Coronavirus

Full Re-Opening - September 2020
Kit List and Timings
Kit List and Timings (e-mail sent 27.8.2020)
 
Dear Children and Parents,
 
For many of you - next week can't come soon enough and you are counting down the days until Thursday 3rd September. For others of you, you are a little more nervous. 
 
Rather than trying to bombard you with information overload, we will send out e-mails, text messages and facebook posts with different headings. This e-mail will focus on what children need to bring and timings. For the most part, parents should be very aware because all of this information was sent out in the newsletters before the end of term.
 
Kit List Essentials
- Children must have a full school uniform, including shoes, when they return next week. A copy of the School Uniform expectations is available on the school website - https://st-johns-green.eschools.co.uk/website/school_uniform/288493 or in the school policies section.

Boys

Grey or black trousers.

Grey or black shorts (these must not be sports shorts).

White collared shirt or white polo shirt

Navy fleece, sweatshirt or jumper

Black shoes or black trainers. 

Girls

Grey or black trousers or skirt.

Grey or black shorts (these must not be sports/cycling shorts).

White collared shirt or white polo shirt

Navy fleece, sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan

Blue pique summer dress.

Grey pinafore.

Sensible flat black shoes or black trainers. 

PE Kit. As per the newsletter children will not be getting changed in school for PE, but rather should be coming to school on their PE days in their PE kit.
 
PE Kit is:
 
Coloured Polo shirt, (available from the school uniform suppliers), linked to the Team that children are allocated to.
Navy blue or black shorts. (A small motif is permissible)
Children must have trainers for P.E. and these must be a change of trainers should your child wear black trainers for school.
Tracksuit - either blue or black.
 
Classroom:
- Children will need their own named water bottle, which they should bring in to school each day.
 
- Stationary. The school will provide children with their own pencil, pen, ruler. If your child wants their own pencil case, with their own colouring pencils etc, then this is fine - but this equipment cannot be shared with other children.
 
- Hand Sanitizer/Soap. The school has both soap and hand sanitizer but your child may have sensitive hands and as such would rather use their own. This is absolutely fine.
 
- Packed Lunch Box - only needed if your child has a packed lunch. Packed lunch trollies will be kept inside from now on, near to classrooms, so children do not need to exit and then re-enter the building to collect their lunch.
 
- Named waterproof coat. It is essential that children get as much fresh air as possible and this means that during their break, lunch times and PE lessons the children will be going outside - even if it is raining.
 
- Children may have one school bag, to carry in their essential items.
 
Earrings - A reminder that school staff are not allowed to remove children's earrings and they must be removed before a child does PE. PE is a statutory part of the curriculum and as such children are expected to fully participate.
 
Timings:
 
From the first day of the new term, children will be coming straight into school as soon as they enter the school site. This means that we will not have quite as much queuing for either the internal or external taps.
 
Timings will be as follows:
 
AF
Year 1 8.45 start—3.05 finish (coming in through the double doors on the main playground)
 
Year 5—8.45 start—3.05 finish (coming straight in via the side door opposite the cricket pitch)
 
Year 6  8.45 start—3.15 finish (coming straight in via classrooms)
 
Year 1 children should use the outside taps to wash their hands. Year 5 and 6 children should use the classroom sinks.
 
T
Year 2 9.00 start—3.20 finish (coming into school by the side door opposite the astro-surface —parents please wait on the astro surface)
 
Year 3 9.00 start— 3.20 finish (coming into school from the side door by the pergola—large playground)
 
Year 4 9.00 start—3.30 finish (coming into school via undercover area—Middle playground)
 
Year 2 children should use the outside taps opposite the astro surface to wash their hands. Year 3 should use the outside taps opposite the pergola. Year 4 should use the downstairs toilet area to wash their hands.
 
Year 3 and Year 4 children will come straight out and go straight to parents if they are being collected—class teachers will not be handing them directly to parents)
 
PARENTS WILL HAVE TO RESPECT THE ONE WAY SYSTEM AT BOTH T AND AF.
 
For AF parents need to enter the site from the alleyway by the adventure play equipment and exit via the gate onto Abbey Fields.
 
For T parents need to enter the site from the main front entrance and exit via the gate by the play equipment.
 
Parents are asked not to linger on or around the school site. Whilst I fully appreciate that there will be no end of 'gossip' to catch up on when you see each other next week, if you could have those conversations either on the 'Green' by the T site or on Abbey Fields at the AF site - that will save us moving you along...
 
Regards,
 
Simon Billings
Social Story & Safety
A Social Story and Safety
 
Dear Parents,
 
Following on from yesterday's e-mail about 'Kit' and 'Timings' this e-mail will focus on a Social Story and Safety.
 
Perhaps most importantly, the thing to be doing is getting your children excited about coming back to school. For many of them it has been a long time and as parents it is important that we don't put our own fears and worries onto our children. If you haven't yet had a walk over to the school's please do so, just to check the buildings are still there (they are) and to get your children enthusiastic about not just coming back to school but seeing their friends and teachers again.
 
With the above in mind Mrs Bullivant has written a 'Social Story' for each class. This gives a reminder about washing hands and what your child's teacher looks like. These stories are all on the school website in 'Full Re-opening September 2020' which is on the Welcome Page. https://st-johns-green.eschools.co.uk/website/full_re-opening_september_2020/461610
 
I cannot guarantee that a child will not contract Coronavirus at school. We do know that the scientific advice is that the risk to children is minimalistic and that children must return to school.
 
We also know that children by their very nature are tactile and will encroach on each others space. These are children and for many of them, they have missed social interaction with their peers. As a school then, we have put various measures in place to try to ensure good and effective hygeine and to also allow the children to be children.
 
1, All children must wash their hands as they come into school. Specific details of this were in the e-mail sent out yesterday. Children will also wash their hands regulalrly throughout the day but specifically - when they come in from breaks and lunch, before they eat, when they've been to the toilet.
 
2, All desks in the classrooms are now facing the front in rows. There are no 'nests' of tables. Each classroom will also have their door and window/s open to allow for ventilation.
 
3, The children will operate as both Year Group and Class Bubbles. This means that children will work as a class base with the exception of break times and lunchtimes. At break times each class in a year group will have a third of the playground and that will be their area. At lunchtime the same will apply and the children will also eat their lunch as a class in a segregated part of the hall. Assemblies will only be done as Year Groups and again the hall will be segregated into three. In effect then, only one Year Group will be outside at any time and each class will have their own space.
 
There will inevitably be some cross over if children pass each other in the corridor when they are going to the toilet for example, but the school will reinforce with the children the imporatance of Social Distancing, when not in their class bubble.
 
4, Current advice for Primary Schools is that children should not be wearing face masks. The only current exception to this could be for children and staff who are Extremely Clinically Vulnerable and that would then be as a result of a Risk Assessment drawn up between that individual (and their parents) or the member of staff.
 
Should parents feel the need they can of course wear face masks on the school site when dropping off and collecting their children.

Face coverings

Based on current evidence, Public Health England does not recommend the use of face coverings in nurseries, childminders, schools or colleges (except in some specific circumstances).

This is because:

  • children, young people and staff are mixing in consistent groups
  • not using them correctly may accidentally increase the risk of transmitting the virus
  • there may be negative effects on communications and therefore on your child’s education

The guidance on face coverings will be kept under review.

 
If you are travelling to school by Public Transport then as with Government advice you should wear face masks.
 
5, We will continue to advocate the 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It' approach and children will be constantly reminded that if they do need to cough or sneeze they should use the crook of their elbow and a tissue.
 
6, We will continue to clean hard surfaces in the classrooms and equipment at the end of each day and as with the children who were in school over the Lockdown, the children will be involved in this.
 
7, As well as cleaning after school, we have added two extra cleaning slots which will be carried out by school staff. These will take place both before and after lunch and will focus on toilet areas and hard surfaces such as bannisters. 
 
8, I would encourage parents, if you can to walk or cycle to school. I do appreciate that this is not always possible, but it is very healthy, so you'll be able to start the day with a righteous glow.
 
9, Should a child become symptomtic of Coronavirus the current advice is as follows:
 
 

If anyone in an education, childcare or non-residential children social care setting develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19): a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started; or if they are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms, but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.

If you live with others, all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information.

If you have symptoms, try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.

In short this means that if your child is displaying any symptoms or if any member of the family home is. 
 
1, The person with the symptoms must self isolate for 10 days.
2, The rest of the family home must self isolate for 14 days.
3, You must get a test.
 
There is I'm afraid no wriggle room as far as this is concerned.
 
Again, as with yesterday's e-mail, I appreciate there is a lot to take in. For some parents you may feel it doesn't go far enough and for others it's too much. We have though adpoted and applied the current guidance - this will no doubt change at some point but we are where we are.
 
For me, the most imporantant thing is having the children back in school. We will most definitely face a challenging term, for the school, if staff have to Self Isolate and for you if you have to Self Isolate.
 
Despite all the above, it will be great to have everyone back next week, so please do get a bit excited if you're not already and begin your Thursday countdown - 6 more sleeps until school starts.
 
Regards,
 
Simon Billings
Breakfast Club & Timings (again)
Dear Parents,
 
With just one more sleep until our children from Years 1 - 6 come back to school this will be my last e-mail and your last bit of reading, at least until the newsletter on Friday.
 
Our new EYFS children do not start school until Monday (7th) and a separate letter was sent out to thiose parents at the end of last term. A copy is also on the website in 'Curriculum Information' and then 'Foundation Stage.'
 
I very much hope you are excited about tomorrow and looking forward to passing your children into our hands to enable us to continue from all your efforts and hard work over the lockdown.
 
Children will, we appreciate be a bit nervous but please reassure them that everything will be ok. Please remind them that everyone - both children and staff are in the same position and for everyone it is new.
 
Some possible worries could be:
 
I don't know where my classroom is - Don't worry, we will show you where your new room is.
I don't know where to put my packed lunch - Don't worry we will show you where to put your packed lunch.
I don't know what my teacher looks like - Have a watch of the video from each teacher on the website. We all pretty much look the same - if a few months older.
 
The school website has also been updated with a few more bits and pieces.
 
Breakfast Club.
Please remember that Breakfast Club is now at AF for children in EYFS/Year 1/Year 5/Year 6 and at Town for children in Year 2/Year 3/Year 4.
 
This is to help us maintain Year Group Bubbles for children who come to Breakfast Club. For the same reason there will no longer be a Walking Bus in the morning.
 
School Timings.
In 'Parent Information' and then 'School Day' we have also updated the school day timings so you can use this as a point of reference. They are currently no different from the timings already communicated to you.
 
AF
Year 1 8.45 start—3.05 finish (coming in through the double doors on the main playground)
 
Year 5—8.45 start—3.05 finish (coming straight in via the side door opposite the cricket pitch)
 
Year 6  8.45 start—3.15 finish (coming straight in via classrooms)
 
Year 1 children should use the outside taps to wash their hands. Year 5 and 6 children should use the classroom sinks.
 
T
Year 2 9.00 start—3.20 finish (coming into school by the side door opposite the astro-surface —parents please wait on the astro surface)
 
Year 3 9.00 start— 3.20 finish (coming into school from the side door by the pergola—large playground)
 
Year 4 9.00 start—3.30 finish (coming into school via undercover area—Middle playground)
 
Year 2 children should use the outside taps opposite the astro surface to wash their hands. Year 3 should use the outside taps opposite the pergola. Year 4 should use the downstairs toilet area to wash their hands.
 
Year 3 and Year 4 children will come straight out and go straight to parents if they are being collected—class teachers will not be handing them directly to parents)
 
PARENTS WILL HAVE TO RESPECT THE ONE WAY SYSTEM AT BOTH T AND AF.
 
For Abbey Field all parents apart from EYFS parents enter the school site via the alleyway bewteen Mersea Road and the school and exit via the passageway which leads directly onto Abbey Fields.
 
For Town children you enter the school by the gates by the Green and exit via the gate by the adventure playequipment.
 
You will also notice in this section that we have changed the times that children have their lunch. This is to enable our youngest children to have more time in the hall to eat their lunch, rather than being rushed.
 
This means that for both Year 1 and Year 2 children, they will now have two breaks in the morning. The school will provide them with a biscuit during one break and fruit during the other but if you wanted to send your children in with additional (healthy) snacks to sustain them, then you are more than welsome.
 
Please though do remember, no nut based products.
 
Below is a link to an 'Open Letter' that has come from Essex County Council. You are of course invited to read and digest.
 
https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/essex-county-council-responds-to-schools-opening
 
Finally, I very much look forward to seeing you tommorrow and welcoming our new EYFS children from next week.
 
Regards,
 
Simon Billings
Risk Assessment
The school's Risk Assessment for Coronavirus is available by requesting a copy in writing from the school.
Message from Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex's Director of Public Health - explaining in more detail why the decision was taken to move Essex to Tier 2.
Letters to Parents
Letter to Parents from Clare Kershaw - Director of Education for Essex and Mike Gogarty - Director of Public Health. 15th July 2020
Letter to Parents from Councillor Ray Gooding. 19/10/2020
NHS Test and Trace
Class Base Social Stories
Letter to Parents from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education and Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health. 12th November 2020.
Resources

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To support you and your family through the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service has created a brand new resource hub. We understand this is an extremely challenging time for families, children and young people because everyone’s daily lives and routines have significantly changed. The closure of schools, social distancing and workplace changes is likely to have created new challenges for families.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Hub includes guidance and information on:

 

  • Talking with your children about COVID-19
  • Emotional and physical wellbeing – keeping positive
  • Support for young people
  • Home schooling
  • Relationships at home
  • Safeguarding yourself and others
  • Dealing with a very young baby
  • Home safety tips
  • Families with children with SEND
  • Financial welfare