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URGENT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS

Due to declining numbers & need to keep staff safe, all JMAT schools in the Wath area will be moving to a single site from Thursday 26th March. This means that from Thursday, you will need to take your child to Wath Central Primary School if you have an allocated childcare place. If you have not been allocated a place, children need to stay at home.

The address is Fitzwilliam Street, Wath, S63 7HG.

Please bring your children to the main doors. School hours are 8.50am to 3pm.

Government advice remains the same: if you do not need to bring your child to school then please stay at home.

 

COVID-19 Advice Page.

 

With the ever-changing impact of the coronavirus COVID-19, parents can use this page for the latest school updates and advice for best practice concerning the pandemic. As we are sure you are aware, the updates and details are changing regularly and we will strive to ensure this page is frequently updated with the most recent changes.

MOST RECENT UPDATE 20/3/20

 

Any families who have been allocated a childcare place tomorrow, PLEASE only send your children to school if you have no other means of keeping your child cared for at home and your employment role is directly contributing to the efforts in fighting the disease.  Our staff are not immune to the virus and staffing is already low so we must emphasise that if more children are in school than we have capacity for, we will need to shut completely.

 

Our current Academy Trust guidance stance is:

-families with 2 keyworker parents (or 1 keyworker in single parent households) have been allocated childcare places already where required.

-families with 1 keyworker parents can request places on Monday where critical childcare is required to enable vital staff to go to work. These will be allocated based on staffing capacity.  Any families who qualify for a place will be notified on Monday afternoon for a Tuesday start.  

 

We understand that this is very frustrating for many people but again, may we remind you that this is for the most urgent cases and should only be classed as emergency childcare provision.

 

Our team at BCI would like to thank you for the support, reassurance and love you have given to us over the past week. The uncertainty of the current situation has us, along with you, feeling very sad and frustrated but we are doing our best to work with our academy to ensure we can meet Public Health England guidelines. We would like to ask for your continued patience and kindness so we can continue to do what is best for our children, staff and community, not just in the short term next week but in-keeping with the longer term plan of reducing the spread of this virus.

 

Please now remember that the most up to date advice from the government is that anyone with symptoms needs to self-isolate for 14 days and that anyone else living in the same house will also need to self-isolate. 

 

School announcement:

Please be assured that as a school we are continuing to follow Public Health England and DfE (Department for Education) guidelines, as well as working with the academy, in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, especially as we are now open to limited numbers with limited staffing. We will continue to work with the children in school to ensure they are following basic hygiene principles whilst in school and we would urge parents to ensure this is also happening at home.

As a school:

  • We ensure hand washing with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds and supervise this at key times of the day (at the start of school, before and after lunch etc).

  • We have previously carried out a number of assemblies reinforcing expectations for hygiene and have modelling good hand washing routines in classes.

  • Children are being reminded to cough into tissues which are then disposed of or into their sleeves. Any child coughing into their hands is expected to then wash their hands thoroughly. Extra tissues have been made available in classes.

  • Everyone is being expected to use their sleeves to cover their hands when opening doors or switching on lights.

  • Cleaning staff and lunchtime staff have had additional guidance on cleaning vulnerable areas and appropriate materials have been purchased to support this. This includes disinfecting dinner bands, light switches and door handles.

  • All visits into school and staff training out of school has been cancelled.

  • Over-crowding in classrooms has been minimised by limiting parents coming in to school and cancelling all assemblies and after school and breakfast clubs.

  • We purchased a digital, non-contact thermometer so we can identify if pupils are staff have a fever

We will continue to communicate regularly with families as up to date advice is released from the DfE and Public Health England. More guidance and information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Should you have concerns the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: 
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Children who need to self isolate

We are aware that there will be numerous children at home who are not unwell but who need to self-isolate due to symptoms shown by other family members. We have therefore prepared learning packs for these children, which are available on our website or, if there is someone not self-isolating who can come into school, from our office. 

Many thanks!

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