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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Information

In order to keep you fully informed about the very latest advice relating ot COVID-19, we have set up this page. New information and advice will be added here as soon as we are updated so please check the page regularly.

 

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

*NEW COVID-19 SYMPTOM ADDED*

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are now listed as:

- High temperature

- New continuous cough

PLUS - A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

PHASED RETURN TO SCHOOL from JUNE 1st 

From June 1st Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be prioritised in terms of the phased return to school’s fully re-opening. The ambition is that all primary-aged pupils will be able to have a month in school before the summer holidays (indicating a possible return for all from 22nd June).

See below for our detailed plans for phased school return. PLEASE NOTE: Any plans will be kept under constant review with health and safety of all members of our school community remianing paramount.

Staffing from June 2nd

 

Reception Bubble

Miss Green and Miss Hathaway

 

Year 1 Bubble

Miss Allister, Mrs Fallows, Mrs Swindell with Mrs Jarman (first aid)

 

Year 6 Bubble

Miss Britnell and Mrs Melhuish

 

Key worker/ Vulnerable pupil group

Mr Rawlings and Mrs Edwards (lunch)

 

Sadly, Mrs Robinson and myself will not be in school for a while as we have been told to work from home to stay safe. Miss Dodd will be in school but in a non-teaching role.

We appreciate you will have lots of questions. We hope to address someof these general ones through a FAQ section on this page. Please submit any questions you have to office@thomasbarnes.staffs.sch.uk and we will do our very best to help.

Please note: Any personal questions/ details will not be publically shared but instead will receive a personal response back.

PHASED RETURN TO SCHOOL: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Can my child wear a mask or face covering into school?

From the DfE guidance: Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.

 

 

2.  Is school still closed for INSET on Monday 1st June?

Yes. On Monday 1st June school will be closed to all pupils.This is to enable staff to prepare the classrooms to ensure that they are as safe as possible for when eligible pupils may return on Tuesday 2nd June.

 

3. My child is in a year group that can come back but I'm worried. Do I have to send them?

The government are strongly encouraging pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 (alongside key worker and vulnerable children) to return to school from June 1st. I hope that when you read our proposed plans for phased return that you will feel more confident to do so. If you have any questions or would just like to chat it through, please don't hesitate to get in touch. The government have stated that fines will not be issued for non-attendance 'at this time'.

 

4. My child isn't in one of the eligible year groups. Will home learning still be set?

Although we are excited to welcome back some pupils on the 2nd June, we haven’t forgotten those of you not in the selected year groups and those of you not yet confident enough to return to school. Home Learning provision will continue as it has throughout the school break though it is likely to change from its current incarnation. You may notice an increased use of the prepared online materials rather than the personalised resources you’ve become used to. It may also be necessary to provide a weekly overview of learning opportunities rather than daily content. Unfortunately, this will be necessary in order to facilitate the return of all available staff to the school provision. More information on the curriculum and home learning will follow shortly.

 

You are never alone: there is always someone who can help.

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NSPCC ADVICE

 

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline has delivered 913 counselling sessions to children and young people who were concerned about the Coronavirus during the period 21 January-22 March 2020, of which 597 (65%) of the counselling sessions were with young people who had contacted Childline in the week starting 16 March 2020. The Childline website includes information for children and young people worried about Coronavirus.
Visit Childline: Coronavirus: information and advice

STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE

 The government are asking people displaying flu-like symptoms with a high temperature and/ or a new or persistent dry cough to self-isolate for seven days. If symptoms are mild there is no need to call NHS 111 or to be tested. If symptoms become severe, people should call NHS 111. In a medical emergency call 999. Please see full details on attached link below.

If someone in your household has the symptoms listed above then ALL people in that household should also self-isolate but for 14 days.

Our school is now closed to almost all pupils until further notice. Provision is available for vulnerable children and children of key front line workers.

 

NEW Government Safety Advice for school settings

SAFEGUARDING PUPILS REMAINS OUR PRIORITY DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE

LINKS TO CLASS PAGES

Useful documents relating to COVID-19

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