Covid Update - 11.1.2021:
Dear Parents / Carers,
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The Year 2 children and staff who were in school on Thursday 7th / Friday 8th January, who have therefore been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will need to stay at home for 10 days from the day that the children were last in contact with the confirmed case, this isolation will therefore be up to and including Monday 18th January.
These Critical Worker children can therefore, return to school on Tuesday 19th January. The children must not attend school, even at pick up and drop off times for siblings, even if they are feeling well. They must isolate for this period. The school remains open for all other children, and your child should continue to attend if they remain well and are not in the year four bubble.
If you are a critical worker and have a child in year two who was not in school last week, they can still attend school during lockdown. Please contact the school office if you have any further queries regarding this.
Home learning will continue to be shared with all parents/carers in the year group daily so your child can still access their learning whilst not on site. Any questions about the home learning can be emailed to email@example.com
Please see the bottom of the page for a copy of the Remote Learning plan for Richmond
Covid update - From Richmond 31.12.2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Following on from the SECAT letter, I am writing to confirm that the school will only be open to Critical Worker and Vulnerable children from Monday 4th January. All other children will remain at home and will receive daily remote home learning.
Critical Worker / Vulnerable Children: (Formerly Key Worker / Vulnerable)
If you were a Critical worker parent before the summer, then you remain on our list and the children can come into school.
If you have become a critical worker since then, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to share your details as soon as possible
We would appreciate if you could inform the school if you intend to send your children in. Please email the above address by Midday Saturday 2nd January if you are in this category and your children will be attending face-to face learning from Monday.
For those Critical Worker / Vulnerable pupils who will be coming on site from Monday 4th January, the centre gates will be open from 8.30 – 8.50am each morning. Children can be dropped off between these times from any year group.
Staff will be on the gates to register pupils and direct them to the correct classrooms. Children should attend in normal school uniform and will be notified on the first day, which days they will have PE and therefore should come into school in warm PE clothing on those days.
Children can continue to bring in home packed lunches or order school hot dinners on a daily basis, payable via SIMSPAY.
EYFS / KS1 children should be collected from the centre gates at 3.05pm and KS2 pupils collected at 3.15pm each day.
Children on site, will be working in Year Group bubbles where at all possible and, will remain in consistent bubbles throughout each day. They will be learning in line with what they would be in their year groups and with those who will be learning from home.
All Non-Critical Worker / Non-Vulnerable children, who will be learning from home will receive their lessons remotely via email each morning by 9am, beginning Monday 4th January.
As your child will be working from home for the next few weeks, we will be providing a range of Remote Learning opportunities for them.
The lessons provided for your children are planned to be in line with what the children would be learning about and working on in school. The resources include links to videos from Oak Academy as well as lessons recorded by the class teachers themselves.
For those who have not already used online learning, The Oak Academy is an online classroom, created by teachers for teachers throughout this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and to support the delivery of home learning when schools / bubbles have to close.
Each day, you will receive an email from your year group with the home learning for that day and links to any online videos to watch. In the documents / emails there will be guidance on lessons to watch and take part in each day. Every day will include an English lesson, Maths lesson, reading / handwriting activity and a topic lesson. Please be aware the videos often ask the children to pause the video to complete a task, then press play when completed so that they can engage and learn throughout the sessions.
We do hope that you find the lessons and learning ideas useful, but it is important to remember that the list is not exhaustive. We were so impressed by the wonderful ways that parents and carers found to engage with learning during the first lockdown some of which were shared with us through email. We also recognise that home learning can be more challenging for some families. A good rule of thumb is to do what you can without letting home learning become a battlefield!
You will be able to stay in contact with the school through dedicated year group email addresses that you will receive emails from when work is sent out each day. Further details on these will follow. In addition, the email@example.com will be monitored by staff daily, so please email in any work or any questions or queries that you may have about supporting your children’s learning at home.
We hope to see you all back on site as soon as possible and will keep you updated via the app / website of any changes and updates as they are received from the DfE.
Covid Information - 31st December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
As you may be aware, the Education Secretary made an announcement yesterday regarding the delay for opening for certain schools in some areas where very high levels of COVID cases have been identified.
Southend on Sea has been confirmed as one of these areas and as result Primary schools have been asked to remain closed to most pupils in January 2021.
Full details of the DfE framework can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency framework for education and childcare settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Vulnerable children and children of critical workers will, however, be able to attend school from Monday 4th January, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.
As a reminder the definition of these categories can be found at the following link: Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
All other pupils will be provided with remote learning. Your school’s Headteacher will provide the details in a separate letter.
We apologise for the disruption this will undoubtedly cause many of our families but thank you for your continued support and understanding as we adapt to the necessary changes to tackle COVID-19.
At the moment, there is no clear date for when Southend primary schools will be able to re-open to all pupils, but we will update you as soon as we are advised of any change.
Chief Executive Officer
COVID19 COMMUNITY TESTING OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES - 11.12.2020
COVID19 COMMUNITY TESTING OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES
You will be aware of the increasing rate of COVID19 across much of Southend-on-Sea, Essex and Thurrock, particularly in young people and young adults. In order to help stop the spread, the Government has made additional testing capacity available for all children/young people and their families to enable you to get a test even if you do not have symptoms of COVID19.
This is particularly important now as Christmas approaches and families look forward to meeting and spending time together. I am therefore urging you to please have your child and family tested for coronavirus.
To help achieve this, in partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care, we are increasing the capacity and number of mobile testing centres local to you, as below:
· Hamlet Court Road car park. A new walk-though mobile testing unit site will be open from tomorrow (Saturday 12 December), seven days a week (9am to 3pm). There is no need to book for this site, you can turn up and say that your local authority has asked you to get a test
- Southend Airport, Long Stay Car Park 3, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6YE – this mobile testing unit is now open seven days per week. Please book through the national system (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
· Shoebury Park, Elm Rd, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9SF – this mobile testing unit will now be open five days a week (Monday to Friday). Please book through the national system https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
· Short Street local testing site remains open seven days a week. This is available for both walk-through and appointments booked through the national system (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
The national system also allows you to order tests by post if you cannot drive or walk to one of the drive-through testing centres. Please select “Yes” to the question “Is the person who needs a test part of a trial of government pilot project” on the website.
Please do not get a test if you have had a positive test in the last 12 weeks as it may give an incorrect positive result.
If you have been asked to self-isolate for 10 or 14 days by the NHS Test and Trace Programme, your school or the council’s Public Health Team because you have been in contact with someone else who has tested positive for COVID19, you can still get tested but you should complete your period of self-isolation even if you test negative. This is because the test may not detect COVID19 in some people who are incubating the virus.
I would also ask that you take your child for a second test in the New Year around 3-4 days before return to school so we can ensure that no-one is infectious and can start an outbreak.
Thank you for your support in helping us to prevent the spread of COVID19 during these difficult times.
With best wishes,
Director of Public Health
SECAT Covid Information
Please click on the links at the bottom of the page for copies of update letters from the school / SECAT regarding COVID
School Gates Campaign - masks at entrances: (2.11.2020)
As we enter what will now be a second lockdown, we are aware that some parents have expressed some concern about SECAT’s position regarding the School Gate Campaign and the request for parents to wear masks when dropping off and picking up their children.
We wish to allay any parents’ concerns and would like all stakeholders to be aware;
- Masks are not compulsory, it is a personal choice that should be respected
- No one will be refused entry to the site if they are not wearing a mask / face covering
- We will still ensure that we recognise those collecting children before they are dismissed
- Staff, who are outside interacting with parents, will be wearing face shields to greet / dismiss the children (which will ensure that the children can still be greeted with a friendly face in the morning, albeit behind a clear face shield)
We recognise this next month will be challenging for everyone and wish you all well at this time.
What to do if there are Covid Symptoms at Home:
Covid Related Pupil Absence:
Friday 4th September 2020
We understand that returning to school will be an exciting prospect for many but also that some may be reluctant or anxious. Please spend some time explaining the information in the Parent Guide and from the messages sent out on the App and Facebook page throughout this week in the most appropriate way for your child. We will, where possible be following the 2m social distancing rule - some children are unlikely to understand what 2 metres looks like so it would be useful to show them this at home. You can also help by teaching them how to wash their hands thoroughly.
Parents are also encouraged to visit the Government website to help them plan for their children’s return to school. This includes the latest update to ‘what parents need to know’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
©ELSA support have produced an excellent ‘Back to school after coronavirus story’ which
you can access here: https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/back-to-school-after-coronavirus-story/
We also recommend watching the following video with your child, younger children.
We hope that these measures will prove temporary and we shall of course keep you informed of any change in guidance and practice. If you have any questions or queries, please email the school office email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to reassure you that we will continue to make the school as safe as it can be and look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday 7th September.
Thank you in advance as we work together to keep your children and the school staff as safe as possible so that we can all return to what we enjoy most, supporting your children in achieving and learning together.
On Site Lead