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The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health have issued guidance for helping parents make the decision of whether to send back to school.

18th October 2020

Dear All,
A pupil from the Land of Oz has symptoms of COVID-19 and is now isolating.
They have been for a test and we are hopeful that the results should return soon.
I will, of course, let parents know the outcome as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Kind regards
Gayle Platt

1st October

Just to update, the case in preschool has returned a negative result. 

 

27th September

Thankfully the case in year 2 has returned a negative result.  I have, however, been advised a child in our preschool is showing signs of one of the symptoms of COVID-19.  They have a test booked and I will let you know as soon as I have the results. 

Thank you

 

 

26th September 

The case in year 4 and year 6 of children displaying COVID symptoms has returned a negative test result.

Thank you 
 

25th September

Please be aware that we have a child with symptoms in Year 4 and Year 6. We will update as soon as we are aware of test results.
Thank you
Gayle

 

23rd September

The case in Year 3 and Year 6 have returned a negative test result.
I will update on other results as or when I hear anything.
Kind regards
Gayle

 

22nd September 

Suspected Case Covid-19 update
Thankfully, the child in Reception has returned a negative test result.
We are now awaiting results for year 2, 3 and year 6.
All the children with symptoms have gone for testing and results should be back imminently.
Thank you again for your support and understanding. I will update as I have more information.
Kind regards
Gayle

22nd September 

We have been advised that a pupil in year 6 is currently following isolation rules and will be undergoing testing for  COVID-19.
We would like to reassure you that the school is following nationalguidance and has put in place the Local Authority’s Compliance Code for educational settings to reduce the risk of spreading thevirus. We continue tobe vigilant for any other cases and willupdate you as soon as we are aware of the test results.
Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19)will be a mild illness.
The setting remains open and providing your child remains wellthey can continue to attend as normal.
Kind regards
Gayle

21st September

Great news,
The children in year 4 and year 5 have both had negative test results.
However, since then a child in Reception, Year 2 and Year 3 have developed symptoms of high temperature.
The child in year 2 has not been in school for the past week and therefore contact with others has been limited.
All children are going or have already gone for testing.

If your child is isolating due to developing symptoms themselves, or due the household isolation or being identified as a close contact please let us know as soon as possible in the same way you normally report an absence. This will help us to take the right precautions at the setting.

We would like to reassure you that the school is following national guidance and has put in place the Local Authority’s Compliance Code for educational settings to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We continue to be vigilant for any other cases and will update you as soon as we are aware of the test results.

Kind regards
Gayle

September 18th

Unfortunately, we have a child off with a high temperature in Year 4.
I will keep you updated with results of testing as soon as I hear anything.

 

September 17th

Updated information, the child in Reception has had a negative result for testing for Covid-19.
This is fantastic news.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and understanding.
Gayle

 

September 15th

Fantastic news, the test results have come through as negative for the children in year 1 and year 2. We have had a couple of children in year 5 with symptoms and awaiting results, however both of these have since come out as either an other infection or bug, so we are expecting a negative result. We are also awaiting for child to be tested in Reception.
I appreciate that it is worrying times, equally there are, as always colds going around at this time of the year. Please if you have any concerns dojo, email or speak to me on the playground in the morning or at pick up.
I would like to thank everyone for your ongoing support and making the return to school a positive experience for all the children.
Kind regards
Gayle

 

September 13

I am afraid that we are still awaiting news on the year 2 cases. One family has only just managed to get a test booked, due to availability of appointments. The results are therefore unlikely to be back until Tuesday or Wednesday. I will let you know as soon as I have more information.

 

September 12

Just to update parents, the test result for the case in Bewildermuddles, year 1 has come back negative.
We are awaiting results for the case in year 2 and I will update you as soon as I have any further information.

 

September 11

I need to advise you that we do have a suspected case in school, with Year 1 and two children in year 2.  Parents are trying to access tests for the children, however, testing availability is limited.

The handbooks below have been prepared to help support your child in getting ready to return to school.

As a staff, we are all extremely excited to welcome back all our pupils. We all recognise the importance of children being in school. I am looking forward to seeing the children enjoy the fun learning opportunities we have been preparing and, although it will be slightly different, seeing the excitement and watching them interact with their peers again. Six months has been too long!

Most importantly, we want to make sure the education for our pupils is not disrupted again. It is crucial that we are minimising the risk of transmission of the virus due to increased mixing between groups of children.
The government guidance for parents, updated 20th August, is clear:
"You should discourage your children from mixing with different peer groups outside of the setting."
As we reopen, it is important that we have strict measures to minimise the transmission risk.

Although lockdown measures have eased and the prevalence of coronavirus has decreased, re-opening our schools adds a greater transmission risk to all our families and wider community.
It is vital for our children's wellbeing and education for them to return to school, but we need to balance this by maximising control measures.

As a school, we will increase hygiene and cleaning measures and keep children within their class groups, minimising mixing. We have completed a thorough risk assessment to support the return of our pupils, which is available on our website.

I ask you as parents and carers to support our measures.
Please:
- Maintaining social distance when on school grounds
- Keep to the timings for your child's class
- Leave the school grounds as soon as possible
- Ensure a family member drops off and collects your child from school.
- Wherever possible, communicate with the school through dojo or phonecall.

Everyone needs to play their part in keeping our school open and our school community healthy and well.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
I look forward to seeing you all back in school on the 7th September.

Gayle
Dear Parents / Carers
As a school we are busy thinking of creative ways to support a planned return to school in September, this will include some face to face sessions in school to support the transition, which is likely to run through the summer holidays.

Currently, our thoughts are:
summer outdoor bubble and messy play days
forest school outdoor activities
STEM challenge days
music stay and plays
Lego WeDo and Coding activities
and creative art sessions.

These will be available for all our children from Preschool to Year 6.
Where this happens, the contact will be inline with the current guidance on protective measures and follow our school's risk assessments.
We will confirm plans towards the end of this month following further government guidance later this week.

In the meantime, I have had several requests for further childcare placements. There are serious concerns that having more pupils in school at the current time will contribute to an increase in Covid-19 infections, both among pupils and staff and in their communities. The increase in further pupils accessing school should be carefully planned for.
To help with the planning, please complete this questionnaire.
https://forms.gle/vFiKZV8fwSLvo8eu8
Questionnaires will need to be received by 12noon 22nd June to enable the school to prepare for the increase in numbers.
Thank you as always for your support, I have been overwhelmed during the past few months with your kind words to all our staff. We are missing you all, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and well.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Gayle

Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATE 29/05/20

 

Dear parents,
Please find below a letter regarding our phased reopening to school.

I would also like to advise parents that we have a member of staff who is isolating with symptoms of coronavirus. They have been for testing and are awaiting results.

We understand that these are very worrying times for everyone and I am sure you will join me in wishing the member of staff a speedy recovery.
I will, of course, let parents know as soon as we hear results.
Any questions please dojo or email me.
Kind regards
Gayle

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are now aware the Government has proposed that schools could begin to reopen for Nursery, Year R, 1 & 6 children on Monday 1st June, ‘at the earliest’.

The school has worked tirelessly to prepare for this next stage. We are looking forward to welcoming our children back, however, we have great concerns over our children and staff's physical and mental well-being and need to be assured that we are in the safest place to be able to fulfil this offer.

Government and local authority guidance is constantly updating, with recommendations changing daily.
The government is due to announce, on Thursday 28th May, the conclusion of the 5 tests to reopen, and further guidance for schools. I wish to respond appropriately to the government's latest guidance as well as finalising our plans for socially distanced classrooms, playground, field and pavements.

Although we are doing our utmost to prepare for the return of children on 2nd June, I am aware that this may be delayed. The school board of governors are holding a virtual meeting on Friday 29th(am) to make a final decision. It is possible that governors will decide that a delay until the 8th June would be the best practice for our school, taking to account locality R rate factors and the latest guidance.
I will endeavour to let parents know as soon as possible.

Please note - this does not affect key worker parents who will continue their childcare arrangments.

Stay safe and please pass on my best wishes to all the children,
Kindest regards
Gayle
Kind regards

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something

Norfolk County Council is calling on those with concerns about the safety of a child to get in touch as part of a new campaign – See Something, Hear Something, Say Something.

The county-wide campaign encourages neighbours, extended family, those working to provide essential services and volunteers to look out for the county’s children, as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

Schools, nurseries and colleges are currently closed to the vast majority of children. In addition, children cannot currently visit relatives and friends, or go to their usual clubs and activities. They are spending more time behind closed doors and isolated from those who might normally support them. Pressure at home will be greater than usual and the council is concerned that children who might be at risk will not be able to get the help they need.

The campaign, backed by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership, is calling on communities to help keep Norfolk’s children safe. It is asking for everyone that might still be seeing or hearing children to look out for them. The message is See Something, Hear Something, Say Something. If something doesn’t seem right and if you feel a child or young person may need help you can contact the council on 0344 800 80 20.

Update 16th March 2020

Updated Government advice is for children who have a temperature or persistent cough to remain at home for 14 days. All household members must also remain at home for 14 days.
Further information can be found:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#ending-isolation

Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice, the pupil will be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances and be authorised.

We are continuing to take every opportunity to remind the children about good personal hygiene and we are supervising the children washing their hands at various key points during the school day.

Your child's education is important and we want to ensure that packs of work/activities/links to websites are given to your child to complete if they are required to stay at home. Please can all parents let the class teacher or office know if your child can access the internet on a tablet or PC.


Thank you for your co-operation.

Update: 12th March 2020

Following the latest Government advice, please do not send your child/children into school if they have a temperature or persistent cough.

Children should remain at home for 7 days.

We also request that if you (parents/carers) have a cough or high temperature that you do not come to school to drop off or pick up your child. You must remain at home for 7 days.

We will continue, at school, with our rigorous daily cleaning and regular hand washing.

We appreciate that these new measures may cause some inconvenience to parents, but during these uncertain times wehave to follow government advice, safeguard children and staff and do everything we can to contain this disease.
Further information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


Thank you for your co-operation.

Please see below Government Issued advice with regards Coronavirus on 28 Feb 2020.

The  advice given by the Department of Education in association with Public Health England  has been drawn up to assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers.
 

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface.

 

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

 

Full information and guidance can be found on the Government website by reading the ‘Guidance - COVID-19: guidance for educational settings’ see link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

Furthermore, please be advised that persons travelling from the countries/areas that have been affected  are to follow the advice noted under Category 1 or Category 2.

Category 1: Travellers should immediately self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.

Category 2: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

 

Full guidance and advice on these categories and maps of the areas that have been affected can be found by following the link below to the information provided by Public Health England 'Guidance COVID-19: Specified countries and areas with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK'

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

 

If you have travelled to or know of students that have visited these areas or you have any concerns please contact the Headteacher and they will endeavour to provide advice if necessary.


In addition to this information all parents and staff should read the NHS Information Sheet regarding Coronavirus by clicking the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms can be found in 'Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice' published by Gov.UK please link on the link below to view:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

 

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