COVID-19 Response

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

First I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to find some Christmas joy and peace with your nearest and dearest.

As you will have heard, the decision was made late yesterday, Friday 1st January, to include all London boroughs to the list of ‘contingency areas’ in light of the worsening situation regarding COVID infections. This returns us to a short period of school closure and remote learning.

All London boroughs and primary schools will be now be closed to the majority of pupils until Monday 18th January when a further government review will take place.

We will, therefore, only be open from Monday 4th January 2021 until Monday 18th January 2021 for vulnerable pupils and those children of key workers.

We will use the letters on file from the recent collection to determine parents who are key workers and our internal monitoring for those considered vulnerable.

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young Carers
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

If your circumstances have changed and you wish to use a Key Worker place you will need to provide a letter from your employer stating your key worker role. A full list of those who are considered key workers can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Arrangements for drop-off and collection, at the beginning and end of the school day, will remain as they were prior to the Christmas break.

For all other children remote learning will be provided, via Google classrooms.

Children will be asked to login at 9:30am when the teacher will outline the expectations for each day. I am aware that a number of families have limited access to laptops and prior to the Christmas break the school purchased a small number of devices to loan to children, to support with remote learning. If you would like to loan a laptop please send an email to: covidcommunication@sjtdprimary.org.uk

We will endeavour to meet all requests made to ensure all children have access to online learning.

Should you have any questions then do please contact us at: covidcommunication@sjtdprimary.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  I ask for your continued patience as we work through the arrangements over the coming days; remember we hear the statements on the news at the same time as you.

This isn’t the beginning of the year that any of us would have wished for but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and with a unified approach we shall reach it together.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Warland

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Track and Trace

Parents are asked to inform us should your child contract and test positive for COVID-19.

To do so please click here and follow this link to complete a ‘positive case form’. On receipt of the form we will then take appropriate action, notifying any members of the school community who need to self-isolate.

A separate email account has also been set up for parents to use, to contact the school with regards to any COVID-19 related matters covidcommunications@sjtdprimary.org.uk

 

Opening Hours

As we are still in the midst of the pandemic restrictions continue to be in place, to ensure the safety of your child and staff here in school, when we return after the Christmas break.

  • Siblings will be allowed to come to school at the same time –  all family members must arrive at the start time of the youngest child and enter through the same gate, the elder child(ren) will be escorted to their zone by a member of staff
  • At the end of the day siblings can be collected at the same time – again, the youngest child’s collection time and exit point will be used

Changes to the school day – entrance points and arrival/collection times:

Year Groups

Start Time

Entrance and Exit Point

Collection Time

Group A

Year One

Year Two

Arrive at school for 8:30am

Start of lessons 8:45am

Camberwell New Road Entrance

3pm

Year Five

Year Six

Arrive at school for 8:30am

Start of lessons 8:45am

School House Entrance – Warham Street

3pm

Group B

Nursery

Reception

Arrive at school for 9:00am

Start of lessons 9:15am

Camberwell New Road Entrance

3:30pm

Year Three

Year Four

Arrive at school for 9:00am

Start of lessons 9:15am

School House Entrance – Warham Street

3:30pm

Points to note:

  • Parents dropping off their child after 9:15am need to alert the school office to their arrival and then wait at the School House entrance until a member of staff comes to meet them.  Parents should not enter the school grounds but say goodbye to their child and encourage them to walk towards the member of staff.
  • All children must be dropped off and collected by a family member – children will not be able to walk home alone unless they have written permission.
  • We will not be running breakfast club or after school clubs for the first half of the term – this will be reviewed at the end of the half term.
  • Children must not be sent to school if they are showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult. Children who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.8 C (100 F) or higher will be sent home from school. They will be isolated until a parent arrives to collect them.
  • If ANY member of a household has symptoms of Covid-19, children must NOT attend school. Parents must report an illness to the school office, via telephone or email and provide a list of ALL symptoms as soon as their child begins to experience them, even if it is at the weekend or on a day that their child is not due to attend school.

Parents are reminded that social distancing measures have only been reduced to one metre if there is another protective measure in place, such as a face covering. If parents are not wearing face coverings then we ask that you stay 2 metres away from other families and that you leave as soon as you have dropped off/collected your child.

School will continue to close to all children after lunch on a Friday afternoon, every Friday afternoon – this is to allow for protected, statutory staff planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA). Under normal circumstances this time is covered within the school week by additional teachers. However, managing this and keeping risk levels low, means that it is simply not a viable option. This will be reviewed at the half term break, but it means that for the first half of the term, on Fridays children will need to be collected at the following times at the gates listed above:

Group A Children – to be collected at 12:30 Group B Children to be collected at 1pm.

I am sorry that we are not able to offer a full service from the start of the term; we will get back to full weeks as soon as we can.

Ways in which to prepare your child for school:

  • Children should come to school with their water bottle and, where relevant, their packed lunch – they do not require any other items.
  • On arrival all children will wash their hands – those arriving through the school house gate will use the new hand washing station and those entering through the Camberwell New Road entrance will use the Key Stage One toilets. Children in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) will use hand sanitizer on arrival.
  • Children in the Early Years and Key Stage One will go straight to class once they have washed/ sanitized their hands.
  • Key Stage Two children will line up in their groups (classes) and when everyone has arrived they will be escorted to class.
  • Throughout the day children will be encouraged to wash their hands and they will do so every time they enter / exit any area within the school building.
  • Break times and lunch times will be shorter – this is to allow us to maintain social distancing between the classes
  • Classrooms have been rearranged to allow for social-distancing, children will be allocated a seat and they will have a tray at their table which will hold all the resources they need

These measures may take some time to get used to and to implement with every child back in school, so I ask for parents consideration and understanding as we get to grips with this new way of working.

Should you have any questions regarding the information here, please send them via email to me at admin@sjtdprimary.org.uk Please note that our contingency plans, shared with you in July, are still in place should there be the need for a localised lockdown. These can be accessed via the link to the right or a hard copy can be obtained from the school office.