School Covid Update
Pupils' Video Message for Return to School
This video is to help prepare those invited children (some in Year N, Year R, Year 1 & Year 6) for the return to school following the COVID locdown. It emhasises the importance of social distancing and handwashing. Parents are encouraged to sit with their child and watch it together, discussing also the factsheet below.
Return to School Factsheets will be posted her shortly.
Message from the School Leadership
The government has asked schools to return pupils in a phased approach from 1st June. Warrington local authority is asking all schools and academies to return from 8th June. We have been undertaking significant preparations and planning towards a phased return for some pupils in our school.
The school leadership has provided two letters:
LETTER REGARDING PHASED RETURN (Published 21/05/2020)
LETTER REGARDING RETURN OF PUPILS. (Published (04/05/2020)
The letter above publishes our strategy approved by the Governing Body at its meeting on Thursday 20 June. This has taken into consideration the developing risk assessment (shortly to be published) as well as current position known at the time.
Regarding specific dates for specific children in specific groups, we will notify you of these as soon as possible, hopefully early next week.
As a general rule: starting week beginning 8 June, children will be returning for up to two consecutive days, in groups (SUB-SETS) of up to 10, starting with some phasing of Year 1, then Year 6, then Reception, with SUB-SETS scheduled in and out to ensure as many children whos e parents wish them to attend, can do so as safely as possible. Please read the letter publlished 21/05/2020 for details.
Please note that Endenred Vouchers for Free School Meals will not be issued for week beg. 25 May as the Government is not funding this 'holiday' week.
receivedMany of you have completed the survey which has helped inform our stratgegy, however if you have not done this please complete it at your earliest opportunity.
We will publish the outcomes of this survey. Thank you.
School response to the Prime Minister's Sunday evening statement:
The Prime Minister has made an announcement. Before families make detailed plans please note:
- our approach has not changed in that the school is still closed and providing childcare for those critical workers that are essential for the COVID response, proof of all parents in the family being a critical worker appreciated to demonstrate these children cannot be looked after at home
- the information put in my letter issued earlier this week and posted to parents (link below)
- there is hoped to be more detailed information from the Department for Education which will flesh out the specifics (e.g. at moment nomention of inclusion of critical workers, no priority between the three year groups mentioned)
- the next phase is based on the 5 national COVID tests
- there is a defined amount of children the school can hold whilst remaining 'Covid secure' (based on social distancing in classroom size, social distancing in toilets, breaktimes etc) This would be about 10 - 12 in each classroom.
'Thank you for your tremendous resilience and keep showing your school values that support our vision of Care, Challenge and Celebrate with Christ. We are here for you. Be determined. Be courageous. Be kind.', says Mr Metcalfe, Executive Headteacher.
You may be in your own home...but you still belong to this community. We miss you but look forward to seeing you soon.
Record of changes and Updates
27/04/2020 - School Website - Pastoral Care page updated to include additional information on Anziety and Bereavement
28/04/2020 - Every child to have a Home Learning Response Pack delivered to their door, along with a letter and Parent Guide.
30/04/2020 - Digital hardship families receive devices to support home learning
04/05/20 - School Leadership Letter Issued to Parents
05/05/20 - Class Celebration websites are live using Google Sites
06/05/20 - Letter of encouragement from Executive Headteacher and teachers posted to individual homes
08/05/20 - Bank Holiday (school open for key workers only)
22/05/20 - School Leadership Letter to Parents about Re-opening
25/05/20 to 29/05/20 - Half-term holiday (school open for key workers 25/05 to 29/05 only)
---------------------------CONTINUING NEXT WEEK: ONLY AGREED CHILDREN ONLY. AS A KEY WORKER - BRINGING YOUR CHILD IN WHEN IT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY OR YOU CANNOT WORK FROM HOME, OR NOT ON SHIFT (IE. THERE IS NO ONE ELSE TO LOOK AFTER THEM) INCREASES THE HEALTH RISKS TO THEM AND OTHERS. DON'T DO IT! WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THOSE SUPPORTING NHS AND OTHER CRITICAL STAFF.
The overiding principle being applied in our school is to reduce the number of contacts being made between eachother, children to children, children to adults and adults to adults. This will guide all our decisions when interpreting the advice from the government. The decision to open or close the school to individual or groups of pupils rests with the school leadership. This is a challenging time and as outlined by the Prime Minister we must all do our bit, whatever the inconvenvenience or situation.
The school has been officially closed from Friday 23 March. This is the default situation, however exceptions apply as outlined by the DfE. These exceptions apply where there is no alternative to your child being cared for through another arrangement, e.g. another parent or carer (these should not be those at identified increased risk or over the age of 60), or in terms of disadvantage where your situation means that you cannot provide effectively for your child (e.g. heating home, meal provision, highly specialist education support).
The exact groups that will fall into the exceptions are:
Online resources will be used in school and at home. Most sessions in school will be delivered online so there is the same approach whether pupils have to attend or not. In this way pupils not attending will not be feeling they are missing out! These are available from our Learn Online page on this site.
I have and continue to update the Chair of Governors regularly.
Thank you for your continued support.
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.