrs Seaman have completed the basic level of training and will be included in this support team. If families feel they need access to food bank vouchers please contact Miss West or Mrs Sharp who can arrange this.  We will continue to support children with EHCP’s are far as staffing allows.

 

In the event of a closure Home Learning for children would be made available on the year group pages of the website. This would be updated regularly with additional activities to complete.

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