Coronavirus

As you know, we are all facing extraordinary challenges at this time and the situation is placing pressure on all parts of society.

Our staff are working tirelessly, doing everything they can to support all of our children and our school community and I would like to pay tribute to their remarkable commitment.

As you may be aware, the Government have made several very important decisions about schools since the start of the pandemic:

The first announcement was that it has advised schools in England to close, except for certain groups of children, from March 23rd onwards as a further measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

School therefore continued to be open for the following groups of children:

  • Children whose parents are frontline workers: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

  • Those classed as what the Secretary of State described as “vulnerable children”. These were those who had a social worker and those with EHCPs.

The second key announcement was that tests would not take place during the summer term. 

Guidance then changed and from the 8th June, school welcomed back a wider range of children. Children from reception, year 1 and year 6 were offered places back in school. We also identified children who, for differing reasons, needed to come back to school and made provision for these children. 

For the children who were at home, we provided weekly home learning plans and support with their learning. We are extremely grateful to those families who completed the learning set. 

From 3rd September, school opened again for all children. We were so pleased to have our whole Crowle Primary Academy family back again and followed the government guidance to keep our children as safe as possible. You can find the Rose Learning Trust risk assessment along with other information in the downloads section. 

The announcement on 5th January again saw our school closing to some of our children. As previously, we remained open for children of critcal workers and those children classified as vunerable children. The definitions for these can be found by following the link below; 

Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

During this time we continued to provide remote education for those children who remained at home. Details of this can be found on our remote learning page.

School reopened fully on 8th March, we were very excited to welcome all of the Crowle Primary Academy family back again. 

Covid-19 Guidance 

The guidance remains that if your child is displaying on of the following symptoms; 

  • A high temperature - this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure their temperature)
  • A new continuous cough - this means coughing for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal)
  • A loss or change to their sense of smell or taste - this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

They should not attend school and isolate for 10 days. Any other people living in the house must self-isolate for 10 days. This means that all members of the household must stay at home and not go outside for any reason. 

You should also book your child a test. If the results are negative your child can return to school and the household can stop isolating. 

If a member of your household is displaying symptoms they must book a test and your child must not attend school until the results of the test are obtained. If the result is negative and no other members of the household are displaying symptoms the child can return to school. If the test is positive your child along with the whole household must isolate for 10 days. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation. 

Please take care and look after yourselves.

Bereavement
These are very different times and we may be faced with the possibility of a death within the community as a result of COVID-19. As always, we are here to support grieving families and children.

Our learning mentor, Jane Howden, has comepleted some bereavement training. Please speak to her if you or your child/children woudl like support. 

 

There is lots of useful information on the following websites;

 

Helpful websites
https://www.cruse.org.uk/

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/coronavirus-supporting-children

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

​https://www.winstonswish.org/telling-a-child-someone-died-from-coronavirus/

https://rainbowsgb.org/what-we-do/

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