Liden Primary School

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COVID-19 pandemic 2020.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Chief Medical Officer announcement 11th December 2020

Self-Isolation period will now be for 10 days as opposed to the original 14 days, from Monday 14th December.
The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday.

 This means, Individuals who have been in close contact with a positive case or have travelled abroad to a country not on the travel corridor list, will need to self-isolate for 10 days and not 14 days.

Those tested positive will continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or from the test date if asymptomatic.

UPDATE FROM THE HEAD FOLLOWING NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN
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In March 2020, everything changed as the country went into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 2nd July 2020, the Prime Minister outlined his plans for returning to school in September in a way that is measured and reduces risks. Guidance from the Department for Education outlines the measures schools should put in place as we plan to welcome more children back to school.  This has been supplemented by information sent out to us buy the Local Authority SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) unit.

With this guidance, we have produced detailed risk assessments and plans to ensure that the school is as safe as possible for children, parents and staff. The risk assessments and plans, closely adhering to the advice we have been given, have the full support of the governing body.

Key to the success of our safety measures is keeping staff and children in year group 'bubbles'. Avoiding cross-contamination between the bubbles is central to our risk assessments. This means that from September, unfortunately no parents will be permitted into the school building; this goes against all of our usual policies, but we hope that parents will understand our position and respect the guidance we have put into place.

We would also like to remind our school community that we will be operating social distancing guidance, with alternative drop-off and collections points. We are asking for parental co-operation in sticking strictly to the guidelines to minimise gatherings of parents and children by the school gates. Please remember that only one person should be collecting a child to further minimise risks.

We have hand sanitiser for frequent use by staff and children in each bubble. Please contact the school if your child is NOT able to use hand sanitiser.

To protect everyone, we are asking for parents to ensure that school uniforms are washed daily.

On the days that children have P.E., they will be expected to wear their P.E. kit to school. They will wear if for the whole day. This is to minimise traffic in classrooms and the potential for children to mix items with others. The day for your child's P.E. session will be sent home with their Class Newsletter in September. The children will be expected to bring all other school equipment on P.E. days.

P.E. kit consists of the following: 

    . Black/Navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms

    . Plain white T-shirt

    . Navy Jumper/Fleece (this can be their school jumper)

    . Socks

    . Trainers or Daps

Children should NOT be bringing toys or comforters to school. The only items permitted will be:

   . School book bag

   . Lunchbox

   . Children must have their own water bottle; they will not be permitted to share cups in class

   . Children must have their own sun hat; we will not be providing school hats

   . There will be no snacks provided by the school, so a piece of fruit is also allowed.

It will be vital that we are able to contact parents easily and that there is someone who is able to collect a child quickly in the event of their child exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or if their child is behaving in a way which is putting staff or children at risk, e.g. by refusing to co-operate with instructions or adhere to social distancing rules.

We are likely to be living with the threat of the virus for some time to come, so it is essential that we work together to follow the government guidance to ensure that we do all we can to make the school as safe as possible for everyone.

Please find below links to our risk assessments and school guidance, as well as links to key documents from the DFE.

 

 Coronavirus Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

                recent onset of a new continuous cough

                            and/or high temperature

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after this time, contact NHS111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Hand hygiene

The 6 Steps to Hand Washing

 
Department of Education Coronavirus helpline

 Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

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

 Government Guidance for Schools

can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Public Health England (PHE)

Guidance for Childcare and Educational in management of COVID-19

How to contact PHE

Local Authority Principles for Re-opening

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

Liden Primary and Nursery School Risk Assessment - updated Jan 2021

 

                     NHS - Every Mind Matters 

This NHS website on Mental Health has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
                             Please visit 

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/