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Week Ending Friday 13th March 2020- 97.1%

Coronavirus - COVID 19

For those children returning to school please read all the relevant documents. Thank you

Covid-19 Local Outbreak Control Plans for Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire.

Letter to Parents from the Local Authority - Online safety information and advice

Letter to parents- 01.05.20 - from Children's and Families services

Letter to parents 3.4.20 Home learning information

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.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

 

Updated letter re key worker & vulnerable provision during closure.20/03/2020

Letters home on Thursday 19th March regarding school closure & Key worker provision

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)

 

NSPCC

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)

 

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

 

Young Minds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

 

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Further helplines for conditions such as Stress, Anxiety and Depression can be found on the following link to the NHS:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

 

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 Update from the Education Secetary

The government recognises the huge importance of the role you have played in maintaining the education, training and social care of our children and young people during this challenging time. I recognise that you will have the same anxieties as the rest of the country about your health and that of your families. On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire government, I thank you all for all of your work so far, and your continued support. I am deeply grateful for the civic spirit and dedication of everyone working in education, and I will continue to provide my full support throughout this crisis.

Next steps

It is clear that education and children’s social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance. To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

We are expecting early years providers and sixth form and further education colleges to do the same. We are working with Her Majesty’s Treasury on the financial support required. We are also asking that independent schools and boarding schools follow the same approach.

Where possible, we would encourage settings to stay open for this purpose throughout the Easter holidays.

Many universities and other higher education institutions are already taking necessary steps to keep their staff and students safe and where possible keep providing education. We are confident vice-chancellors are making the right decisions and the Department for Education continues to support them in doing so.

Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections

Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.

Update on assessments and examinations

We can confirm that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year.

We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need.

My Department is working closely with local authorities, representatives of early years, schools and head teachers, regional school commissioners and bodies such as Ofsted and Ofqual about how to deliver this change as effectively as possible.

And we will do whatever is necessary to support local authorities, settings, schools and teachers through the weeks and months ahead.

Free school meal provision

We will give schools the flexibility to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals. Some schools are already doing this, and we will reimburse the costs. As soon as possible, we will put in place a national voucher system. 

Thank you once again for everything you are doing at this difficult time.

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Secretary of State for Education

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:

  • Anyone who has a new persistent cough or a temperature of 37.8C or above and anyone who lives with them should stay at home for 14 days / 7 days if living alone.
  • People should minimise social contact and avoid public transport, pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  • People should start working from home where they possibly can
  • Those over 70 or those who have a significant health condition such as heart disease and lung disease as well as women who are pregnant need to take extra care to minimise social contact for 12 weeks from the end of this week
  • Only use the NHS when we really need to
  • From tomorrow government will no longer be "supporting" mass gatherings using emergency workers

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.

Thank you

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside team.

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