03/04/2020 School will remain open to key worker families throughout the Easter Holidays, with the exception of Easter Bank Holidays for which we have received no booking requests.
30/03/2020 COVID19 School Safeguarding Policy additional guidance and policy statement added to Our School/Policies
27/03/2020 - School kitchen closed until further notice
Please send your child to school with a packed lunch.
25/03/2020 Reminders to critical workers and families of vulnerable children
Following further guidance and advice received from the DFE today here are a few reminders to keep your children and our staff safe whilst we remain open for key workers and vulnerable children.
To help ensure that the risk of virus spread for both staff and children is as low as possible;
- Supporting social distancing where we can.
- Ensuring all staff and children wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently, and are encouraged not to touch their face, while using a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and using bins for tissue waste. If children or young people have trouble washing their hands, help is available.
- Limiting the area of our site used so we can increase the cleaning of surfaces in those areas, including desks and handles, and toilet blocks.
We need you to:
- Only send your child to school if you are carrying out work critical to the Covid-19 response and you have no other choice or with school's agreement as a vulnerable child.
- Only send them on the days you are actually working.
- Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
- Make sure anyone who is feeling ill stays at home.
- Talk to your children about coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing and hand washing.
- Ensure your child washes their hands last thing before they leave home.
- Follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
- Do not gather at entrances or in our playgrounds, and model social distancing so that your children learn good practice.
- Leave the site immediately when you collect your child at the end of the day.
We are grateful to you for your on-going support and partnership work.
23/03/2020 11:35 Its Learning
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are pleased to see that many of you have already logged on to our learning platform this morning to access the resources teachers have provided for your children. However, we understand that some families are having difficulties in gaining access to the site.
Its Learning are currently experiencing unprecedented amounts of users logging in which is causing their servers to slow down significantly. They are aware of the problem and are currently working to increase their capacity in order for schools across the country to provide online resources for their families. Please continue to try accessing our Learning Platform today and across the coming weeks as capacity will improve. In the meantime, you will be able to access Bug Club and Time Table Rock Stars/NumBots through using your preferred search engine.
20/03/2020 Further information for families attending school after today
The school day will operate 8:45-15:30.
The Year 3/4 door is to be used by parents for arrival and departure.
Children will be supervised in mixed age groups for learning, eating and play activities.
Due to operating on a skeleton staff, adults will be in rotation over the week. We have planned, wherever possible, to ensure a member of staff from the younger year groups and one from the older year groups is available daily to support their different needs and development.
Uniform and PE kit will be needed as normal.
A hot meal can be provided however, at this time we are not certain what that meal will be. The food will of course meet all food standards and allergy requirements. Children who usually pay for a hot meal will need to do so as usual. If your child does not like the idea of a surprise meal or it is their usual preference to do so please provide them with a packed lunch.
If your child is ill or will not be attending school please notify the school office to inform us via email@example.com .
You must also remember to continue to follow all the guidance around coronavirus and as such not to bring your child to site if they or any member of your household has a persistent new cough or fever. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Please do only use us for the days you are at work and have no alternative so that we can guarantee a service for those who most need it.
20/03/2020 Key worker and school closure update
Over night further guidance has been published by government including which children are eligible to continue to attend school after closure for the majority.
The information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
If you have contacted school already to indicate you are key worker please check you still meet the criteria and if you feel you now would meet the criteria contact school, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible today if you wish your child to be added to the list.
We ask that all key workers also follow these published key principles in order to support the health of their families and our staff.
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
18/03/2020 20:44 Update from government - school closures as of 3:30pm Friday 20th March
;'After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care,'
Please see school letter sent via Parentmail and available in Letters to Parents - whole school letters.
16/03/2020 19:48 Update from Statement by Prime Minister
'We need to ask you to ensure that if you or anyone in your household has one of those two symptoms - a high temperature or a new and continuous cough - then you should stay at home for fourteen days.
That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.
Now, this advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact, is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.'
The full statement can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020
As a result of this updated government advice we have cancelled parents' evening this week and further PTA and school events are most likely to be cancelled this term. We will be reviewing our events calendar in the morning and further information will then follow.
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
·If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home ·
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.
·Supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Update Coronavirus 13/03/2020 - Latest government advice
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
A member of staff in a Woodley school has tested positive for Coronavirus. At this time we know of no increased risk at Loddon Primary School and of no contact between that staff member or anyone at our school. Please continue to follow government guidance and to support your child to regularly wash their hands.
13:50 Further update - Aldryngton Primary School will be closed tomorrow following advice from Public Health England this is because the staff member from Willow Bank Infant School Woodley attended an event at their school last week. A deep clean will be carried out tomorrow at Aldryngton as a precautionary measure. Loddon staff were not present at the event.