School Update - 22nd November 2021

Covid-19 in School

We are getting increasing numbers of positive cases amongst children, parents and staff in school.

Today we have 54 children absent with 30 confirmed or suspected Covid cases. The majority of these are within Years 4, 5 and 6. Two staff members are also positive.

Data suggests that the biggest group of Covid cases is now amongst primary age pupils. We are currently considering measures to adopt in school to minimise the spread of cases and will update this page with further details as they are decided.

The most important and effective action is to stay away from school and get tested if you have any of the three key symptoms - raised temperature, cough and/or change to taste/smell.

If organising a test then please remain away from school until receiving a negative result.

Although there is no current requirement for children (and double jabbed adluts) to isolate if having close contact with a positive case it makes sense to assume if you have positive cases within your household that others are highly likely to become infectious as well. Lateral flow testing may help you find out if this is the case but booking and carrying out a PCR test is much more accurate.

We need to preserve the continuing operation of the school and avoid a serious outbreak.  

Additional measures currently being considered include...

A temporary return to class bubbles meaning less mixing during the day

Separate playtime and lunchtime routines

A requirement for parents to wear masks when on site

Staggered start and finish times with parents dropping and collecting from school gates

Suspending visitors and additional activities such as sports clubs etc

Suspending school visits and offsite activities such as swimming and Forest School

Please do not come to school if you have any symptoms/illness, have had a positive test or have been instructed to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Transport. Please try to find alternatives to using cars. There is limited space for parking and walking, cycling or scootering is better for health.

Children enjoy the opportunity to ride bikes and scooters but please make sure they are safety aware. This is really important around shared pavements and avoiding dropping onto the road. As we enter the darkest time of year make sure bright clothing is worn.

If you have to come in the car then....

Try parking further away (eg Wouldham rec) and walk the last bit.

Treat Worrall Drive as a one-way circuit - accessing it from Keepers Cottage Lane so that you only park on the left hand side of the road facing the roundabout - this will stop any need for dangerous U turns outside school. 

Do not stop on zig zag markings or turn in the school gateways. This is very dangerous and we must avoid any vehicle versus child incidents!

Breakfast and After-school Club

Before and after school childcare continues as before. It MUST be booked and paid in advance so that we can ensure spaces are available. We also need to carefully manage groups to avoid mixing. 

Bookings are made through the Eduspot Schoolmoney website which you can link to below...

As places are limited and need to be pre-booked and paid for there won't be any refunds or credits given for not attending booked sessions. It may be possible to 'un-book' a place by contacting the office but this needs to be at least one school day before the booking.

All childcare must be booked online. It won't be possible to phone and request a space.

Our approach to remote learning is detailed below (click the image).

Dealing with emotions and behaviour can be tricky in normal times and even more so at the moment.

In school we make use of a system called 'Zones of Regulation'.

This uses colours to help identify how we are feeling and what we may do to improve things.

Click on the picture below to find out more.

Other resources that you may find useful after reading this information can be found below.

The NHS advice on when to isolate and for how long can be accessed by clicking the picture below.

What does Covid-19 look like? How do I know if we've got it?

Click below for the latest guidance...