On 22 February 2021, the Prime Minister made an announcement to introduce the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. A summary description of the Government’s roadmap can be found here, and the full document can be downloaded here. The scientific evidence on which the Government has relied in relation to the roadmap is here.
This roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions and before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps. This assessment will be based on four tests, which are no longer based on the R-rate:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
- The Government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new ‘Variants of Concern.’
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased. The Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser have said that this will give adequate time to assess the impact of each step and reduce the risk of having to re-impose restrictions at a later date.
The first step, on 8 March, will see all pupils return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges. The reopening of education settings to all is being prioritised due to the significant impact caused by being out of school to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Many thanks, as always, for your support, cooperation and patience during these unusual times. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the school office via: firstname.lastname@example.org. All essential correspondence will be posted here for your reference…
School Letter – Testing (16th April 2021)
Rapid Testing for Primary Staff
Following the launch of rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in secondary schools and colleges on 4 January, staff in primary, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools are also being offered the opportunity to take part in regular asymptomatic testing.
At Shobnall Primary School, staff will be tested twice a week using the Lateral Flow Device Tests. The tests will be completed at home, and the results are available after 30 minutes. The tests are specifically designed to identify positive cases in asymptomatic people. The tests are an additional precautionary measure, so that we can continue to keep the children and staff as safe as possible. However, we must be prepared, that with increased testing in school, comes an increased risk of a bubble closure.
Staff with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result. However, class bubbles may reopen if the staff member subsequently receives a negative PCR test. Staff with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend school or nursery and use protective measures.
Asymptomatic Testing Information for Parents and Adults in Households with Children at School or College
NHS Test and Trace have announced that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
- through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
- by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
- by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
The Story So Far…
During these unprecedented times, the support from our community has been overwhelming! Since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold at the beginning of the year, a period of great change and challenge has taken place for everyone connected with our school. We are exceptionally proud of the way that all who are invested in Shobnall Primary School (children, staff, parents/carers, and governors) responded to the challenges and came together to keep our children and families safe and our pupils learning.
As we begin a new chapter, we wanted to capture this unique spirit and have described some of the many ways that we have worked to support our community during these unusual times…
Due to the closure of schools for the majority of children during the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to re-evaluate our approach to the provision on offer for our children when schools open fully in September 2020. This will ensure all children have the level of support that they will need to become ‘effective’ and ‘engaged’ learners who are able to access all that school has to offer. The approach we will take is formed from the theoretical perspective of the ‘recovery curriculum think-piece’, the principles of nurture that our school aims and values are based upon and the trauma recovery model of Louise Bomber. Please click on the link below for further information about our recovery curriculum.
Please click on the links below for the latest government guidance.
The temporary continuity direction makes it clear that schools have a duty to provide remote education for state-funded, school-age children whose attendance would be contrary to government guidance or law around coronavirus (COVID-19). The remote education provided should be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and will include both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. For information about our remote education provision, please click on the relevant link below:
Mrs Farrington can be contacted via: email@example.com or through SeeSaw.
Miss Alexander can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or through SeeSaw.
Miss Martin-Mills can be contacted via: email@example.com or through SeeSaw.
Mrs Sandhu can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or through SeeSaw.
Miss Toon can be contacted via: email@example.com or through SeeSaw.
Mrs Knight can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or through SeeSaw.
Miss Barker can be contacted via: email@example.com or through SeeSaw.
Miss Barnard can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or through SeeSaw.
We have put into place a number of procedures to help ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff. We appreciate your support in this matter. Details of these procedures can be found in the documentation below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so keep checking back for the latest details.
Shobnall Stars – Breakfast & After School Club
Breakfast Club is from 7:30am every school day and After School Club from 3.30pm – 6.00pm. Prices (to be paid via ParentPay) and further information can be found via the leaflet below. As we need to ensure that the children eat and undertake activities in an area with children from their class bubble, we must ask that sessions are booked a week in advance so that this can be catered for in line with our protective measures. We will not be able to offer ad hoc sessions until further notice. Bookings can now be taken for via email: email@example.com. Many thanks for your support with this.
All of our protective measures apply at Breakfast and After School Club as they do in school (e.g. handwashing, enhanced cleaning schedule). Parents are permitted to drop their child/ren off at the external hall door as has been the case previously but MUST maintain a 2m distance from staff and all other adults at all times. Parents will not be allowed to enter the premises but a member of staff will greet you from a safe distance and will wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Please see the school’s letter which outlines procedures for handwashing and cleaning.
We have made amendments to some of our existing policies in light of updated government guidance. These can be accessed below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so please check back for the latest details.
Here are links to other resources, which you may find useful to access at this time.