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Newsletter 26.2.21

Hello everyone, 

What a beautiful day today.  It makes you feel so much better about things when the sun is shining. 

I hope you are all well and good news; you only have 1 more week of home learning to go. 

Having read through all of the DFE guidance, I can say that the same risk assessment that was running before lockdown will still be used from the 8th March onwards until further notice. 

Hopefully everyone has read my previous email with the main points/expectations for when children come back.  If not, it can be found here: 

 

https://www.stgilesheathprimary.co.uk/coronavirus-information/ 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM 

The DFE have stipulated that all children must be wearing their full school uniform from the 8th March.  There should be no trainers worn into school after this date unless it is a Tuesday when children in years 1 to 6 are able to wear their sports clothes.  Dark coloured shoes must be worn. 

If you are unsure as to what our school uniform includes, please follow the link below: 

https://www.stgilesheathprimary.co.uk/school-uniform-1/ 

 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION 

A big thank you to all of the teachers who have provided their work email address for parents/carers to use over lockdown.  From the 8th March all communication, must either come through the admin@st-giles-heath-primary.devon.sch.uk or talk to a member of staff who will be on the school gate in the morning and they will be able to pass on a message to your child’s teacher. 

For the moment, we are unable to allow parents/carers into the school building so if you would like to make an appointment with your child’s teacher then please either ring or email the school and we will arrange it for you. 

 

SUNRISE AND SUNSET CLUBS 

We are pleased to announce that both of these clubs will be running again from TUESDAY 9TH MARCH in the school hall.  In the first instance numbers will be limited to 15 each day and only parents who need it for work (NOT LEISURE) can book a place.   

PLACES WILL BE BOOKED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS and need to be booked by email (NOT PHONE) admin@st-giles-heath-primary.devon.sch.uk 

We will only book one week at a time so EACH WEEK you will need to send an email to the above address by no later than Thursday of the week before.  In that email, please state the days needed and the children who will be attending. 

We cannot promise to provide you with a place, and it is essential that you only book for the days you need to work. 

If you have to cancel, please let us know quickly so that we can offer it to someone else. 

We will be accepting bookings for the week beginning Monday 8th March from today (Friday 26th February). 

 

WATER BOTTLES 

Can all children please remember to bring in water bottle with fresh water every day.

 

READ, WRITE INC FOR RECEPTION AND KS1. 

During the first week back, I will be assessing the children’s knowledge and then placing them into appropriate groups.  Formal Read, Write Inc sessions and home packs will start the week beginning 15th March. 

 

SCHOOL DINNERS 

Our kitchen will be serving hot dinners and a menu will be coming out soon. 

 

For now, though, I will say cheerio and I look forward to welcoming you all back very soon. 

Best wishes 

Beci Smith 

Head Teacher 

Newsletter - 21st January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I thought I would touch base with you to check whether you are okay?  We all think you are doing a tremendous job at home and would like to say a warm thank you for all of your hard work at this challenging time.

 

Please remember to contact your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns about your child’s learning.  We are in the process of writing a Remote Education Policy and this will appear on the school website very soon.

 

On a different note:

Please read on as this may affect the provision we can provide to children who are currently coming into school.  We hope it won’t but it is my duty to keep you informed about anything that might alter our current arrangements.

 

You may have seen in the media that all Education Staff are being offered Lateral Flow Covid tests.  Our tests are arriving on Tuesday 26th January.  It is not a mandatory test but the majority of my staff are likely to opt in to this scheme in order to help the NHS and reduce the transmission rate of the virus.

 

As many of you will know, from the media, that 1 in 3 people are asymptomatic and by using these tests it can help detect people who may be carrying the virus without symptoms.

 

As staff, we will be taking the tests twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday evening.  Any staff member with a positive result will have to self – isolate immediately and book a PCR test as soon as possible to fully confirm the result.

 

Staff will contact me with their lateral flow test result and if positive both myself and the School Governors will make a decision on staffing levels/provision and whether we are able to provide for those children who currently coming into school.  The very worst-case scenario would be too few staff available to open the school.  The risk is very small but I have to inform you that it could potentially happen.

 

In addition to that, if a staff member does report a positive case, I will have to follow the flow chart and contact the DFE helpline where a risk assessment will be jointly made as to the impact on the bubbles in school.

If there are any changes to the daily running of the school, I will do my best to contact you as quickly as I can but please be patient as there will be various protocols I will have to follow.

 

You will be contacted via ParentPay of any changes to provision in school during this time.  If you are not on ParentPay and your child is in currently in school, it is essential to let me know so that I am able to contact you via a different method.  Information will also be put on the front page of our website.

 

We are thinking positively and hoping that all members of staff will have negative results every week, but it is only fair to let you know in advance of what we are doing and the impact it might have.

 

Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

 

Best wishes

Beci Smith

Head Teacher

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