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St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Latest coronavirus update

Over the last two days the number of children who are off sick or in self-isolation has risen to over 90 children. The government have advised that if any member of your family has a high temperature or a persistent cough then you should self-isolate for fourteen days. I would ask all parents to follow this advice.

 

If your child has a temperature or a cough – please ring school and you must self-isolate for 14 days.

 

If any member of your family has a high temperature or cough – please ring school and you must self-isolate for 14 days.

 

If we have a child in school with a high temperature or persistent cough we will ask you to collect your child and self-isolate all children in your family for 14 days.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL CONTACT DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE AND THAT WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL ADULTS THAT WE CAN CONTACT IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE

 

Self-isolation or school closure

 

In the first instance all children will be provided with reading books – please support your child with their reading – it is vital!

 

To support children who are already self-isolating we have uploaded resources onto our website.

 

Please go to year group pages/year group pages/your year group.

 

In the event of closure, we will be providing further resources on google classroom. Google classroom enables teachers to set work and children to respond so that it can be acknowledged by the teacher. We will be sending home instructions to access google classroom and each child will have a user name and password on a sticker on their reading record. Further resources will also be put on the website and for year 2 and year 6 we will send packs home.

 

How can YOU help our school community?

These are unprecedented times and it is really important that we pull together as a community

 

  • Please send in water and tissues (if you can purchase some) with your children
  • Please make sure your children wash their hands when they get home from school
  • STOCKPILE BOOKS – this is an opportunity to borrow books from the library
  • Keep checking emails, the website and social media for updates

 

Risk assessment planning

With my senior management team I have created a risk assessment to control and where possible limit the impact of the coronavirus on our school. At this moment in time schools are under instruction not to close. Please be aware of the following:
 

  • If there is a shortage of kitchen staff we may have to ask all children to bring in packed lunches
  • If there are staff shortages due to self-isolation we may have to combine classes where there is a high number of absent children or close the school for specific year groups.

 

Financial help

The Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) are concerned about the impact school closures may have on families on low income.  For families whose children normally access free school meals, the additional expense of feeding their children over a number of weeks will be challenging.  At the same time food banks are reporting a drop in donations and will not be able to support the extra demand that is likely to be placed on them.

 

To address this they will be making funding for up to 12 families available from our Crisis Fund to help disadvantaged families with food costs in the event of school closures.

 

Please speak to Mrs Acres if you would like me to make an application on your behalf.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

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