Parent Update 75 - 04.03.2021
We are truly looking forward to welcoming all of the children back on Monday. It will be really important that the children are helped to get back into a routine ready for Monday. Please try to ensure they get plenty of sleep over the weekend so getting up for school on Monday is not too much of a shock for them!
As the government have clearly stated, all children are expected to return unless they have medical exemption from a consultant. If children do not return it will be marked as an unauthorised absence as previous absence procedures are to be followed. This does mean the re-introduction of fines for non- attendance in line with local authority guidance. I am not anticipating this being an issue, as last time we returned to school we had almost a full turn out except for a few children who were unwell or isolating. However, I do need to make you aware that fines will be used as they were before lockdown, for unauthorised absences.
With effect from Monday, please note the PE days below when the children should be coming to school in their PE kits:
At the Infant school
Rabbit Class - Monday and Wednesday
Robin Class - Monday and Thursday
Ladybird Class - Tuesday
Mole Class - Tuesday and Thursday
Woodpecker Class - Tuesday and Friday
Hedgehog Class - Wednesday and Thursday
Fox Class - Wednesday and Friday
At the Junior school
6KM - Tuesday
5RM - Tuesday and Friday
5CT - Wednesday and Friday
4CA - Monday and Tuesday
4AB - Wednesday and Friday
3ES- Tuesday and Thursday
3CB- Monday and Wednesday
Mrs Clift's Class- Monday and Tuesday
Sanitising and cleaning regimes will continue but it will help if you can also remind your children to wash their hands before leaving the house and when they return home at the end of the day.
Some parents brought gel so that they could gel their child's hands as they left school, especially if you intend to provide them with something to eat or drink. They will continue with washing their hands and using gel in school, as they were during the autumn term.
As before, if anyone in your household develops symptoms, you must keep all family members at home and get the symptomatic person tested. Better to be safe than sorry!
Great News - I have now received information from the DfE regarding home testing for adults with school age children:
Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free.
There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
Our local collection site is The Anvil and it is open from 1.30p.m. until 7p.m. every day.
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
These kits are very easy to use but if you do have any queries about using them please just give school a call - we are all used to them now and can easily help you start on your testing regime.
I look forward to seeing you all next week..
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact school.
In the meantime, best wishes and stay safe.
Mrs Sheila Pape