School Closure Advice
Updated Monday 1st June 2020
COVID 19 Coronavirus
We are currently following advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England and school is now CLOSED for an indefinite period of time.
The school is only open for children of key workers and for some other children with additional needs.
The school will open for children in Year R and Year1 part-time from June 8th and for Year 6 at a date to be confirmed.
All staff, children, and visitors to the school are being asked to check their temperature and wash their hands on arrival and departure.
Children will play outdoors as much as possible.
Additionally, at the end of the school day, our advice is for all staff and children is to change clothes straight away when they get home and machine wash clothes at a high temperature, then take a hot shower to risk the chance of carrying the virus into your home. Clean clothes should be worn to school each day.
On Friday 20th March we received updated guidance from the government. In summary, the main points were:
Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading the infection to others.
If staff, young people or children become unwell on-site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home. Staff and children are now able to have access to COVID19 tests.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
Supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
Posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website
Staff and pupils should observe social distancing whenever possible
The latest guidance from the DfE can be found using the following link
Key messages are
A phased re-entry to schools is planned firstly to include children in Years R, 1 and 6. Children should not attend more than one setting (for example attend school whilst also been cared for by a childminder)
If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical key worker, then education provision will be available for them.
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 who are shielding or self-isolating.
Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way that can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as for adults.
Residential special schools, boarding schools, and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Online Learning for all children at our school.
We have a plan in place that will enable children to continue their education through distance learning using Google Classroom.
Children have also taken home a pack of activities and details of sites that they can access online and offline during the school closure.
Internet Safety needs to be of the utmost importance. You might find this leaflet useful
Teachers will keep in touch with their classes during normal school hours 8.30 -3.30 pm in term time. Email the office if you would like a call.
Go to our Learning Zone. HERE
Information about how Google Classroom works can be found HERE
Current advice is that if you or your child have developed a new cough or fever then you should self isolate as a family for 14 days.
You may find this LEAFLET helpful. It gives advice for if your child is unwell or hurt.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance on handwashing.
The latest advice can be found HERE.
If you or anyone in your household has a persistent cough or high temperature, then you should self isolate at home for fourteen days. That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, nor for exercise, and you should keep at a safe distance from others, even your own family. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies. Our school community is ready to help any families in need. Please Email the school office.
During LOCKDOWN everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel. People should continue to work from home where they possibly can. Pubs, clubs, theatres, gyms, leisure centres and other such social venues are currently closed.
We should all only use the NHS when we really need to. Please go online rather than ringing NHS 111.
The advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact is particularly important to protect people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some underlying health conditions. It also allows the slowdown of the spread of the disease to make the handling of care easier for the NHS to manage.
ONLINE LEARNING LINKS
Go to our Learning Zone. HERE
Here are some printable worksheets for those struggling with online learning along with extra web sites that might be useful.
Lots of museums and zoos have virtual visits Here are a few.
EXTRA PRECAUTIONS FOR CHILDREN STILL IN SCHOOL
Child care is offered to the children of key workers and other vulnerable children between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm. Contact the office if you need a place.
Only a skeleton staff are in school on a rota - we adopt social distancing as much as possible.
Children will play outside in the fresh air as much as possible.
All children and staff attending school will thoroughly and regularly wash their hands and have their temperature checked on arrival and departure.
Children should wear their own clothes. They should change out of these when returning home and clothes should be washed every day to prevent the spread of the virus.