COVID-19 Updates

This page provides information about our response to Coronavirus and Government advice. 

13.10.20 – Update

We have received confirmation that a second staff member in our Early Years setting has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, unfortunately Early Years (Nursery & Reception) will need to remain closed until the end of this half term. Children may return to school on Tuesday 3rd November (after the planned Monday INSET). No other staff members have tested positive. All other year groups remain open.

We know that this is a worrying time for many of you. We would like to reassure you that as a school we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of transmission. To remind you, the symptoms of COVID-19 as described on the NHS website are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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 or 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

Click the links below to read the letters sent to parents/carers.

General Letter to parents 2 13.10.20 Nursery & Reception Action Required – Positive Case2

Nursery & Reception Action Required – Positive Case2

 

Public Health in Cheshire West have issued the following guidance:

  • All adults to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school premises including outdoor yard areas.
  • Parents/carers to arrive and leave promptly when dropping off/collecting their child – please do not congregate and maintain social distancing as we know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person.
  • In schools where it has been agreed that a parent/carer can enter the school premises for drop off and pick up, only one adult should enter.
  • All staff to wear face coverings when they come out onto the playground during drop off and pick up times.
  • Young people to avoid congregating outside school and mixing with other schools and go directly home

Please see below for the full letter from the Director of Public Health in CWAC.

Letter from CWAC Additional Measures in School

 

When to self-isolate – click the file or see image

Isolation Rules September 2020

Changes to Mitigate Risk

Many of the changes we have made over the past 5 months will need to remain for the forseeable. Please look at the image above for an overview.

Start and End of the Day

The start and end of the day will remain staggered. This is vital to reduce the amount of people on the school grounds at any one time. Your child should attend at the following times based on their surname. If they have a younger sibling in school with a different surname, then they should attend school at the time for their youngest sibling’s surname.  This means that families with different surnames and pupils in different year groups still get to arrive together. Pupils with surname A-J start at 8:40am and finish at 2:45pm; pupils with surname K-Y start at 8:55am and finish at 3pm. Do not arrive early.

Surname

A-J K-Y
Day start 8:40 8:55
End of day 2:45

3:00

Unlike some schools, our school remains open 5 days a week. Our before and after school club will also be open (now 7:45am until 5:45pm).

Children will enter through the school gates but parents will not be permitted onto the school grounds during the morning. Parents are not permitted inside school without an appointment. This means you will need to say goodbye to your child at the gate and they will walk straight round and into class. This worked really well before the summer holidays. There will be staff out to support your child, but if your child is struggling to separate from you, it may be that you need to take them for some quiet time and try again later. You may collect your child from their classroom at the end of the day, but we ask that you distance yourself from other parents and do not come passed the cones outside the classroom doors. Only one adult should collect your child.  You will not be permitted onto the school grounds if you arrive too early. We have marked lines on the playground to show where you can wait.

Due to the staggered start time and social distancing between classes, the Walking Bus will not be in place during the Autumn Term. We plan to bring this back as soon as the guidance changes.

Clothing and Equipment

As ever, please ensure that you label everything (clothes, shoes, bags, lunch box, bottles). A black Sharpie pen works really well!

Children should come in full school uniform. The windows  (and if possible doors) will be kept open throughout the day to increase ventilation so ensure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. This means that sometimes pupils may need to have layers (such as vest, t-shirt, jumper & coat). All children must come in smart uniform, including black school shoes not trainers. Do not waste money on expensive trainers as this is not part of our uniform and you will be asked to change them.

No stationery equipment is required as this will all be provided. Do not send in pencil cases or equipment in as we must reduce the amount of stuff coming in from home. Mobile phones are allowed and must be turned off and handed in during registration to be locked away for the day.

Children should bring a water bottle if possible. All water fountains are out of use. If children finish their water bottle, they may refill it in class from the tap. Do not send in juice as this gets so sticky when the children spill it. If a pupil forgets their water bottle, we will ensure that they have a cup to drink from when they’re thirsty. Children may bring a packed lunch or order a school dinner as usual. Lunch boxes are permitted but must be thoroughly washed by parents every day. You may choose to send your child to school with a disposable lunch box (such as in a paper bag).

If you pay for your child’s school dinner, this must be done on ParentMail as the school is now cashless. Pupils in the Infants will be offered toast and the Juniors may order snack from the kitchen. It will not be possible to pay cash for snacks so funds must be put onto to ParentMail (this is just like high schools). Children can also come to school with a healthy snack. Remember, please do not send any nut products into school.

Hygiene

For everyone’s safety and as per national guidance, children will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day with soap and water. This includes when they arrive, before and after break and lunch, after certain activities, and before they leave. We also have hand sanitiser available in school for both staff and children. If you do not want your child to use hand sanitiser, please let us know. You do not need to provide your child with sanitiser and we do not recommend that you do. However, if you would feel more confident with them having their own, we ask that these are handed to a staff member in class so that they can agree a safe place for it to be stored & used. This is vital for everyone’s safety. No pupils in Early Years or Key Stage 1 should bring sanitiser into school.

Our cleaning team will be cleaning throughout the day to ensure that the school remains clean and to mitigate risk.

Behaviour

You will see from the Behaviour Policy Addendum that our expectations are that all pupils follow our school rules of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’. We don’t anticipate this being a problem for children, but want to make it clear that deliberate non-compliance of these expectations will be taken seriously and parents will be contacted immediately if we feel that any child is deliberately placing children or staff at increased risk.

Here to help

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’re here to help and want to support all our families to enable their child to return to school confidently and successfully.

Behaviour Policy Addendum

 

For anyone who wishes to view or know anything more about our risk assessment for ‘Full Opening’, please contact the school office.

 

Looking after your mental health:

What to do if you need urgent mental health help:

  • Please call 0300 303 3972 and dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need
  • The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people
  • The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS 111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972
  • Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you
  • You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance
  • For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
  • For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk

 

Guidance

Please continue to stay safe and follow NHS guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Up-to-date advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Local Information

The Port Grocery can no longer deliver to our school. Further information about their service is on their Facebook page.

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