Back to School - Covid lockdowns and returning bubbles
Date: 2nd Nov 2020 @ 11:28am
Welcome to Autumn Term (part 2) everyone! What a great 1/2 term we had between September and October. We did so well at keeping safe and following the new rules that we almost made it to the end without a hitch. But, alas we had to close Bubble One for the last few days of term and we missed them as we celebrated the end of our Healthy Body theme.
We welcome back Bubble One on Wednesday and as we do I feel it is important that we remind ourselves of the routines we have in place and keep the message of safety at the front of our minds at all times. Working together to keep Coronavirus out of school will mean that the children can continue to benefit from their usual lessons and will mean that we can see an end to this as soon as possible.
So, I'd like to remind you that when you drop of your children in the morning we need you to drop and go. There are enough adults to supervise the children when you leave them. Likewise, when you pick your children up in the afternoon, please do not come too early and congregate outside the gates. Come, pick up and leave. It isn't that we dont want to see you - it is just common sense during the current situation. From Thursday, when the National Lockdown begins, this is especially important.
The main congestion is around the bottom gate where Bubble 2 come in and out. So, I am asking you to not hang around there any longer than is needed. From Thursday, we need to be extra vigilant as apart from going to and from work and shops and dropping off and picking up from school, we are all supposed to be on lockdown.
Everyone has been fantastic so far and we are one of the few schools nationally to have kept infection away for as long as we have. So, let's keep it up and help our children to stay safe and stay in school.
Thanks for all of your help and co-operation,
Here is a reminder of the guidance about Covid19 and the symptoms. When should you keep your child home and seek a test? The advice given on the Department for Education website is this:
What symptoms should schools be looking out for? How can schools tell if a pupil has just a cold, or whether it might be coronavirus?
The Department for Education has worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the potential risks of spread. A key part of this is recognising the correct symptoms.
We ask that schools recommend to their pupils and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:
- They develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell; or
- They are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse).
If a child is tested because they are unwell, they should stay off school until they receive a result. As in any year, as schools go back, children may pick up common colds or feel unwell with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These children may need to stay off school and parents/carers should call their GP or dial 111 to seek medical advice if they are concerned about their child’s health.