Updated 6th September - updated Risk Assessment added
Updated 6th September - new risk assessment added
Updated 16th July Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings.
Updated 7th July - Thank you very much to each and every one of you for your support in making sure our school has been a safe place during the pandemic. As the government shares its intentions to lift almost all restrictions from the 19th July, we want to continue to make sure that the school remains as safe as possible until the end of term. Therefore, all current risk assessments and measures will remain in place until the end of term.
Updated 17th May - new changes 17th May - What's changed....
Updated 14th May - new risk assessment added.
Updated 23rd April - Covid - If you or your child displays symptoms
Parents and carers must understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they or their child are displaying any symptoms. This does not need to be a combination of symptoms - only one. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
- provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
- self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. This must be a PCR test and not a Lateral Flow Test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.
Updated 13th April - new risk assessment added
Updated 9th March 2021
Up to 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Regular Rapid testing is available for parents of nursery, school children and college students as well as adults in their households, childcare and support bubbles https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/back-to-school/resources/leaflets/
The Testing kits can be picked up between 1pm - 8pm from Dragon Road Car Park, Harrogate, HG1 5DB or Forum car Park, Northallerton, DL6 1SZ
Updated 1st March 2021 - The government has announced that schools will reopen to all pupils on 8th March, we’re very much looking forward to welcoming back more of our children to face-to-face education. Welcome back letter - 8th March 2021 What parents and carers need to know - updated 16 March 2021
An updated Risk Assessment can be found at Wider Opening of Schools V2021.3_23.02.21 8 March 2021
Updated 4th January 2021 - National lockdown: Stay at home 04.01.2021
Following the Government's announcement of a national lockdown and school closures, I write to inform you that all learning will be remote from tomorrow. The Remote Learning document attached details the planned delivery.
The school will be open for children of critical keyworkers and vulnerable children as defined by the government: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Bubbles will be made up of the children requiring provision and will not be the same as the current class bubbles.
Breakfast club will be available for those children eligible for on-site provision.
All keyworker parents/carers entering the school premises must wear a face covering in addition to social distancing. Children are to wear school uniform.
Guidance updated 1st January 2021
Tier 3 - Very High Alert - What you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions.
Guidance Updated 02.12.2020
The Government have updated the guidance for parents and carers to reflect the end of National Restrictions on 2 December and how these settings should operate under the local restriction tiers.The updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak clarifies the position under the local restriction tiers for:
- Clinically extremely vulnerable children
- Face coverings
- Music, dance and drama performances
- Educational visits and trips
- Extra-curricular activities
Guidance Updated 16.11.2020
North Yorkshire County Council, following feedback from Public Health, have provided a series of messages to pass on to parents and carers.
Although you will be doing many of these already, and we are grateful for your cooperation and support, we would ask that you read through as a reminder.
Messages to pass on to your parents/carers
• Please ensure that you maintain social distancing from others when dropping off and collecting your child from our school. Please follow any guidance issued by us to help with this e.g. only one adult per family should enter school grounds to drop off or collect.
• For those travelling by car we ask that you wait in your car until your specific drop off time. This will reduce the amount of people assembling in and around the school grounds and will help with social distancing.
• We recommend that all parents/carers entering the school premises (and in other congested areas around school premises) wear a face covering in addition to social distancing. This an extra safeguard to reduce the transmission of the virus. Please note that this does not apply to those who are medically exempt.
• You must keep at least two metres apart from other parents/carers at all times. Where you are unable to do so, wear a face covering.
Messages for parents/carers to talk to their children about
• Limit the number of people they walk to/from school with.
• Please remind your child to leave school in a timely manner to avoid social contacts.
• Please make sure your child attends school in usual uniform with an appropriate coat for winter conditions.
• Please remember the school ‘bubbles’ do not apply outside of school (i.e. children should avoid mixing with friends outside of school, even if they are in the same ‘bubble’ at school).
Message to pass on to parents/carers about self-isolation
If you are self-isolating
• Please ensure that if you or a member of your family has Covid symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate (e.g. if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive) that you and your household follow the self-isolation guidelines.
• Please do not send a child to school if they or a member of their household has symptoms, or if they have been asked to self-isolate.
• Please follow the national guidance:
o For individuals who have tested positive or who live in the same household as someone who is positive for covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
o For close contacts who do NOT live in the same household:
• If you require any further support (e.g. shopping, medication) whilst you are self-isolating please visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/help-you-during-coronavirus-covid-19 for further information.
Messages for parents/carers on current lockdown restrictions
• The new national restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
• In summary:
o You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition,) training, registered childcare and children’s activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart.
o You and your children must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare during the national restrictions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#childcare-and-childrens-activities
If you have any questions relating to the actions we are taking to keep everyone safe in school, please contact the school office either by email or telephone and we will be happy to help.
Updated 05.11.2020 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
A fabric mask can act as a barrier to prevent the spread of the virus. However, it must be used correctly and always combined with other measures to protect yourself and everyone else. Here is how to wear a fabric mask safely. For more information, visit: www.who.int
14.10.20 Update for picking up: Please reverse the one way system at the end of the day. Enter through the staff car park, collect your child then exit through the playground. Thank you
13.10.20 Implementing One way system
Pupil Absence What to do if my child..... A reference guide for parents and school staff as of 16th September 2020
Updated 01 July 2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=dbce2466-5575-4736-9bbb-fd3516d0d7b3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily
Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Updated 11 May 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The government has updated the guidance on mental health and wellbeing.
There are a number of online resources available to support families in preparing healthy and nutritious food, as well as on the NHS Eat Well website.
There is also a link to healthy packed lunches, which you could incorporate into a picnic in the living room or your garden.
A free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children