COVID-19 Updates - Please continue to encourage your children to wash their hands.

 

An important message from the Headteacher - 16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers
In light of recent changes, all sporting fixtures (such as the netball tournament) and after-school clubs are cancelled/postponed. This does not include WOOSC after-school care, they will contact families separately.
Please arrange for your child to be collected from school at 3:20pm.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Vickie Njoroge
Head Teacher

An important message from the Headteacher - 16th March 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff
In the interests of transparency, I promised to keep you updated in how COVID-19 is impacting upon the school community.
Tonight, Boris Johnson announced that anyone with a temperature or new persistent cough should self-isolate for 14 days instead of 7 days as previously advised. He has also extended this to anyone who is living WITH someone who is self-isolating, saying that whole households should self-isolate if anyone has the symptoms.
As of this evening, we have members of staff who are now having to self-isolate for 14 days, NOT because they have symptoms, but because someone they live with has developed a temperature.  None of these cases are confirmed as COVID-19. I am sharing this with the whole school community in order to avoid speculation and unnecessary gossip, as this can only cause more distress in already uncertain times.
As some families are already keeping their children at home for similar reasons, we are able to merge the Spectacled Bears, Tigers and Jaguars together into two classes and will still have less than 30 in each class.
The school will remain open until we are directed to close, or staff self-isolation reaches a level that makes it impossible to provide adequate and safe supervision for the children.
These are extraordinary times and we must all do what is right for those around us, both in our families and across the community.
So, if you have any doubt as to whether anyone in your household has these symptoms, please DO remain at home for 14 days, avoid going out unless it is absolutely necessary.
Your children's attendance will not be affected by these events and there will be no repercussions.
If children come to school and develop a temperature or cough during the day, we will separate them from the other children and contact parents to collect.
As we are at the heart of the community, if you choose to self-isolate, please do not hesitate to contact school if you need any help and we will do what we can to support.
Work-packs will be available on our website from Monday, but please let the school know if you need a paper copy.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
 
Vickie Njoroge
Head Teacher

Letter from the IPAT Trust Leader - 16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to you on behalf of all schools in Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust. As you will be aware, the Government announced last week that the country has moved into the “delay” phase of its four-tiered plan to tackle Covid-19 (Coronavirus), further highlighting the important role that we all have in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

I wanted to write to you to highlight steps that the Trust and all of our schools are taking to protect the health of our children and staff, and reiterate the important role that you all play in this.

The Trust continues to receive daily updates from Public Health England and the Department for Education. We are acting on their guidance and following developments closely. We are ensuring that cleaning is done to the highest of standards and, while doing all that we can to not worry our children, we have been working hard with them so they understand the importance of handwashing. Your support in reinforcing these messages at home is greatly appreciated.

We are also advising any member of our community, which includes staff, children and their families, to stay away from their school for seven days if they present the most common symptoms of Coronavirus. These are a recent onset of a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature (higher than 37.8°)

Guidance for individuals who have visited foreign countries with the virus still remains, and we would ask you to look at this website if you or a close family member has recently returned from abroad: www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus .

It is important to stress that displaying these symptoms does not mean someone has Covid-19. It is, however, right that we all manage appropriately the potential of any of us having the virus to help protect every member of our community, particularly the most vulnerable. If you are in any doubt about symptoms, please look at the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection .

Please do avoid speculating or commenting if people are away from the school. There could be lots of reasons for their absence. We respect everyone’s right to confidentiality, whatever their circumstances, and are supportive of one another; tackling this virus is a whole community effort.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with you as it develops. In the event of school closures, we are currently preparing a range of digital and practical activities for children to access.

All of our school leaders and staff share concern about our most vulnerable families. Bishop Guli recently tweeted about the plight foodbanks may face in the coming weeks. Please consider donating to a local foodbank and helping the poor and vulnerable during this difficult time.

Thank you to all our school communities for your support, patience and understanding.

 

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Marie Sandford

Trust Leader

An important message from the Headteacher - 15th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

School is open as usual tomorrow (Monday 16th March).

Following government guidance, if your child has a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) or a new, continuous cough, please keep them at home for 7 days (this includes not taking them out to the shops/workplace/other public places) and notify the school via the absence line, informing us of
symptoms/reasons. If this is the case, please continue to use Spelling Shed, 
Maths Shed and TT Rockstars on a daily basis. These are extra-ordinary times, so please make the decision that is right for your child and your family/community.

We are in the process of preparing work-packs for JWPS children in case schools are closed. We aim for this to be mainly accessed online, with some work to be completed on paper. This has been made easier by commercial companies (Twinkl, Classroom Secrets, White Rose etc.) making their materials available for schools to use.

If you are unable to access online work and would prefer a paper work-pack, then please contact the school by emailing schooloffice@jwps.uk (subject FAO Work-packs) or by calling the absence line and recording the following message. ‘My child ......... is not absent but we would like to request a paper
work-pack if schools are closed’. 
This 
will keep the office staff, and landline, free for normal day-to-day work.

It is important that, if schools are closed, your child continues to complete work and practise Maths, English and Spelling daily, so that they can
continue to build their confidence and remember their learning. Where appropriate, it will be possible for some completed work to be emailed back to
class teachers to be marked. In the event of this, a separate email address will be provided. If school closure is confirmed, details
of how to access the packs and contact class teachers will be supplied.

I hope that this has reassured you a little as to what the school is doing to minimise disruption to your child’s learning. We will continue to
update you as and when changes occur.

With appreciation of your patience and support at this time,

 

Vickie Njoroge

Head Teacher

An important message from the Headteacher - 13th March 2020

To keep all members of our school community safe,
 
The school leadership team continues to follow the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England regarding the Coronavirus. Following the recent government announcement, the UK response to the Coronavirus has moved to Phase 2 - Delay. This has implications for our school community.

  1. The school will remain open to pupils and staff unless we are advised otherwise by Public Health England.
  1. If your child shows any symptoms of coronavirus, even if the symptoms are mild, they must stay at home for seven days. The NHS guidance can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The symptoms include;
  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough
Please call the school office on the first morning of any absence giving brief details of the reason for the absence.

We appreciate that this may be inconvenient and present challenges to families but it is important that everyone follows the guidance to safeguard the wider community.
Staff and volunteers have been given the same advice so there may be some minor alterations to staffing.
We have made detailed plans to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that teaching and learning is able to continue.
It is important that the children are not overly worried and are able to go about the school day as normal. .

If there are staff or pupils who stay at home because they are displaying mild symptoms, please do not be alarmed. They are simply following the guidance. At this stage there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 linked to the school. Please make us aware if you have come directly into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Our hand washing routines are firmly established now and everyone in school is taking the necessary actions to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We are also cleansing all areas/objects that hands come into contact with, such as keyboards, door handles and other equipment. If you have any concerns or questions please contact the school office for clarification. Throughout this time we will keep you informed of any developments.
We will keep you informed when changes occur.

Thank you for your support.
 
Vickie Njoroge
Head Teacher

 

 Due to the recent developments to help delay the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have decided to cancel the Mother's Day afternoon that was planned for Friday 20th March 2020. This is an informed decision based upon advice received from the Department of Education.

 

As an educational institution, we are regularly receiving information and advice from the Government and the Department for Education regarding the outbreak of coronavirus.  We will try to keep updating links to current Government advice as it is publicly published.

Full information can be found by accessing the following websites.

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

(disclaimer: We have no control over the content of external websites.)

For general guidance please click on the poster.