Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance

Routines and procedures  remain in place to protect you, your children and the staff at school from the continued threat of COVID-19.

The school playground is for school minibuses and pedestrians only. If you live in a place where travel on the school bus is possible then we encourage you to do so. Likewise if you live within walking or cycling distance to school then do so when possible. Parents arriving with children by car should park at the village hall and accompany their child on to the playground. Only one parent per family on the school premises thank you.

Entrance to classrooms is via the external doors on the field side, these are accessed off the playground by the side gate. No parents are allowed beyond this gate with the exception of access the Nursery.

Please observe social distancing and do not congregate on the playground or village hall car park. Also leave the area around the gate open for free movement. If parents need to call at the school office, they should wait outside the porch until called in. One person at a time in the porch and masks must be worn by visitors thank you. No parents will be allowed within the school building during the school day without an appointment.

Gates will be locked at 9:00 and registration will ‘close’ at 9:10am, children after that time will be recorded as late on the register. 

We are open each day for Breakfast Club starting from 8am and After-School Club open till 5.30pm. Please book a place with them on any days you would like your child to attend.

Winter is not too far away; make sure your child is suitably dressed for the season. Rooms will be ventilated well and children are outside for a breath of fresh air  when possible. 

Your child should not bring toys or other personal items into school other than essentials such as lunch boxes and clothing. We have all the stationery they need here in school. 

The school kitchen is open and Heather Meyrick is looking forward to cooking meals again for your child. Look on the weekly newsletter for the menu for the week ahead.

PE lessons are as normal with Jack Croton, Class 1, 2, and 4 each Friday. Class 3 every Monday afternoon. Holly Gough also teaches a dance session with Classes 1 and 2 on Tuesday.

Take the opportunity before the children come back to school to remind them to help prevent the spread of any viruses by using good personal hygiene especially washing and gelling hands and observing social distances where possible. Children will not wear masks in school but may wish to wear them on the journey to school. Masks or a face coverings will be worn by all adults in school.

   

The main symptoms of COVID

It can be difficult to know what to do if your child has new symptoms.
This guide will hopefully assist you.

The main symptoms of COVID are

a high temperature - feels hot to touch on back or chest / measured over 37.8C

a new continuous cough - more than 1 hour at a time, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24hrs

a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste

If your child has one or more of these symptoms please arrange a COVID test and follow self-isolating guidelines. You can book a test on nhs.uk/coronavirus, or if you do not have internet access, call 119. Self-isolate until results are available.

If you are concerned about your child's health (COVID or other) then contact your GP or 111 as normal. If you have queries about COVID symptoms you can call 111 at any time.

Other COVID symptoms in children.

It has been reported that children can have other symptoms related to COVID. This can include all the common childhood symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, headaches, aches and pains, stomach upset and tiredness.

If you are concerned about your child's health because they are significantly unwell you should contact your GP / 111 as normal. 

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for information on symptoms, self-isolation and testing

Social Distancing

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.

When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face to-face; and shouting close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.

School Transport

School Transport – Guidance re Covid-19: Council Webpage

The Council’s Passenger Transport Group have provided school transport guidance for the Covid-19 emergency and published this on the following webpage:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/school-transport

Home Learning Plan

Home Learning Policy statement

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Supporting Mental Health

Read 'How to stay safe' from the BBC News website Click here

Useful contacts: We want to ensure you get the right support and advice to help you through these times.

Our home learning links can be found here.

You can read further Government advice here.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online