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Dear Mums, Dads and carers,

Updated COVID-19 arrangements - September 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) have published updated COVID-19 operational guidance for schools from 16th August 2021. So we are able to inform you of our planning for when the children come back to school on Monday 6th September. This is quite a long letter but, I hope the information is helpful to you.

I appreciate that people may have very different feelings about returning to school with some keen to see a return to normality and others concerned about a spike in infections and the impact on critically vulnerable people.

 

The recommended control measures are;

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

Hand hygiene remains vital for helping stop the spread of infection with regular washing & sanitising to continue. Children should wash their hands when they get home from school. Respiratory hygiene will also continue to be important with children encouraged to use a tissue when they cough or sneeze in order to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.

  1. Maintain appropriate cleaning

The cleaning of hard surfaces in the school (such as tables and door handles) will continue to be carried out frequently.

  1. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated

All classrooms have windows and external doors which can be opened. We will balance good ventilation with a comfortable temperature for learning.

  1. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

Staff will continue to self test twice a week.

 

When should my child self-isolate or miss school?

 

 

 

 

NO

  • All children MUST attend school unless they are ill.
  • From 16th August 2021, children under 18 and 6 months (or double-vaccinated adults) do not need to self-isolate or miss school if a member of their household or a close contact, has Covid-19.
  • Instead, childrenthey will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. PCR They can continue coming to school so long as they have no symptoms and the test result is negative.

 

 

YES

  • If your child develops Covid-19 symptoms at home, they should stay at home and should book a PCR test), NOT a Lateral Flow test.
  • If your child develops Covid-19 symptoms at school, they will be sent home and you should book them a PCR test, NOT a Lateral Flow test.
  • If your child tests positive for Covid-19, they will need to self-isolate. The rest of the household does not need to self-isolate if they are under 18 or fully vaccinated – but instead should book a PCR test.

 

Other considerations

  • Good attendance is vitally important. The advice to shield is no longer in place and all children are expected to attend school unless they are ill or have been told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. Schools are not able to authorise holidays and non-attendance can result in a fine being issued by Norfolk County Council.
  • Parents and carers should not enter the school building unless they are arriving for a scheduled appointment. We would ask that visitors entering the school building do continue to wear a face mask (unless exempted from doing so).
  • We would ask that you walk on the left as you enter and exit the school grounds to help the flow of footfall.

Contingency Plans

The current guidance is always subject to review and schools have been directed to have a ‘Contingency Plan’ or ‘Outbreak Management Plan’ in place in the event of a significant number of positive cases in school, a rapid rise in the national infection rate or the emergence of a new variant. In this situation, we will be supported by Public Health England and Norfolk Local Outbreak Management Team to make changes to our arrangements. This MAY mean that we would be directed to return to ‘bubbles’ or even online learning. I want to make it really clear this would be a very last resort but it is a possible outcome. We will update you as soon as possible if this does happen.

Arrangements for Autumn Term 2021

The start of term:

Nursery and KS1 Children will start back at school on Monday 6th September 2021. Reception children have been given a program of visits for their staggered start to school.

Morning drop-off:

8. 30 am

8.45 – 8.55 am

8.55 am

9.00 am

Nursery start time

Classroom doors will open from 8.45am and you can drop off your child at any time from then until 8.55 am.

Classroom doors will close. Children need to be in their classrooms and ready to learn.

 

School gates will be closed.

 

Registration will begin.

Learning starts  

Children should be dropped off at the classroom doors and we would ask that parents and carers leave promptly so that we can limit the number of adults on site.

 

Attendance and being on time

As I am sure you can appreciate, having a positive and structured start to the day is hugely beneficial for children’s education; we all know, as adults, how bad having a rushed, stressful morning makes us feel.

Our registers are taken promptly at 8.55am and learning starts at 9.00 am so that children start their day in a calm, purposeful manner. We appreciate that sometimes families can run late for a variety of reasons. If this does happen to you, please phone the school office so that we know to expect you.

Children arriving after 8.55am will need to use the main front door, as the gates will be locked, and will be marked as late.

Children arriving after 9.30am will be marked as unauthorised absence and this will affect their overall attendance. This is in line with DfE guidance that arrival at school more than 30 minutes after registration began should be counted an unauthorised absence.

Overall good attendance has a massive impact on how well children do in school and there is strong evidence to show that children whose attendance is over 96% of all sessions are more likely to make good progress and achieve academic success.

 

Afternoon pick-up

Classroom doors will open at 3.05pm so we will open the school gates just before then. We would ask that parents remain respectfully distanced and wait for children to be dismissed from the classroom doors.

 

Lunchtimes

Although we will no longer be operating completely separate bubbles, we will still put in place some measures to limit the amount of contact there is between classes and year groups. 

 

School uniform

P.E. will start in the second week of term. Children in KS1 will continue to come to school wearing their PE kit on their designated day. This is likely to be until half term, while the weather allows us to be outside. Please ensure your child is wearing something warm on cooler days.

There is no requirement for children in Reception classes to have a P.E. kit as there physical development needs will be met as part of their everyday provision.

 

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

With my warmest regards,

Lindsay Moody

 

Arrangements for reporting suspected or confirmed cases of COVID 19 during the Christmas holidays

 

Please use Google translate if unsure of the information provided below

 

https://translate.google.co.uk/

 

You may have seen on the news or social media that schools are expected to be part of the track and trace process for up to 6 days after the end of the Autumn term.

 

In our three schools, the term ends at 3.15p.m on Thursday 17th December. Our track and trace responsibilities end at 3.15p.m on Wednesday 23rd December.

 

What do you need to do:

 

  • If your child develops symptoms between Thursday 17th December and 3.15p.m on Saturday 19th December, inform school straightaway by emailing covidline@angelroadinfant.norfolk.sch.uk  AND get a test straight way.
  • Report the test result of your child to us as soon as you receive it by emailing covidline@angelroadinfant.norfolk.sch.uk
  • You only need to tell us if your child who has been in school, has symptoms as they may be considered close contacts for their peers and staff. So you DO NOT need to inform us of family members having symptoms but you and your family will need to self-isolate.
  • If your child develops symptoms after 3.15p.m on Saturday 19th December,  please do not report to your school but you will need to follow NHS and government guidelines, get a test and self-isolate. It is very important that families stick to this cut off point for reporting or it will become very difficult for schools to manage incoming information. WE ONLY NEED YOU TO INFORM US IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOP COVID SYMPTOMS BETWEEN THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER AND SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER AND WHEN YOU GET THE TEST RESULTS FOR A CASE DURING THESE DATES.
  • If your child has been in school to the end of term, check your emails daily up to and including Wednesday 23rd December. This is in case we have to inform you that your child needs to self-isolate because of a positive test result from someone in their bubble; this is vital information particularly for those who may have arrangements to meet vulnerable family members.
  • If during the period between Thursday 17th December and Wednesday 23rd December, we are informed of a positive case, you will receive an automated email from school telling you your child needs to self-isolate if your child is in the same bubble group. We will not be able to take any calls or respond to any queries about this. We have been advised to inform you to contact regional Public Health England for further advice. Norfolk County Council has some useful links:

 

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus

 

  • WE WILL ONLY CONTACT VIA AUTOMATED EMAIL/TXT MESSAGE AND WILL NOT BE MAKING ANY INDIVIDUAL PHONE CALLS.

 

BETWEEN NOW AND END OF TERM

We know many families and staff are worried they may be asked to self-isolate and that Christmas plans to see loved ones may be disrupted.

 

It is very important that children do not come to school if they are unwell or if anyone in their home has symptoms or has tested positive. This will really help us minimise the risk of spreading the virus to the most vulnerable and prevent others from having to self-isolate.

 

We know Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for some. If you are worried about yourself or someone you know, this link may provide some help. Please do phone school before the end of term and we may be able to signpost you to some help.

 

https://communitydirectory.norfolk.gov.uk/

 

I would like to acknowledge the brilliant work of your school teams and also the leaders. We recognise our moral responsibility to continue to be key players in minimising the spread of the virus. They have been given this additional contact and trace responsibility at a time when they really need a rest. Please do keep encouraging them and following the guidelines we communicate to manage this big responsibility as efficiently as possible – it really helps to have your support. Thank you.

 

I hope this information is clear and that you feel our schools are doing as much as we possibly can to keep your children and family, staff and the wider community as safe as possible.

 

Regards

Binks Neate-Evans

Executive Principal

Parent Update 20.11.20

 

Dear Families

 

Thank you for continuing to follow the procedures we have put in place to keep the schools as safe as possible. We recognise what a difficult period this is for people on so many levels.  It is vital that we all play our part in maintaining COVID guidelines, particularly as we see other areas of the country and secondary schools deeply affected by the pandemic. We do not want anyone in our community to feel isolated, alone or unsupported. If you are struggling and need a friendly ear please get in touch as we have staff in each school who can listen and signpost you to support. 

 

We are striving to ensure that provision is maintained. It is important for families to know that when we have COVID related staff absence, it is a real logistical challenge to cover this without compromising the integrity of the bubbles we have created or to put staff at risk.  There is also increasing concern with school leaders of the increasing costs that are being borne by schools with no additional funding. Whatever anyone’s political persuasion I would encourage families to be aware of this and raise it with their local MP. Ultimately it impacts on what schools can provide. 

 

This week myself and Lynsey Holzer (CEO) have been carrying out school reviews to make sure our schools are safe and improving. So, I’d like to end the week with some real bright spots. Despite all the challenges we are facing as communities there is brilliant work going on in your child’s school. 

 

At the beginning of September, you may remember we said each school was having a strong focus on high expectations, whether this be behaviour or in learning. You may also remember that I reported back to you how impressed I had been with the children’s behaviour – I will now tell you I was a bit worried that it might have been a honey moon period and the novelty would wear off. I was wrong!  Not only have children continued to behave in a really appropriate way (we call this conduct), this week we were able to see some brilliant behaviour for learning; children concentrating, contributing to discussions, improving their work, asking questions, focussed on independent tasks etc. You should be very proud of them – we are!

 

Likewise, we were able to see some real progress in the quality of education. Many schools have reported how difficult it has been to manage COVID and drive forward school improvement. We have not used COVID as an excuse to stand still. Despite the huge challenges the leaders face, there is really strong evidence of good progress in the way children are being taught to read, the way teachers present learning and provide feedback and the way subjects are structured and sequenced. It is very heartening to see. 

 

School improvement is not possible without collective effort; children, families, different staff teams and the leaders. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all and to commend the sheer graft the school staff have put in. So many of you have been positive and encouraging and you have no idea how helpful that is. We are lucky also to have very supportive and skilled governors who help us on our journey. It is also very helpful that we are in the family of schools in Evolution as this really does provide good support to enable us focus on improvement.

 

I remain very ambitious for your children in our schools and hope you will help us to continue to improve. There is still work to be done and there always will be. All schools MUST be ‘learning organisations’ where everyone is a learner. This means that we will always strive to improve and develop.

 

I hope you all have a really safe but bright weekend. Please do share our pride in your children.

 

Regards
Binks Neate-Evans
Executive Principal 

Letter to Parents – Monday 19th October

 

Dear Families

 

From tomorrow morning, Tuesday 20th October, parents and carers are required to wear masks when coming on the school site. This is to help us to ‘do our bit’ to keep our communities safe, to protect each other and the staff in school. You will be very aware of the increase in cases locally and nationally. We also have a confirmed case at Angel Road Infants so I do not feel able to put off this decision any longer. This decision is delegated to schools from central government and is therefore enforceable. We recognise some people may sometimes forget.  Of course, we will not refuse entry for one-offs but ask that we encourage each other to get into this new habit on the school site. We will also place signs on the gate as reminders but these may not be in place by tomorrow morning. I hope you see this as a reasonable and proportionate step.


The government guidance states that some people may be less able to wear a mask than others as stated below:

 

  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others 

 

Please inform a member of staff if you are unable to wear a mask. Please be aware that different members of staff are on duty outside and may not always be aware of this. Children are not required to wear masks. 
Thank you so much for the brilliant support you have shown our schools during this incredibly challenging times. 

 

Regards

 

Binks Neate-Evans
Executive Principal

Executive Principal Letter 26.9.20

 

Dear Families

 

Thank you for your continued to support to help us manage schools safely. I expect a very wet Friday may be quite testing for us all.

 

We are constantly reviewing our processes. Having listened to some feedback and noticing that the three schools were doing things slightly differently we have agreed the following:

 

  • any letter about ‘possible cases’ will identify the class. This is particularly relevant for families with children in different year groups. Our apologies where this has not happened – we should have thought of this.
  • where there is more than one possible case in a class, we will notify you each time as we think this will help with your vigilance and provides the most honest information about possible risk. 
  • we will only send back a ‘Negative test’ letter to the class when all ‘possible cases’ in a class or bubble have been tested. Otherwise, we feel it will be very confusing as you won’t know which negative letter corresponds with which ‘possible case’ letter. Phew!
  • you will be informed immediately if we have positive case and we will tell you what action we need to take.

 

I hope this helps in the short term. We are constantly reviewing procedures and really welcome constructive feedback about any of our systems. We do our best to listen and adapt where possible or necessary.

 

Testing: Informal indicators seem to show that ‘test centres‘ are the quickest route to getting tested as we are seeing results now turned around from these tests in less than 24 hours. If it is a negative result, this of course will enable children to return to school immediately and prevent families from self isolating. Postal tests sem to be taking considerably longer.

 

We hope the NHS Contact and Trace letter helped clarify if you should go for a test etc. The BBC link below has a useful video to help you understand the difference between colds, coughs and COVID19

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54145299

 

​Families on site: Thank you very much to so many you for adhering to our rule of one adult per family. Please do not bring other adults/older siblings/grandparents etc on to the site. Unfortunately will have to ask them to leave. It is very importnat that we keep the numbers a limited as possible particularly during thse very busy times. Thank you also for sticking to your staggered time. We need to keep this going so this is just a polite reminder and thanks.

 

LEARNING AT HOME

I want to inform you that we are working hard to provide work for children that have to self-isolate or stay at home due to COVID19. I thought a bit of background information would be helpful.

 

Planning teaching and learning sequences is complex and highly skilled. I am sure many of you realise the difficulty teachers and schools face as they plan, prepare and teach classes face to face whilst also beginning to provide work  for children at home. A very important part of the teaching process is also providing meaningful feedback so children can progress. It is a lot to juggle in ordinary times but a huge task in these circumstances with all the changes we have had to make.   I and heads are also responsible for the management of teacher workload.  We are working hard to get this right for children, families and staff.

 

So, we are currently working across the three schools to prepare materials for children if they are sent home or have to stay at home. As part of this, teachers will be beginning to adapt their teaching practice to explain in class,  to children, how they could carry out class work at home, develop good independent learning skills, avoid distractions and undertstand there is an expectation for work to be completed to the best of their ability. We recognise home learning can be a huge burden for families and want to set learning tasks that children can manage independently. This is a skill that will develop over time.

 

Any children self – isolating should be receiving learning resources. We are also trying to build resources for our new learning platform ‘Seesaw’. This will be a longer term approach. We hope it will help you to be able to access parts of children’s learning programmes online so we can work in partnership to support your child/ren.

 

PARENTPING APP

Parent Ping is a daily survey app that helps you to learn how other parents nationally are dealing with life – all in just 2 minutes a day! It is completely free.

 

You can download via your App store or follow this link for more information.

 

Parent Ping – Welcome to Parent Ping Easy! Download the free Parent Ping app from your app provider.. Each day your phone will PING! and send at least 2 questions for you to answer. You can decide how many of your children you’d like to answer questions about, and we aim to make the whole thing as easy and simple as possible.parentping.co.uk

 

The people behind it are highly principled and incredibly well informed. They have their finger on the pulse of education and parenting. We use TeacherTapp which has been incredibly successful. I’d love to know how you get on with it.

 

I am sorry this was a long dense update we are striving to keep you in touch with what we are doing, changes and helpful information.

 

Have a great weekend, not in pubs after 10 p.m. or in groups bigger than 6 

Go well…

 

Regards

Binks Neate-Evans
Executive Principal

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

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