JANUARY UPDATE 2021
A message form Amanda Burnell, Headteacher – Friday 3rd September 2021
I hope that you have enjoyed the summer break. It seems to have flown by. Staff have been in school over the last few days, preparing for the return of pupils next week. You might have read about schools returning to a ‘new normal’ from this term. ‘The overarching objective is to maximise the number of children and young people in face-to face education or childcare and minimise any disruption, in a way that best manages the COVID-19 risk.’ (DfE Contingency framework education and childcare settings, August 2021).
We have been working with the DfE guidance to ensure that the school can run as safely and as ‘normally’ as possible from next week. The biggest change is the abolition of bubbles which in turn means that the school can indeed return to a pre-pandemic timetable: arrival, pick up, break times and lunch times will no longer be staggered; assemblies can resume in person. School will begin to feel more like the community that many of us remember prior to March 2020.
However, we are not out of the woods yet; scientists predict an exponential rise in the number of cases once children return to school. The care and safety of the entire school community remains our priority. Health and hygiene procedures put in place over the last eighteen months will remain: regular hand washing and sanitising; catch it, bin it, kill it with tissues; enhanced classroom cleaning; well ventilated classrooms. Whilst adults are now allowed back onto site, I would ask that you continue to contact the office by phone or email whenever possible.
DfE guidance states that children should not attend school if they are displaying any symptom of the virus. These are: a new persistent cough, a high temperature, a change in, or loss of, taste or smell. In line with this guidance, any pupil displaying any of these symptoms in school will be isolated and you will be contacted for immediate collection.
We have produced an Outbreak Management Plan which has been shared with staff and governors and the risk assessment has been revised. The former details contingency planning in the event of substantial confirmed cases of COVID at Sherington. In isolated cases, the school no longer administers track and trace.
Remote Education/Home Learning
Please click on the link for our Remote Education Policy.
Please click on the link for our Microsoft Teams Joining Instructions.
Our full risk assessment (which has been submitted to the local authority) is available to view below. It remains a working document and will be updated as required. You will probably be aware that advice and guidance can change, sometimes at short notice.
We must reiterate that the safety of our pupils and staff remains our priority and we have done our utmost to plan for a safe return. Attendance for pupils is now statutory.
If you need any advice or support, please contact the school office.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice
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.
Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.
Consider alerting people who you do not live with and have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the guidance on self-isolation again. The section below has further information.
Further information from the government can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.
Please call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen. If you have a concern about your child’s health or need further information, you can also find advice from Department of Health and Public Health England here.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
Should there be any further guidance issued, we will update you. Please look out for texts and emails from us.
The helpline for questions about COVID-19 related to education:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri)
This link below will help you understand how to travel safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in England. It provides guidance for walking, cycling, using private vehicles (for example cars and vans), and travelling by taxis and public transport (for example trains, buses, coaches and ferries).
You should avoid using public transport where possible. Instead try to walk, cycle, or drive. If you do travel, thinking carefully about the times, routes and ways you travel will mean we will all have more space to stay safe.
Do not wait. Ask for the test as soon as you have symptoms.
You can ask for a test:
In England, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age.
For more information on hoe to get tested, visit: