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If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

What is a support bubble?

Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Babies and children

Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.

If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.

 

31st December, 2020. 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We hope that you have been able to enjoy a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas with your family.  On behalf of all the staff we would like to thank you for the cards and gifts received.  We thank you for your support during the first two terms, and we will continue to rely on your patience and understanding as we face the challenges of opening for the Spring term, following the surge in cases nationally over the Christmas break, alongside the need to simultaneously maintain teaching and safety of children and staff.

As you may be aware, there has been a recent government announcement around the return to school for the Spring Term.  With case rates rising across the country, the government will now begin applying the contingency framework for education and childcare settings.  For primary schools, in areas of the country with very high rates or incidence or transmission of the virus, will shift to remote education (other than those children of key worker parents and from the vulnerable category).  However, most including St Bernard’s, will return as normal from the start of term on January 4th.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021

We will continue to follow the advice set out in the government guidance for full opening, updated on 30th December 2020.  The measures set out in this guidance provide a framework to put in place proportionate protective measures for children and staff, which also ensure that all pupils receive a high quality education that enables them to thrive and progress.  We will review our Risk Assessment and a copy of this will be available on our website next week, once complete.  The information below summarises the main points in our current risk assessment:

Measures in place to reduce mass gatherings of parents and children at the start and end of school

To reduce footfall and maintain social distancing on site staggered start and finish times will be applied for all children. Parents must not congregate on or around the school site before or after school. All adults must maintain social distancing to reduce the chance of transmitting the virus. It is essential that all children arrive and leave at their designated start or finish time. 


Reception  will arrive at 9:00 and leave at 3:30 - gates near Reception.

Y1 will arrive at 8:45 and will leave at 3:15 - gates near the school office. 

Y2 will arrive at 8:45 and will leave at 3:15 - main gate to playground.

Y3 will arrive at 8:55 and will leave at 3:25 - main gate to playground.

Y4 will arrive at 9:05 and will leave at 3:35 - main gate to playground.

Y5 will arrive at 8:45 and will leave at 3:15 - main gate to playground.

Y6 will arrive at 8:55 and will leave at 3:25 - main gate to playground

Bubbles

Children will continue to be taught in class ‘bubbles’, these bubbles will stay together throughout the day. However, we will continue to ‘double bubble’ the classes for better management of break times, lunch times, and so that the same consistent team of staff can work between 2 bubbles. The children in the bubble groups won’t mix, as each bubble within the double bubble will be kept separate, for example: at playtimes the playground will be divided into two, and one bubble will use each half, with staff from both bubbles able to supervise

Lunches

Due to the increased risk of virus transmission, we will no longer be able to provide hot school meals five days a week in the dinner hall.  We will be returning to the combination of boxed hot meals and packed lunches to be eaten in the ‘classroom bubble’.  Lunches will be made in school and provided for all children in Reception to Year 2. They will also be provided for any children eligible for Free School Meals. All other children should bring a packed lunch or pay for a packed lunch option.  Chartwells Stage 2 menu options will be posted on our website as soon as we receive it.   

There will be no ‘breakfast club’ or ‘after school club’ provision, as this would need to be managed in ‘bubbles’ and this is not possible with the available staff and space in our school.

Important health reminder

Children must not attend school if they have symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household. If your child were to become unwell at school they would need to be collected promptly and would remain in an isolation area until collected.  The previous self-isolation restrictions will apply: 7 days for anyone with symptoms and 10 days for anyone else in their household.  Parents should contact school immediately if their child begins to show any symptoms and we can advise on testing and inform other parents in the group. If a child, or adult, in the cohort tests positive then the whole group would need to follow appropriate self-isolation guidelines. 

If there is a surge of infection in our area at any point during the Spring term, which may prevent school remaining open, or a change in government guidance, we will be in touch regarding continuing home learning and future plans.  

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Jordan

 

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SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 

Symptoms of Covid 19 are a new and continuous cough, a fever or temperature and/ or a loss of sense of smell and taste; there are also reports of rare cases where children have initially presented with gastrointestinal problems. Do not send your child to school if they display any of these symptoms: symptoms in children are often mild.

Please see the below link for details of symptoms, isolation and testing. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please be assured that we have taken every action possible to ensure that we are keeping children and staff safe.  Our September Opening Covid Risk Assessment is available on our website if you would like further information. 

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your support through this very difficult time, the staff at St Bernard’s are excited and ready for the challenge of the new school year.  Once we have welcomed the children back, we will implement our planned recovery curriculum over the coming weeks.  This will enable us to assess the children and identify any catch-up support needed to ensure children get back on track quickly.

We will be in touch about this in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing more of our parents/carers from Monday 7th.

Best wishes,

Mrs Wilson and Mr Jordan

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