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Ideas for Keeping Active at Home

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Fran Nichol from School Sports Partnership has given the following platforms for helping keep active at home:

Twitter @NYInclusiveSSP

Facebook NYInclusive SSP

Youth Sport Trust 

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0

Sport England 

https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout#get_active_at_home

  • NHS sitting exercises appropriate for wheelchair users
  • Parasport home workouts for disabled people
  • NHS pilates workouts for less ambulant people

Other recommendations

 

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Join Amy on You Tube for Dance and Move sessions every Friday at 11

Monday, March 30th, 2020

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Coronavirus letter Friday 20th March 2020

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

It has been an incredible week and I am pleased to say that we have managed not just to remain open, but with
your help planned how we can be open next week. I have emailed all parents this morning, informing you that the
Government are now recommending that where possible ‘every child who can be safely cared for at home should
be’ and for special schools, the guidance says;

‘For some pupils, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will be safer at home.’ We have as
you know, asked where possible for parents/carers to keep your child at home from Monday 23rd March 2020,
until further notice.

This is because, we are trying, like everyone, to reduce the risk of pupils and staff catching the coronavirus, quite
simply the more children in school and the more staff in school, will increase the chances of pupils catching the
virus. In addition, we have a high number of staff absent from school, this number is increasing each day and it is
likely that these numbers will continue to rise into the future and we may not have the capacity to care for every
child.

I can confirm that, following parent discussions with senior staff during the course of today, all those
parents/carers who have agreed with staff that your child will be in school next week, the school will be open for
them. I am so grateful to parents and carers who have agreed to keep their child at home and recognise the
additional challenges this places on you all. May I ask that all parents personally inform your child’s driver or
escort as to whether or not they will be in school.

I know during the course of the week that staff have prepared activities for pupils to do at home and they have
shared with you how to access them. All being well, Mrs Pickles and I are in school next week, along with several
staff to ensure that the needs of the children present and that the needs of the school and staff continue to be
met. Should parents need to speak with me or any of my colleagues, then do not hesitate to contact us next week
and we will help in whatever way we can.

We are in a period of uncertainty and I wish all members of our school community good health and all the very
best in these trying times.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Tearle,

Executive Headteacher

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Coronavirus and School Closures Thursday 19th March 2020

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I know that the news yesterday from the Government was that schools will close until further notice from
the end of school on Friday 20th March 2020. This has been misleading, as all our pupils are classed as
‘vulnerable’, due to having an Education Health Care Plan, this means we will remain open beyond
tomorrow and it is our intention that this continues indefinitely. We do have a high number of both staff
and pupils absent from school, however we currently have sufficient staff to run the school safely and
review the situation each morning and evening.

Due to absent staff and reduced class numbers, pupils are where possible staying in their class or tutor
groups, this is particularly different for secondary pupils who are no longer following their usual timetable,
due to staffing absences making this not possible.

It is imperative that you all and all staff follow Government guidance, for anyone in the household who
starts displaying the following symptoms;
• a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
• a new, continuous cough
then they must to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, this is to reduce the chance
of others being infected with the virus.

Where pupils have a confirmed raised temperature or have a cough in school, staff will isolate them from
others and contact parents to collect their child from school. You will then need to keep your child at
home for 7 days, if parents do not follow these procedures and return a child early to school, we will
immediately send them home, this is to protect other children and staff.

It is a worrying time for us all, not just for parents and staff, but our pupils as well, many of whom are
aware of the current crisis we are facing. It is important that we all follow the advice we are given and
minimise any potential risks to each others health. My thanks to all the staff for their support for one
another and for our pupils, we will do our very best to continue to remain open without compromising
anyone’s health.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Tearle

Executive Headteacher

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Corona virus information

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

We are all living in extraordinary times, with the impact of the coronavirus affecting every one of us, both at home and in school. We are doing all we can to ensure that everybody is safe; that school remains open and we have taken various measures to reduce risks to pupils and staff, which include;

  • Following yesterday’s Government advice, as from this morning, we have stopped all educational visits, after school activities and activities outside of school, where we may come into contact with the public.
  • Stopping all Annual Review meetings indefinitely.
  • Restricting meetings and visitors to school.
  • Instructing staff and parents to remain at home if they have a continuous cough or a high temperature, which is for children is above 380 and adults above 37.80
  • There are currently 21 (11%)staff absent from school due to illness, self-isolation and being sent home by me for concerns about their vulnerability and today 45 (18%) pupils absent.
  • Staff are preparing activities for pupils to follow at home, if school needs to close.
  • Rigourous attention to handwashing by all occupants; increased hand sanitizers and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Isolating and sending pupils and staff home, if they have a continuous cough or high temperature.
  • All our parent liaison officers are working from home and will not do home visits or attend meetings, but they will support parents via the phone.

It goes without saying do not send a child into school with a high temperature or continuous cough. Unfortunately our staffing is reduced at the moment and this situation will probably remain for sometime.

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

·         if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

·         if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

·         for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

As you will appreciate this is a difficult time for schools and I am grateful for the support parents and carers continue to give us.I will continue to communicate with parents either by email or text messages.

Jonathan Tearle, Executive Headteacher

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