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Coronavirus update

The most up-to-date and accurate information can be found at:

Public Health England - https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

if you are concerned about symptoms check the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you would like to access help and support during the Coronavirus click here for the Ladywood Helpers Project  - https://www.ladywoodhelpers.co.uk/ 

 

Only children with completed keyworker forms will be

allowed to school on Monday.

Information for parents on Friday 20th March 2020 at 12 noon

Click here to download the letter to parents with a list of keyworkers.

Click here to download the form indicating if you are a keyworker.

Click here to complete an online form indicating you are a keyworker.

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to the vast majority of pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children at the end of today (Friday 20th March 2020) until further notice.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and children with an allocated Social Worker or Educational Health Care Plan (EHC).  All other children will need to stay at home, so you cannot send your child into school from Monday onwards.

The Secretary of State is clear; schools are providing an entirely different role, it is primarily about care not education.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this changes.

Whilst some of you may want your child to attend school, the government has made it clear that only certain children are eligible to come to school. You may be asked to provide proof of employment. In order to safeguard all children, it is essential we quickly establish a list of eligible pupils allowed in school at this time.

If you think you fall within the critical category of a keyworker, please confirm with your employer that, based on the business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the contribution of essential public service.  A list of keyworker details is in the letter to parents in the link above.

If you or your partner are a keyworker please complete the attached form.  You will need to return the form ASAP. Ideally by 2pm on Friday 20 March 2020 but no later than 10am on Saturday 21 March 2020.  Emails should be sent to stthomas@allsaintsmat.school or stjohns@allsaintsmat.school, please label the subject as KEYWORKER.  Forms can also be returned to the school office during office hours.  If you are unable to email the form or return it during school hours please leave a message on the school answerphone.  You may be asked to provide proof of employment.  

Whilst your child is at home their learning is of course important to us. We have sourced ‘Learning Projects’ which are available to download from the school website. For the next two weeks we will provide a hard copy of these which will be sent home with the children today. We will also be sending an exercise book for your child to use if they wish. There is no expectation that these need to be returned to school. We have also sourced, a free book from the Young Readers Project for your child to keep.

If your child is not in school today the Learning Project, exercise book and reading book can be collected from the school on Monday.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

Thank you again for your continued support and we will communicate with you as we get any updated information.

Daniel Lassetter

Executive Headteacher

Information for parents on Thursday 19th March 2020 at 12 noon

We are planning for the impact of the government recent announcements about school closures.  We are waiting for the government to release further information with more specific details.  A letter will be sent home with all pupils on Friday 20th March 2020.  This information will also be uploaded to the website as soon as it is available.  

Information for parents on Monday 16th March 2020 at 12 noon

Please note we believe our advise was correct at the time of writing.  For the most up-to-date and accurate information see the websites listed above.

As you may know the situation regarding coronavirus is changing daily and we are continuing to receive updates from the Department of Education and Public Heath England in relation to this.  We would like to reassure you that we do not have any suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus at the school.

However, with the recent move from the Prevention to Delay phase of the infection control response, we are introducing some new measures to keep your children safe and well in school;

  • Parents Evenings on Wednesday 18 March 2020 will be cancelled – further details will follow.
  • Key Stage 1 assembly on Friday 20 March 2020 will be cancelled for parents to attend. 
  • Parents attending the hand writing session with Reception will no longer be taking place – Tuesday 17 March, Wednesday 18 March and Thursday 19 March.
  • All visitors to the school are requested to wash their hands on entry or use the hand sanitisers provided.
  • All pupils and staff are washing their hands on entry to school, and before snack and meal times. If your child suffers from dry skin or eczema, please send moisturiser or barrier cream into school with them.
  • Any children or staff who present with a fever (temperature of 37.8 or higher) will be sent home immediately.
  • Any children or staff with shortness of breath, a new cough or fever will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days, and not to return until their symptoms have passed.
  • We have introduced higher levels of cleaning on a daily basis, to include anti-bacterial cleansing of door handles, surfaces and taps.
  • Pupils' water bottles will be stored on their desks or individual bags from now on, rather than in a shared tray as happens in some phases.  Children will be asked to take these home so they can be washed.  Please could we ask you to ensure your child’s water bottles are washed daily.

In the event of a partial or full school closure, we will contact you via text message and information will be posted on our school website.

Please ensure the school office have your most up-to-date contact details.

We are working closely together in order to best serve the families in our community at this time where news and advice changes rapidly.  We have been advised that we should continue with all other normal curriculum activities including PE.  Being out in the fresh air and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount to building up children’s immune systems.  

Please note that we have not been put on alert to close and at present we have no plans to close the school for any additional time.  If any cases are brought to our attention we have been advised to contact the Public Health Authority who will provide further support.  

We are working closely with the Local Authority and if we are advised differently by Public Health England and the Department for Education to close, we will inform parents and carers immediately.

 

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