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Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

Opening Schools from 1st June 2020 - Guidance for Parents & Carers

Please see about latest guidance for parents & carers regarding opening schools form 1st June 2020.  Alternatively, you can click the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

CORONAVIRUS - Updated Information

Parents and Carers of children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters. Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as ‘ If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’. The email contains links for the parents to follow if they want to receive the this funding – these links are fake. This is a scam.

Parent/Carer Guide

 

  • Learning activities are available on-line and via the school website.
    • (If you do not have internet access and require an activity pack, these will be available via the Year 4 classroom every Friday at 9.30am – for the week ahead) please ring the school to let us know you are on your way to collect.

 

  • Daily Read Write Inc. sessions are available via Facebook and You Tube – live streamed at set times of the school day (You will need to register for this service – please see your child’s class page for details)

 

  • Sandwich bags are available from 11.30am every day from the Year 4 classroom for those qualifying for Free School Meals. (Please call us to let us know you are on your way to collect these)

 

You MUST

  • You MUST contact us via text message to let us know if you or anyone in your home has symptoms and will be self-isolating.

 

  • You MUST contact us via text message to let us know if your contact details change during the school closure period.

 

We will:

 

  • Contact you by telephone each week to discuss any learning questions you have and to check if you are safe and well.
  • Keep you up-to-date will the latest advice and guidance through the school’s website.
  • Keep you up-to-date about any changes in arrangements.

 

Information to cascade to parents and carers

From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

  • children of critical workers
  • vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:

Critical workers

If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:

Guidance

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

Published 19 March 2020

 

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

 

Information: cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments

 
The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling 

 

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household 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.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020

 

Current Coronavirus Update and School Response

 

Following the government announcements and update regarding coronavirus yesterday, we want to take this opportunity to ensure you that as a school we are following all the latest guidance/advice and have emergency plans in place should the school be required to close.

 

The current advice is that schools are to remain open.

 

Cleaning/hygiene and handwashing routines have increased and we are requesting that any necessary visitors are also following the strict hand hygiene rules on entering the school building.

 

Following updated guidance on avoiding activities deemed to be unnecessary we have currently cancelled the following:

 

  • Educational Visits
  • Parent Workshops and activities
  • Extra-curricular clubs and after school activities
  • Visits from other schools
  • Assemblies

Please note the latest guidance as of the 16.03.2020 is the following:

 

  • Anyone who has a new continuous cough or a temperature of 37.8C or above and anyone who lives with them should stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Everyone should minimise social contact and avoid public transport, pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues
  • People should start working from home where this is possible.
  • Only use the NHS when you really need to
  • From today the government will no longer be ‘supporting’ mass gathering using emergency workers.
  • Vulnerable people or those who have significant health conditions need to take extra care to minimise social contact: (see details below)

 

Important Contact Information

 

Please ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information for your child in school. This will be of vital importance in an emergency and will support us in our emergency planning should we have to close the school.

 

It is also vital that you inform us if your child or anyone in your home has symptoms and therefore needs to isolate for 14 days. Remember it is now everyone in the household that will need to isolate for 14 days.

 

Further Updates

 

We will keep you constantly updated through text messages and our school website. Please see earlier information shared by letter about how to access the Coronavirus update section on our website.

 

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.  The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

The DfE continue to keep schools up to date on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  A new helpline has been set up to answer any questions about COVID-19 related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone:                 0800 0468687

Email:                 DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours:  8am-6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

 

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

         

Where to find the latest information:

Updates on COVID-19: 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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