As we hoped, from Monday 8th March all pupils will be back at school. We can't wait to see you all then. Drop off and collection arrangements will be the same as before Christmas including adults wearing masks whilst on site.
Whilst this gives us all a feeling of a movement in a better direction, it won't be without hesitation for us all. Mrs Harrison and I are reviewing our Risk Assessments and provision daily and have been doing this since the pandemic began. Please be assured that we are making being at school as safe as possible.
One of the main changes in school since before Christmas is that adults in school will be wearing masks where social distancing is not possible (e.g. working closely next to a pupil).
All of our updates and Risk Assessments can always be found here:
Government guidance (as of 22.2.21) is here:
Many thanks, please don't hesitate to contact me directly via DoJo should you have any specific questions relating to our full return.
To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your pupils, students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:
- they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
- they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)
If a pupil, student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. Unless a pupil, student or staff member has one of the three main coronavirus symptoms, they should only be tested if instructed otherwise by the local authority, health protection team or their GP. As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These pupils and students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual.
On behalf of all of the staff, we hope you and your families have had a nice summer holiday.
The school reopens for the Autumn term on Monday 7th September from 8.45am.
Mrs Harrison (Altarnun) and I have drafted a September 2020 Risk Assessment and this will be shared with you next week (DoJo, Facebook and Website) once it has been approved by our MAT board.
The main headlines are:
*All children will be in their classes as planned, with their class teacher (Class R (Reception), Class 1 (Y1&2), Class 2 (Y3&4) and Class 3 (Y5&6)
*School lunches are available (bag meals for first 2 weeks), please order and pay using Aspens Pay - details provided before summer
*Lunch will be eaten in classrooms for Classes 1, 2 and 3 - Class R will eat in the hall
*There will be zoned play spaces initially, keeping the classes separate. If heavy rain limits outdoor play, it will be in the assigned classroom
*There will be limited sharing of resources eg laptops and an enhanced cleaning rota
*Pupils will go straight into their classrooms in the morning and parents will collect from playground - a reminder video will be shared next week. (It’s the same as reconnection week).
*School uniform to be worn, book bags, water bottles, books etc can be brought into school
Due to the small numbers of pupils in our school we are keen to mix children during outdoor play, whole school assembly etc during week 2 of our return. The impact this has for development is greater than risk of transmission. However, we will review this during the first week of school.
The school office reopens on Thursday 3rd Sept for any questions. If there is anything urgent please contact me via Dojo.
Further information on the government guidance on returning to school can be found here - this is what we have used to guide our risk management planning:
It will be very much business as usual at Egloskerry - See you all soon!
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).
**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:
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.
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.
***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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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,
Keep washing those hands!