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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus

UPDATE: Click download above right to see letters sent out by e-mail. 

March 25th 2020

We will use this page, as well as texts and emails, to keep you informed of any decisions affecting Our Lady of Lourdes as soon as possible.

We will continue to be guided by Government advice on all matters in relation to Coronavirus. In addition, I am in regular contact with other schools to ensure we are all providing a response that is as consistent as possible.

 

School closure

All schools in England, including ours, closed to the majority of pupils on Friday 20.03.20.

From now on, they will only be open to some children, including those of key workers.

Schools are still trying try to digest the details of the announcement and have begun discussions about how this will work in practice. We will update you accordingly.

 

Are you a key worker?

First and foremost, as a school we want to support the workers whose roles are critical to the country’s response to the ever-worsening Coronavirus crisis as best we can. However, although only children of critical workers are allowed to come to school, that does not mean they are expected to come in. We kindly ask you that you only send your child to school where there are no other reasonable alternatives for childcare.

The government has advised that: "If your work is critical to the Covid-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed … and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision," and “Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”

 Where we have two parents who are key workers OR where a single parent is a key worker and would be unable to work without childcare provision at school then we will be offering a childcare place, in school, from Monday. However, where only one parent is a key worker we will not be automatically offering a place for your child at the present moment.

 We will be asking those families who request a childcare place to provide good reason why it is not possible to keep your child safe at home. Given the importance of reducing social contact for the welfare of our whole communities, it is important that childcare is only taken up by those families that really need it.

 

Home Learning

In preparation for the partial closure of school, various packs and emails have been sent out. Here is some information that I hope you will find useful.

This is what has been sent out:

  • Paper copies of Home Learning Packs for pupils (EYFS to Year 6) to complete as directed by teachers.
  • 3 books
  • An exercise book and stationary
  • Wellbeing booklet.

How do children already absent still get the pack?
The school has hand delivered all packs to children who were not in school. You have already been notified about this.

What other arrangements are there for my child to complete work during the closure?
Communication about class work will take place via Seesaw (that is the class blogs).

As well as the paper packs, a large part of the work during this period can also be completed on one of our online apps (e.g. TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed).

Finally, just to let you know that we are also working on a section on the school website that will hold all of the useful home learning information for parents. We will let you now once it has gone live.

 

Current advice for parents

If one person in your household has one of these symptoms, however mild, then ALL members of the household should stay at home for 14 days. This is even if the rest of them do not have symptoms.   

Symptoms are:

  • a high temperature. You feel too hot to touch on your chest or back. If you have a thermometer, Public Health say a high temperature is 37.8C or higher;
  • a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly.