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Update: 18th May, 2020

Dear Parents /Carers,

 

Thank you for submitting your booking for the governments ambition for a careful and considered return to school from the 1st June.

 

As we are sure you can appreciate there are many considerations to take into account in order to prepare for the return to school.  We need to plan every aspect of the children’s return, meeting stringent safety guidance, risk assessments, social distancing requirements (often in limited space), staffing and increased hygiene schedules. It is crucial that we are in a position to meet all of these requirements as well as the care and education of children.

 

You should anticipate changes to how your school will operate, this will include:

  • A staggered return date for different year groups.
  • Changes to the school day, for example staggered lunchtimes, playtimes, drop off and pick up times.
  • A teacher or teaching assistant leading your child’s allocated group.
  • A scheduled early closing time on a specific day of each week to accommodate a deep clean.

 

We are working hard to finalise plans for this intended return but please be aware that not every child will return on the 1st June and it is highly likely that we will be required to provide a phased return for children.

 

Our schools will only operate if it is safe to do so and we ask for your patience during this initial phase. Therefore, in order to prevent any inconvenience, we ask that you do not finalise any plans for your child to return on the 1st June until we provide further details.

 

What you should do next.

Once we have accounted for the required number of school places you will be informed of your child’s start date and timetable by the end of this week. You will also receive detailed instructions on drop off and pick up procedures. We appreciate your patience and support whilst we finalise our plans. The safety of children and staff is at the forefront of our thinking and we need to ensure that plans developed are not rushed but carefully considered, based on the most up to date guidance and thinking. 

 

Once again, we would like to thank you for your continued support throughout this challenging time and should you require further help or advice, please contact the school in the usual way. We are here to help.

 

Regards,

 

Mrs P Whitton

Headteacher

The Green Infant School

A reminder of what to expect if you or your child develop symptoms:

 

We wanted  to remind you of the guidelines under which schools, including The Green Infant School,  are operating should a person show symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

These guidelines remain the same for all members of the school community and we want to thank you for your continued support during this time.

 

The motivation for these procedures is to prioritise the safety of pupils, staff and families. They will be strictly followed at all times alongside the school’s heightened hygiene procedures.

 

  • If staff or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and the school will operate an immediate deep clean.  

 

Members of the school community will be asked to stay away from school if they:

 

  • become unwell with a continuous cough or high temperature
  • come into close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the virus

 

For information concerning the ‘stay at home’ guidance, please see here for more information:

 

We know that these are difficult times and wanted to reassure you that the school will prioritise the health and wellbeing of its pupils, their families and staff members at all times.

 

Should you have any concerns on this or on any other matter, please make contact with the school in the usual way, we are here to help.

Letter to parents regarding the proposed opening of school on 1st June 2020.

Update 12th May

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

We are writing to you as I am sure after the Prime Ministers announcement you have many questions but at present, we are still awaiting guidance on any proposed changes. During yesterday’s news conference, the Government did announce some changes to the way in which society will operate going forward. Until further guidance is received, we will continue to operate in the same way as before but will update these arrangements as soon as we receive further information.

 

At this time, Government advice maintains that the safest place for children is at home, and you should only send children into schools as a last resort. The motivation behind these measures is to reduce the risk of the spread of infection and safeguard the public.

 

As previously communicated, we have identified a four-tiered approach, for prioritising provision for families that need it the most.

 

1. Pupils where either parent is a member of NHS frontline staff e.g. doctors and nurses

2. Schools places are also provided for those identified by the school as vulnerable.

3. Children where both parents are keyworkers, or the child is of a single parent family of a keyworker as stated above.

4. Children where one parent is a keyworker, with one parent who cannot be at home for significant reasons. This category may require further information being shared with the school regarding individual circumstances, all cases will be considered with care.

 

As yet, schools do not have any information about when they will reopen, or how this will work. We anticipate that there may be a limit on capacity initially and a booking system in operation. However, we will update you as and when these details are clarified.

 

Whilst we know that this is a very difficult time for families, we appreciate your continued patience and support. We are keen to get children back into school as soon as it is safe to do so but maintaining a safe environment for children and staff remains our absolute priority.

 

Whilst schools remain closed, we will continue to provide learning from home, stay in contact with your child and be here to support all families. For now, we ask that you proceed as before and we will be contacting you with any updates as soon as we can.

 

Kind regards

Mrs Whitton

UPDATE: 6th April

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

I hope everyone is staying safe and managing to enjoy some quality family time in what are really difficult circumstances for everyone.

 

Thank you for your continued support during the challenges created by the Coronavirus outbreak.

As Easter is now upon us, we wanted to keep in touch to remind you of our current situation regarding school places as well as informing you of how future arrangements may operate.  

 

Since the Government announced school closures, we have been working hard to see how we can manage to keep schools open, whilst keeping the environment safe for staff and children according to Public Health England advice. We are updating you because we now have firmer guidance on how schools will manage allocation of places.

At this time, Government advice is still that the safest place for children is at home, and you should only send children into schools as a last resort.

 

The motivation behind these measures is to reduce the risk of the spread of infection and safeguard the public.

As we have come to see how schools can now operate, and following updated guidance, we wanted to remind you of which families can access a school place. This will be subject to change as schools can only stay open if they can balance sufficiently low numbers of children attending, (thereby keeping risk of infection to a minimum), and with a sufficiently high number of staff able to attend in order to comply with safeguarding guidelines.

 

You can apply for a school place if you cannot otherwise care for your children safely at home and meet the following criteria:

  1. Pupils where either parent is a critical worker in the frontline COVID-19 response e.g. NHS medical staff
  2. Schools places are also provided for those children allocated a social worker or Educational Health Care (EHC) Plan or within a vulnerable category.
  3. Children where both parents are keyworkers, or the child is of a single parent family of a keyworker as stated above.
  4. Children where one parent is a keyworker, and where the child cannot be safely cared for at home. This category may require further information being shared with the school regarding individual circumstances, all cases will be considered with care.

 

We are endeavouring to keep a school place open for all children and their families in the groups above during ever-changing circumstances, this in the future may lead to some schools ‘hubbing’ together with others to keep the service open.  Whilst continuing to support the schools, our staff are also facing their own challenges and we therefore ask that you please treat them with respect. Though our schools are closed, we are still here to help.

 

Take care and stay safe everyone.

 

Update 30th March

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

Thank you for your continued support during the fast-moving changes caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Since the Government announced school closures, we have been working hard to see how we can manage to keep schools open, whilst keeping the environment safe for staff and children according to Public Health England advice. We are updating you because we now have a clearer picture of how the new system is operating after its first full week.

 

At this time, Government advice is still that the safest place for children is at home, and you should only send children into schools as a last resort.

 

The motivation behind these measures is to reduce the risk of the spread of infection and safeguard the public.

As we have come to see how the schools can now operate, we wanted to remind you of how we are categorising the allocation of places and have outlined the offer we can make below. This is obviously subject to change as schools can only stay open if they can balance sufficiently low numbers of children attending, (thereby keeping risk of infection to a minimum), and with a sufficiently high number of staff able to attend in order to comply with safeguarding guidelines.

 

We have identified a four tiered approach, for prioritising provision for families that need it the most.  

  1. Pupils where either parent is a member of NHS frontline staff e.g. doctors and nurses
  2. Schools places are also provided for those children allocated a social worker or Educational Health Care Plan or within a vulnerable category.
  3. Children where both parents are keyworkers, or the child is of a single parent family of a keyworker as stated above.

 

Where sufficient capacity is available, we will also consider:

  1. Children where one parent is a keyworker, with one parent who cannot be at home for significant reasons. This category may require further information being shared with the school regarding individual circumstances, all cases will be considered with care.

 

We are all facing this situation for the first time and are doing our best to keep the schools open to support children and their families in ever-changing circumstances.  Whilst continuing to support the schools, our staff are also facing their own challenges at this time and we therefore ask that you please treat them with kindness and respect. 

 

Though our schools are closed, we are still here to help. Please email or call the school if you have a query not covered in this letter or are in need of any advice or support:

info@green.derbyshire.sch.uk

01773 811 465

 

We hope that you are all staying safe and well and send you our very best wishes.

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The Flying High Trust and Mrs Whitton

23rd MARCH 2020.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SCHOOL CARE PROVISION.

Dear parents/ carers

 

Following on from the changes made by the Prime Minister this evening we will be making the following changes to the school care provision:

 

We will only accept children from households where both parents/adults are key workers and separated families who are not able to place their child with another family member/carer.

 

If we deem that both parents are not key workers we will be calling and asking you to collect your child.

 

If we find that parents are at home working and you have sent your child to school we will be calling and asking you to collect your child.

 

Only children where both parents are undertaking essential key work will be offered care through the school.  This is so that there are the minimal number of children in school and is for the protection of these children and the staff responsible for them at school.  There will be no exceptions.

 

These changes come into effect immediately.  

 

If we do not have details of both parents employment, we will be contacting you for additional details.

 

If school staff become ill, we may have to reduce this care further.

 

Thank you and stay safe. 

Reminder to all parents in receipt of Free School Meals please come and collect your child's packed lunch from the school gates at 12pm.

 

If you are unsure if your child is entitled to this please contact the school office on 01773 811465 or info@green.derbyshire.sch.uk

Plan from Monday 23rd March for vulnerable and key worker children.

 

Children are welcome to come to school in non-school uniform and trainers.

 

Drop and collect your child  - Acorn (Early Years Foundation Unit) classroom. 

 

Children will have access to the outdoor area throughout the day so please ensure they are wearing sensible shoes and a warm coat to school.

 

On Wednesday all children will take part in an afternoon of PE.  Please ensure they are wearing trainers on this day.

 

All children will receive at hot meal every day for as long the catering service remains able to provide them.

 

Please ensure your child brings:

Water bottle

Warm coat

Home/school pack

UPDATE - Friday 20th March

Key workers have been classified as:

 

  • NHS staff
  • Social worker
  • School/Nursery
  • Police 
  • Court staff
  • Religious staff
  • Journalist
  • Government staff
  • Delivery worker
  • Supermarket staff
  • Army/MoD
  • Fire Fighter
  • Prison/Probabtion
  • Transport worker
  • Infrastructure - gas, electric, water, postal, waste disposal or telecommunications

 

For further guidance please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

UPDATE - Wednesday 18th March 2020

 

I am sure you will have heard that schools are to close from the end of the day on Friday.  We will be open until then. If you have already told us that your child will not be in school, then you do not need to do this again.

 

We have had no further guidance at this time but we are sure we will get some more detailed information in the next 24 hours.

 

This is a very difficult time for everyone and please be assured that we will be doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible for you all.

 

We will update you as we have further information.  Please do not call in the morning about key worker questions, please give us a little time to try and organise things.

 

Thanks and take care.

 

We are following all Government and Public Health advice ~ we are ALWAYS doing the best for our children, families and staff.

 

UPDATE - Monday 16th March 2020

We had some more updates on the coronavirus and actions we should all take.

 

The key messages were :-

  • Avoid gatherings
  • Avoid public places (pubs, clubs, theatres etc.)
  • Work from home if possible
  • No unnecessary visits to care homes
  • By the weekend those with the most serious health conditions, the over 70's or pregnant women should avoid social contact for 12 weeks.
  • Serious health conditions = adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with a chronic illness).
  • If one person in a household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living in the house should stay at home for 14 days.

 

We understand this is a worrying time for us all.

 

Whilst schools are still open we will do everything we can to ensure all children in school are safe and happy.

 

I ask all families to continue to understand and respect that our staff have their own and their families health to consider and will also need to act as they see fit.

 

If your child is going to be absent from school because of the new advice or for ANY reason you must phone us on 01773 811 465

 

I will be following every update and letting you know anything new or different.

 

If you have any questions, worries or are not sure what to do phone us or email us at info@green.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

If you have questions or need support from other agencies we have put together a catalogue of services that you can access.

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