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.
For general guidance for parents about children's primary education, please see the gov.uk document 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges'.
There is a free children's book that is designed to explain all about coronavirus to children aged 5 – 9. It is available to read online, as a download or as an audio book and is illustrated by the popular Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. See nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/ for more information.
Any updates in the form of letters to parents will be posted here.
- Letter to parents 5 January 2021
- Letter to parents re Covid and Christmas holiday
- Revised procedures for KS1 collection point and time 18th November
- Letter to parents 16th November 2020
- Letter to parents 5th November 2020
- Letter to parents 20th October 2020
- Letter to parents 9th October 2020
Letters from Public Health England.
School sports wear: the Harvem shop in Keynsham is required to close its shop as a retail premises during lockdown. However, there is now a click and collect function on the online ordering system.
You can pay online and choose the click and collect option at checkout. You can collect goods at the shop door on production of the receipt. See harvemschoolwear.co.uk.
If your child develops symptoms at school
- They will be taken out of class and a parent or guardian will be contacted to discuss the next steps
- The school will follow the guidelines from the DfE as set out in this action list.
- The child must stay at home and follow the government's guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
- They must arrange to have a test. See also www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
- If your child receives a positive test result for Covid-19 please complete the positive Covid-19 test reporting form here.
If a pupil or member of staff at Saltford School tests positive
- They will already be out of school, self isolating and have been tested
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Your child will be provided with remote learning. See the Remote education news item for full details.
- Parents do not have to self-isolate unless the child who was sent home develops symptoms.
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Please check the government guidance relating to household bubbles. This might enable a parent living on their own with children aged under 18 to ask an adult from their ‘bubble’ to take their children to and from school.
- Families with children aged 13 and under are able to form a childcare bubble with another household which allows for an informal childcare arrangement that might be helpful.
- If you are having difficulties, please contact the school to discuss your circumstances.
- 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
All parents will be contacted by school with details of how local lockdown measures will affect our school. These measures will be taken following guidance from PHE or the Dept. of Health and Socal Care.
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.
Online provision for Saltford School children learning at home
During periods of self-isolation – whether waiting for test results or monitoring symptoms – or national lockdown, it is important that children have support to continue their education while they are at home, as long as they are well enough to do so.
A detailed summary of our remote education offer when a class or year group is self-isolating can be found here. Please see our Q&A document here for more detailed information about what parents and carers can expect from remote education if government restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Please follow the links below to find three daily lessons to support your child's learning at home. Children can then share what they do via Tapestry or Seesaw. The login details remain the same as before. Please contact us if there are any issues with this.
Please see communications sent to parents/carers with regard to our use of Microsoft Teams for live meet ups. Instruction document can be found here.
Oak National Academy
These are free online lessons across a variety of UK school curriculum subjects. Please choose the appropriate year group and then select the day of the week.
BBC TV and Bitesize online
The BBC has added curriculum-based television programming to its online offering to support families during the latest lockdown. Programming for primary aged children will be on CBBC between 9am and 12pm every weekday. The Bitesize daily lessons will also be shown on the Red Button service on TV.
Please see the following links for how to access the online BBC content:
Online learning resources for children of all ages on the BBC Bitesize website.
All Bitesize daily lesson episodes will be available on catch-up, on demand on iPlayer.
Virtual curriculum page
On the virtual curriculum page we have put together some additional ideas and activities to support your child's learning at home in each of the subject areas. This can be used independently or as directed by your child's class teacher. The resources from this page, and any linked websites, will complement any in-school teaching or remote learning.
Using Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to have Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children when remote learning is required.
Seesaw is a secure online learning environment for children that provides a platform for communication between children, parents and school. It supports creative learning by enabling use of photos, videos, drawing and notes.
All families will have received an introductory letter that outlines what teachers and parents can expect from this new platform, how to get started and how any privacy and safeguarding concerns are covered.
How does it work?
When you first activate your account, you should see your child in their current class. Your teacher will respond to anything you post with a like or a comment. Please be aware teachers are all in school teaching during school hours so will not be able to respond straight away. Any work needed will be assigned to your child for them to complete and submit. Seesaw tasks may include special projects and different challenges.
We will suggest ways to respond but if you work in a different way, please do submit your work in this format. We appreciate not everyone will have access to/want to work on devices all the time.
Help for parents
You can see an introductory guide for parents here and watch the video that Miss Davis has made to help parents through using Seesaw for the first time:
For people who care about the environment and nature
Congratulations to Seb in Year 2 for being awarded a green Blue Peter badge for writing a poem called 'The Last Fish'. He recieved a letter from all the presenters and the Blue Peter editor praising his 'cleverly written and beautifully illustrated' poem.
The poem was intended to make people think about what could happen if we keep polluting our oceans.
Here is Seb with his badge and his headteacher award sticker.
Well done Seb; we're all very proud of you.
You can still use your library
During the next few weeks in December and January, libraries are inviting readers aged 4-14 to take part in the Winter Mini Challenge (younger and older are welcome to join in too). This programme is totally digital and provided free from the Reading Agency. The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to read 3 books of their choice (or more) over the Christmas holidays; it is is a more relaxed version of the Summer Reading Challenge. As in the summer, any format of book counts including books from home, but we would ncourage families to use public libraries. Children and families can sign up free online and you do not have to be library members to take part. Our local libraries are open for business. Check out opening times at saltfordhub.org/library.html.
- The Mini Challenge begins on Tuesday 1 December 2020
- Children can rate and review their books, collect rewards, and take part in Winter Mini Challenge activities through the website www.wintermini.org.uk
- The Mini Challenge will end online on Friday 15 January 2021.
- Any child can sign up but most suitable for ages 4-14.
- Theme for Winter Mini Challenge is ‘Everyone is a Hero’ and partnered with inclusive publisher Knights Of
- To join the library visit Keynsham, Bath Central or Midsomer Norton libraries (Mon – Fri, 10 – 4) or join digitally: www.librarieswest.org.uk/join