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16 Mar 2020

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Please see below information regarding Corona virus

Covid-19 Weekly Update 27th March 2020

Key Worker Survey: https://forms.gle/2sfH9GtK8XgJ7XAUA

UPDATE: School closure to most pupils

Following on from our last update, I’m writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

You will be aware that schools have been asked to accommodate those families where both parents are key workers. You will shortly be receiving a survey about Key Worker status which you will need to urgently complete.

In the meantime, please can we ask parents to email us (office@pickhurst.com) today if they are both Key Workers in the same household.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

 Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this decision is made by the government.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

All children have access to Google Classroom. This will be the platform we are using to set and mark work every day for our children. For those of you without access to Google Classroom, a home learning pack has been sent home today which will comprise work for the next couple of weeks.

During the school closure, we will be using new email addresses to help you communicate with your child’s year group more efficiently. Please direct any questions about learning to these email addresses and only use office@pickhurst.com for general admin.

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

This is as much as we know right now, and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the above email addresses.

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

 

Mr Siggs                       Mr Church

Principal                       Deputy Headteacher

 

Update Wednesday 18th March 2020:

As from tomorrow (Thursday 19th March 2020) we will be merging classes in each year group due to increasing staff shortages and lower pupil numbers. For Years 3, 4 and 5, this may mean that teachers will be coming ‘off timetable’ and not teaching their usual English or maths lessons.

Each form will still be registered and dismissed as usual, however, this may not be with your child’s usual form teacher. Therefore, please do bear with us as we try to dismiss all children as quickly as possible after school.

As you can appreciate, we are continuously monitoring current events and endeavour to keep you updated as much as possible. In these uncertain times, we are still authorising absence for preventative measures. If you do decide to keep your child off school, please email attendance@pickhurst.com – you do not need to email us every day. If symptoms do develop, however, please email us so that we are aware.

 

School update:

Further to the information sent out last week which was based on Government advice, please be reminded of the following precautions:

Your child should stay at home for 14 days if they (or any member of their household) have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a continuous cough

This advice is also for adults who should self-isolate with these symptoms, who should not be coming onto the school site to bring children into school. For your information, we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any of our children or members of staff. Please note, any cases of self-isolation will not impact negatively on your child’s attendance record.

Please be advised that the school office will endeavour to do their best to answer the phone when they can, however, as you can imagine, we have understandably received a high-volume of telephone calls from anxious and concerned parents regarding whether the school is open and/or if they should send their children to school.

If you are contacting the school to report an illness or to notify the office that your child will not be in school, please use the following new email address: attendance@pickhurst.com as your first point of call, or telephone the main school office if you are unable to do so.

 

Update from Mr Siggs:

We are aware that a large number of families are self-isolating due to possible symptoms of COVID-19. Please note, it remains true that we do not have any confirmed cases as of yet, linked to Pickhurst. We fully appreciate families’ decisions to self-isolate currently, especially given the guidance yesterday evening from the Prime Minister.

Some parents have been requesting additional work to be sent home whilst the children are self-isolating. Please be assured that all staff are working incredibly hard, behind the scenes, to ensure home-learning is prepared for all children in the eventuality of whole-school closure. As/when the school is instructed to close, a range of resources and daily activities will be provided to the children via Google Classroom, MyMaths & BugClub. There will also be some printed materials for specific groups of children, across the school.

In the meantime, there are several resources which are now accessible to all families to use, for home learning, and we would recommend the following:

  • Twinkl
  • White Rose Hub

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all families for their ongoing & continued support in this very challenging time for everyone.

Mr Siggs

 

Attendance Update:

Dear parents/carers,

Firstly, thank you for your support in using our new attendance@pickhurst.com email address to inform us about your child’s absence. In light of current events, we appreciate that many of you are understandably concerned about your children and wider families.

As a result, from tomorrow, we will authorise absence for self-isolation or preventative measures even if your child (or someone in the household) does not have symptoms of Coronavirus.

I hope this will alleviate any anxieties you may have about sending your child to school during these uncertain times.

Please do use the new attendance@pickhurst.com email address to inform us of your decision to keep your child at home if you choose to do so.

If any member of your household does then develop symptoms, please do contact us again, so that we can update our records.

Wishing you all the best of health,

Mr Church

Deputy Headteacher

 

Update from Chancery Education Trust:

CET COVID-19 Weekly Update 13th March 2020

 

Further Advice:

Advice on the Coronavirus for Places of Education

DFE Update re Coronavirus

For the latest Government advice: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For guidance from NHS 111: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/– dealing with emotional wellbeing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366 – Coronavirus why it might not be as scary as it sounds featuring CBBC doctors Dr Chris and Dr Xand

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