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Lockdown 2 - 11.11.2020 to 23.11.2020 (Reception, Year 1 & 2 Isolation)

 

16th November 2020 - School Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week we informed you that there had been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Bubble 1. This letter is to update and reassure you. Following the reporting of the positive test, the school made contact with Public Health England – a procedure that all schools must follow. Following conversations with the team, we were advised to send the whole of bubble 1 home to isolate. All bubble 1 pupils should return to school on Monday 23rd November.

This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The safety and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff is our top priority and we hope this letter reassures you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our school community is safe.

Since we returned in September, this is the first reported COVID19 case by either staff or pupils in our school. We will continue to work closely with Suffolk Outbreak Management Team and remain vigilant for any other cases. We also ask our parents to remain vigilant and to not send your child to school if they have any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours).   
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Anyone with these symptoms should firstly self-isolate and get tested, requesting a test via the online portal or via 119 if they do not have internet access.  There is currently a high national demand for testing and Suffolk residents may experience difficulty in securing a test. The best advice for accessing testing is to use the online portal, and if at first unsuccessful keep checking each hour as more testing slots will become available during the day. 

Please be aware that only individuals with these symptoms are eligible for testing.  

Parents of children with common cold symptoms who do not have any of the 3 COVID-19 symptoms listed above should not request testing for their child plus do not fall into either of the following categories: 

  • a household member has COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive test result in the last 14 days
  • the child has been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case through NHS Test and Trace or local contact tracing efforts

they should not be excluded from school and may continue to attend school providing they are feeling well enough to do so.

If your child is isolating due to developing symptoms themselves, or due to household isolation or being identified as a close contact, please let us know as soon as possible in the same way you normally report absence. This will help us to take the right precautions at the setting.

It is also vital that all children and their families follow the guidelines stated and limit their contacts in order to keep our school as safe as possible. Can we remind you that if you have been told to isolate it is important you stay at home.  You can not leave your home for walks or to go to the shops until the end of the isolation period.  This will help stop the spread and help to stop any more cases in our school or the local community.

For those children in bubble 1, it is only the child who needs to isolate. Other members of the household are allowed to go out, go to work and visit shops, but the child must stay isolated.

If you are struggling financially as a result of the bubble 1 closure, The Suffolk Support and Advice Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or visit the Suffolk Support and Advice Service website. This isn’t a guarantee but they can offer support or guidance for low-income families.

More information can be found here https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/benefits/east-suffolk-test-and-trace-payment-scheme/

I know that the guidelines are confusing but we will do all we can to help in any way that we can. Online learning has started today for bubble 1 and it has been a great success. Thank you all for your continues patience and understanding during this difficult time,

Kind Regards,

Miss Hunter
Acting Head Teacher

12th November 2020 - Remote Learning for Bubble 1

Dear Parent or Guardian,

I do hope you and your children are well during this current period at home. Whilst your child is isolating at home, the latest government advice is that online learning should be equal to that in school.

I am writing to share the online learning timetable for Magpie next week. Online teaching will take place through Teams and you will receive a separate email about this. Online Learning Monday 16th to Friday 20th November Each day there are 5 lessons which will all take place on Teams (apart from the Monday, Tuesday and Friday 2.30pm slot where you will access learning from the isolation packs.)

The first lesson of the day is Phonics and Reading from 09.30 to 10.30a.m. You will receive an invitation to a 30 minutes Phonics session at either 09.30 or 10am depending on which time slot your child has been given. Please listen to your child read in the remaining 30 minutes and fill in their reading record. You can access Oxford Owl to get more reading books for their current reading stage as outlined in the Reading Isolation pack that you have received.

Each lesson will begin with a short input which will be followed by a guided activity. After this your child will be asked to complete a learning task at home which you can upload to Tapestry. Your child will be given feedback on their learning through Tapestry.

You can find the online learning timetable below and we will also give you further tips to extend the learning at home as we would do at school through continuous provision activities.

With best wishes,

Mary Cordeaux, Class Teacher 

11th November 2020 - School Open for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Dear parents/carers,

The school continues to be open for children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. I understand that for some families of pupils that are currently isolating this may cause some difficulties.

Following our consultation with Public Health England and the Department for Education, we have been told that the expectation is for siblings of pupils that are currently isolating to be in school. Any absence of siblings will be recorded as an unauthorised absence if in relation to bubble 1 isolation.

We trust that you will try to do all you can to meet these guidelines while ensuring the safety and isolation of your younger children. We appreciate that this will affect every family in a different way. Please contact the school if you wish to discuss the matter further.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Hunter Acting, Head teacher

11th November 2020 - Closure of Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days

FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID 19 at Phoenix St Peter Academy

Dear parent or carer,

We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive (COVID-19) at Phoenix St Peter Academy.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected child because they are in the same bubble (bubble 1 EY, Y1 and Y2). In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until Saturday the 21st November.

If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Monday 23rd November.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.

Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 . 
People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able to move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely,

Miss Hunter
Acting Head teacher