Friday 18th September
Some teachers have spoken to me regarding children staying over at each others houses. All families should be following the government guidance of only 6 people to a group and social distancing should still be followed. We are doing all we can to follow the guidance to keep everyone safe in school so I request you do the same at home.
Thank you to the families who have listened to and followed our requests to get tested if displaying symptoms. All of the tests have come back negative, which is really good news. This does not mean we can be complacent. We continue to follow the rules and we will be sending children and staff home if they display symptoms until a negative test result can be supplied.
I hope you all have a safe and restful weekend.
Quick guide of what to do
Wednesday 16th September
As you may be aware, the Education Department at Somerset County Council, are meeting regularly to monitor provision in all Schools. It seems that not all Schools are following the guidance for monitoring and managing symptoms. Please ensure you have read this guidance and follow the instructions on the flow chart which can be found below.
Coronavirus in children – symptoms and testing
As we approach winter and more children are attending school and early years settings there is likely to be an increase in the number of children experiencing mild respiratory symptoms such as runny noses and colds. Children with these symptoms do not require self-isolation or testing for them or the wider family.
The three main symptoms of coronavirus in children are:
- 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 – 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)
- 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
If any child in your setting displays these symptoms then it is very important that they are asked to go home, self-isolate with their family and get a test. They cannot return until they receive a negative test.
We need to ensure that we can prioritise testing for people displaying at least one of these three symptoms listed above. More information is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/
I do not want to be difficult but anyone displaying any of the COVID symptoms need to self-isolate with the whole family and must get a test. Children and staff will not be able to return until, either, a negative result or the self-isolation period is completed.
Thursday 10th September 2020
If your child is absent from school with any of the symptoms of COVID-19 parents should keep children at home and seek advice for testing. Please read the flow chart for very clear advice on what to do.
Thursday 3rd September 2020
Please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the information about reopening. Nothing has changed from the information sent out in July. We will be expecting ALL children to be coming back to school and should be dropped at the allocated time. If you have a message for a member of staff this should be emailed either directly to them, or via the school email. I will be on The Avenue for the foreseeable future in the mornings and I will be stopping families coming in at the incorrect times. If your child needs to attend Early Arrivals this must be booked in advance and children should be brought to the Mary Street entrance. Children attending the 'holding zone' should be brought with the older sibling in through The Avenue. All children will have hands sanitised on entry to school and will be expected to wash their hands when they come in to the building. Mr Moffat will not be doing crossing patrol and so all parents should help children to cross the road safely.
When dropping children at school please ensure cars are parked safely. I will be monitoring this and approaching parents who are not following the Highway Code. Please do not park on Mary Street, we do not have permission to park here and this will cause additional hazards when leaving the site. Anyone causing a hazard by doing this will be approached individually. Please request a parking permit for Goldcroft car park if it is needed.
Please minimise the amount of 'stuff' children bring to school as cloak rooms will not be in use. No toys should be brought from home and children will not need PE kits as they will be coming in to school on their PE days dressed in their PE kits. All children should come with a coat as these will be kept on the back of the chairs. A reading book will be coming to and from school, so a small bag will be permitted. Children should not be bringing their own stationary, unless this is for use in the 'holding zone' and will only be used there and not in class.
If at any point a child or a family member displays symptoms you must inform the school and follow guidance on self-isolation. A test must be sought and school will need to inform Public Health England. All guidance and organisation will be monitored and adapted when needed.
We are all looking forward to getting back to 'normality' so please help us all to stay safe and follow the rules.
Tuesday 25th August 2020
With so many children needing places in the ‘holding’ bubble, I am requesting parents send children with a reading book or a small activity book. This will remain in your child’s bag during the day. We will not have enough communal resources to keep all children occupied in the class bubbles within the holding bubble. If you have any activity books and pens/pencils you are able to donate to the school for this group they will be gratefully received. Please send extras in with your children if you have them.
Wednesday 19th August 2020
Please ensure that all parents have read the September guidance before children return on Monday 7th September. We recognise that staggering drop off times will be awkward but please ensure you stick to the times for your children. If needed for multiple siblings we will be running a ‘holding’ bubble, within this bubble children will sit with other children in their class. This group is only for siblings, not for children who need early arrivals or after school club due to work commitments. If you have any difficulties with this you need to contact Mrs Frost before the start of term.
As we will be running a one way system for parents, in The Avenue and out Mary Street, I am asking that no parents park on Mary Street. This will not only impact the safety of other parents and children but also affect our neighbours, and this is not acceptable. Please be mindful of others in our community and remember social distancing at all times. No parents will be permitted within the school buildings, unless this is pre-arranged with Mrs Frost or Mrs Cahill.
We are constantly checking updates from the Government and will inform you of any changes as soon as we can. All staff are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school, but we will only due this if we are able to keep ourselves, your children and your families safe.
Please be safe and take care.
Information for all parents
Friday 17th July 2020
Clarification - if a child is having to attend Early Arrivals of the 'holding zone' because a sibling is still in class there will not be a charge. If a child is attending Early Arrivals because of early work commitments will be charged.
Whatever the reason for using Early Arrivals, places must be booked at least a week in advance. If you leave this until the end of August you run the risk of emails not being read. Please book now to avoid children being turned away. Contact the office or class teachers.