Information in this section is to ensure that we are all safe and are following and adhering to Safe Working Practices.
As I write this Lockdown measures have been eased however, we must all remain vigilant to the risk of COVID-19 and as a school we will continue to keep COVID-secure measures in place.
As a staff body we will continue to wear mask as we move around the school and when we are in close proximity or in areas which are not our designated bubble. We will continue to maintain how high standards of hygiene across the school. We would ask that you as parents continue to wear your masks on the playground and in communal areas.
If your child displays any symptoms- continuous cough, high temperature, headaches then we will send your child home. Whilst LFD test may give a negative result we would ask that you take your child for a PCR test as they have symptoms. PCR tests now are easy to book and results normally come back within 24 hours.
Through our careful planning we have been fortunate not to have too many outbreaks and we have minimised risks. Let’s keep working together to do this so that we can fight to remain and stay healthy.
We are delighted to know that we are All returning to school on 8th March! W cannot wait. We have been sending out emails this week to share with you our protocols for opening. These are also detailed in the attached documents below.
January 2021; Update
We now find ourselves in a second Lockdown. We thank you for your patience whilst we have organised for our key worker and vulnerable pupils to attend school. All staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure they are prepared for teaching pupils in school as well as ensuring learning continues for pupils at home.
Our Blended Learning strategy has been updated-Blended Learning Strategy Jan 2021 Please feel free to have a look. It is essential to ensure that you and your child can access Google Classrooms in order to access the learning.
As always if you require any further support please email your child’s class teacher or Mrs Wood.
COVID-19 Procedures & Protocols during the Christmas break
Unfortunately, the virus is still prevalent in the community and there remains the possibility that members of our school community will catch COVID-19 or display symptoms of COVID-19 during the holiday. I am writing to explain the procedures we will follow and the protocols we expect you to follow in any such cases.
What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 after school on Thursday or on Friday 18th or Saturday 19th ?
As I am sure you are aware, there are three main symptoms of COVID-19 and they are;
- A high temperature
- A new and persistent cough
- A loss of taste or sense of smell
If your child displays any of these three symptoms on the evening of Thursday 17th December, Friday 18th December or Saturday 19th December it is really important that you;
- Keep your child and any siblings at home
- Book a test immediately
- Notify school immediately via the school email address
Within this short timeframe, as soon as we are informed about any child with symptoms who is waiting to be tested, we will send an email to all families in that child’s class. This will explain that ‘a child’ has symptoms and that we are awaiting the results of a test. It will explain that if the test is positive the class bubble will need to isolate for 10 days from the last contact. This will apply to all children in the class bubble even though it is the Christmas holidays.
What happens if my child tests negative for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Thursday 17th December, Friday 18th December or Saturday 19th December
As soon as you get a negative test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately. Your child can return after the holidays, if they feel better and any temperature has gone.
As soon as we are informed of a negative result, we will inform all families in your child’s class that ‘the child’ who was awaiting a test result has tested negative and that their own children will not be required to isolate over the Christmas holiday
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Thursday 17th December, Friday 18th December or Saturday 19th December
As soon as you get a positive test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately. Your child will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the result of the test.
As soon as we are informed of a positive result in from this time period, we will inform all families in your child’s class that ‘the child’ who was awaiting a test result has tested positive and that the children in the class who are deemed to have been in close contact with the child will need to isolate for 10 days from the last contact which will be until Tuesday 29th December. We will have conducted a robust and prompt Risk Assessment with Derbyshire Council’s Public Health Team to identify which children in the class bubble are deemed to have been in close contact with the child.
What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 during the rest of the Christmas Holiday?
If your child displays any of the three symptoms from Sunday 20th December it is still really important that you;
- Keep your child and any siblings at home
- Book a test immediately
- Notify school immediately via the school email address.
We will not need to notify any other parents as it will have been 48 hours since the last close contact. We ask that you notify us and we will contact you on Monday 4th January to advise you when your child can return to school.
November 2020 Update
As suspected, Derbyshire’s brief entry into Tier 2 will be replaced with the national lockdown as of Thursday 5th November.
Our school currently has exactly the same guidance available as everyone else, with a set of rules being published this morning at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.
There doesn’t appear to be anything in there that changes things for schools in general although it specifically mentions childcare arrangements; with the following paragraph:
Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under. As above, some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble, which allows single adult households to join another household.
So in terms of dropping off and picking up your children, parents can still have one other household nominated as well as anyone within their support bubble. I know that this may give some of our families a little extra flexibility.
As and when any further guidance or school specific documentation is published we will let everyone know if anything else is changing, but for now, there’s just three things to note ready for the week ahead:
- At school we will continue to ventilate the classrooms as much as possible (as per our risk assessments). We will, of course, be heating the schools, but with windows and doors open, our inside spaces are likely to be quite a bit cooler than normal (we will always make sure there is a sensible balance between ventilation and is remaining a comfortable temperature!)
- We do need to follow the protocols closely, so please take time to read the ‘Quick Guides’ which is shown below.
We would respectfully ask that only parents with buggies/prams use the ramp when leaving the school site. Everyone else should use the steps.
24th September Update
As you know COVID 19 is still extremely prevalent and there have been a number cases within our local community.
After being back at school for 3 full weeks we are identifying elements of health and safety rules at school that we need to tweak and change.
We would like you to adhere to the following. This is so that we keep each other safe.
- Firstly please can ALL parents adhere to the social distancing rule. Please stand at a distance from each other on the playground and when waiting on the pavement, adjacent to the church. Keep your children by your side. Please do not allow them to run around on the gravestones. We have received a number of complaints from the public, quite rightly stating that it is disrespectful.
- Please wear a mask when on the playground. The Government are tightening the guidelines and rules and whilst they haven’t specifically mentioned schools we know that all shops, restaurants, cafes are now expecting everyone to wear a mask. We believe that by all of us wearing a mask on the playground it will also support our aim to keep us all safe and well.
- Only 1 parent is to come on the school site with your child. If you have a child in a junior classroom please let them walk to their classroom on their own ensuring we minimise the adults on site.
- If you wish to discuss any matters with your child’s class teacher please do not try and talk to them at the school gate/entrance. Please email them directly.
- If you do not have a push chair or buggy please do not walk back down the ramp. Please leave the school site via the steps which will mean we have a one way system in and out of school.
Where to stand on the playground –
Year 4 parents – please stand on the bottom playground keeping your younger children with you at all times. If you are happy for your Year 4 child to leave the school site on their own and walk across the road via Cheryl the School Crossing Warden and meet you on the other side of the road then please inform Miss Cope via email. This will reduce numbers on the playground.
Year 2 parents – please wait, keeping your distance, against the fence as you are currently doing.
Year 1 parents – please stand at the Year 1 ‘corridor door’ and in front of the EYFS classroom so that you are not congregating in a group outside the door.
EYFS Parents – please wait to collect your child on the playground area at the top of steps.
Year 3 families – please be mindful/respectful, following social distancing guidelines, and allow children and families to walk by on the pavement.
We are trying our utmost to mitigate every risk on the playground and in school during lessons and at playtime and lunchtime by keeping them in their own bubbles. We would really appreciate it if you as families could support this when walking to and from school. We acknowledge it may be difficult but we really do not want to have to close a bubble due to an outbreak.
8th October Update
Remote Learning Letter;
Remote Learning Strategy
Remote Learning Policy 2020 10 Remote Learning – Policy (1)