5th January 2021
Letter to parents of Nursery aged children following National Lockdown announced on Monday 4th January 2021 can be read here.
Letter to parents informing them of school provision following National Lockdown announced on Monday 4th January 2021 can be read here.
4th January 2021
Firstly my apologies for such short notice, but following on from the recent government announcement, school will only be open tomorrow to all those children from Nursery to Year 6 that are critical worker children or in the vulnerable category (the latest guidance on these categories can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision)
Critical worker and vulnerable children are to attend school at their usual drop off and collection times and they will be taught tomorrow in their bubble according to our current arrangements, with lunch arrangements remaining the same.
Breakfast and Afterschool Club will be available for tomorrow and this will be reviewed according to our guidance and staffing.
Further arrangements will be put in place by school tomorrow to support home learning and the longer term arrangements to support critical worker and vulnerable children once numbers are established.
We are all once again facing uncertainty and I would like to thank you in advance for your understanding in this rapid and fast changing situation. Once all arrangements are in place, they will be communicated to you tomorrow.
As always, our priority as a school in to look after the well-being of the whole Newburgh School family.
On 26 September the restrictions for Lancashire were updated to reflect that families can form childcare bubbles:
"A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (i.e. unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must occur on an exclusive basis - always the same two households" furthermore "people can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law....for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider and informal childcare as part of a bubble". https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-england-local-restrictions
A letter from Public Health England clarifying when to get tested (dated 23.09.20) is here.
Update in response to additional restrictions in Lancashire (except Blackpool). Please see our latest letter here.
A quick guide for parents/carers with regards to Covid-19 symptoms and how to respond is here.
In order to facilitate the safe return of our children rigorous risk assessments were completed and signed off by Governors. You can see our risk assessment here.
We are operating with four bubbles here at Newburgh:-
EYFS - Nursery and Team Crane - Drop off at 9.00am; Pick up at 3.30pm.
Key Stage 1 - Team Halton & Team Lucas - Drop off at 8.50am; Pick up at 3.20pm.
Lower Key Stage 2 - Team Rigby - Drop off at 8.55am; Pick up at 3.25pm.
Upper Key Stage 2 - Team Venables - Drop off at 8.50am; Pick up at 3.20pm.
The bubbles are kept apart throughout the school day with staggered drop offs, pick ups, break times and lunch times. Children are also separated into their bubbles for Breakfast and Afterschool Club. This is to ensure that should one bubble have to close due to a positive Covid test, other bubbles should not be contaminated and therefore also have to close. We appreciate your help in reducing unnecessary contact between bubbles where possible.
Children are bound to become unwell. Current guidance is that if your child has a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of smell/taste they will need to either isolate at home for at least 10 days and have two clear days without symptoms or take a Covid test and isolate until the results of the test are received (if negative they may return to school the following day). If someone in your household develops Covid symptoms the whole household must isolate until that person has been tested and received their results.
If a child has a positive Covid test we may have to close the bubble that child has been in. In this instance parents will be contacted to collect children and informed about when they will be able to return to school.
In the event that your child has to be absent from school whilst they or a family member awaits the outcome of a Covid test or your child is required to shield, we will put the following systems in place to support home learning (to be used providing children are well enough to engage with learning):
If your child is absent and you are waiting for the results of a Covid test we would on Day 1 request that your child completes the following home learning activities:
Hear your child read their reading book asking inference and retrieval questions.
Reading Eggs (Reception)
Fast Phonics (Reception)
Please see your class page for the Reading Workshop presentation and also a parents guide to Reading Eggs.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Reading Eggs (Key Stage 1)
Fast Phonics (Key Stage 1)
Reading Eggspress (Key Stage 1)
Hear your child read their reading book
Please see your class pages for a parents guide to Reading Eggs.
Mathseeds (Years 1 and 2)
Mathletics (Year 3 upwards)
Times Table Rockstars (Year 3 upwards)
You can also access your child's termly learning overview (you can find this on your child's class page on our school website) and the activities on the Homework Grid for the term ahead that was sent home in paper form.
If your child or family member receives a negative result then your child can return to school as soon as possible.
If your child is absent beyond 2 days (still awaiting the outcome of a test but well enough to engage in learning then the following home learning will be put in place:
Your child will receive a notification on Tapestry (Reception) or an email via Purple Mash (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) every morning to provide them with learning for the day. The class teacher will not be available throughout the day to respond to emails as they will be teaching but will reply at the end of the school day and provide feedback for all submitted work.
In the event that your child has to self-isolate, the following system will be put in place to support home learning:
Tapestry will be used as the online learning platform to inform you of your child's learning and activities that can be completed during their absence.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
An email will be sent to your child's Purple Mash email account to inform them of the teaching and learning that they can access and complete at home - paper copies of learning (as appropriate and required) will be available to collect.
If your child test positive for Covid then the expectation to complete learning will only be once they have recovered.
In the event of a school bubble having to isolate the following measures will be put in place to support home learning:
Tapestry will be used as the online platform for all teaching and learning and communications between home and school.
Daily communication via Tapestry will be made to all the cohort by the class teacher and learning for the day will be provided.
Children will also be encouraged to access the online literacy and mathematics school subscriptions.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Purple Mash will be used as the online learning platform for all teaching and learning. The children will be able to email their class teacher to submit their work and ask any questions.
Daily communication via Purple Mash - your child's class teacher will email work each day which will follow, as much as is possible, the normal daily curriculum in school. An email will also be sent by the class teacher at the end of the school day (around 3.30 p.m.)
Children will be expected to engage in the daily learning provided and complete work to the best of their ability.
Constructive feedback to work submitted by your child will be provided by their class teacher to inform next steps.
Children will also be encouraged to access the online literacy and mathematics school subscriptions (all passwords for your child to access these resources are in their reading diary).
Please also note that the class teacher will respond to emails sent within normal school hours. If parents wish to direct any questions to their child's class teacher then this must be done through email@example.com