Head Teacher letter from Ms Jackson - 5 March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are all really looking forward to seeing the children on Monday. Just a few notes, reminders about the return to school.
Returning from abroad
If your family is returning from abroad, you all need to follow the national guide lines ten days isolation rule:
Please do let the office know so that the teachers can provide online learning support. Please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address for any absence related messages putting your child’s full name and class in the message.
If your child needs to shield, please let the office know so that the teachers can provide online learning support.
In both the above cases online learning will be via Google classroom (Years 2 to 6) and Seesaw (Reception and Year 1). However, this work will not replicate that which took place during full lockdown (live lessons etc.) as the teachers will be in class full time teaching face to face. It will be work provided for you to do with your child.
Covid Positive reporting
As before Christmas, if your child is in any way sick, they should be kept at home. Should they show any signs of Covid you must inform the school immediately and get them a test. Should any child develop symptoms in school they will be brought to the isolation room and you will be asked to collect them immediately.
If any child or staff member develops Covid, the year group bubble will return to home learning. We can all help avoid this by strictly adhering to the national social distancing rules outside school, at home, as well as in school.
All staff will wear masks outside the classroom bubble. All parents and carers should wear masks when dropping off and picking up the children. Please maintain social distancing from staff and each other at all times.
All staff are undertaking twice weekly Lateral Flow Covid Tests.
Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
· through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
· by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
· by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
The school is not a provider for tests kits for parent/carers.
Travelling to school safely
Further information can be found in our guidance on transport to school and other places of education. The Department for Transport has also created resources that can be downloaded and used by education settings to promote safe travel to school.
Let’s all make the return to school a successful one. Please reassure your child all the staff are very excited to see them back and it will be so much fun for them to be back in.
See you soon!
E T Jackson