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St Michael's CofE Primary School

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Coronavirus Information

 

On this page we will keep you up to date with information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

For all parents Y1-Y6

 29/05/2020

Dear parents

Please find attached a letter about school reopening. This is for all parents, even if your child is not due to return next week

There are also a number of other attachments which relate to parents of keyworkers and vulnerable children who are returning next week. If your child is returning, please read these carefully.

Best wishes

Mark Freeman

 

Letter to Y1-Y6 Keyworkers & Vulnerables 29 5 2020.doc

reopening letter May 29 2020 (1).doc

Arrangements for reopening school UPDATE 1 29 5 2020 (1).docx

Drop offs and pick ups week 1 Jun1-5 (1).docx

 

For all Reception parents

 

29/5/2020

The 5 conditions have been met, so we are going ahead with our reopening plans, starting with Reception children on Monday June 1st. Please see below for the relevant letters and information

reopening letter May 29 2020.doc

Arrangements for reopening school UPDATE 1 29 5 2020.docx

Drop offs and pick ups week 1 Jun1-5.docx

Letter to Reception parents 29 5 2020.doc

Letter to Y1-Y6 Keyworkers & Vulnerables 29 5 2020.doc

 

21/05/2020

We are planning to reopen school for Reception children on Monday June 1st.  This will be followed by Year 1 on Monday June 8th, and Year 6 from Monday June 15th. This is subject to the government's conditions for reopening being met. The final decision will be made on Thursday May 28th.

Please see the documents below for more information. Key worker and vulnerable children should continue to attend (as now).

reopening letter May 21st 2020.doc

Arrangements for reopening school FINAL May 21.docx

If you are a key worker, or if you have a child classed aas vulnerable, please return the form below if you wish your child to attend from June 1st

Keyworker and vulnerable pupil response June 1 onwards.docx

 

Please see below letters regarding Mrs Herbert's maternity leave. Miss Newman (Y2) will be assisting with her class when they return.

Letter re Mrs Herbert maternity leave May 21 2020 v2.doc

Letter re Miss Newman May 21 2020.doc

 

 15/5/2020

I have written to parents today outlining our initial response to the government proposals:

reopening letter May 15 2020 v2.doc

We plan to bring in Reception children first (June 1st) followed by Year 1 (June 8th) then Year 6 (week of June 15th). More details will follow next week, and it is still possible that this timetable may change if there are further government announcements. The latest government guidance can be found here:

Preparing for the wider reopening of schools on June 1

12/5/2020

On Sunday 10th, the Prime Minister announced that schools are going to be asked to begin preparations for a gradual return to school. This was given more detail on Monday 11th: click here for the guidance for parents and carers

Further guidance has now been sent to schools and nurseries: click here to read this in full.  The 3 year groups identified for the first stages of return are Year 6, Reception and Year 1. Any return to school is still conditional on certain key tests, which may or may not be met by June 1st, and will also be dependant on our own risk assessments. We are in the process of carrying these out to see if it is safe, manageable and realistic. Any return needs to have the safety of pupils, staff and parents as the top priority. Further government guidance is now available regarding the protective measures schools are expected to have in place: click here for this document.

This is a constantly changing situation. We will keep parents informed as things develop over the next few days. There are many discussions taking place at national and local level and it is quite likely that there will be new developments which may change the above timescale.

In the meantime, we continue to be here for you and your child/ren. Please continue to encourage and support your child/ren to access the learning support available, as well as to take advantage of the increased opportunity for exercise, especially whilst the weather continues to be good.

Best wishes to you all

 

7/5/20: Half term provision

If you wish your child to come into school in half term (May 26-29) please return this form by Friday 15th May (key workers and vulnerable pupils only)

Half term request form for critical workers.docx

 

1/5/20 -  update

We are now two weeks into Term 5, and numbers have risen a little in school to around 40 per day. We are hoping for an announcement next week regarding plans for easing the lockdown at some point, and what this will mean for schools. Please look at the latest newsletter for additional information, as well as news on staffing and plans for next year. 

Your child's teacher is available every day during school hours, but please be aware that some staff are in school on a rota basis, so may not be available to respond quickly. Contact them by class dojo or on google classroom. If you have any particular concerns, contact Mr Freeman via the school office.

 

20/4/20 update

As we start a new term it is really important to encourage your child to get into a good daily routine. We have been reviewing the tasks teachers have been setting to make sure they are both manageable and enjoyable. We are looking to make sure there is a balance between 'core' learning (maths and English) and the creative aspects, with more emphasis on the latter.

 

Keeping children safe during a prolonged period of school closure

We have produced an appendix to our safeguarding policy which sets out how we aim to keep children safe during this period, at school and at home. Please click here to see this guidance, which should be read together with our fully safeguarding policy.

 

Previous updates:

Please see the latest newsletter with an update on the situation in school and how we are supporting home learning

Newsletter 9 April 3 2020v2.pdf

26/3/2020 update

letter 1 March 26 2020.doc

Easter holiday request form for critical workers.docx

 

20/03/20 - update

As you will be aware, we are now closed to most pupils, and from Monday 23rd March only pupils where one or both parents are keyworkers, or where the child is classed as vulnerable, will be able to attend. The expectation is that most children, even in these two cases, will be looked after at home in order to help slow the rate of infection and protect the most vulnerable.

Please click on the links below to access the letter explaining this, and to access the response form.

school closure letter 20 3 20.pdf

Keyworker response form for childcare during Covid19

If your situation changes, please get in touch with us by phone or email. We are aiming to keep the office running, although with reduced staff. If you need help or family support, again, contact us or the relevant agency.

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes. Let’s hope everyone stays safe over the coming months. We will keep everyone regularly updated by email and through the school website.

 

Home Learning

 

 As most of the teachers will be working from home, we will be supporting your child's home learning as fully as possible. We will be using a variety of online learning resources, including some existing favourites (times tables rock stars), but also some new ones. We are currently setting up google classroom for all KS2 children. This will allow children to download work for the teacher to comment and mark.

Please let us know if you have limited (or no) access to a computer or tablet and we will make sure you are provided with actual resources. It is really important that we keep children's learning going over the coming weeks and (probably) months.

Please see the following letter for further details, and also visit your child's Year Group page on the website.

Parent Home Learning Guide St Michaels 20 3 20.docx

 

For further information:

Government advice on keyworkers etc March 20

Advice for educational settings

Materials to support good hygiene practice

Advice on trips (March 2020); Domestic trips are still okay to go ahead, schools should check with the venue before going

Local Authority letter:

Letter to parents - school closures on 20_03_20.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key workers: please check this list. If your child is likely to attend school we may ask to see evidence of your employment

What is 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:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

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.