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Weekly Newsletter Friday 25 September 2020

Good afternoon

I hope you all have had a lovely week, the temperature has certainly gone chillier as the week has progressed and it is feeling rather Autumnal now.

Enhanced restrictions for the whole of Lancashire have now been in place since Tuesday, with people from other households now not allowed to mix both within houses and also in gardens. Rules around child care were slackened and extended family members and friends who do this regularly, to enable people to work, is now allowed. However, children attending each other’s houses for tea or birthday parties is not permitted.

This week, the Prime Minister has put other restrictions in place and has prepared us all to be in this for the long haul, around six months. As such, our class bubble system that is currently in place will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, as indoor team sports are now not permitted our after school sports clubs will be unable to resume either.

Covid symptoms

A huge thanks to all the parents who have been following the Covid guidance issued. As we approach the cold and flu season I have included a guide to try and help you distinguish between a cold and Covid symptoms.

The symptoms for Covid that need to be looked out for are:

  • A new persistent cough
  • A temperature
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste

If any of these symptoms are present then the child should be booked in for a test and remain off school until the test result comes back. The remaining members of the household should isolate too.

If the test is negative and the child is symptom free for 48 hours then they may return to school. If there are still symptoms they must stay at home for 10 days from the start of the symptoms. If you choose not to book a test and your child displays symptoms they must stay at home for 10 days from the start of the symptoms.

If the test is positive then the child should self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days. The class bubble will close and home learning will be provided.

If your child has a sickness or diarrhoea bug then we ask that they stay at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness before returning to school.

As with everything during this period, we all need to trust each other and help each other to keep each other’s families safe. Please keep us informed throughout the process and we will support in any way we can. Please could you all also check that you all have the passwords for remote learning to hand. If you cannot locate them then please contact the office so we can re-issue them to you.

The Local Authority has produced a flow chart to help you follow the guidance:

Flu Vaccinations

Nasal flu vaccinations have been booked to be administered in school on Tuesday 6 October. Please follow the link and complete the online consent form. Please note this must be completed before Tuesday 29 September 2020.

Harvest 2020

Next week is our harvest week in school. Although this year harvest will be a little bit different, as we will be unable to celebrate as a whole school and allow each class perform a harvest act for us, we still feel as a school it is important to be thankful of the land we have and to realise how lucky we all actually are compared to others across the world.

We fully appreciate that times may be hard for some of our families and we certainly don’t want to be asking for too much. However, if you feel you could donate a few tins, toiletries or any dried food then I know the local foodbank would very much appreciate it as they are desperate at the moment for donations. If you could spare anything then please could we ask for your donation to come into school on Thursday the 1st October or Friday the 2nd October. We will be keeping the donations for 72 hours to quarantine before they are collected by the foodbank. If you know any of our local residents or someone in the school community who you feel would appreciate a food parcel being delivered then please let the office know and we can ensure they receive one. Thank you in advance for your support.

Parents’ Evening

Evidently this year our Parents’ Evening is going to have to operate differently to what we usually do. However, we feel it is important that you as parents remain well informed about how your child has settled into their new class, that you have the opportunity to chat to their teacher and also discuss how your child is achieving academically. So, this year the parental appointments will be by phone. The date set for parents’ evening is Wednesday 4 November as half termly assessments will have taken place by this date to give us an accurate picture of your child’s achievements. Further details on how to book an appointment will be sent out nearer the time but for now please put the date in your diary.

School Photos

Individual school photographs will be taken on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

If you can remember back to before lockdown we had class photographs taken. Order forms for these are coming home today. Please follow the instructions on the form if you wish to order. Ideally, do this online and pay online. If you can do so, your photos will be delivered to school on 21 October. If you must pay be cash, please send the form - along with payment - back to school as soon as possible. However, please note that these orders will not be collected from school until 21 October and so will not be delivered until after the half term break.

Parking

I have been asked by local residents to remind parents about parking and being respectful of dropped kerbs and driveways. With the staggered starts and finishes there should be more parking available so please be thoughtful to our local residents.

Please also keep our area around school as safe as we can for all our children by parking appropriately and in safe places for everyone.

PE Kits

Again, just a reminder when it is PE day children should come into school in their PE kits and only their PE kits. Other clothing items from home must not be worn. The PE kit includes: black shorts, black leggings or tracksuit bottoms, white t-shirt, school jumper or cardigan and either pumps or trainers.

Homework

As detailed last week we are trying to reduce the items sent home to minimise risk. Therefore, homework is mainly being set online via Purple Mash, TT rockstars, mymaths or on google classrooms. There is still the expectation that children complete the homework set by the class teacher and submit it by the given day each week. Children should be reading as much as they can at home in addition to being read to. It is a school expectation that children read a minimum of three times a week. Reading is the key to all leaning and after having so much time away from school we need to try and catch up as much as we possibly can. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Special KS1 lunch for Harvest

On Thursday 1 October all the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be having a special school lunch. Most children in the infants opt in for the universal free school meals though we have some who bring in a packed lunch. However, on this day there will be no need for any children to bring in a packed lunch as all children will be able to have a scrumptious hot traditional lunch. Fish, chips and an iced biscuit or muffin is one of the choices on offer.

This is a great opportunity to share a meal together and celebrate Harvest and how lucky we are in having plentiful amounts of food.

Credits:

Created with images by Chris Lawton - "untitled image" • Steve Warren - "untitled image" • Meelan Bawjee - "Authentic fish and chips made in a crispy batter served with golden fries and some delicious calamari. Fresh from a harbor shop in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. " • Anna Pelzer - "Vegan salad bowl" • Heather Ford - "untitled image" • Jamie Street - "untitled image" • Monika Grabkowska - "Citrus"