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Westover Green Community School

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School Closure update 3:45 Friday 20th March 2020

Message from the Clevedon Learning Trust

 

The Clevedon Learning Trust fully endorse the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19. If children can stay safely at home, they should, in order to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. At this current time, all the schools in the CLT will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. This will need to be reviewed regularly in relation to staffing and safety requirements.

We are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - those who are vulnerable and whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home by another member of the family.

The government have provided guidance (19 March) relating to Critical Workers. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure that their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

In order to allow your Critical Worker partner to go to work we would encourage non-Critical Workers to go back to your employer and ask for time off to care for your child. If you are self-employed or an employee, the Chancellor is due to announce how you will be able to claim for loss of earnings.

We will only be able to provide this service whilst we have sufficient staff to operate safely. Should we find that we do not have enough staff, due to illness and self-isolation, then we will be forced to close until such a time that we have staff available to safely provide educational provision. Should we need to close, we will work with the Clevedon Learning Trust to signpost parents to alternative provision.

 

Message from the School

 Dear parents and carers,

As you are aware the school is now closed according to Government directive and will be until further notice.

We have a great school community thank you to everyone who has been very supportive of the school and our efforts in these testing times – we have had so many messages of thanks and support which has been much appreciated. Huge thanks to my staff team - I am a very proud Headteacher to have so many selfless colleagues genuinely caring and working tirelessly for your children. We will continue to react accordingly to ever changing advice and guidance and will endeavour to keep you updated through texts and/or our website.

 

On behalf of myself, our Governing body, Clevedon Learning Trust and my staff team we all hope that you and your families follow all health guidelines and minimise the catching or spreading Covid-19.

Our best wishes and thoughts are with you all and to the brave frontline workers who will be the ones trying to keep us safe, ensure the country functions, provide food and ultimately those inspirational healthcare workers that we will rely on to look after us and loved ones if we fall ill.

Be safe and be well everyone.

 

Jason Eveleigh

Headteacher

 

 

Critical / Key Worker Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for being our frontline service heroes, and registering with us for vital support when you have no alternative safe provision for your children.

We will be contacting many of you to find out what provision is required as we know this will vary. We are aiming to provide 8:00am to 5:30 pm so we can support the countries effort to keep functioning. We may have sensitive conversations to be sure that you are not putting our staff and their families at risk by using us when there is not a real need. There is a real possibility that we may need proof of hours and of days being worked from employers – children should be home safe at all possible times.

To reinforce - the government has stated that:

  • Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
  • This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

 

Vulnerable Pupil update

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Children who have a social worker include children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.

Thank you parents and carers for contacting the school seeking support where required. This provision for relevant children will run from 8:50 to 3:15 daily. Again it has been reassuring that so many parents are able to have their children home to keep them safe.

Free School Meals Update

We have agreed with our Aspens our catering providers that a weekly hamper / bag of food for entitled children can be collected from school on Mondays by their responsible adult (starting Monday 23rd March 2020).The hamper / bags will be available from the school hall from 10:30.

Parents you will need to bring carrier bags with you to fill and you will have a time slot for collection which must be stuck to. If someone is collecting the food for you then they must be a known adult to the school and you must have contacted the school to let us know in advance. We will ask you to keep your distance from each other in a line outside of the school hall doors and will admit entry for 2 people at a time. Any uncollected food will be redistributed to others in need.

If your ELDEST eligible child is in Year 6 please collect between 10:30am – 11:00am

If your ELDEST eligible child is in Year 5 please collect between 11:00am – 11:30am

If your ELDEST eligible child is in Years 4 or 3 please collect between 11:30 – 12:00noon

If your ELDEST eligible child is in Years 2, 1 or EYFS please collect between 12:00 – 12:30pm

We will ask for your patience during the first time of offering this service. If it is raining please bring an umbrella – we are consciously not wanting to have more people in school than is vital and respecting the guidance for social distancing.

For all children that are in school on Monday 23rd May a cold meal will be provided. Parents are welcome to send their child with a pack lunch if they choose.

 

 Update Friday 20th March 2020

 

COVID-19 Update Letter to parents/carers –

Arrangements for Critical Workers/Vulnerable Children

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following my update on the website yesterday, the government have only now just published their guidance on Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children. I appreciate many of you have been anxiously waiting for us to send further information on how we will provide for both groups and I have outlined details in this letter.

The government has stated that:

  • Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

  • This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

  • For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

We are committed to remaining open to support and care for children who meet the Vulnerable Children criteria and for those children of Critical Workers who have no choice but to send their child/children to school so that they can go to work in order to continue to offer critical services as part of the country’s ongoing response to the virus

However, we are also conscious that we are being asked to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to and I would ask that you consider your child care needs very carefully before sending your child to school, based on the criteria provided for Vulnerable Children and Critical Workers only (this is further detailed below and via the link provided). We all need to be very responsible in ensuring we do not spread the virus and that teachers and teaching assistants remain well to be able to provide this service as well as protect their own families.

We will only be able to provide this service whilst staff numbers allow. Should we find that we do not have enough staff who can attend, due to illness and self-isolation, then we will be forced to close until such a time that we have enough staff available to safely open again. Should we need to close, we will work with the Local Authority and Clevedon Learning Trust to signpost parents in need to an alternative provision.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Please do not contact the school for advice on this.

There is a document called “Closure of Educational Settings: Information for Parents and Carers” and this can be accessed by following the link below:

Closure of Educational Settings: Information for Parents and Carers

In this document you will find the criteria for identifying yourself as a Critical Worker. I have also provided an overview at the end of this letter.

To clarify, only one parent is required to be a Critical Worker for your child to qualify for a place but if you have childcare or any possibility of keeping them at home you should still do so.

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Children who have a social worker include children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.

The expectation is that all schools, pre-schools and nurseries should stay open for children of critical workers and vulnerable groups and so Westover Green will only be able to provide for current children on roll who fall into one of the two categories above.

I appreciate that there is now a very short window for you as parents/carers to organise child care if you cannot access school provision, and also for us at school to get the necessary work done to prepare for Monday.

The link below is to a form which you will need to complete and return to school no later than 12:00 noon today (Friday 20th March 2020) if you are a critical worker (was until yesterday called keyworker) wishing to access this service

LINK CLOSED - DEADLINE LAPSED

Additionally, following this guidance if your child is on an EHCP and you require provision you must also let us know no later than 12:00 noon today (Friday 20th March 2020).

We intend to run our provision daily, Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:30. All child care outside of these times will need to be the responsibility of the parent/carer. We will continue the provision in this way until we are instructed by the Government to adapt or change it.

Please note the school will aim to continue this provision through the Easter holidays as well. At the moment I am working with our cleaning team and caterers to ensure we can operate within the correct health and safety framework to enable this to happen and I will confirm arrangements for the Easter break as soon as I can.

We are aware that the situation, and related guidance, is changing all of the time. We will continue to update you of any changes and developments as they occur.

Thank you for your continued and considered support at this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Eveleigh

Headteacher

Criteria for Critical Workers

One parent needs to identify as a Critical Worker for your child to qualify for a place in school during the closure period.

If you think you fall within the critical categories below you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Please do not contact the school for advice on this.

Parents who are not in one of the Critical Worker groups below are not entitled to a school place and will be expected to keep their children at home.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

There are 8 categories of Critical Worker, as detailed below:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

Update 19.3.2020

Dear parents and carers,

You are all aware by now of the Government announcement yesterday that schools are to close until further notice from tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020). We are, as a school, and as a family of schools (Clevedon Learning Trust) looking at giving parents and staff as much reassurance and clarity as possible in these uncertain times.

We understand that wherever possible most parents will want to have their children with them at home. Provision from Monday 23rd March 2020 for Government identified children will be shaped by the number of parents that contact us to request this provision (remember this is deemed care and will not be your child’s normal educational provision). These children are:

  •  Vulnerable children - children with a social worker or those with special education needs as identified through an educational health and care plan (EHCP).

  •  Children of key workers - we are still waiting for the Government definition of ‘key workers’ but our Trust has created this online form for you to complete (if you have completed a paper one in school we will transfer the information for you). This form needs completing by midday tomorrow (Friday 20th March). 

LINK CLOSED - DEADLINE LAPSED 

From Monday 23rd March 2020 we anticipate that we will continue to provide Free School Meals for children.

We have around 140 children eligible for Free School Meals (this is benefits-related entitlement and not the Universal Infant Free School Meals UIFSM that reception to Year 2 access daily). We are working with Aspens (our catering provider) to arrange provision and this may be a weekly food hamper for each FSM entitled child.  We will allocate a time for parents of FSM children to collect their food hamper (further details will follow to relevant parents) – this is likely to be every Monday.  If collection is missed then the food will be redistributed so that it is not wasted.

Further details, information and texts will be sent tomorrow.

Thank you again for your ongoing patience and understanding as we do our best to react to this ever changing situation. Stay safe.

Best wishes

 Jason Eveleigh

Update 18.03.2020

The Government have announced today that all schools will close at the end of Friday (20th March 2020) until further notice but will consider provision for certain children.  Over the next few days we will get as much information to parents as possible.

In these difficult times we are all under pressure and there are huge anxieties for people (ourselves included). Please appreciate that my staff team are still working hard for your children and that school and my staff should not be the place where pressures and frustrations are vented. We are in a global situation and following all daily Governmental advice and guidance to continue providing education and keeping children safe. We hope that everyone in our school community and their families stay safe and well in these unprecedented times. 

13th March 2020 - letter home to parents

Any trips that have been paid for, including swimming lessons, will be refunded in full.  You will be informed when your deposit is ready to collect - this will not be today.  There is a very slight chance that Pinkery could be rescheduled depending on guidance and developments.

Dear Parents / Carers

Update on Coronavirus

In order to ensure the best for our children I am writing to give you an update on the school’s response to Coronavirus. There are now a growing number of confirmed cases and the school and Trust are working hard to ensure your child’s education and welfare are at the centre of all our decision-making.

We take our advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and Clevedon Learning Trust and we have our own critical incident response team here at school too. In the future we may be told to close the school. If and when this happened we will be told to do so, we are not permitted to make this decision ourselves.

Clear decisions have been made to try and minimise potential risks to both children and staff.  We appreciate some of these decision may be upsetting but anticipate your understanding and continued support.  These considerations are to reduce flow of people into school beyond children and staff and to eliminate our children and staff going into public areas.  Additionally, we will be anticipating a reduction in numbers of staff as the virus is indiscriminate and staff are also encouraged to follow all guidance and self-isolate if required.

Until further notice there will be:

  • No horse riding

  • No school assemblies

  • No Year 5 Strike and Field Festival

  • No Year 1 Sports Festival

  • No school trips or visits including Pinkery residential Year 4, Noah’s Ark Zoo Trip Year 1, Cannington Enterprises trip Year 5 

  • No poetry slam

  • No visitors into school

  • No Bikeability

  • No swimming provision (currently Year 4)

  • Parent and Teacher meetings will be postponed

  • No attendance reward day

  • No lettings (including the Westover Little Stars Bingo evening)

  • No Year 6 Easter school or Conker Club with Emma

  • No Sports Day

  • No Summer Fair

  • No outside productions/performances of Performers Groups including the Food and Drink festival

  • No Easter Service

  • No public access to school toilets (parents and/or toddlers at the start and end of the school day will NOT be permitted to use the toilet)

With regards to closing (fully or partially) the school, IF this happens then there will be work added to the class pages on the website www.westovergreenschool.org.uk.  The website will be updated by class teachers regularly.

We would advise you to speak to your employer about the real possibility of school closure because there will be no facility for looking after your child if the school is told to close.

INFECTION CONTROL

Please ensure you help your child by talking about and enforcing the below control measures and we will do the same:

Pupils, students, staff, parents and anyone in school should wash their hands:

  • before leaving home

  • on arrival at school (anti-bac now at all entry points to the school)

  • after using the toilet

  • after breaks and sporting activities

  • before food preparation

  • before eating any food, including snacks

  • before leaving school

  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

We ask that you please let the school know if you are travelling or have travelled to a high risk area, or have been in contact with anyone that has travelled to at risk areas.  The list of high-risk areas is changing daily, check the list here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/

Following guidance, wherever possible your child should be in school.  This is because it is expected that up to 80% of the population will catch the virus because nobody is immune and it could be some time before we see any confirmed cases in the school, so for now we need to stay open and keep education here a priority.

If however, your child has underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma or cancer please let the school know because this could make him/ her more vulnerable if / when he / she catches the virus. Please remember to update us with any changes to your contact details and/or your child’s medical condition. We will be monitoring whether you have updated this information, which must, by law, include three current emergency contact telephone numbers.

Additionally, if you do choose to self-isolate, or have any confirmed cases in your family, YOU MUST LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY.

Symptoms of the Virus are as below:

  •  A cough

  • A high temperature

  • Shortness of Breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness, the symptoms are similar to other illnesses such as a common cold or flu.

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment · see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website. The Department for Education has a coronavirus helpline – ring 08000468687 if you would like to use this service.

We will keep you updated on any developments and advice on the front page of our website.

Sources of information: NHS UK website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

DfE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Thank you for your support and understanding in keeping your child’s welfare and education at the heart of all we do.

Yours sincerely

Jason Eveleigh

Headteacher

 

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