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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Letter from Mrs Chambers

Dear Parents/Carers


As the first full week back at school draws to an end, I thought I’d write to confirm/clarify a few points.

We are aware that the advice about what to do in different situations regarding Covid 19 can be confusing. We have therefore put together a quick prompt sheet to help you in your decision making regarding your child's attendance at school in different Covid 19 circumstances. We hope you find this attached document useful.

We have worked hard to establish ‘bubbles’ of children and staff in school to minimise contacts as much as possible. This will reduce the possibility of having to close multiple ‘bubbles’ down in the event of a member of the ‘bubble’ testing positive for coronavirus. If there is a positive test in a ‘bubble’, everyone in the ‘bubble’ would have to self-isolate for 14 days and could not attend school. Anyone else who has been in contact with the infected person (within 48 hours prior of their symptoms starting) before and after school would also have to self-isolate. We would be grateful if you could be mindful of this when making decisions about your child’s social contacts outside school. We ask that you minimise social contacts for your children as much as possible outside the school day. We advise that children are not taken to the park after school where our year group ‘ bubbles’ are mixing, or to any other spaces where there are gatherings of people.

'From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes’.

It is our priority to keep children in school and for school to remain open. We really do need your help with this.

We have staggered our start and finish times to reduce the number of people needing to be outside the school gates at any one time as much as we can. We request that when bringing children to school or collecting at home time that you observe the social distancing guidelines and new directive from the Government highlighted above and ensure that you and your family are correctly socially distancing from other families. You might find that there is more room to do this by moving further along the path towards the recreation ground. If you have messages to pass on in the morning when you are dropping your child off, please email or ring the office directly with these and refrain from giving to a member of staff on the gate. This helps to reduce contact with staff within school.

In the event of a child testing positive for coronavirus it is essential that we are informed immediately. We have set up a coronavirus email (covid@willastonce.cheshire.sch.uk) contact for you to inform us if you receive information regarding a positive test for your child at the weekend or during any school closures. Please only inform us on this email address at the weekend/evening if your child has tested positive, not if they have symptoms but have not yet been tested. Please use the usual school office email or telephone to keep us informed during school hours. It is essential that we receive this information in order that we can inform the correct people regarding their need to self-isolate. We request that you also inform us of your child’s contacts with other Willaston pupils outside school for the 48 hours prior to your child’s symptoms starting. In the event of any classes or pupils who need to self-isolate due to contact with anyone who has tested positive in school, we will contact you directly from school using Parentmail advising you that this is the case and the course of action you should take.

We do understand that it can by worrying when you hear of children being sent home from school with Covid symptoms but please be assured that the advice we are giving in these instances are for the child to be taken for a test and for all family members to self-isolate until a result is received. As a parent, you will not be informed of these cases but will be informed should there be a positive test which affects your child’s bubble or the parent of the child with the positive test has disclosed that your child was in recent contact with them. We will also keep the whole school community informed of any positive cases of children in school.

In the event of ‘bubbles’ shutting down and children having to stay at home to self-isolate because of a confirmed positive test result, work will be provided to support home learning. We have set up ‘Seesaw’, an on-line portal to support any future home learning. Seesaw will also be used to provide homework for children in school each week. Seesaw will be launched from this Friday and is an app/website that allows teachers to assign learning activities to children. It enables children the opportunity to share their learning with their teacher for feedback and acknowledgement. Your child will be sent home with their log in information today and further information can be found on the attached document. Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and must be completed by the following Tuesday. If you have any problems with accessing your child’s homework using Seesaw, please contact the office.

The new Reception children have been brilliant at coming into school independently this week. We have been really impressed and proud of them. Next week, no parents are allowed on our playground at the start or the end of the school day which will reduce contacts even further. Do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any worries or concerns and someone will ring you back as quickly as they can.

During these first few weeks in school, teachers have been busy getting to know the children and assessing where the children are up to as well as making sure that they feel safe and secure. Teachers are using a wide number of different strategies to collect this information. We know that many of you are anxious about your child not being in school since March and are keen to understand what impact this may have had on your child, if any. With this in mind we have decided to move our ‘Parents Evening’ for this term, to this half term. These will obviously have to be conducted differently to keep you and our staff safe. You will receive information in the next couple of weeks about your meeting with your child’s class teacher.

As the situation regarding Covid changes constantly and this is likely to be the case for quite some time, we are aware of the possibility that some families may find themselves in different financial positions than they were expecting. We have taken the decision that residential visits will not be planned or go ahead for any year groups this academic year. We feel that taking this decision and informing you in plenty of time would possibly reduce any anxieties you may have regarding residential visits.

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive any further information. Many thanks for your support and co-operation.

Kindest regards

Mrs Chambers



Date: 15 September 2020

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