Government Update 23rd March 2020 - 21.00
This evening the Prime Minster placed our country on lockdown to combat the rise of Coronavirus cases.
The clear messages were to only leave home for:
-Shopping for basic necessities
-One form of exercise per day - in isolation or with household members only.
-Any medical needs or to care for a vulnerable person - social distancing should continue.
-Travelling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary.
School will remain open for Critical worker and vulnerable children. However, we kindly ask if you can find alternative care for your children without putting others at risk you consider this option. We will be contacting all children this week to say hello. We are missing the children dearly.
Government Update - 22nd March 2020
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Those who have a social worker include children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority. A child may also be deemed to be vulnerable if they have been assessed as being in need or otherwise meet the definition in section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school or college in consultation with the local authority (LA) and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.
We know that schools and other education providers may also want to support other children who are vulnerable where they are able to do so. Eligibility for free school meals in and of itself should not be the determining factor in assessing vulnerability. We are also asking local authorities and schools to maintain provision for children in alternative provision (AP) settings wherever possible, since many of these settings have a high proportion of children who have a social worker and EHC plans.
We will work with schools, colleges and local authorities to help identify the children who most need support at this time. Looking after these children will enable schools to support the country during challenging times.
STATEMENT OF ENFORCED GOVERNMENT CLOSURE - 18TH MARCH 21:18
In line with advice provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education our school will close on Friday 20th March at 3.30pm and remain closed until further notice, with the exception of key worker and vulnerable pupils. A letter will follow around identifying these pupils.
You are advised to seek further guidance on reasonable measures relating to COVID-19, this can be located on the Public Health England website found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
This website will continue to be updated over the forthcoming days to provide you with the latest information.
During this period of closure, our pupils safety and wellbeing remains the upmost importance. If you are a pupil and in need of support, or a member of the community concerned about a pupils welfare please contact one of the support agencies identified below:
Local Children’s Safeguarding Board
If you wish to report a safeguarding concern about a child please contact
If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger telephone 999.
If a child or young person is at risk of significant harm contact the Safeguarding Referral Team – Telephone 01782 235100. Email: SRT.Referrals@stoke.gov.uk
Emergency Duty Team – 01782 234234 (After 5pm)
Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Further helplines for conditions such as Stress, Anxiety and Depression can be found on the following link to the NHS:
Your local foodbank supported by The Shaw Education Trust is:
YMCA North Staffordshire, Harding Rd, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3AE. Phone: 01782 222376
Government Daily Update for 17th March
These are being introduced because of the rapid increase in cases and aim to push the peak of cases into the summer to ease the pressure on the NHS.
Here are the key points:
Daily Update from Mrs Knowles and the Droplets
Coronavirus Update from the Waterside team: 16th March 2020
As you will be aware the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of “delaying” the spread of the virus. We’d like to reassure you that at Waterside Primary School we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England.
What is the latest information?
The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given. Currently all the school functions continue to run as normal, although we are restricting visitors to the school and are remaining on site for the duration of the day. Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain in isolation at home for 14 days: a new, continuous cough and/or a temperature
What if my child is unwell?
If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by contacting the school office. It is important that you detail the symptoms, so we can ascertain if your child is off for self-isolation or is poorly due to other illnesses. We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation.
What are we doing as a school to lower the risks?
Pupils are requested to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, at several points during the day. This is always prior to eating. Younger children are supervised whilst they wash their hands. Lessons and assemblies have been delivered to children regarding daily hygiene and to provide reassurance about the virus.
Where children develop symptoms during the day, we will contact parents and request they are collected promptly.
All visitors are requested to wash their hands or use sanitizer gel upon signing in. Non-essential visitors to the school have been advised that the school is restricting access.
The daily cleaning routine prioritises high contact areas such as toilets, classrooms, dining spaces, touch points and door handles. Cleaning staff know and understand the Infection Control Procedures. They are encouraged to share their concerns
What can you do to help us as parents?
If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via [email/telephone]
Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.
Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough).
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school under Health and Safety grounds. In either case, we’ll:
Write to you informing you of the closure and the reasons behind this decision.
Communicate with you via text message and the website the details of the school reopening date.
Inform you of how we will set work for pupils during closure and how you can stay in touch with the school. This will be a mixture of online learning and paper-based activities. Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare.
There are currently no plans to close.
Should you have any questions – please do email or phone the school and we will respond immediately. We thank you all for your positive support during what is a tricky and anxious time for all.
Mrs Knowles and the Waterside team.