COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates

RECONNECTION WEEK 13.7.20
Please see our newsletters for current news. Specific updates separate to our newsletter will be posted here.
 
A link to our Frequently Asked Questions can be found by clicking on the image below: 
DoJo post 8.7.20
 
**RECONNECTION WEEK**
Bubble groups, Classrooms, Teachers & Timetables attached (on DoJo).

Main Amendments to Risk Assessments & Procedures:
-New Bubble zones to be clearly demarcated (in/out).
-Bubbles will have their own allocated toilet.
-Further enhanced cleaning rota. Cleaner will now be on site for the majority of the school day undertaking a cleaning rotation.
-Teachers are assigned to each bubble group. Where staff teach across more than 1 bubble, they will socially distance and hand wash upon leaving/entering bubbles.
-Where equipment, such as for kwik cricket, is used by more than 1 bubble in a day it will be cleaned in between bubble sessions.
-Uniform remains optional (fresh clothes needed daily).
-Drop off/Collection window of time extended (8.45-9.15am drop off and 3.00-3.15pm collection).

Key reminders:
**Parents/Carers drop off and pick up procedure - please remind yourself of the video to enter/leave school site. Queuing to enter and leaving at a 2 meter distance, holding hand of all children/siblings. Please do not turn your car around in the school vehicular entrance as this is being used by pedestrians.
**Sun-care - apply sun cream every morning
**Hygiene - wash hands before leaving home, fresh clothes every day
**What to bring for a day at school: packed lunch (if not school dinner), water bottle, waterproof jacket, trainers are allowed, uniform is optional - clothing must be suitable for PE/outdoor learning (nothing else)
**Reminder to discourage parents gathering in the car park/outside school

We ask that none of our procedures begin to relax. Each has been careful thought through and planned with the safety of the children, families and the staff in mind. Please help by remaining vigilant at all times. If you need to refresh yourselves on our risk assessment and policy, please visit our website.

All Risk Assessments, Policies, Plan & Procedures for our schools can be found here:
https://www.egloskerry.cornwall.sch.uk/website/covid-19_risk_assessments_and_procedures/482333

By the end of the school year, we would have been able to accommodate all requests to return to school. This equates to 90% of our pupils.

Many thanks
DoJo post 1.7.20
 
***Whole School Opening - From Mon 13th July***

Please see the 'Whole School Opening' Plan and Procedure and please can ALL PARENTS complete the following survey.

This is for all children who attend Egloskerry Primary, even if you do not wish for them to return before September. If you have more than 1 child at Egloskerry, please complete a survey for each child by 9am Wednesday 8th July.

https://forms.gle/jm9g1iEGr3xWXsATA

Important Dates:
***Friday 17th July LAST DAY OF TERM for EYFS, Y1/2/3/4/5***
*2.55pm outdoor assembly, parents/carers welcome (1 parent to collect inside school playground)
*3pm: 1 minute Egloskerry School Community Clap

Monday 21st July (school closed to all children) - PPA day for staff in lieu of none the previous 6 weeks

Tuesday 22nd July (school closed to EYFS, Y1/2/3/4/5) - Y6 Celebration day - Only Y6 pupils in school & Families invited - details TBC depending upon demand

Wednesday 23rd July & Thursday 24th July (school closed to all children) - INSET day

I am in school and available most days for the rest of this week if you would like to discuss any of the arrangements above.
Many thanks
Emma
Supporting Emotional Well-being during the time that schools begin to reopen - 6.5.20
 
Please see the 'Covid - Community Hub' website page for a social story which helps to explain and provide a base for explaining the 'new normal'. This can be accessed by children of all ages. There is an accompanying 'teacher document' which could be used by parents/carers too.
Many thanks to Amanda Barrass at Kernow Play Therapy www.kernowplaytherapy.co.uk for providing this free to our communities.
 
 
 

 

 

TRIP CANCELLATIONS (Posted 20.3.20 4pm)

Following the government guidance, we have decided to cancel all school trips up to 31st of August 2020.

If you have made a payment for a trip which has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be posting details here shortly on how you can receive your refund.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone, please be assured we are doing everything we can to get you your refund as soon as possible.  Please bear with us at this busy time.

Launceston College MAT - Finance Team

 

COVID-19 update 20.3.20 2.30pm

Can I start by thanking you for your support over the last week, as these messages are making difficult times a little easier.

As of 4pm today our school site is closed.

From Monday we move into running a skeleton school/hub-style provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers who cannot keep their children safe at home. We now have this plan for w/c 23.3.20. Families affected will either have been or will be contacted.

The school/hub will run differently taking into account social distancing protocols such as 2m spacing, increased supervised hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Smiley Happy People will be the base for our Key worker family children, as this ensures that siblings remain together - sensible for emotional/social well-being as well as ease of travel/makes sense for social distancing. We will work closely with Vron and her team to support these children.

As the needs of our families, community and wider schools network changes this will be constantly reviewed.

My overarching aim is to keep our siblings and children safe and secure; emotionally, socially and physically. It makes sense that wherever possible, siblings are at the same hub location. This requires lots of inter-agency/school/nursery working of which will be happening from now and going forward.

I have now closed the 'Key worker' Google form/survey.

Should you need support as a key worker with childcare, where you do not have any other option to ensure the safety of your child at home, please e-mail enquiries@egloskerry.net

It will be the last time that we see each other face to face for some time. This is incredibly strange and overwhelming.

FOEPS have set up a closed Facebook Group which will be launched next week, we will all stay in touch virtually in some capacity.

With love to all of our Egloskerry family xx

 

 

COVID-19 update - 19.3.20, 2.30pm
Firstly a huge thanks to all of our school community for the support, well wishes and love. This has truly been a difficult time. Our pupils and community remain buoyant and positive - testament to the mindset in which we have approached this situation. Long may it continue.

Today I have made the decision to cancel the Geevor and Camp Kernow trips. My main objective is to return money back to families as soon as possible; the school office will contact affected families about this in due course.

Many thanks to families who have let us know if they are a key worker and need a school place. There are various plans in place and I will confirm what they are for next week tomorrow (Friday).

The role of this school and staff has now changed. We are now here to facilitate the smooth running of our amazing locality. We will keep you updated on what this looks like as it evolves. Bear with us and please remember that we are all working, and will continue to work, relentlessly, creatively and innovatively to support the young people and families of this region.
Emma Kerr

COVID-19 update - 17.3.20 - evening

Egloskerry Primary School will be closed from 4pm this Friday 20th March until further notice.
However, we are continuing to explore options to support our most vulnerable pupils and those pupils who if staying at home would prevent key workers from working.
Further details on this and wider issues (e.g future trips, SATs etc) will be shared tomorrow.
I appreciate this is an extremely unsettling time but thanks so much to all for the calm, supportive and understanding approach everybody has given.
Emma

COVID-19 update - 17.3.20, 2pm
- Schools are to remain open -

Government and scientific advice last night (16.3.20) urges social distancing for everyone in the UK to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of this, I have postponed all trips and before/after school activity as of tomorrow (Weds 18th March) until the Easter holidays. Our aim is to reschedule the postponed events in the Summer term.
Today, I have postponed the following:
*Y6 SATs boosters
*Parent Evenings 18.3.20/24.3.20
*KS1 Swimming 18.3.20, 25.3.20
*Football club (Thursdays after school)
*Geevor Trip Mon 23.3.20
*Go Active teaching and Club next Tues 24.3.20

This is in addition to the following which have already been postponed:
Netball at LC, 24.3.20
SongFest Plymouth 25.3.20

As of today, future whole school events after the Easter break remain in place (e.g. Camp Kernow residential). I will take a decision on this when we have greater clarity of the situation in the coming weeks.

Mrs Morgan's last day in school before the birth of her baby will be this Friday 20th March. She will still be working and carrying out teaching duties in the lead up to her maternity leave but remotely in her own home. This is following government and scientific advice to shield vulnerable people (including pregnant women) for 12 weeks from this weekend. Cover arrangements to cover this absence are being made and will be shared once confirmed.

We will be sending home our newsletter tomorrow (Weds 18.3.20) with information and a pack regarding our contingency plan for home-based teaching and learning. This will also be accessible on our school website (COVID-19 page and Class Pages) and for some pupils, via Google Drive. More details to follow tomorrow.

To support many families continuing to work from home, carry out nursing/police/social care work etc (which is essential at this time) school is open as usual tomorrow (Wednesday) but please follow the guidance that states that if any person in your household is showing any one of the symptoms of coronavirus, please not to attend school for 14 days. All family members are strongly advised to self isolate for 14 days. Phone the school to confirm absence.
Just a reminder that the main symptoms are:
A temperature of over 37.5
A new continuous cough
Shortness of breath

Finally, a heartfelt thanks to all our school community for the sensible, calm and caring approach we are all adopting. As always, any questions - no matter how small - please get in touch. Best wishes and thanks for your continued support at this time, Emma
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 13.3.20 3pm:

All families are being sent home a letter today to explain the recent change - moving from the 'contain' to the 'delay' phase of the outbreak.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:
A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access,
you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
 
The link to the Government Coronavirus website is here:
 

Keep washing those hands!