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Covid-19 Information

Updates:

Public Health England have published a letter to parents to support understanding of when Covid Test are needed and what to do after testing. To read it in full, please click here  

SECAT Letter to Parents (23/9/2020)

Dear Parents

In the spirit of openness and transparency, I am letting you know that, at the request of Public Health England, Shoeburyness High School has sent home staff and pupils in one of the bubbles within the school today as a child in year 7 has tested positive for COVID-19.

In line with the guidance from Public Health England, all those in that bubble are required to self-isolate for fourteen days. The rest of the household do not need to isolate unless any member of the family develops symptoms. Therefore, siblings are still able to attend school, however we must remind parents/carers that any child in the bubble who is isolating must not attend school, including the drop off/pick up times.

The current bubble (year 7) are able to return to school on 5 th October providing they have had no symptoms. Regardless of the COVID-19 test result, the room, equipment and furniture in the bubble is being thoroughly cleaned in line with the guidance.

Although it does not directly affect the vast majority of you, I felt sure that you would rather hear about it through SECAT than through some other route. For your information, I have included the relevant section of the latest guidance we are adhering to:

• Household members of those contacts of those sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.

• If someone in the bubble develops symptoms themselves within the 14-day isolation period they should follow the guidance below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-homeguidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

As a parent myself I recognise that it is a time of uncertainty and that you will no doubt be anxious. However, I can confirm that we will continue to follow the guidance stringently to minimise the risks to both your children and our staff. Wishing you and your families good health and safety at this time.

Kind Regards

Ruth Brock 

CEO

SECAT Letter to Parents (14/9/2020)

Dear Parents

In the spirit of openness and transparency, I am letting you know that, at the request of Public Health England, Thorpedene Primary School has sent home staff and pupils in one of the bubbles within the school today as a child in year 1 has tested positive for COVID-19

In line with the guidance from Public Health England, all those in that bubble are required to self-isolate for fourteen days. The rest of the household do not need to isolate unless any member of the family develop symptoms.  Therefore siblings are still able to attend school, however we must remind parents/carers that any child in the bubble who is isolating must not attend school, including the drop off/pick up times.

The current bubble (year 1) are able to return to school on 28th September providing they have had no symptoms.

Regardless of the COVID-19 test result, the room, equipment and furniture in the bubble is being thoroughly cleaned in line with the guidance.

Although it does not directly affect the vast majority of you, I felt sure that you would rather hear about it through SECAT than through some other route.

For your information, I have included the relevant section of the latest guidance we are adhering to:

As a parent myself I recognise that it is a time of uncertainty and that you will no doubt be anxious. However, I can confirm that we will continue to follow the guidance stringently to minimise the risks to both your children and our staff.

Wishing you and your families good health and safety at this time.

Kind Regards

Ruth Brock

CEO

What to do if there are Covid Symptoms at Home: 

Covid Related Pupil Absence: 

Friday 4th September 2020 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

As the start of the school year draws close, we wanted to let you know that we are all looking forward to seeing all the children and welcoming everybody back to school next week.

Staff have been busy over the Summer Holidays preparing for children to return and the school may look and feel different. We are establishing new procedures and school rules to help everybody feel safe and be protected ready for all to return on Monday 7th September.

There are many changes in line with Government and DfE guidance, so please read through the whole of the attached guidance carefully which, along with the School Risk Assessment (available on our website) provide important information about returning to school.

We will share and guide children through the new expectations in as child friendly way as possible within their classes in an age appropriate way. We want children to enjoy their return to school, ensuring that they continue to feel safe, secure and cared for whilst with us each day.

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.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY

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 office@richmond-pri.southend.sch.uk.

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.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Moneypenny

On Site Lead

For the full letter and Parent guide, please scroll to the attachment at the bottom of the page 


 

From Monday 7th September, the school will re-open to all pupils. Please read below for details of start / end times and further information on details of returning to school: 

Please click here to read a copy of the school re-opening Risk Assessment. 

Letter home - July 2020 Re: Autumn Term Re-Opening 

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am writing to inform you of the plans for the Autumn Term when we are hoping to have all children back with us. Please note, all of the below remains subject to change following any updates to government guidance over the summer.

We are aware that due to Covid-19 and lockdown there has been an extended period where many children have not been in school. We therefore want to ensure that as much support is available for the children when they return in the Autumn.

For the first half term, the whole school will be undertaking an ‘All About Me’ topic, this topic planned to support both the transition of the children into their new class and ensure a strong focus on wellbeing and pastoral support for all children across the school whilst we also focus on core basic skills and re-establishing face-to-face learning expectations for all pupils.

For the topic, we would like each child to decorate and fill a shoe box over the summer, the shoebox should contain information about your child and their life. This can include a variety of items including photos, drawings, postcards, summer holiday memorabilia, anything that will help us to understand and get to know your child. The contents and covers should be as creative and varied as possible so that we can really learn about each individual child. The children should bring these in on the first day that they return in the autumn term.

Whilst we have not been able to do the normal transition, we wanted to still make sure that the children could get to know their new teachers and therefore enclosed in this pack is a welcome letter from their new class teacher.

To support your child at home over the summer, we have also included in this pack, age-appropriate learning resources that you can choose for your child to complete over the summer holidays. There is no expectation for these books to be completed, but they are there if you wish to use them.

In the new term, there will continue to be a range of guidelines and protocols that we have to follow. Therefore there will be staggered start and end time for each year group throughout the school. In addition we will continue to ask parents and carers to drop the children at the school gates and not come onto the school grounds. There will be staff members at each gate as children arrive and leave each day.

As long as government guidance does not change, pupils will return to Richmond on Monday 7th September. Please see the table below for the start and end time of each year group (please note, this will not apply to Nursery and Reception initially who have received their own transition letters.)

 

Start Time

End Time

Entrance/Exit  Gate

Nursery

8.45am

2.50pm

Office Gate

Reception

8.45am

3.00pm

Centre Gate

Year 1

8.55am

3.05pm

Office Gate

Year 2

9.05am

3.15pm

Office Gate

Year 3

8.55am

3.05pm

Centre Gate

Year 4

8.55am

3.05pm

Bus Gate

Year 5

9.05am

3.15pm

Bus Gate

Year 6

8.45am

3.00pm

Bus Gate

Important Information about September return: 

CEO UPDATE - Tuesday 14th July 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers

 As a group of schools, we have been discussing at length, planning and reviewing and acting on the guidance from the DfE regarding how all of your children will return to school.  
The world is not as we knew it before the pandemic. For some, there will be life-changing consequences. For many these changes may seem less obvious or less dramatic. They are nevertheless, still present and very important. 
For many children and staff, September will be the first time that all have met, face to face since March. The emphasis on well-being and mental health is prevalent in all of the schools’ planning for September. Not just of our children, but of our staff and our community. 
There are significant logistical bridges to cross in readiness for September. Including the daily changing and updating guidance from the DfE. All of the risk assessments have been undertaken and signed off by the Trust Board’s Committee.
We will continue to follow the guidance as it develops throughout the summer holidays. It is an expectation by the DfE that any family holidays are taken during the summer break and that all children will be present on the first day back on the required date September. Our schools will open their doors to all children on 7th September. Everyone is very much looking forward to seeing all of your children.
Staff, who return to work on 2nd September, will be working together to ensure that the revised curriculum offer is understood by all who work with your children. 
As a whole staff, we continue to wish you and your families good health at this challenging time. 
Kind regards

Ruth Brock

 

Friday 18th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Over the last two weeks we have welcomed back lots of our nursery, reception, year 1 and critical worker children. We will also be providing year 6 with opportunity for face to face learning from Monday 29th June (please see separate letter). It has been wonderful to hear the school filled with the sound of laughing, happy children. However, we are very aware that our whole school community is not back together which is difficult for us all.

The last few months have been ever changing for us at school, as they have been for you in your working and home lives. As school leaders, one might assume we are informed of decisions made by the government regarding education prior to televised announcements; unfortunately, that is not the case. We sit and wait to find out what it is that we need to do next, the same as you, in front of our televisions. We then usually wait a further day for the government to publish their guidance documents, which we use to inform our decision making.

The government updated their planning guide for primary schools on Monday to provide information on how primary schools can welcome back additional pupils this term, if they have the capacity. We are aware there are many families with children in other years who would like to send their children back to school. This is something that we would love to do, but unfortunately, we cannot due to safety of our children with regard to social distancing, lack of classrooms, space required and capacity of teaching staff. Therefore, we are unable to bring back any more children without compromising the safety of children and staff under the current guidelines.

With more children and staff on site, we are taking a cautious approach ensuring that our safety measures are working and are being adhered to by children, parents and staff. In order to maintain the safety of the children and staff we will not be accommodating any more ‘return to school requests’ for reception or key worker children after Monday 22nd June, this will ensure the integrity of the bubbles. It saddens me that we are unable to offer places to our other children and that we cannot have the traditional leavers’ experience for our year 6 pupils.

However, I would like to reassure you that we are currently exploring different options regarding transition of your children from their current teacher to their new teacher. We will send out details of what this will look like in the coming weeks.

As the teachers are now back in school and teaching each day, we will continue with online learning updated in the year group website pages each Monday. The home learning support will continue in this manner as there are activities for each week on the website as well as daily tasks set on the App and website pages. In addition to this we will continue to set your child online work to complete on Purple Mash, Maths Whizz and Reading Eggs.

Now that we know that the children in other year groups will not be returning to school before September at the earliest, our normal form of communication will continue through text messages to inform of update letters available to read on the Richmond App (search: Piota Schools) or the school Website. If you need any support with the learning tasks set please email homelearning@richmondpri.southend.sch.uk where staff members will do their best to assist you.

Please remember that the tasks are not compulsory. If you are struggling to keep your child motivated, then we would ask that you continue to read with and to your child, as that is the most important thing that you can do for them educationally. If you have any other questions or queries, please just call the school office or email admin@richmond-pri.southend.sch.uk

I hope that you continue to stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all once it is safe to do so.

Kind regards,

 Miss Moneypenny, 

On Site Lead