Coronavirus Parent info
Letter to parents of children who have been in school recently
Dear Parents, Tuesday 14th July 2020
Further to my letter yesterday and the support and guidance received from Public Health England, this letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The school is now closed for the summer and will open again for children on Tuesday 8th September for the autumn term.
Advice to All Parents
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 7 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mr P Dixon
Dear Parents, Monday 13th July 2020
It was with great reluctance that we made the decision to close all of the bubbles in school today, especially as there are only a few days to go until the end of term. However, having sought guidance from Kirklees Emergency Planning and the Infection Prevention Control teams this morning following positive Covid-19 test results for members of our staff, it was decided that this would be the safest solution to protect all of our children, families and staff.
I attended an emergency meeting today for all Kirklees Headteachers with Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children and Families; Jo-Ann Sanders, Service Director for Learning and Early Support; and Emily Parry-Harries, Specialty Registrar for Public Health, due to the continual rise in infection rates across the authority in comparison to many other authorities where rates are falling.
There is also a serious concern for the Dewsbury and Batley areas where infection rates are rising quicker than other areas in Kirklees. These are worrying times and is a main part of the reason we took the safety precaution of closing down all bubbles for the rest of this week. Mel Meggs was keen to stress however, that schools in the area are not causing, and are not responsible for, the spreading of the virus. Community and Religious Leaders have been invited to the same meeting this Wednesday to hear the same important messages on how best we can keep our community and families safe.
The Local Authority and its partners have therefore constructed a “Community Protection Plan” in order to try and flatten the curve of infections and bring the number of positive cases down in Dewsbury and Batley, as well as authority-wide. Kirklees will be sending information direct to every household in the area detailing what can and should be done in order to help combat the rise in infection rates. It’s really important to remember that we are still in the middle of a global pandemic and even though lockdown has been eased, there are still real risks that we need to manage and stay alert. As soon as the information is passed to schools regarding preventative measures these will be shared with you via our website - the key elements from the meeting today which Headteachers have been asked to share with our community are as follows:
- Regular handwashing (for 20 seconds with soap and water).
- Keep 2 metres apart as much as possible (avoid handshakes/physical contact).
- Follow social distancing measures and protocols in relation to who you meet up with outside of your own household.
- Arrange for a Covid-19 test (either at a drive in/walk up clinic or a home testing kit).
- If there’s a positive Covid-19 test result, follow the self-isolation guidelines for yourself and your household members.
Once again, sincere apologies for the inconvenience this has caused and that the last few days of term are now not what we expected and the plans we had for finishing the year have had to be altered. We will communicate out to all of our families tomorrow with the new plans for responding to your child’s report and getting in touch with your child’s new class teacher for September.
Mr P. Dixon
Letter for pupils attending school - positive case of Covid-19
Tuesday 16th June
Important information for Year 5 pupils
We would like to invite Year 5 pupils to return to school from Monday 22nd June. Please read the letter below which outlines the procedures we have in place to support social distancing and keep everyone safe in line with Government guidance. Please complete the survey, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01924326756 to let us know if they would like to come.
Home-School Agreement. (during the Covid-19 pandemic)
In line with Government guidance, our school Risk Assesment and Procedures for opening the school to more pupils on 8th June, we would like parents of children returning to school to confirm their agreement to our specific corona virus Home/School agreement.
You will find this below. Without parents agreement children will not be allowed to start school.
There are 3 ways you can give your agreement, you can:
- contact the school by telephone to give verbal agreement on 01924 326756 (9am - 3pm)
- email the school office on email@example.com - please give your childs full name and class
- send a text to us on 07858 758267 - please give your childs full name and class
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Important information for prioriy pupils. (Keyworker and Vulnerable pupils). Please read the letter below about returning to school from 8th June. (if not already in attendance) . If you have changed your mind about your child coming/not coming to school from Monday 8th June please contact the school office as soon as possible please.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Important information for Year 6 parents. Please read the letter below. If you have changed your mind about your child coming/not coming to school from Monday 8th June please contact the school office as soon as possible please.
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