Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
Covid -19 update 29.11.21
If light of the Government’s increase in measures and the high rates within NR3, we will be putting in place additional measures to try and slow down transmission and keep the number and size of positive cases within school to a minimum. Covid is something that we are all learning to live with and we will be carefully following any updated advice from the Department for Education as it comes through.
These are the new measures that we are putting in place and a reminder of those that are already in place and that will continue.
New measures in place from Tuesday 30.11.21
- Although the risk of transmission outside is reduced, we are aware that in some drop off and pick up areas there isn’t the large expanse of space that allows for social distancing. Therefore, we are recommending that all Year 3 and Year 4 parents wear a face mask at drop off and pick up times as we know that the space in that area is quite limited. Parents in other year groups may choose to wear a mask and remember to social distance where possible.
- All staff will wear a face mask in communal areas within school.
- Christmas events. We have arrangements in place for an outside Christmas carol singing event. We will be reviewing the guidance as it comes through and we will keep you up to date. We are desperate for this event to go ahead as we know how important these events are to everyone and the community spirit of the school.
- Visitors to school will be kept to an absolute minimum. Any visitors on site will be asked to wear a mask and complete a LFT the morning of the visit.
- The importance of ventilation is not a new measure but is very important in helping to reduce transmission. The teachers will be balancing keeping the classroom a comfortable temperature with the need for ventilation. As the weather gets colder, you may want to send you child to school with an additional jumper that they can wear if they say that they are feeling cold.
Reminders of measures already in place
- All staff test themselves twice a week using a LFT.
- Good hygiene measures are in place.
- We will contact the Norfolk Outbreak Management Team if positive cases are more than 10% in a class and follow advice given by them. A contingency plan is in place which we will action if needed.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding and we will keep in touch with any changes as necessary. We wish you all a healthy, happy ending to this term.
Angel Road Infant and Nursery School
COVID-19 risk assessment.
Dear Mums, Dads and carers,
Norfolk County Council have issued some updated advice for school based on the figures of rising cases of COVID-19. We have adopted these into our most recent risk assessment and summarised them below. All previous measures remain in place.
Latest measures for parents
- At the moment, we are not asking for adults to wear a face mask on the school site when they remain outside. However, please remember the importance of maintaining at least a 2m distance between yourself and others. This may change, depending on the rise or fall in cases.
- Visitors to the school will be kept to a minimum and will be risk assessed on a case by case basis.
- All parents’ events will be virtual or outside.
Within the school
- All whole staff meetings will be held virtually rather than face to face.
- Adults in school will remember to socially distance from each other and may choose to wear a face mask. This may become compulsory if cases rise.
If cases within school rise, we will contact the Norfolk Management Outbreak Team and follow their advice. This may mean that we need to introduce further measures. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you and we will update you if any further changes are needed.
We thank you for your continued support as we navigate this next half term and beyond.
The recommended control measures are;
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning
- 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.
- 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?
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org AND get a test straight way.
- Report the test result of your child to us as soon as you receive it by emailing email@example.com
- 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:
- 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.
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.
Parent Update 20.11.20
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.
Letter to Parents – Monday 19th October
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.
Executive Principal Letter 26.9.20
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
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.
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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