3rd April 2020
Please read our latest update letter that will provide some more information for you during this time.There are also resources below that you may find helpful.
30th March 2020
Coronavirus information in other languages
The Government have released translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages: Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh:
– Doctors of the World: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#
– World Health Organisation (WHO) – choose your language in the top right-hand corner: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
– Translated posters for hygiene tips from New South Wales Health (Australia): https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-resources.aspx
Parents can also use the following website to help their children who have English as an additional language with their English acquisition:
British council: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/
27th March 2020
Please find a letter issued today from Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services.
A message to parents 27-03-20
20th March 2020 – 9am
Below is the Government guidance that was released this morning on maintaining educational provision and information surrounding key workers. We will continue to post to this page as soon as we have any further updates. If you are a key worker and require provision from next week, please complete the Key worker support form below.
19th March 2020 – 1pm
To help us prepare resources and cater for how many children we could expect on Monday, 23rd March, we would be grateful if you could complete the following Key Worker form and email it to email@example.com if you believe you fall into a Key Worker category and require your children to come into school next week.
19th March 2020
Following the government’s announcement last night, school will be closing tomorrow. The government statement is below.
To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
As yet we have not had further clarification from the government or Local Authority on the details of the announcement. As soon as we know more we will update you. The government has confirmed that there will be no statutory assessments this year – no KS1 or KS2 SATs and no phonics screening test.
Teachers are currently preparing work to put into packs or on our website for children to complete. We hope that the activities will both help to keep the children busy and distracted from any worries about the current situation. We will be sending regular text messages to you and will regularly update this website. Please keep looking for updates. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep in touch.
18th March 2020
Thank you for all your support at this time. We continue to operate as a nurturing, thriving school with the well being of our children and families as our highest priority.
As of 18th March we are operating as normal and will continue to do so until we hear otherwise from the government. We are fortunate to retain strong staffing levels meaning that we are currently able to remain open and run as normal. We will update this page in response to any future government announcements.
We are continuing to take advice from the Local Authority and Public Health England and adjusting our response accordingly. In the meantime we have taken the following measures to reduce the risk of infection and to support our children and families:
We have cancelled:
- additional visitors to school
- parents’ evening
- trips before Easter
- swimming up to Easter
We have increased:
- time spent on cleaning
- the cleaning schedule to include all touch surfaces around school at least daily
- hand washing
- class circles to support the children
- support for the children and families who need it most
- the questions we ask parents when they ring to say their child is sick
- the measures we are taking to ensure that children or adults who have been absent do not return to school before the period of self-isolation recommended by NHS 111.
Teachers are currently producing work for the children which can be set if we are to close. We will text you to inform you when this goes on the website in case of closure.
Pupil absence or illness
The latest advice from Public Health England is that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild:
- stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine. The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new continuous cough an/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher).
More information on the stay at home guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
People who are self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested. You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Helping those who need it most
Our highest priority is the wellbeing of everyone – children, families and staff. There are a couple of things locally you may wish to be involved in. You should by now have seen the flier from “Gatley Community Help Group” offering help for those who are self-isolating, vulnerable or elderly. Any offers of help would be greatly appreciated for this wonderful act of kindness. Equally any donations to the local foodbank in Wythenshawe would be most welcome. There is a permanent donation point at ASDA Wythenshawe Civic for non-perishable items. Donations can also be made in person at Unit E storage facility on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:00 to 12:30, the unit is accessed via the Ainley Road Service Yard, the Birtles, Wythenshawe Civic Centre, M22 5UN. For more information visit the website: https://wythenshawe.foodbank.org.uk/