St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

School is open for CRITICAL key worker children / vulnerable children ONLY. All other children should be accessing home learning which is available on the class pages. These will be updated weekly. Thank you

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Coronavirus Information

 

 

23rd March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the change in the Government guidance from key worker to CRITICAL worker and amendments to the critical worker list we need to review the level of childcare the school can support when taking account of the availability of staff. As part of the social isolation response, as few children as possible should be making the journey to school so that any risk is as low as possible for children and staff.

The principle from the DfE guidance is that every child who can safely stay at home should do so.

The guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) states that the following principles still apply:

  1. If at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then education provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

The school now needs to identify if your work as a parent who has requested childcare is critical to the COVID-19 response such as front line NHS/distribution driver. The childcare is for those whose parents simply cannot continue the national effort without assistance. The childcare is not because you would rather be in a position to work if not a critical worker. Some employers are now making arrangements to meet parental needs and you should try to find ways of keeping your child safely away from school. There will also be some parents who are reallocated roles and become critical workers and at that point may need to request childcare.

If you believe your role is that of a critical worker, provision will continue to be made for your child, though the place where it is provided may change over time. The school needs proof that you are a critical worker and this evidence needs to be emailed to the office@stanthonysclayton.org.uk. At present, the school will be open between 7.30am to 5.30pm. If this presents difficulties due to shifts, please speak to myself. If you find you no longer need childcare, please inform the school as soon as possible so staffing levels can be managed.

I am grateful for the support we have received from parents. This is a challenging time for all of us both professionally and in supporting our families.

The DfE guidance (which is subject to change a short notice is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

And

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures/guidance-for-schools-about-temporarily-closing

Keep positive and keep praying. We will get through this together.

Prayers to you and your families.

God Bless

Mrs M T Bannister

Headteacher

 

 

20th March 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Emergency Keyworker and Vulnerable Children Plan

Further to my letter yesterday can I confirm that school will CLOSE today, Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice for most pupils with the exception of eligible key worker and vulnerable children.

School will open on Monday 23rd March 2020 for the emergency care of the children whose parents are key workers and vulnerable children.

School will open from 7.30am until 5.30pm, and children should enter school via the main entrance.

All parents that are eligible have been contacted by phone. If you have not been contacted you are NOT eligible for the emergency childcare provision.

Children will be cared for by school staff and breakfast and lunch will be provided for these children.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID19 virus.  That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household-isolation and social distancing. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID19 is clear.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

It is important to underline that schools remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then child care provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely on childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

For the children who attend school during this period, they will be expected to access the online learning the same as the rest of their peers.  School will be running as a care facility rather than an educational resource.  School will keep the health and safety of all our pupils’ paramount and will ensure that first aiders and designated safeguarding leads are available during school hours.

This is a really difficult time for everybody and I know this is a very distressing time for all. I ask that you all stay strong and healthy.

We will keep all parents/carers updated via the school website and our twitter feed.

All home learning will be updated on a weekly basis.

Thank you for your continued support and patience in these very challenging times.

I will keep all our school families in my prayers.

God Bless

Mrs MT Bannister

 

 

19th March 2020

  

Dear Parent/Carers

As I am sure you are all aware from the announcement last night, school will be closed as of Monday 23rd March until further notice. I know that this is a very distressing and upsetting time for all our families and all our prayers are with you all at this very challenging time.

As per the announcement last night by the Prime Minister schools must provide provision for children of key worker children and those children who are classed as vulnerable. The Local authority will communicate this to all schools once they have finalised their plan.

Our school is currently making plans for this but we have been requested that we do not implement these as yet as they need to be part of the local authority’s agreed co-ordinated response to enable them to discharge their local civil contingency responsibilities.

They will be sending us further details and when they do we will be in contact with our families.

We know this is a worrying time, but school is working extremely hard to ensure that we can provide everything the government has requested of us in such a limited time period.

A full list of key worker children will be published by the Cabinet office but as yet this has not been communicated to schools. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

In order to assist the local authority in their co-ordinated responsibility I have sent a survey out for parents to complete by 9.00am tomorrow Friday 20th March 2020.

Please note that eligibility is not our decision but rests with the local authority.

The link to the survey has been sent via text message to all parents.

In order for learning to continue the children will bring home learning activities tomorrow. These will be a mixture of creative activities and on line work. They can record their work in books which will be provided. All materials will be posted on the class page of the school website and will be updated on a weekly basis.

E-learning links have been provided on class pages on the school website, and all children have been asked to undertake a project in connection with their class topic.

All children have been provided with their user name and password in order to access E-learning via the links on the website.

Updated information will be posted on the school website/via text message and our twitter page    @Stantclayton.

These are unprecedented times and we have tried to design learning that will engage the children and that they will be able to access and undertake easily.

I will communicate again regarding the key worker and vulnerable children as soon as I receive information and clarity from the Local Authority. I ask for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Please keep in touch with school via our twitter feed / website. In the event of an emergency please email the school office     

These are events which we are all finding difficult to comprehend and I know all our families will be anxious. Please look after yourselves, stay safe and healthy. 

I will keep all our families in my prayers. 

Thank you again for your patience and continued supported.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M T Bannister

Headteacher

 

17th March 2020

 

 

The situation in our country regarding the Coronavirus is worrying and difficult for everybody. As a school we are receiving daily updates from the Department of Education (DFE) and Public Health England, with regards to the advice and measures that schools need to follow. At present our Government are stating that all schools remain open.  

The children and staff are well briefed in school in the importance of personal hygiene at this critical time. We are also very lucky to have hand sanitiser gel available in all classrooms and public areas.The children and staff are being constantly reminded about the importance of not touching their mouth, nose or eyes, and sneezing or coughing into their elbows.  Frequent handwashing with soap and water is taking place throughout the day.

Can I reassure you that at present our priority is to keep children and staff healthy and to continue with learning. 

I have taken the decision to limit the number of visitors in school, and visits outside school at present have been cancelled.  This is to limit the amount of social contact beyond our school family. 

As and when the situation changes I will inform parent/carers by letter and the school website will be updated. 

Can I ask for your patience and support at this time, and for you to keep school updated with any changes in your family situation.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M T Bannister

Headteacher

 

It is vital that all parents/carers adhere to the guidance surrounding Coronavirus. This includes social distancing measures and self-isolation when necessary. For up to date information, please click the links below:

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Gov.uk Coronavirus Advice

NHS Stay at Home Advice

Public Health Agency Advice 

 

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