SCHOOL CLOSURE TO MOST PUPILS JANUARY TO FEBRUARY HALF TERM (to be reviewed 15th February by the Government)
On Monday 4th January the government announced a further National Lockdown and school closures to the majority of pupils. The only pupils who are able to continue to attend school are vulnerable pupils (invited to attend by school) and those eligible due to having parents/s who are classed as Critical Workers according the the government published criteria.
Although to be eligible only one parent needs to be classed as a critical worker, the latest school guidance : "Restricting Attendance During the National Lockdown: Schools" January 2021 DFE document states, "Parents and Carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can".
We will provide a place for those who are eligible and CANNOT find any other alternative but we ask that in order to minimise the overall contacts across school, every parent including those who are critical workers should make every effort to keep their children at home. In this way we are all doing our bit to reduce any possible transmission and hopefully ensure that schools can once again open fully as soon as possible.
Nursery pupils will continue to be able to attend school in line with the government policy - arrangements must be made with the EYFS Leader to ensure appropriate staffing levels for those wanting to attend alongside the Reception vulnerable and critical worker pupils. Please phone school on 01484 423220.
Learning Provision during lockdown:
All pupils, whether in school or at home, will be having the same learning tasks across the day. This will either be in the classroom or though the Microsoft TEAMs Educational Platform for remote learning at home. If you cannot remember your unique logon please contact your class teacher through Class Dojo or ring the school office for support.
For those pupils who are having Remote Learning provision at home we have sent information home in the form of letters explaining the remote learning and there is a Remote Learning Strategy which also states what this will look like (see documents listed below). Class teachers will be teaching full time in their classes throughout the school day but will be available on the TEAMS chat facility and will be running 4 virtual TEAMS meetings in the afternoons across the week where pupils will receive an invite to attend.
Please see the letters below and Remote Learning Strategy 2020-2021 for details of the provision in place to support all pupils to continue to make progress despite the school being closed to the majority of pupils. I am confident we can work together - school and home, to ensure we do our very best for all pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School. If you find you are struggling, please make sure you ring for support, we are still here for our whole school community 01484 423220.
Policy documents and Information Letters to Parents regarding Remote Learning 2020-2021:
Should My Child Be in School?
Children cannot be in school if they have any of these specific symptoms until they have had a negative test. Siblings should also not be in school until the results of the test are known as the family must begin isolation.
The NHS currently advises that these are the most common symptoms of Covid19:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature but this would be considered 37.8 °C or higher)
- 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)
- 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
NOTE: You or your child may have other symptoms similar to the above, but at the moment, only these specific symptoms are clear indicators of Covid-19 and would require isolation and a test to be arranged.
Please also refer to the Kirklees Schools Isolation Guide for Parents
So, you must:
- Let school know if your child or anyone in your family bubble has symptoms - that person along with the other household members must stay at home
- Book a test as quickly as possible
- Inform school of the result of the test – by taking a screenshot of the result and emailing it to our Headteacher. Once it is seen it will immediately be deleted.
- If your child tests POSITIVE then you must keep them at home (your family bubble needs to isolate for 14 days from the date of the test) their school bubble will also close for 14 days – the Remote Learning Policy will then be actioned.
- If the test is negative you must let school know and email a screenshot of the test result to our Headteacher.
- If NEGATIVE then your child and their siblings can return to school the next school day.
If your child begins to display symptoms in school, then staff will:
- Isolate them in our medical room and support them so they do not feel worried;
- Contact you and ask you to collect them immediately;
- Ask you to book a test and inform us of the results;
- You will need to begin a period of family isolation until the results are known;
- If your child tests POSITIVE then you must keep your child and their siblings at home (your family bubble needs to isolate for 14 days) and their school bubble will close for 14 days
- If the test is negative you must let school know and email a screenshot of the test result, this will be deleted once it is seen.
- If NEGATIVE then your child and their siblings can return to school the next school day
Given the serious nature of the virus and the need to keep school open, we need you to commit to come and collect your child immediately should we report that they are displaying symptoms.
As soon as you begins with symptoms you should book a COVID19 test - either ring 119 or go online and google "book a COVID19 test".
Try to book at test as soon as possible at a drive through test centre as the results are returned around 24 - 48 hours later.
If you are struggling to book a test contact school office 01422 423220 as we may be able to support you.
If needed you can access:
- NHS Online symptom checker: 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
- If a child is unwell, it is essential that they access appropriate healthcare and clinical assessment, through 111, the local GP or hospital if required.
- NHS services are open and ready to care for patients
- Washing hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, using soap and water is essential;
- For regular coughs and sneezes: catch it, bin it, kill it;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using standard cleaning products.
- We MUST all limit contact with other people who do not live in our house;
- We MUST stay 2 metres apart from other people where possible;
- We MUST wash our hands regularly and more often than usual;
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
- Wherever possible please avoid using public transport;
- Travel on foot, in your own family car or by bicycle if possible.
- Should be worn by the vast majority of people when in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis, when visiting a hospital, in shops and supermarkets and whenever we are indoors with people who are not part of our household or bubble including when speaking to a member of school staff;
- Should not be worn by children under the age of 3 and are not required for children under the age of 11;
- Are not required where there is a legitimate reason for someone not to wear one, such as physical or mental impairment or disability.
Runny noses and sore throats
As children return to schools and other settings after the prolonged break, colds and similar viral infections are likely to circulate. Children with simple cold symptoms such as runny noses or sore throats without fever who would normally have attended school or childcare at other times should not be tested for COVID-19 and can attend the setting if they feel well enough to do so. If they have a new, continuous cough or a temperature (see above) they should not be in school and you will receive a call asking you to collect them immediately and book a COVID test.
Coronavirus Latest Advice
We will ensure we keep our school community updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) so that we can all stay as safe as possible.
The following information has been received:
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
A new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education has been set up. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday)
Please find below the latest advice for educational settings. These will be updated whenever changes or updates occur so that parents and carers have the most up to date information that is guiding the school response to this unprecedented situation.
The World Health Organisation has developed some Parenting Advice posters to support parents during this unprecedented time which I have added below. I have also added an information poster that has just been released here in the UK regarding other illnesses in children and using emergency services as you would usually do.
We must ensure that as a school community we are always following the guidance, staying alert to the virus, controlling through maintaining social distances and wearing face coverings in public places - always following the guidance. In this way we can support the safety and well-being of our whole school and the local community together.
|Coronavirus letter for parents and carers 16.03.20.docx||Download|
|Coronavirus update letter 17.03.20.docx||Download|
|Kirklees Schools child isolation guide for parents - COVID-19.pdf||Download|
|Parent Letter regarding absence procedures 2020.pdf||Download|
|Dave the Dog worries about Coronavirus (Children's story).pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 1 one to one time.pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 2 Keeping it Positive.pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 3 Structure Up.pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 4 Bad Behaviour.pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 5 Keep calm and manage stress.pdf||Download|
|WHO COVID 19 Parenting advice 6 Talking about COVID 19.pdf||Download|