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Positive Coronavirus Test

 November 18th 2020

Dear Parent/Carer/staff

I am writing to inform you that a member of the school community has recently tested positive for covid-19 and felt it best to inform you all.

I have been in contact with Public Health Lincolnshire this afternoon and they have advised me of next steps.

I have been advised that due to the timeline of when the member of the community was last in school it has mitigated any risk of transmission to staff and pupils and therefore no further action is required.  I should like to thank parents and pupils for their excellent efforts in supporting the measures that we have in place. We will continue to remain open to all our learners and will continue with our health and safety measures.

I am not at liberty to disclose the name of the person concerned but ask that we continue to follow the school guidance by washing/sanitising our hands and by wearing face masks to drop off etc. In addition to this, it is essential that we continue to observe the important 2m distance.

I should like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of observing the Government guidelines. If you or your child or anyone within your household develops symptoms of coronavirus, please remember to  isolate and book a test. 

Please be assured that the school is regularly reviewing our practice and will continue to adhere to Government guidelines.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr C Clay

Headteacher

Church Lane Primary School and Nursery


Returning to school 9th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you have all had a nice and relaxing 2 weeks break from school, i know staff are excited to get term started again. We have lots of exciting things planned!

As you will all be aware whilst on our break the country has gone into a national lockdown however schools remain open. As part of our commitment to constantly update and review our risk assessment, we have made some changes in the interest of keeping everyone safe. These changes are outlined below:

1. Whilst in the period of lockdown, school is requesting that anyone over the age of 11 who are dropping off or collecting children wears a mask. This is in order to continue to reduce the risk to all stake holders but also because we know that the virus spreads primarily between adults and older children. Science tells us that masks can reduce the risk of passing on the virus. 

2. That parents continue to be mindful of maintaining two metres distance and do not gather to chat in large groups. 

Whilst none of these actions can be enforcible by school I ask that you respect this as a member of the school community and try to adhere to them in order to continue as a group to keep each other safe. 

Can I also remind parents that if anyone in your household has a dry persistent cough, a temperature or loss of taste and smell then you should isolate as a family, book a test and inform school. 

Some parents may be worried by the current circumstances and may be worried about sending your child to school. It is important to note that Lincolnshire is still a medium risk county and has been this way for some time. So far in this county, 600 children out of 115,000 children have contracted covid-19- this includes children from the Early years through to college (Approx-0.5%). There have been 181 positive cases of staff in lincolnshire out of approx 13,000 adults so infection of adults working in school is about 1.39%. Obviously Data can change quickly and this does not reflect the true disruption of isolation etc but this gives you a clearer picture of what is happening in Lincolnshire. 

Take care all and I look forward to seeing you all Monday. 

Mr Clay


Uploading Work to Google Classroom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n52jSiCb9Y&t=4s

 


Google Classroom Log in Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdTUGa9Jtig&t=1s

 




One way system Video

Below is a link to the video showing the one way system around school

https://youtu.be/_3Bmkzf5WS8

 

 

 


Whole School return

Dear Parents and Carers

We now begin to move to the next phase of reopening where we will be inviting the whole school back on Thursday 3rd September 2020. The government has reinstated the Law that school is compulsory for school age children.  The government states, “Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development.” Therefore it is expected for children to return. I understand some parents may be anxious about this or may not want to send their child due to their child’s health concerns and if this is the case, I would be more than happy to discuss this with you. The school phones will be on all day Wednesday 2nd September to discuss such issues.

Whilst there are no guarantees that we will not have cases of COVID-19 in school, we can, and have, put in preventative measures to protect our children, staff and families. School has been open from the 1st June 2020, where we have had no reported cases. The preventative measures we will be adopting will include isolating the children into bubbles and not letting them mix with the rest of school, regular handwashing throughout the day, having windows open throughout school, separating desks and preventing movement within class and trying to carry out as many lessons as possible outdoors. ALL families will also have to agree to test their child should they develop symptoms and take part in track and trace to reduce further spread.

Social Distancing

It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff, where possible, only mix in a consistent group and that group stays away from other people and groups. The government recognize that for younger children, maintaining 2 metres will not be possible and therefore we will instead reduce the risk by minimizing contact with other groups in school. Public Health England is clear that if early years settings, schools and colleges do this, and crucially if they are also applying regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures and handling potential cases of the virus as per the advice, then the risk of transmission will be lowered.

I would like to ask for parents to maintain 2 metre distance from each other whilst on school site to again reduce the risk of transmission. 

School Hours

Breakfast club and after school club will commence from Monday 7th September 2020. Breakfast club will run from 8- until the start of class and after school club will be end of school-5:15. We have had to reduce after school club timings due to the increased amount of cleaning that needs to take place in school. We request that if this service is needed that it is booked in advance as careful planning needs to take place to ensure that it is safe. Breakfast club and Nutcrackers will now take place in the hall.

We have also adapted the school day, this is to ensure that timings are staggered and to ensure that school can implement their catch up programme for the children. The new (temporary) school timings will be as follows:

Nursery: 8:30-5:15 (Timings will be reviewed after the first couple of weeks)

Reception: 8:50-9 until 3:00

Year 1 and 2: 8:30-8:40- 3:15

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6: 8:40-8:50 until 3:25

It is important that children are dropped off during these windows and children will not be allowed in the building prior to their slot. If you arrive early we ask that you wait in the waiting bays which are located in the pull in bay at the top of school or on the muga (playground at the back of school). Children must be collected at the agreed time and will not be allowed to leave early. This is because we are operating ‘normal’ school and therefore they cannot be pulled out of lesson. Again parents are asked to wait in the pull in bay at top of school or on the muga until collection.

 

For the first few days Reception will have a reduced timetable in order for them to adjust to school life. This will be as follows:

Date

Time

Thursday 3rd  September 2020

8:50-12

Friday 4th September 2020

8:50-12

Monday 7th September 2020

8:50-1

Tuesday 8th September 2020

8:50-3:00 onwards

 


Moving around school

There will be a one way system in operation that will be different to the one operated prior to the summer holidays. This one way system will stretch all the way around school and will utilize the nursery gate. A video will come out showing parents the one way system and where the children’s new class is. There will also be classroom signs for you to follow on the children’s first day.

  • Gates will be open at the beginning and end of the school day but on entering the school site, parents and children must follow the one way system. All gates around school will close promptly at 9am.
  • If parents have other children with them, the children must stay with the parent at all times.
  • There are 2m social distancing markers around the outside of the whole school. These must be used at all times.
  • Only one parent can bring children to school. They must drop off and leave, rather than remain on school playgrounds. If parents need to wait for any reason, this is to happen in the designated areas.
  • There will be no opportunity for parents to stop and discuss matters with the adult leading the class. If parents need to speak with the teacher, they must send their child with a note, phone or email school.
  • There are 2m markings outside each classroom. The children will be shown how to use these in their first week returning to school. When they arrive at school they will be asked to stand on a marker and then be told to enter the classroom.
  • Inside the school building there will be a one-way system along corridors to avoid passing people.
  • Corridors have the 2m markings.

Break and Lunches

  • Break and lunch times will be staggered to avoid the mixing of ‘groups (Bubbles)’.
  • Each ‘bubble’ will be allocated a designated area on the playground.
  • Children will need to bring packed lunches unless they qualify for free school meals where a packed lunch will be provided.
  • All children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a cold packed lunch ordered for them on the days they are in school.
  • Children will need to bring a healthy snack for breaktime.
  • Children will eat in their designated classroom.
  • Tables will be cleaned before and after lunch.
  • Children will wash their hands before and after break time and before and after lunch.

Groupings (Bubbles)

  • Bubbles will stay together once established. There can be no movement of children between bubbles.
  • The bubbles will be grouped as follows:

-  Reception (Bubble 1)

-  Year 1 and Year 2 (Bubble 2)

-  Year 3 and Year 4 (Bubble 3)

-  Year 5 (Bubble 4)

-  Year 6 (Bubble 5)

 

  • We have grouped bubbles for the purposes of certain areas of learning (for example phonics) where the children will be grouped based on their ability. This will be reviewed at October half term.
  • If a child or adult in a bubble display the symptoms of coronavirus, they will be sent home where they will need to isolate for 10 days. Family members will need to begin a 14 day isolation. The child/staff member will then need to book a test. If positive, you will need to engage with track and trace and if negative children/staff member can return to school.
  • If a positive test is received and a bubble shuts down, the rest of the school remains open and the closed bubble children will receive work to take home.
  • If a child shows symptoms, they will be taken to the medical room where they will wait for collection. Staff will be wearing PPE for children with symptoms.
  • Trained first aiders will be on site each day.
  • A first aider will wear gloves, a mask and an apron when dealing with first aid incidents and when dealing with a child displaying symptoms. 

Health and Safety First

 

All pupils and adults must follow the health and safety expectations

  1. 1.      Maintain Distancing –Adults in school will promote and encourage distancing between bubbles. Children will use the one way system around school and break times will be staggered. Toileting will be supervised by a member of staff to ensure that there is no mixing of bubbles.

 

  1. 2.      Handwashing – on entry to school, at regular intervals through the day, before and after the toilet

/ lunch /break, and before going home children will wash their hands. Children will be reminded not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

 

  1. 3.     Respiratory hygiene – when coughing or sneezing, children will be taught how to use tissues and dispose of them immediately. If no tissue, children must cough or sneeze into their elbow.

 

We cannot do this on our own. These habits need to be in place outside of school too. Please prepare your children before school starts and reinforce at home.

 

  1. 4.      Face masks- wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstances by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example young children, or those with special need or disabilities) as it may

inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.’ Children are not able to bring face masks into school for this reason. If children are wearing facemasks to school, it is parents and carers responsibility to dispose of them away from the school premise. Children should not wear masks on entry to the school building.

Staff do have permission to wear face masks to protect others if they wish.

  1. 5.      Ventilation – classroom windows and external doors will be open to allow for ventilation. Please ensure your child has an extra layer on cooler days.
  1. 6.      Cleaning cleaning will take place during the day. Cleaners/caretaker will be cleaning toilets, sinks, taps, handles and touchpoints. Each classroom will have its own cleaning equipment to clean tables and equipment throughout the day.

Uniform

Children will be required to wear uniform to school and we ask parents to wash it as regularly as possible to again reduce the risk of transmission. We ask that children do not bring their PE kits to school but instead on the days they have PE to wear their kit to school initially- this will be reviewed. ALL PE (where possible) will take place outside as physical exercise leads us to breathe more heavily so we therefore being outside will reduce the risk of spread We therefore recommend that children wear shorts or joggers depending on the weather and bring a jumper in case it is cold. Children will need a coat for cooler weather and a sunhat for sunny days.

We also recommend that parents please provide children with a bottle of water each day. Children will be required to bring bags to school with their lunch reading book, homework etc in each day.

Learning at school

Our pupils’ health and wellbeing is our priority. A period of time will be needed to support pupils in adjusting to being back in school and in a more structured daily routine. Re-building relationships and expectations will form a key part of their early return. Daily timetables will also include daily reminders about the preventative measures school has put in place and will include PSHE lessons. The first couple of weeks will focus on mental health and wellbeing and acclimatizing the children back into the formal school environment. School will be reinstating it’s good to be green behaviour policy which is what school followed prior to lockdown.  

Learning at home

Upon our return a questionnaire will be sent out to all families regarding learning at home and who has access to the internet. School may have to go into lock down at any moment and it is therefore important to try and keep some continuity in education going. School have signed up to Google Classroom and we have access to the Oak national academy which we intend on using if we lockdown. All children will be shown how to use these programs during the first couple of weeks in case this happens.

Communication

All normal communication lines will reopen and we will be using the schools normal number once more. Staff will still be picking up emails via the enquiries@sleafordchurchlane.lincs.sch.uk, as they always have. As always, if your child is due in school and is unwell or you have a concern please ring and speak to us. If your child is not attending school through illness please contact the school as usual.  

Role of parents

If children or anyone within your household are displaying any symptoms of the Coronavirus:

-        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

-        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

Children must not attend school and you should book a test immediately. You should then contact school to inform them of this.

Children who attend school must feel 100%. Any doubt regarding feeling poorly, you should keep your child off school and contact the school office for further advice.

There will be no parking on the school site, this is because the car park and surrounding drop off points are having to be incorporated into our one way system. The government is promoting cycling and walking to school in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The plan above is not comprehensive and I am sure adjustments will have to be made and these will be communicated with you. A letter was sent out with the new class structure for next year, if you missed it a reminder is below:

Reception: Miss Hakes, Mrs Hughes and Tash

Year 1: Mrs Daynes and Miss Massingham (maternity cover for Mrs Barratt), Mrs Mawson and Lance

Year 2: Mrs Glaves, Mrs Simeoli-Brown and Miss Savage

Year 3: Mrs Smith, Amie and Mrs Woollas

Year 4: Miss Brand and Hayley

Year 5: Mr Barratt, Fiona and Mrs Dales

Year 6 Mrs Minucci, Miss Osborn, Sarah and Rachel

 

Kind regards

 

Mr C Clay


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