Wolsingham Primary School is undergoing an Ofsted Inspection on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October 2021.
Please find a link to the letter outlining arrangements in school for September 2021 sent out to parents below.
After consultation with staff and following a review of our school risk assessment, we have concluded that due to insufficient staffing levels, we have taken the decision that school will only be open to the children of critical workers (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision ) and vulnerable children from tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January, with all other pupils remaining at home and moving to remote learning. We hope that this will only be a temporary measure and that all children will be able to return from Monday 11th January (a decision on this will be taken on Friday 8th January), however the situation will be under constant review and we will keep you informed.
For critical worker children, we will use the list we had during the first lockdown unless we are informed otherwise. In order to keep children as safe as possible, we would ask that critical worker children only attend school on the days which parents are required to work. If you have not previously accessed critical worker provision and need to access it now, please inform the school via email by 4pm today so that we can plan for each year group. Parents of vulnerable children will be contacted directly by us today. We will be maintaining all current class bubble arrangements and will be operating the usual staggered start and end times. Breakfast club and after school club will operate as normal for any vulnerable or critical worker children who require it with the same costs and timings.
We fully appreciate that this decision may cause complications for some families and please be assured that we are responding as best as we can to the rapidly changing and challenging circumstances and that safeguarding the health and welfare of pupils, staff and the whole school community is our top priority.
To continue pupils learning during this period, work will be assigned to pupils in Reception to Year 6 via Seesaw. Pupils will be expected to complete the work at home on a daily basis. Vulnerable and critical worker children will complete their work in school. Families we have identified as requiring technical support to carry out remote learning will be contacted by tomorrow morning.
We are grateful for your support and understanding during what is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and we will keep you informed of any updates or changes as and when they happen.
This year, we have produced a whole school nativity to share with you. A little different to our normal productions, but sometimes it’s nice to remember what Christmas is all about. Our Nursery children have also recorded their own nativity and some of our musicians have been learning Christmas tunes. We hope you enjoy!
Please find a letter emailed to all parents with information regarding the end of term arrangements below:
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: