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Home Learning Update - 25.03.20

 

Thank you for your incredible support over the last few days while we have all begun to get used to a new kind of school.  The teachers have been working hard to provide work for the children to do, and I know lots of you have also been working hard too!

 

Please remember that none of us have experienced anything like this before, and we know that it is not possible for you to replicate school in your own homes with your children.  Please do not worry if you or your children are struggling to complete some of the work set.  There is no expectation that every single thing on the class pages is completed.  There is a lot of evidence that reading lots is one of the best things that children can do to further their learning, so if all else fails, get your children to curl up with a good book.  The priority is that we keep the children happy and safe during these strange times.

 

We really want to keep in contact with you as much as possible whilst most of us are not at school.  There are a number of ways we will be doing this.

  • Facebook – We will continue to post updates and useful links and would love to see what the children have been up to.  Please remember to keep your children safe online when commenting on our posts.  Please don’t post your children’s full name and don’t include their names with photos of their faces.
  • Website – This will be updated regularly in the Children section.  There are the class pages, weekly challenges, wellbeing information and information on staying fit and healthy
  • Emails – each class now has an email address which will be accessed by the class teachers.  These are to be used to share learning that the children have done.  It will also allow us to celebrate the achievements and successes you have experienced at home and in some cases, these achievements might be shared on our school Facebook page!   Please do not use these email addresses to request extra work for your children.  Any general queries still need to go to enquiries@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk.  For any class related general queries please email:

Spitfires@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

Lancasters@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

Tornadoes@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

Vulcans@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

RedArrows@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

TigerMoths@sturton-by-stow.lincs.sch.uk

  • Phone calls – Most staff are now working from home (with just a small number in school each day to look after the children of keyworkers).  Over the time we are closed, Mrs Bateman, Miss Evans and Mrs Hodges will be giving families a quick phone call to catch up on how you are and to ensure we keep in contact.  Please do not panic if you get a phone call from one of them!

 

Once again, thank you for your fantastic support – it means a lot to me and to the whole staff team.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs A Simmons

Head teacher

 

20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Further Information About Closure of School due to Coronavirus

 

As you know, we have been instructed by the Department for Education to close the school to all students except those students whose parents are key workers or have particular defined needs (see later section). This is part of the national strategy to delay the further spread of Coronavirus. With effect from Monday 23 March, Sturton by Stow Primary School will be closed until further notice.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

For children coming in to school from Monday 23rd March 2020, the following measures/precautions must be taken in order for your children to be allowed into school:

  • Own clothes to be worn which are fresh on – we recommend putting clothes straight in the washing machine once returning home from school to minimise and control the spread of infection.
  • Children will need to bring their own packed lunch and drink.  If they want a snack during the morning, they will also need to bring this.
  • Up to date contact details for family members must be available within school and up to date emergency contact details should your child become poorly/exhibit symptoms of contracting coronavirus.
  • We must register your child in and out of the premises by somebody who either has parental responsibility or has been nominated by yourselves, as long as you are all fit and well and not showing symptoms of coronavirus.
  • If you become unwell with coronavirus symptoms, you must immediately contact school and arrange for collection of your child.
  • Social distancing must be enforced whilst your child is not in school if we are to prevent/minimise the spread of infection.
  • School must be informed if you no longer fall within the critical worker list or you have been asked to self-isolate.
  • Thorough hand washing to take place at home just before leaving the home.
  • Children must be dropped off at 9:00 am and picked up at 3:30. There will be no extension to the school day.

 

I appreciate that this is a difficult time for families and children but I can assure you the school is taking every step keep our families and communities safe, well and protected from the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we all struggle to find our way through such uncertain times.

 

Mrs A Simmons

Headteacher

Update 18.03.20

 

 

Following tonight’s announcement by the Education Secretary, Sturton by Stow Primary School will still be open to certain groups of children from Monday. Over the next couple of days we will plan how this will work for our school. We will inform parents of the details regarding the criteria for key workers and vulnerable groups when they are released by the government tomorrow.

 

For all those who will no longer be attending school, home learning books and information will be sent out this week and the class pages of the school website will be updated with activities each week.

 

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time. We hope you and your families stay in good health and we look forward to welcoming you back to school when it is safe to do so.

Coronavirus update 16.03.20

 

The latest update from the government is as follows.

If anyone in a household has any of the coronavirus symptoms (continuous dry cough and/or fever), then the entire household must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

Please do not send your children into school if anyone in your household has the symptoms.  If we have any concerns about a child’s health, then you will be asked to collect your chid immediately.

 

As always, if you have any questions, then please speak to me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs A Simmons

Head teacher

Coronavirus Update 13.03.20

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have made the decision to make some small changes to our daily routines from next week in order to limit the potential spread of Coronavirus. 

At the moment these will include:

  • No sports matches against other schools to limit the contact with children and staff from other schools
  • Limiting visitors into school – each situation will be risk assessed on an individual basis
  • No assemblies as this is a time in the day when the children sit in very close contact
  • The music celebration evening is postponed and will hopefully be rearranged at a later date.
  • No Easter service on the last day of term

 

As I am sure you appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation.  We are closely following official advice from the local authority, government and NHS.  This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding as it is published.  There may therefore be further changes in the coming days and weeks.

 

Please be assured that my first priority is the health and safety of the children and staff in our school.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support at this challenging time.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs A Simmons

Head Teacher

Coronavirus update

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As I am sure you know, there are no current plans for school closures.  However, there are some new guidelines about self-isolation which it is essential everyone follows.

If any child has the following symptoms, then they must self-isolate for at least 7 days.  This means that they must not come into school.  At the current time, siblings are still able to attend.

  • A new dry persistent cough
  • A fever or high temperature

This is a constantly changing situation, and therefore the guidelines may change.

We will continue to encourage good hygiene in school and will follow all guidance from the local authority and the government.

 

We have set up a coronavirus information page on the website which has links to important information.

https://www.sturtonbystow.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs A Simmons

World Health Organisation - key information about Covid-19 Coronavirus

https://www.who.int/

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

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:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

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