Dear Parents and Carers
We have loved having the children back in school; it has been wonderful to see how excited they were! To ensure that the children who attend our school are as safe as possible, we have put new measures in place. A letter with details of these measures has been sent to all parents and carers and can be found on the letters section of our website, along with reminders for drop-off and collection.
You will be able to find our reopening plan and risk assessment below for your information. If you would like to read through the main Government guidance on reopening schools, it can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19
We will ensure the website is kept up to date as and when we receive further information.
We appreciate your patience and support as always.
Reopening Plan and Risk Assessment for September 2020
My Back To School Bubble
Policy Addendum - in light of COVID
Letter from Councillor Elly Cutkelvin
Safeguarding during School Closures
During this period, our Designated Safeguarding Leads are still available. If you require any support or have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact them or refer to our Safeguarding - Out of Hours information on the website.
Below is some information on how to protect your child from online radicalisation whilst their online use is likely to be greater than usual:
School Nurse during closure
Parents and carers are still able to contact a School Nurse if they need advice or support by contacting Chat Health on 07520 615381, or by leaving a message on the School Nurse answer phone on 0116 2153232.
What is the coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
What to do if you or your child has symptoms:
Everybody needs to be completely honest about the state of their health. It is vital that people who display any symptoms of the coronavirus stay away from school until they are fully recovered and get tested as soon as possible (visit https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test/test-centre).
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- A loss of change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Please ensure you inform the school of a positive test result as soon as possible and observe any recommended isolation periods. This is still currently for a 14 day period if anyone in the household displays symptoms. Children can return to school if the test results are negative. If anyone tests positive for the coronavirus, the school will liaise with Public Health England and the Local Authority to decide on the safest course of action. It is vital that you contact the school if your child or a member of your households tests positive for the coronavirus.
If a child displays symptoms when at school, they will be taken to an isolation room and their parent or carer will be called. They should be collected as soon as possible and be tested. They must self-isolate for either 14 days or until a negative coronavirus test result is received. This room will then be disinfected and ventilated and any materials used will be disposed of and replenished.
These actions will help to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
Home learning packs are available in the home learning section of the website. Here are some additional e-learning opportunities that you may find useful in the coming weeks.
Twinkl have very kindly made an offer to all schools which will allow all parents and carers access to their resources free of charge. They are offering a One Month Ultimate Membership so that your children can have access to high-quality learning should they need to self-isolate. Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
BBC Bitesize has a wide range of guides, clips and games to support your child's learning across the entire curriculum. These are fun and interactive with ideas for further activities that can be completed. This resource is completely free to all parents and carers.
Scholastic is currently offering a 'Learn at Home' programme. This is targeted at American pupils but can be accessed by anyone and has some lovely day-by-day learning opportunities. They currently have 5 days worth of lesson for each year group and are looking to add an additional 15 days to support any children who have had to self-isolate.
Guidance for our children
All children have been taught how to wash their hands effectively and of the importance of doing this regularly, particularly before cooking and eating, and after using the toilet. Posters to remind children of how to wash their hands effectively have been put up in all of the children's toilets around the school. As always, hand sanitiser gel is also available for children to use should they wish to.
Teachers held age-appropriate conversations with their classes about the coronavirus to help them with their questions and worries about what is going on; we wanted to address these in a safe and open environment.
If your child seems worried about COVID-19, there are some useful resources at https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/
They can also keep themselves informed using reliable sources such as Newsround (https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456)
What measures are the school taking?
We are ensuring that we are following Government guidance and the advice of Public Health England as well as any guidance we receive from the Local Authority. We are regularly updating our risk assessments in light of new information and guidance.
- We are delighted that all schools in Leicester will be reopening on Tuesday 1st September and we are working hard to ensure that we are ready for this - we have missed you all!
- The government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
- You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
- The school will remain open for the children of key workers (either single-parent households or households where both parents and key workers), children with EHCPs and other targeted pupils during the Easter holidays.
- Government guidance on Wednesday 18.03.2020 has informed us that are schools are to close from Friday 20th March. It will only remain open for the children of key workers (either single-parent households or households where both parents and key workers), children with EHCPs or other targeted pupils. This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
- New Government Guidance (16.03.2020) now asks that entire households self-isolate for 14 days if any member of the household displays symptoms of the coronavirus (high temperature or a new, continuous cough). If another member of the household displays symptoms, they should self-isolate for 7 days from when they first displayed a symptom. Those living alone should continue to self-isolate for 7 days.
- Parents and carers are no longer allowed into the main section of the dining hall when collecting or dropping off for breakfast club and after school club. The dining hall toilets are similarly out of use for parents and carers.
- Phoenix Cinema trip 18.03.2020
- All family assemblies are cancelled until further notice
- Football tournament
- Orchestra Unwrapped 01.04.2020
- Rugby festival
- Cycling competition
- Tennis tournament
- Choir performance
- End of term music performance
- Homework showcase