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Lockdown 5 - 15.03.2021 to 11.04.2021 (Whole School)

Please find following school updates in relation to the most recent Covid Isolation of the Whole School, below.
 

19th March 2021 - School Closure until after Easter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to inform you that we have taken the difficult decision to close Phoenix St Peter Academy until after the Easter holiday. This is due to a small number of Covid-19 cases in school and among the local community, which have affected our staffing capacity and consequent ability to educate pupils safely on site.

We have taken this decision due to our wish to place pupil and family wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do as a school, as well as protect the wider community. The school will be open to pupils on Monday 12th April. Although this was initially designated as an INSET day, that has now been cancelled so that we can welcome back pupils then.

We will continue to provide high-quality remote education for pupils for the week commencing Monday 22nd March and would encourage pupils to participate in this as much as they are able to, and in the wonderful way they have done previously. I apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision, but this is vital to ensure the continued wellbeing of our pupils, staff and families. We have taken this decision following regular communication with the Covid-19 Education Team at Suffolk County Council, REAch2 Academy Trust, the Department for Education and Public Health England.

We will continue to provide food hampers and portable IT Devices for those families who require it and would ask any family who wants to find out more about this to please contact the school. If you have any questions about the school closure, please do get in touch through the school office – you can email office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org or call and leave a voice message which we are listening to regularly. We would like to thank all our families for their ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Rich Roberts
Interim Headteacher

16th March 2021 - Confirmed Covid Cases in Years 3 & 4

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to our recent correspondence we must inform you that earlier today, school was notified of a small number of positive Covid cases in our Year 3 and Year 4 Bubble. Please could all children in these year groups isolate with immediate effect, up to and including Monday 22nd March 2021.

We are informing you of this based on discussions with Suffolk County Council’s Education Covid-19 Team. As the last day of contact in school was Friday 12th March, the 10-day isolation period starts from that date.

We are able to confirm that as of the date of this letter, no cases have been reported within Bubble 3, our Year 5 & 6 classes. If you are concerned that your child may have Covid-19, or is showing symptoms, you can book a Test through the following link: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html

I know many of you are booking tests and I welcome this. I very much hope that you are all safe and well and will keep the school community informed of any further cases, or decisions which we may take from these, as they arise.

Please email the school office to do so, as every bit of information will help us as part of our decision making process over the next few days.

Yours Sincerely,

Rich Roberts
Interim Headteacher

16th March 2021 - Collection of Food Hampers

Good morning

Food hampers will be ready to collect this Thursday between 9.30am - 2pm. YOU WILL BE CALLED TO ALLOCATE A TIME SLOT TO YOU - IF YOU SEE "NO CALLER ID" ON YOUR PHONE PLEASE ANSWER AS IT'S LIKELY TO BE THE SCHOOL CALLING FROM HOME.

Just a few rules:-

  • Please collect at the side door of the kitchen.
  • Social distance rules apply
  • Please wear a face mask or covering
  • Only 1 person to collect at the kitchen

You will have a 5 minute window to collect your food hamper before the next family arrives, please arrive promptly and exit school premises as soon as you have collected. Please can you ensure you bring bags with you.

If you are unable to collect yourselves due to self isolating because of a positive Covid case in your household please let us know by return email and we will make other arrangements. Please note our new office email address is; office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org

Thank you for your continued support.
The School Office

16th March 2021 - Remote Learning Update

Good morning,

As you know our school is shut to all pupils (including those of key workers) until Tuesday 23rd March. Work has been sent through Marvellous Me and Microsoft Teams for your child to complete for today's learning and online lessons on Microsoft Teams will resume tomorrow. The online lessons will be the same times as before.

If your child is unable to get onto Microsoft Teams for the online lessons and needs a home learning pack, then please let us know.

Unfortunately, because of staff and pupils not being allowed into the school at the moment, we cannot print the home learning packs off at school for parents to collect like we normally would.

Stay safe and take care.

Kind regards,
The School Office

14th March 2021 - Support for Free School Meal Children


Dear Families
 
Following on from Mr Roberts' letter regarding the school closure, and to ensure that we are adhering to guidance from Public Health England, I am very sorry that we are unable to provide Food Hampers until we are 100% certain which of our Staff do not have Covid-19.
 
Tests will be undertaken as quickly as possible, and we will then be able to arrange for Food Hampers to be delivered to your homes (by contact free doorstep delivery), we hope by Tuesday afternoon/evening or Wednesday at the latest.
 
If your child(ren) receive free school meals and you would like a Food Hamper, please email the Office by 10:00a.m. on Monday 15th March at: office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org
We will then let you know when we will be delivering your hamper, as soon as possible.
 
We are very sorry that we are unable to support our families from tomorrow, but if anyone needs urgent support or supplies, please let me know confidentially at: kirsten.ward@phoenixstpeteracademy.org and I will do my best to help you remotely.
 
Alternatively, the Lowestoft Food Bank will be open tomorrow and the details are below:
 
LOWESTOFT FOODBANK TEL NO: 0730 786 6146
OPENING TIMES:
MON 10:00 - 12:00
WED 10:00 - 12:00
FRI 10:00 - 12:00
 
 
 

 

 

Kindest regards,

Kirsten Ward
School Business Manager

14th March 2021 - School Closure Letter to Whole School

Dear Parents and Carers,

It saddens me to inform you that I must now close school completely until Tuesday 23rd March. We now have several confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in different parts of school, some affecting children and some affecting staff. With regret, through track and trace we do not have enough staff to cover Key Worker children.

I am not using a template to write this letter given to me from the DfE or from PHE, I am writing to you from the heart. I am so sorry that this has happened. You have seen the control measures we have put in place outside school which has been replicated inside school but this virus does not discriminate and it has found a way to reach our school community.

My priority is public health. If we are healthy, we can be educated but in ongoing tricky times, public health comes first. Please contact the school office if more positive tests are recorded. There are different ways to get a test for your household, even if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html Click on this link to find somewhere where you can pick up test kits to do at home.

Staff will work tirelessly to ensure children learn at home. In the first instance, they will provide home learning packs, please do what you can. If we are able to resume live learning, then we will and teachers will contact you directly. Moreover, if through negative test results, we are able to open for some Key Worker children, we will, but I must be honest that this is highly unlikely as I write this now.

I am bound by guidance, advice and regulation but also by common sense and with so many confirmed cases in different parts of the school in a short period of time, sense dictates my decision making and even if it is unpopular, it is, on the balance of sensible risk, a cautious but appropriate measure.

You have my word I will keep you updated as best as I can. Clearly, we are edging closer to normality but are not there quite yet so stay safe and take great care.

Yours Sincerely,

Rich Roberts
Interim Headteacher

14th March 2021 - School Update to Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Advice to All Parents – Positive COVID-19 Cases

Dear Parents,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. 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.

Children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We will contact you immediately if the situation changes

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

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

The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10 day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.

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 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, 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.

Symptoms

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

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your 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,

Rich Roberts
Interim Headteacher

14th March 2021 - School Update to Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Bubble

FOR PARENTS / CARERS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19

As you were made aware on Friday, we have had a confirmed case of Covid 19 in the Year 1 bubble. Over the weekend we have been informed of further cases within the same bubble.

Staff have worked hard to minimise contacts between bubbles but nonetheless there are now positive cases.

After discussions with PHE and the DfE we are closing those bubbles and asking all children to self-isolate for ten days. This means a return to school for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 on Tuesday 23rd March.

Please see the guidance and advice given by PHE below. Siblings of children within these bubbles do not need to self-isolate and can attend school, however should they or anyone else in your household develop symptoms or test positive then you will need to self-isolate immediately and inform the school.

We appreciate that this is frustrating for both parents and children alike especially as the guidance is extremely clear that even with a negative test result, children cannot return to school until after the 10 days of self isolation.

As your child’s Headteacher and a parent myself I would strongly recommend you seeking a test for your child. This information will support the school in making the best possible decisions for us as a community with children’s and your families safety being our priority.

The following information is from Public Health England

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days

Dear Parent or Carer,

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

We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, have identified that your child has been in close contact with the individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with the national guidance, your child must stay at home and self-isolates until Tuesday 23d March.

If your child is well at the end of the 10-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to their usual activities and attend school as normal.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities, provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10-day self-isolation period.

For more information, please see the 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 coronavirus (COVID 19)

Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test - this is the type of test that is normally available and can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

People who do not have symptoms or have not tested positive using a Lateral Flow Device should not request a PCR 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 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10-day isolation period starts on the 12th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 22nd and you can return to your normal routine.

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 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, 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. If that is not possible, anyone with symptoms should try and stay as far away as possible from vulnerable members of your household.

For more information, please read PHE’s ‘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

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 coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading

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

Further Information

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

Yours sincerely,

Rich Roberts,
Interim Headteacher

12th March 2021 - School Update from Head

Dear Families

Sadly, we have been made aware of a potential positive Covid case affecting the Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Bubble.

A lateral flow test has shown a positive result and a full PCR test has been sent off to confirm the result. We have been in contact with Public Health England who have confirmed that our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Bubble, and any Staff who may have been supporting those groups for a specified period, should remain at home next week, commencing 15th March 2021 and can return to school on Monday 22nd March 2021.

We will keep you informed of any changes. If your child feels poorly over the weekend and/or is displaying symptoms of Covid, please keep them at home and refer to the following link for testing:
https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronaviruscovid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-testing-in-suffolk/

The school will not be open to children of Critical Workers if they are in these year groups and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We will therefore resume Remote Learning as follows:

  • Reception Class: On Monday & Tuesday: Children in Reception Class should continue to work from their Home Learning/Isolation Packs which were previously sent to you, as these covered the period up to Easter holidays.
  • If you require these again, please contact the School Office by Sunday evening at: office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org
  • Mrs Cordeaux will commence remote learning through Teams on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Year 1: Miss Kelly will resume remote learning from Monday morning.
  • Year 2: Miss Martin will resume remote learning from Monday morning.

Laptops for these Year Groups We have a small supply of Laptops available to support remote learning. If you require a Laptop, please contact the School Office by Sunday evening at: office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org

Children eligible for Free School Meals For children in these year groups who are eligible for Free School Meals (not Universal), we are happy to provide a food hamper for the week if required. If you require a Food Hamper, please contact the School Office by Sunday evening at: office@phoenixstpeteracademy.org

Why have we chosen to Isolate these Year Groups?:
As schools return to full attendance, we understand parents’ frustration when their child is asked to isolate at home, either after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or because of being in close contact of someone who has tested positive. However, self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of the virus and help protect our friends, family and our community. Around one in three people with coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms, and so finding and isolating these hidden cases quickly will help to stop outbreaks before they get a chance to develop.

If your child tests at home using a lateral flow test, positive results must be followed up with a confirmatory PCR test (as these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment).

I know you will wish those feeling poorly a speedy recovery, and I would like to thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Rich Roberts
Interim Headteacher

12th March 2021 - School Closure due to Positive Covid Case

Dear Parents/Carers:

Unfortunately, we have been made aware of a potential positive Covid case affecting the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Bubble.
Please collect your child(ren) at their normal collection time, whilst maintaining social distancing and exit the playground promptly and as safely as possible.

Mr Roberts will be issuing a letter shortly. Please do not contact the school unless absolutely necessary, so we can inform you as quickly as possible of arrangements for next week.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

The School Office