On Monday 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown.
During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. All other children and students will learn remotely until February half term.
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…
Prime Minister’s Statement on the National Lockdown Position
On Wednesday 27 January, the Prime Minister announced that it will not be possible to resume face-to-face learning immediately after the February half-term and instead hopes it will be safe to commence the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8 March. This is in response to the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity.
If the Government achieves its target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by 15 February then those groups will have developed immunity from the virus around three weeks later, that is by 8 March. It is for this reason that they hope it will therefore be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.
Education settings, as well as students, parents and carers will be given at least two weeks notice to prepare for a return to face-to-face education. We should receive further information and/or confirmation during the week of 22 February.
Schools will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week. Please note school is still due to re-open on Tuesday 23 February for our vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers and remote learning will resume then also. Staff will be required to attend remote INSET training on Monday 22 February as originally planned.
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.
COVID-19 Winter Plan
Children’s life chances, as well as the long-term health of the economy, depend upon children and students continuing to learn and develop vital skills, and adults being able to train and retrain to meet the changing needs of industry and the economy.
Thanks to the enormous effort by early years practitioners, teachers, lecturers and support staff who have worked so hard to implement protective measures, 99% of schools have been open throughout the term so far, with millions of children and young people benefiting from attending their early years setting, school or college throughout the term.
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:
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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.