Dear Parents and Carers
We know that this is a troubling time and that many of you are feeling anxious about COVID-19. The school is now closed for the foreseeable future and is only open as an emergency provision. For those parents and carers who do have a place at the school, please remember to only use it when there is no other childcare provision available.
For home learning provisions, please refer to our 'Home Learning' page on the website and our 'Marvellous Missions' which are tweeted out on a daily basis. You may not be able to come into school but you are as much a part of the ARH community as ever.
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.
As most children will be at home from Monday 23rd March, we have created a home learning section on the website which can be found under the 'Children' tab. Here, you will find home learning packs for every year group, ideas for how to structure your child's home learning and links to websites which offer further home learning opportunities. You will also find links to email addresses that you can contact should you require any additional support with your child's home learning.
Please also keep your eye on our twitter feed as a 'Marvellous Mission' will be tweeted out on a daily basis. We would love to see you reply to our tweets with the wonderful work the children produce.
At this time, we do not know how long schools will be remaining shut for and additional resources will be uploaded as and when they are required.
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:
People should self-isolate if they have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- 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
- For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
- If you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
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 aqs well as any guidance we receive from the Local Authority.
To be proactive in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, we are taking the following actions:
- All sporting tournaments have been cancelled. Clubs will continue as usual at present although this may be subject to change.
- Any upcoming trips have been cancelled. Further details will be provided by trip leads.
- Any events which involve parents and carers coming into the school in groups have been cancelled until further notice. This includes family assemblies and the homework showcases.
- Large group gatherings in school, such as assemblies, have been cancelled until further notice.
- Parents’ and Carers’ evenings on Tuesday 24th March and Thursday 26th March have been cancelled.
- Children are receiving lessons about the importance of hand washing and how to do it effectively.
- Children are being informed about coronavirus through classroom discussions in a safe and open environment.
- Ensuring all classrooms are stocked with tissues, soap and hand sanitiser gel.
- Regularly cleaning all door handles.
- Advising parents and carers on self-isolation.
- Limiting access to school building for parents and carers, including breakfast and after-school club.
- 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