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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice

The government has announced that from September 2020, ALL children will be expected to return to school full time.

We can't wait to welcome all of our children back to St Bernadette's.

Please read the Full Opening Plan for Parents which details of the safety measures in place of children, staff and parents/carers. 

Updated videos will be available before September reopening along with information/transition videos. 

(If you are returning from a visit abroad, please ensure you are fully up to date with the most recent quarantine requirements: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors)

Please find below a useful flowchart for parents when a child has symptoms of Covid-19

Head Teacher Covid-19 update September 2020

The government has produced a useful information leaflet for parents which can be viewed by clicking on the link below

Please see the helpful videos below relating to some of the measures in place to support your child's safe return to school on 3rd September 2020

Lunchtimes

Back to School Travel Guidance for September 2020

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Summer Term 2020 Phased Wider Opening

We commenced Stage 1 of our wider opening for Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 pupils in addition to continuing our childcare provision for Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children on 1st June.

Our Plan for the phased wider opening has been shared by letter with all parents. The letters can be seen below along with the school's risk assessment. The Wider Opening Plan and Risk Assessment were approved by the Governing Board on 19th May and additional amendments have since been approved.

Stage 2 of our phased wider opening was approved by the governing board on 17th June and commences on w/c 29th June for Y5 pupils; w/c 6th July for Y2 pupils and w/c 13th July Y3 and Y4 pupils. We are delighted that all of our pupils will have the opportunity to spend some time on-site with their teachers and peers before the end of the academic year 2019-20.

The letters below are essential reading for all parents and carers as they detail all of the measures that we are putting in place to keep children, families and staff as safe as possible. Please read the letter relevant to your family carefully so that you understand your role in this. We have also prepared a number of videos to help to explain our plan. They can also be seen below and viewed only when your child is first logged onto Google Classroom with their school email address.

The following videos have been prepared to help you to understand the measures, detailed in the documents above, that have been put in place to make St Bernadette's as safe as possible. 

To watch the videos below, your child will need to be logged into google classroom with their school email address. 

 

 

Please see the helpful document below prepared for parents by the government

Be part of the national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus

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The most up-to-date information regarding the government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found via the following link. Please check it regularly
An Information Book for Children - coronavirus
For current newsletters and briefings from the Headteacher, please see the newsletter section within the Home Page

Heateacher's Information Letter - Coronavirus. 12:30 17/03/2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

Please read each of the information sections below:

 

Staffing

As we endeavour to keep the school open unless directed otherwise by the government, it is inevitable that staffing levels at the school will be affected. We will do everything we can to manage the situation and ask that you remain supportive, flexible and understanding as we do the best we can for our children in ever-changing, challenging circumstances.

Helping the most vulnerable

One of my primary concerns at this time to ensure that support is in place for the most vulnerable families with regards to food and other essential items. Food Banks are being sorely affected at this time. At challenging times such as these, it is essential that those who can pull together to help and support. If you can spare any tinned, dried or long-life food or other essentials such as hygiene and sanitary products, please bring them to school and we will distribute them to those in our community who are most in need in the best way we can.  If you think you might be able to help with delivering to doorsteps or have other suggestions of how you can help, please let me know ZamoraJ@stbernadettesschool.com If your family or a family you are aware of within our school community is in need of this type of support, contact me on the same email address. For other communications, please contact me via the school office or telephone as usual. I am also available to speak to each morning at the school gate.

Online Learning

Staff have been preparing to move learning online via Google Classrooms so that we are ready to respond if forced to close.

 

I have also asked staff to begin populating the online Google Classrooms in order to be able to provide for current self-isolating families.

Your child should now have login details in the back inside cover of their planners for Google Classroom. Please liaise with your child’s teacher if you have not received these details. For those children who are absent currently and have not received the login details, we will endeavour to circulate those to you via email.

You can access a Google Classroom Guide with details on how to login via your child’s Class Blog within our website learning tab: https://www.stbernadettesschool.com/class-blogs/ Please log on, join the classroom and try the test document awaiting your child as soon as possible so that we can iron out any potential glitches as soon as possible.

Please be patient as staff get to grips with this new approach to providing online learning tasks.

 

Please remember that all of my updates can be found via the dedicated page on the website: https://www.stbernadettesschool.com/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-advice/

 

Please keep our school community in your prayers,

Kindest regards,

Mrs Zamora

(Headteacher)

IMPORTANT HEADTEACHER UPDATE CORONAVIRUS 7PM 16TH MARCH

 

Dear Parents/Carers and Staff,

Governmental guidance has been updated this evening – it is essential that this guidance is followed by all in our school community.

Please note:

  • If one person in any household starts to display symptoms (a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature), EVERYONE living there must stay at home for 14 days. No child or adult exhibiting these symptoms will be permitted to enter the school.

 

A number of additional measures have been put in place at St Bernadette’s to minimise risk for our children:

  • Nursery (FS1) and Reception (FS2) parents, please drop your children at the door and do not enter the classrooms. We are unable to ensure all parents wash their hands on arrival and therefore cannot permit you entry.
  • All parents, please do not gather by the classroom door when dropping and collecting children – please stand back and your children will be sent to you when collecting at the end of the day.
  • Please ensure that you respond immediately to all phone calls from the school and check your emails regularly.
  • All trips and visits planned for the coming months will be postponed or cancelled.
  • The Year 3 and Year 4 Easter Performances will not take place to avoid unnecessary visitors entering the school
  • Tomorrow’s Stations of the Cross will be the final session of the Lent Season

 

These are unprecedented times and we must work together as a school community, supporting one another, remaining calm and keeping the school family in our prayers. Please alert me if you are aware of any family in particularly vulnerable circumstances due the virus and the restrictions in place.

 

Updated Guidance for Schools 16th March

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. 

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

 

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 would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

  • At St Bernadette's, we continue to clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces 
  • The children wash their hands with soap and water on arrival, after play, after using the toilet and before eating as a minimum.
  • They are taught to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

 

Please support us by respecting the government guidance and by reiterating the expectations and practices regarding hand and respiratory hygiene.

See the document below for a child-friendly explanation which is informative whilst not inciting panic.

Update 13th March -AMENDED due to changing guidance received 16th March

In answer to a number of queries we have received, please see the information below:

 

As a school, we follow governmental guidance which can change at any time. If you are concerned or require additional information, please call 111 and visit the government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response The NHS website has clear advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

 

  • We are sorry to inform you that St Bernadette’s Football Festival will not take place on Saturday 28th March. Due to the high numbers of pupils and family members from across Milton Keynes attending, we would not be able to provide the high level of hand and respiratory hygiene that we are required to maintain to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus. We hope to be able to reschedule for a future date.

Update 12th March 2019 - amended 16th March

 

Public Health England has released new guidance today (12th March).

The symptoms of the coronavirus are listed as:

 

Recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough, and/or high temperature
  • A high temperature

 

The new key messages are:

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.  

Therefore, if your child or anyone in your family home has a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature, they must not attend school. Please support us by respecting this new directive.

Please click on the document below to read the Headteacher's update of 9th March 2020

 

 

 

Headteacher Update 4th March

 

The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a Coronavirus Helpline. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The current advice from the government regarding school closures is clearly stated: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England”.

Current advice is as follows:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • People who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting

The government has also given stricter guidelines on handwashing which we are implementing as a school and ask that you also support this approach to maintaining good hygiene and preventing the spread of any respiratory viruses.

Handwashing Guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport

Pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at school
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving school

The following poster and video are useful to share with your child:

 

How to wash your hands NHS song | NHS

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