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Posted on: January 2nd 2021

Covid 19 Update January 2021

2nd January 2021

Dear Parents and carers

Happy New Year and I hope you had a pleasant Christmas and I wish you all the best in the circumstances.

I am sure that you are all aware we are now in a Tier 4 region.  We are NOT on the contingency framework list which means we will be open on Tuesday the 5th for children.

We have reviewed our arrangements for the start and end of the day and don’t feel that we could do anything more than we are at the moment. We are fortunate in having 3 entrances; many schools don’t have this luxury. Having different start and end times for different classes would make it incredibly difficult for parents with several children.  So we need your help;

Firstly, we are asking that all adults dropping off children and collecting them ensure that they and their children socially distance from all other adults and children that are not in their bubble.  We ask that you judge your arrival time so it is as close to the opening times as possible in this way you do not have to hang around for too long. This is particularly the case with the oldest children at the front of the school, many of whom walk to school on their own and are arriving 10-15 minutes before the gates are opened.  You know how long it takes for your child to walk to school so don’t let them leave the house before that time.  Ideally people should be arriving and going straight in.

You will notice that the staff who do ‘meet and greet duties’ have been wearing face coverings and we ask you to do the same if you wish to talk to them briefly.  However, most quick messages can be sent privately to the class teacher via Dojo or by ringing the school office and leaving a message.  This will also help us get the children in and out more efficiently too, which will help everyone.

This also means that there can be no face to face meetings between parents/carers and staff.  If you wish to discuss a matter with a member of staff; this will have to be by telephone.  If you wish us to call you please send a note with your child or phone us on 01823 284897, send a message via Dojo or send an email to Priorswood@redstartpartnership.co.uk       We will also not be allowing parents to collect other parents’ child/children.

Finally, we ask that you follow the Tier 4 rules (see below) so that the risk of transmission within the school community is kept as low as possible.  We understand that your family will find these constraints difficult. For example not having friends round, missing birthday celebrations and not being able to do many activities.  Please remember that if your child comes in contact with someone with the virus please inform us and they must self-isolate for ten days.  This means limiting contact with the rest of the family and avoiding shared spaces such as bathroom and kitchen and cleaning surfaces after use.  We recognise that this will be a major challenge so we want you to help us to help you by adapting some of our arrangements and asking you to follow Tier 4 rules at all times.

Which are:

Remember ‘Hands. Face. Space’.

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted.
  • No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.
  • You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.
  • You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. If you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 – 3 should not enter Tier 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.
  • You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household.
  • You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.
  • Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery.
  • Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.
  • Indoor leisure, accommodation and personal care – closed.
  • Funerals of up to 30 people permitted. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six. Weddings of up to six can continue in exceptional circumstances.
  • Indoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.
  • Places of worship open for private prayer and communal worship but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.
  • The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.

The complete list can be found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home if you want any further guidance.

We understand that this is difficult.  Please remember that the staff also have personal lives and families and are having to make the same sacrifices so, it is heart-breaking when children come in a talk excitedly about sleepovers etc: or staff are verbally abused because a parent doesn’t want to follow the systems we are asking everyone to follow for ALL of our safety. I am not sure that I would have ever believed that I would be expected to lead a school through such a difficult and demanding set of circumstances but it is here and we have to deal with it as best we can.   A little patience and kindness can go a long way.  Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any concerns or queries. I can’t promise that we will give you the answer that you want but we always try to accommodate as much as we can.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these changes.

Yours sincerely   

Carolone Lancey

 

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