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Covid guidance for parents

Information for parents in the event of Covid-19 at school

Please read on for information about procedures that will apply in the event of a confirmed case or an outbreak of Covid-19 in our school community.

Please see the Remote education news item for full information about how remote education will be offered for any Saltford School children who are required to remain at home because of Covid-19.

Any updates in the form of letters to parents will be posted here.

Letters from Public Health England.

If your child develops symptoms at school

  1. They will be taken out of class and a parent or guardian will be contacted to discuss the next steps
  2. They must stay at home and follow the government's self-isolation guidance
  3. They must get tested.See how to do this at
  4. You should email school using the email address if the test result is positive

If a pupil or member of staff at Saltford School tests positive

  1. They will already be out of school, self isolating and have been tested
  2. The school will inform the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) who will advise the school on a course of action based on latest public health advice.
  3. The advice service will rapidly assess who has been in close contact (within two metres for over 15 minutes) with the confirmed case during their infectious period.
  4. Children who have been in close contact with the positive case, will be required to self-isolate according to the government's guidance. School will text and send an email letter to parents of all affected children giving relevant dates of close contact and isolation period.
  5. Parents of children who are not required to self-isolate will also receive a letter to let them know that there is a positive case in school and the class/year group affected. The case will not be named because health information is confidential.

If my child is sent home to self-isolate because they were in contact with someone with a positive test

  1. Your child will be provided with remote learning. See the Remote education news item for full details.
  2. Parents do not have to self-isolate unless the child who was sent home develops symptoms.
  3. Any other children in the family who are in other classes or year groups at Saltford School will not have to self-isolate as they will not have had close contact with the positive case.
  4. If a confirmed case has had contact with others outside their class, those individuals would be contacted and required to self-isolate.

If there is an outbreak of Covid-19 at Saltford School 

  1. Saltford School has planned for a potential outbreak of Covid-19 at school and would work with PHE and the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust to implement that plan. Plans include communications and remote learning provision.

If my child usually has a free school meal

  1. School plans to support children who would normally receive a benefit-related free school meal. Individual families will be contacted by the school where this is applicable.
  2. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who receive a 'universal free school meal' will unfortunately not be eligible for extra support.

If my child is self-isolating and it is difficult for me to get other children to school

  1. Parents, carers and guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and that includes making sure that their children can still get to school. This case is treated the same as a sibling being ill under normal circumstances.
  2. If you are having difficulties, please contact the school to discuss your circumstances.
  3. Work will be provided only for the child who is self-isolating. See the Remote education news item for full information. Siblings are still required to attend school as normal to access their education.

If there is a local lockdown

  1. All parents will be contacted by school with details of how local lockdown measures would affect our school. These measures would be taken following guidance from PHE or the Dept. of Health and Socal Care.

Thank you

We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support as we all work through these changes. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern. For further information please see the operating procedures document here.

All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our trust and we have followed the Wellsway Multi Academy's Trust’s risk assessment process in doing so. Our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the trust board and is available on the WMAT website.

Bonfire lunch 2020
Bonfire lunch 2020

Special menu on offer for all children

Our lovely catering staff are laying on a special bonfire night-themed lunch for the 5th November. 

Hot dogs, pork or Quorn, with a gluten-free option available, will be served with herby diced potatoes and carrot and cucumber sticks, followed by a chocolate cupcake with cinder toffee crumbles.

As with all school meals, this is free for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 under 'universal free school meals'. It is also free for children who qualify for 'benefit-related free school meals'.

For all other children, payment can be made in the usual way via the School Gateway website or app. There is an option to pay for this special themed lunch as a one-off payment of £2.60, the standard school dinner charge.

Congratulations Theo
Congratulations Theo

We're proud of our published author

Theo in Y6 has contributed a page to 'Rosa's Footprint', a children's book by Devon author Jo Earlam. Theo's page is called 'Theo's fossil-tastic facts'. This was part of the 'Think Footprint' project which encouraged children to think about the footprint they leave behind.

Mr Styles said 'it's really lovely for him to be able to use his passion this way'.

Theo Y6 with book Rosa's Footprint

Theo has brought in a special copy of the book for the school, signed by Jo Earlam and by him. He did a fantastic Q&A session with his class and the book will be passed to other classes before going into the school library.

Theo also attended the book launch where he was presented with a signed copy of the book, a certificate and a 3D printed model of the footprint which was found in Sidmouth around which the book was based.

Here is Jo Earlam's Facebook video featuring Theo:

Virtual consultation evening 2020

Monday 16th or Thursday 19th November

All parents should have received their invitation to attend our Virtual Parents’ Evening on Monday 16th November or Thursday 19th November. This is an important opportunity to meet with the class teacher/s.

Unfortunately, in the current situation, we are unable to meet face to face and therefore our plan is to meet via a video link using our usual Parents’ Evening System. Each teacher has undertaken a successful trial of this system and we thank the parents who agreed to help us with this.

Please find below the the invitation letter sent out to all parents, the guidelines for how to join the waiting room and, for parents who are new to the school, the guidelines on how to set yourself up on the system:

Invitation letter to all parents October 2020
Guidelines on joining the waiting room
Guidelines for parents new to school

The system will open for bookings on Sunday 18th October at 6 pm. You will not be able to access the system prior to this time, although you will be able to set up your account. 

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