2nd Spring Half Term – Updates

We hope you had a restful and relaxing half term, even with the rather windy, wet weather!  There are many signs of Spring around – lambs, daffodils, blossom, longer and lighter days – that all signify hope of brighter days ahead!

We are looking forwards to welcoming the children back on Wednesday to another busy, happy term full of learning and thought it would be helpful to share some information and reminders:-

Covid19: As the government has now updated it’s guidance we have reviewed our Covid19 Risk Assessment and as a result there are the following changes:-

  • There is no longer a need for a one way system at drop-off or collection.  We are still asking children to access school independently from the gate at the main entrance, as before, as this has worked very successfully in allowing a smooth start to the day.  At the end of the day, parents access and leave the infant playground from this gate – the top-gate will now be locked.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement for people with COVID19 to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.  The new government guidance can be found here: COVID19: People with Covid19 and their contacts.
  • If your child has symptoms of Covid or has tested positive then they need to stay at home and follow the following guidance:-Graphic showing how to safely return to your normal routine before 10 daysIf you are unable to access LFTs to carry out the day 5 and 6 tests, then we ask that children stay at home for 5 days to mitigate infection, and they can return on day 6 if they are well and no longer have symptoms.
  • Again, we ask for your understanding and support – it is tricky – and all we can do as a school is follow the guidance given and be consistent. We appreciate that the symptoms of Covid19 are very similar to other ailments, and also that LFTS are no longer being freely available.
  • Visitors to school: We can now remove the need to restrict visits to essential visits only. However we ask that all visitors, including parents and governors, only do so if they are clear of Covid19 symptoms and are not living in the same household as someone who has tested positive for Covid19.

Well Done Assemblies: We will continue to hold our Friday Well Done Assemblies in the school hall, and as from Friday 11th March we are delighted to be able to welcome parents, family and friends back to join us celebrate the achievements of the week. Please note the above requirements for visitors to school.

Ukraine: I am sure that many of you will be following the events in Ukraine, and we are aware that children may well have their own questions or concerns. The Diocese of Hereford have shared this prayer reflection video so that we can share our thoughts and prayer for the people of Ukraine…

We are also looking into how we can support Ukrainian children and families who have had to leave their homes – we would prefer to be able to support practically, as we support our school charity, Karibuni Children – and it is early days at the moment, but we will keep you informed.

 

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