COVID News – Collapsed bubble

We’re sorry to say that due to a positive test result children and staff in Reception and 6A bubbles should self-isolate until Wednesday 4th November.

The following letter has been sent to parents/carers of pupils in RS, RW, RWC and 6A:

Dear Parents/Carers of RS, RW, RWC and 6A

I am writing to advise you that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person.  In line with the national guidance your child must now stay at home and self-isolate until Wednesday 4th November 2020, even if they do not have symptoms.  Your class teacher will be in contact after Half Term to share with you the learning for your child to undertake whilst they are away from school.

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.   If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.

Other members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless your child starts to show symptoms of COVID-19.  The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back; and/or
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, your child’s normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia).

Please be vigilant for these symptoms and if your child starts to display any of them, it would then be necessary for all other members of your household (including anyone in your support bubble) to self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child shows any of these symptoms they should not attend school for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and everyone else in your household should self-isolate for 14 days.  Your child should also be tested for COVID-19, ideally within the first five days of having symptoms.  Please see the NHS.UK website for more information on testing: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

If you are concerned about your child’s health, please refer to the NHS 111 website or telephone NHS 111 or your GP. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The safety and welfare of all our staff and children remains our top priority.  We continue to undertake thorough cleaning of the whole school and a deep clean will be carried out in the appropriate areas of school following this positive case.

If you would like to speak to someone, or have any further questions, please email the School Office – office@allertonceprimary.com.

With kind regards

Helen Stott

Headteacher

Hand Sanitiser Station

I am absolutely delighted with the hand sanitiser stations that Tony, at Collective Group, has designed and started to produce. These will be placed around school, so that we can use and be confident that anyone coming on to site, and in to buildings, has germ free hands.

Tony has produced all our new signage and runs an outstanding company, which produces work of a high standard.

Update from Mrs Stott Monday 11th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and pupils,

Following the Government announcement last night, I wanted to offer you reassurance and clarity regarding our position as a school.

Allerton CE Primary benefits from a strong established  staff team, along with an effective, strategic Governing Body and incredibly  supportive community of parents.

 It is with great confidence in our school community that we can navigate this current situation together. This community cohesion, strength and commitment has already been evident over the last 2 months of closure and lockdown. 

Any decisions that are made will be done at a strategic school level but will be made for our school. Therefore I would ask that you ignore all press statements and speculation.

I will be communicating with the Governors, the Local Authority and staff; sending any updates to all our stakeholders, when there are any changes or new information to share. This will be via the usual systems – parentmail, my Headteacher Blog, teacher emails.

Please be reassured that we will not make any decisions to reopen, unless it is safe to do so.

Our pupils and staff are our greatest priority, as you know.

Therefore, the systems and arrangements that we are using at the moment will remain in place, with no changes currently.

Once again, I would like to publically thank my staff for their incredible commitment, hard work and dedication to our school and to your children.

They are a truly amazing team of people, whom we should not take for granted. They have shared the many messages of thanks that you have sent to them, so thank you for taking the time to do that. It really does make a difference. If you haven’t yet, then please do consider taking the time to.

What can you say to your children when they ask what is going to happen next?
Stella in Year 6 sent me some questions, which I have answered….they might help when talking to your children about what happens next.

Will we have to socially distance?

Yes you will be expected to physically distance and we have markings on the floor to indicate that, in main areas around school.

We will be adding to these where we need to. Socialising and supporting emotional well being will be our priority when any year group starts to return.

Will you have to have hand sanitiser?

We have commissioned some hand sanitiser units, which will be placed around school at key points.  These will be at external doors and on entry to the main building and site. We will order more, if we need to.

Will we have to wear uniform?

Yes you will be expected to wear uniform….but if you have ordered a Y6 leavers hoodie then Year 6 will be able to wear those.

Will our class be broken into smaller groups?

Obviously we have not had any details yet from the  Government or the Local Authority but have already been working on this plan for some weeks. As soon as I know anything, I will communicate that to you.

Yes, classes will be in smaller groups of 10 or 15. We have reorganised a few classrooms to see which are feasible, with the 2m distancing rule in place. 

We have no idea how that will work yet but we will only have children back when it is safe to do so and where we can ensure physical distancing can be maintained. 

School will feel different though and it would be a good time to remind yourselves about how far 2m really is!

Why did Boris Johnson say reception and year 1 will be the first to go back alongside year 6 – they will be the hardest to socially distance.

Headteachers, teachers and most other people who have experienced Reception and Year 1 in school are all in agreement with you!

 I do not anticipate that they will all be back in full time.

Our school priority will be working to get Year 6 back, in some capacity, so that you can have a good ending to your 7 years with us.

Again, this is only my initial thoughts and any further details will be sent as soon as I have them.

Coming to school is a risk, can we stay at home but children who re not thriving at home have face to face catch up with teachers?

We have not heard anything more than you yet.

The Local Authority have scheduled a meeting with all Headteachers on Wednesday at 3.30pm, to discuss all of these concerns and organisational issues.

I have sent them a summary of all the questions that you, your parents and the staff sent back. 

We don’t yet know what will happen if parents choose not to send their children in, when schools are reopened to certain year groups.

Will seats and desks be sanitised daily?

Yes, seats and desks and classrooms that are being use during now are being subject to a deep clean every day.
Mrs Horsley sanitises all door handles and push plates, on all doors round school every morning.
Mr Sagoo does the same at the end of the day.

Hopefully that will answer a few of your questions and provide you with some clarity at this time.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Stay safe

yours

Helen Stott

Important information for parents/carers of children with asthma

If your child is on our medical list as having asthma.

  • Please MAKE SURE your child is taking their preventer inhaler (usually brown or purple) every day as directed by the doctor. This will help them be in control of their asthma.
  • ALL children must have a named inhaler in school – we will not be letting them use the emergency one at the moment so will need to send them home if they become wheezy.
  • www.asthma.org.uk has the latest coronavirus advice which is really useful