Year 6 have visited the cenotaph in Wolsingham Market Place to lay the school’s wreath. We remember and honour all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget.
This year, our Harvest Assembly can’t take place as it usually would. Each class therefore has celebrated harvest by producing something to share with our school community.
Our Year 4 Class created riddles – Can you guess what it is?
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our children, both old and new, back to school next week. To ensure that we can continue to enable our children to return to school and to their learning, it is essential that we all work together to follow the guidance in place.
Below are some reminders for parents, as well as links to websites and documents that should be useful.
Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their child’s return to school. The following publication produced by the Children’s Commissioner for England may also be useful.
Please find the letter sent to parents at the end of the summer term here.
Parents/Carers should use the usual school procedures for sickness absence.
Travelling to School
Bikes and scooters can be used to travel to school, however currently cannot be stored at school.
Please see the current guidance regarding accessing public transport.
On the School Site
It is essential that parents/carers, as well as pupils, maintain social distancing when entering the school site and that parents/carers leave the school site immediately once their child has entered the building. To help to ensure social distancing and maintain ‘bubbles’ on the school site, it is essential that pupils arrive/leave promptly at their allocated time.
Pupils who use face coverings when travelling to and from school should remove them when they arrive in the school building and adhere to the following procedure:
- They should not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them.
- They must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately on arrival.
- They should dispose of temporary face coverings in a lidded bin or place a reusable face coverings in a plastic bag that is to be placed in their school bag so that they can re wear it to travel home.
- They must then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.
Anyone in the school displaying symptoms will be sent home.
Where a pupil or a member of their household displays symptoms of the coronavirus, please follow the Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Pupils or a family member displaying symptoms are advised to self-isolate and will not be permitted into school until 7/14-day isolation is completed and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Testing for COVID-19 is available through the NHS to everyone whatever their age.
We ask Parents/Carers to inform the school immediately of the results of a COVID-19 test.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
– a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
– a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
– a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Parents/Carers and pupils should ensure that they adhere to staying alert and social distancing guidance when away from the school.
The re-opening of schools across Durham from 15th June is still to be absolutely confirmed and when we have further information, we will inform parents.
In anticipation of the school re-opening from Monday 15th June, please find the letters sent out to parents which details more specific information regarding the children’s return to school. You will also find below a quick video showing the inside of the building and any changes made – please note social distancing markers are still to be put along corridor floors.
Please find below a letter to all parents regarding the delay to reopening the school:
Please find below a letter to all parents regarding organisation for potential school reopening:
Please find details of the key worker groups below. Please be aware that schools are closing for social distancing purposes and that child care should only be used if there is absolutely no alternative.
Health and Social Care
This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers and care workers.
It also means other frontline staff such as support staff, producers and distributers of medicines and medical equipment.
Education and Childcare
Includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and special education professionals.
Key Public Services
Includes courts staff, religious staff, undertakers and people in charities delivering key frontline services.
Journalists and broadcasters providing public service reporting.
Local and National Government
Government staff who are essential to the response to COVID-19 or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits.
Food and Other Goods
Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (such as hygiene and veterinary medicines)
Public Safety and National Security
Includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence staff and the armed forces.
Firefighters, National Crime Agency staff and border security, prison and probation workers are also included
Those who keep air, water, road and rail services operating.
Utilities, Communication and Financial Services
Staff needed for essential financial services, IT and data which are needed to continue during the coronavirus response.
Infrastructure workers who maintain oil, gas, electricity and water supplies are also included.
This also features key staff in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications, postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
Workers are advised to check with their employer if they are included.