Summercroft Covid-19 Changes
Following the government announcement about COVID-19 on Monday, I would like to update you on how the easing of restrictions will be implemented at Summercroft. While this is great news, I do have to implement the changes with caution so that we continue to protect children, staff and families from serious illness and ensure we can continue to provide high-quality face-to-face learning for the children. While it is the last resort, there is still the possibility of having to move to online learning if there are not sufficient members of staff in school so it is important that everyone continues to follow the government guidance. Below are some of the changes that will be in place from Monday 28th February.
Attendance remains mandatory for children when they are feeling well and have not tested positive for COVID-19. If a child has any of the main symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or a positive test result, the public health advice remains unchanged and is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Anyone with any of the main COVID-19 symptoms should order a test and is advised to stay at home while waiting for the result. They should not return to school until they have had a test to confirm these symptoms are not COVID-19.
Children and staff who test positive will continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. Once they have received these negative tests they can return to school.
All children who choose a school lunch will now be served from the hatch in the dining hall. This will mean Mary and her catering team can provide the full hot menu (three choices) from Tuesday 22nd March and from Wednesday 20th April the children in Year 3 – Year 6 will be able to choose a packed lunch option. I will inform you when SchoolGrid has been updated to reflect these choices so you can make any changes if required.
Parent Consultations and Open Afternoons
Parents consultations will remain online and further information will be sent to you next week to book your appointment. There will be an opportunity for parents and carers to come into school on Tuesday 8th March or Thursday 10th March from 2.40pm to look at your child’s work the week prior to the consultations. Please enter the classroom using the external classroom door, collect your child and their work, take them to the hall (or outside if the weather is good) and look at the learning they have completed so far this year. You will be able to take your child home once you have finished looking at the work. Please tell the class teacher that you are going so they can sign your child out.
I would like to welcome back any parents or carers who can spare some time to come and listen to children read. This can be for just 20 – 30 minutes at pick-up or drop-off time or at a time convenient to you throughout the day. The children hugely benefit from this and I know the volunteers who have helped us previously have got a lot of satisfaction from the difference they have been able to make. Please express your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org which will then be organised by Miss Tarran following the necessary safeguarding checks.
We are hoping to be able to share our topic finales face-to-face with parents and carers in the Summer Term. Class teachers will be in touch with you to let you know when they will be taking place after Easter. It will be lovely for you to be able to share in these finales again and see the culmination of all the hard work the children are doing.
Hopefully we will be able to welcome you in to school for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration on Friday 27th May and KS1 & KS2 Sports Day on Monday 20th June. Further information about these events will be sent nearer the time but pencil them into your diary now.
I am really pleased that we are able to start operating more normally but I must reinforce the need for the whole community to follow government guidance to reduce the risk of transmission leading to further outbreaks and contingency measures being reintroduced. Children with symptoms need to be kept away from school until they have been tested and can then only return after five days and two negative lateral flow tests. This is our main defence against transmission and I appreciate your cooperation with this.
Thank you for your support and patience over the past two years which I appreciate has been a real challenge for everyone. Hopefully we have got through the worst of the pandemic and can look forward to connecting more as a community and enjoy all the benefits that will bring.