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We are really excited about seeing children in Years 1-6 on Thursday 3rd September. Key Stage One enter through the side pedestrian gate and Key Stage Two through the vehicle gates and onto the field.

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Latest Update - Letter sent out Thursday 12th March 2020

To continue to keep you up to date with the latest information concerning Coronavirus, we are providing  you with further specific advice and our plans for the coming weeks and months. It is very difficult to predict what might happen but we have taken steps in school to plan as best we can for future events and would appreciate your support and understanding.

Action we are taking now

Raising Awareness

We are monitoring daily updated advice from the Government and have put posters up in every classroom to remind children of self-hygiene routines. All class teachers are ensuring children wash hands as they come into school, before break, lunch and before they go home as well as at other times as needed during the day.  We are also ensuring that staff regularly wipe down door handles and other areas which are touched regularly with sanitising spray.  The computer keyboards and ipads will be wiped before and after use.

General Cleaning

We are working with our school cleaning team to ensure that particular attention is paid to key areas and that cleaning standards are upheld to the highest standards, this includes ensuring soap dispensers are replenished as required.  All adults are required to use hand sanitizer as they enter the school and staff are regularly cleaning their keyboards and telephones.

Contingency planning

The Government is planning for a range of future scenarios, one of which includes the possibility of a temporary school closure, but to date the Government’s preference is to keep schools open, given the knock on effect of parents having to take time off. The next section of the letter sets out some of our plans if we do have to close.

Staff Absence

 It is possible that for a period of time, the school will be open but a higher than normal number of staff may be absent. The Government has relaxed the laws for maximum class sizes during this time, so we will do everything we can to remain open. We will only close if staff absence reaches the extent of the school being unable to safely supervise children.

 

 

In the event of school closure

As you will be aware, schools in various countries are closing with little or no prior notice given. Should this happen to us, please note the following:

Day to day communication

We have remote access to our email system and will use this to communicate with parents to keep them updated. This, and our website will provide up to date information. Please ensure that you check these regularly. Where possible, please avoid contacting the school office by phone to check if the school is open. This is essential to allow the lines to remain open for emergency purposes and day to day operation.

Pupil learning

It is vital that if the school closes, pupils should continue to study at home. Whilst there is no substitute for being in a classroom with a teacher, we will set work which will be sent out via email.

Where possible, allow your child access to the internet so they can complete some of the online activities such as Mathletics, Abacus (Key Stage One), TT Rockstars.  Links to other educational resources will be put on the school website.

Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read or be read to every day, ideally for at least 20 minutes. Where possible, additional reading books will be sent home.

Parents should also look on the class pages for information about work to be done at home. Where possible, make sure your child has somewhere quiet to work. In the event of an extended school closure, we would ask parents and carers to try and ensure conditions at home are conducive to allow some time for quality work each day.

Further advice for parents and carers

This is a fast moving situation. For parents/guardians wishing to keep up to date with the latest situation, the following links may be helpful

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The Government Coronavirus Action Plan; a guide to what you can expect across the UK – www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

 

Mental Health and Well Being

Some pupils may well become more concerned about Coronavirus as the Government considers moving from contain phase to the delay phase. We all have a role to play in managing this. You know your child best but together we should:

  • Do our best not to sensationalise or overdramatise this issue
  • Steer pupils away from some of the newspapers and social media coverage
  • Not hide information from students but stick to known facts
  • Not pass our own concerns or stresses to our children

 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time

 

Alison Penny

Headteacher

To continue to keep you up to date with the latest information concerning Coronavirus, we are writing to you with further specific advice and our plans for the coming weeks and months. It is very difficult to predict what might happen but we have taken steps in school to plan as best we can for future events and would appreciate your support and understanding.

Action we are taking now

Raising Awareness

We are monitoring daily updated advice from the Government and have put posters up in every classroom to remind children of self-hygiene routines. All class teachers are ensuring children wash hands as they come into school, before break, lunch and before they go home as well as at other times as needed during the day.  We are also ensuring that staff regularly wipe down door handles and other areas which are touched regularly with sanitising spray.  The computer keyboards and ipads will be wiped before and after use.

General Cleaning

We are working with our school cleaning team to ensure that particular attention is paid to key areas and that cleaning standards are upheld to the highest standards, this includes ensuring soap dispensers are replenished as required.  All adults are required to use hand sanitizer as they enter the school and staff are regularly cleaning their keyboards and telephones.

Contingency planning

The Government is planning for a range of future scenarios, one of which includes the possibility of a temporary school closure, but to date the Government’s preference is to keep schools open, given the knock on effect of parents having to take time off. The next section of the letter sets out some of our plans if we do have to close.

Staff Absence

 It is possible that for a period of time, the school will be open but a higher than normal number of staff may be absent. The Government has relaxed the laws for maximum class sizes during this time, so we will do everything we can to remain open. We will only close if staff absence reaches the extent of the school being unable to safely supervise children.

 

 

In the event of school closure

As you will be aware, schools in various countries are closing with little or no prior notice given. Should this happen to us, please note the following:

Day to day communication

We have remote access to our email system and will use this to communicate with parents to keep them updated. This, and our website will provide up to date information. Please ensure that you check these regularly. Where possible, please avoid contacting the school office by phone to check if the school is open. This is essential to allow the lines to remain open for emergency purposes and day to day operation.

Pupil learning

It is vital that if the school closes, pupils should continue to study at home. Whilst there is no substitute for being in a classroom with a teacher, we will set work which will be sent out via email.

Where possible, allow your child access to the internet so they can complete some of the online activities such as Mathletics, Abacus (Key Stage One), TT Rockstars.  Links to other educational resources will be put on the school website.

Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read or be read to every day, ideally for at least 20 minutes. Where possible, additional reading books will be sent home.

Parents should also look on the class pages for information about work to be done at home. Where possible, make sure your child has somewhere quiet to work. In the event of an extended school closure, we would ask parents and carers to try and ensure conditions at home are conducive to allow some time for quality work each day.

Further advice for parents and carers

This is a fast moving situation. For parents/guardians wishing to keep up to date with the latest situation, the following links may be helpful

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The Government Coronavirus Action Plan; a guide to what you can expect across the UK – www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

 

Mental Health and Well Being

Some pupils may well become more concerned about Coronavirus as the Government considers moving from contain phase to the delay phase. We all have a role to play in managing this. You know your child best but together we should:

  • Do our best not to sensationalise or overdramatise this issue
  • Steer pupils away from some of the newspapers and social media coverage
  • Not hide information from students but stick to known facts
  • Not pass our own concerns or stresses to our children

 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time

 

Alison Penny

Headteacher

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