It's been a great week in school and the children are really settled and happy in their new classes.
The social distancing guidance is really important. If there is a positive test within the community, Public Health England will want to know who the person has had close contact with. This is defined by:
a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
being coughed on
having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are found to have had this close contact with a confirmed case, then you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Therefore can we please urge you to try and self-distance by 2m when waiting to collect your child or when anywhere on the school site. Use the markings on the playground to help you keep safe and remember that staff will not be able to have a face-to-face conversation with you in the way they used to - they are more than happy to phone you instead.
Thank you to everyone for being vigilant about the symptoms and taking the appropriate action - if we all act responsibly and follow the guidance, we can keep this outbreak low. There is a very helpful symptom checker here:
and you can always call us if you're not sure what to do.
I'm sure you've all read about the problems with the testing system, but we have to hope that things will start to improve. There is now a new walk-in testing site in Woolston (you still need to book in advance). More details here:
Unfortunately it is becoming clear that nationally a spike in Coronavirus cases is happening and although it doesn't seem too bad in our area,at the moment, we need to be prepared. As staff and children end up ill or self-isolating, we are going to need to have a home learning option available and so from Monday, you will find a Home Learning page on the school website with links and units for each year group, based on the government's recommended Oak Academy programme. Children can then upload their work to their SeeSaw accounts for a teacher to see and respond to. Once you have let us know that you are having to self-isolate, we will help you with getting started and allocate you a member of staff to supervise. If you need support with IT equipment, please let us know.
The school office will continue to operate by phone and email - please avoid coming to the office in person.
To our new Foundation Stage children and their families. All the staff are delighted that you have settled in so quickly and we love seeing your eager and happy faces every day - next week it's full-time for all of you!
Even though it is going to be a very different sort of term, the SPSA (our school parent-teacher association) are still very keen to organise events of some sort. If you have any thoughts or wish to help, please contact them via their Facebook page.
Have a lovely weekend.