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Copy of Home School Agreement - Code of Conduct

Please read the Code of Conduct carefully and email the office with the statement at the end, followed by your name, the date, your child’s name and their year group.

Home School Agreement

Code of Conduct during Covid 19.

No school bags or equipment to be brought to school. If needed, due to wet weather, a suitable rainproof coat can be bought in on day 1, but then must be keep in school. Please make sure they have your child’s name clearly marked on the coat. Other coats worn to and from school must be taken home by parents. No uniform to be worn. Casual clothes to be worn, suitable for sports activities and clean on every day. Clean clothes every day are an important part of the risk reduction. In hot weather, sun cream must be applied before coming to school by parents of our youngest children. We cannot apply sun cream. Older children may bring their cream in and leave it in school as they are capable enough to apply their own sun cream. Caps and hats can be left in school along with their lightweight, rain proof coat. These must be named.

Arrival at school.

Only one adult to accompany a child to school.

Children arrive promptly at school at the allotted times. These are staggered to maintain social distancing. Everyone will be required to adhere to the one -way system and to remain 2 metres away from others.

Year Six - 8.45am Children walk through the big gate which is usually a carpark. They will enter this on the right hand side of the gate, by the Office; continue across the car park and enter school at the kitchen door. Children must wait at the 2 metre intervals. It would help if adults did not accompany Year Six children to the door.

Year One – 9.00am  Children enter the playground through the right hand side of bottom gate and then follow round to the allotted classrooms. Please wait at the marked two metre intervals. Parents then exit through the bottom gate again on the right hand side so as not to meet on coming parents.

Reception – 9.15am Children walk through the gate at the Office and turn right to enter the large playground. Children enter the school through the KS2 door. Parents then continue down the slope and exit the playground through the right hand side of the gate.

Key Worker children  - 8.45 am Children will walk through the gate by the Office and enter school at the KS2 entrance.

Parents MUST NOT stand and talk to other parents in the playground.

In school

  • On entering school and frequently throughout the day children will wash their hands thoroughly.
  • Children must move around their classes and the wider school in a one-way system.
  • Children stay at their tables whilst in class which have been placed at a distance from other tables.
  • Children are given a set of pencils, utensils etc for their use only. Any other utensils will be washed prior to use. Soft toys and cushions etc will have been removed from the room.
  • Children have allocated times to be escorted to the toilets with their group. If a child requires the toilet at another time they must inform the teacher so that they can be escorted there and back.
  • Children will be encouraged to cough into their elbow or sneeze into a tissue. All tissues are then immediately discarded into a bin with a lid.
  • Staggered breaks will take place throughout the day so that children are only encountering the children in their group. EYFS will play in their area, Year One will play in the larger yard, Key worker children will play in a different part of the large playground, Year Six will play in the empty Staff car park.
  • Children will eat lunch in their allotted rooms. Packed lunches for all children will consist of a packed lunch made in our school kitchen. School will provide packed lunches for FSM and Universal children but the others will need to be paid for through Parent pay.  Staggered play outside will be undertaken.
  • Time for Sport will provide some outdoor exercise.
  • Worship and Celebrations will be undertaken via ClassDojo.
  • In event of any illness a child will be taken to an unoccupied room until the parent arrives. The member of Staff will be required to wear PPE in this instance. Parents will be expected to collect their child promptly in these cases.
  • Reading books and homework will not be sent home to reduce the transmission of infection.

Departure from school.

Only one adult to collect a child from school.

Parents arrive promptly at school at the allotted times. These are staggered to maintain social distancing.

Year Six – 3.15pm  Parents remain outside of the unused car park. Children exit through the kitchen door onto the right of the unused carpark and out of the large gate on the right hand side as indicated. Two metre distancing will be indicated by markers on the car park and the distance will be maintained.

Year One – 3.00pm Children leave through their classroom doors. Please wait at the marked two metre intervals. Parents then exit through the gate again on the right hand side so as not to meet on coming parents.

Reception – 2.45pm Children exit through the KS2 door. Parents then continue down the slope and exit the playground through the right hand side of the gate.

Key Worker children  - 3.15pm Children exit through the KS2 door and continue down the slope to exit on the right hand side of the big gate.

Parents MUST NOT stand and talk to other parents in the playground

Please read the Code of Conduct carefully and email the office with the statement below, followed by your name, the date, your child’s name and their year group.

I have read and understood the code of conduct and I will support the measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Signed (Parent/Carer) ______________________________________ Date:____________

Name of Child: ____________________________________ Year group: _______________

Send this to:

office@stokeminsterprimary.org.uk

Copy of June Update Letter

Thursday 11th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and Guardians,

Re: Coronavirus update

I hope this letter continues to find you and your families well and that you are continuing to follow the rules in order to stay safe and save lives.

It was heartening to see the new guidance released last night, enabling one parent families to connect exclusively with one other family group. Hopefully, this will enable single parents to connect again with a support network. This also means that single people, who may be struggling with loneliness, will have an opportunity to benefit from the company of one other family group. This is wonderful news! From our position, we need to respectfully ask that everyone continues to follow this guidance, strictly. We are going to great lengths to ensure children, families and staff are safe, but ‘test and trace’ only works if people stick to these rules. Thank you.

We welcomed back some of our Reception children this week and were really pleased to see how well they followed the new rules in school – they are a credit to you. Next week, we are set to welcome back some of our Y1 children. As a result of having to stick to very strict health and safety guidelines we cannot increase numbers quickly, in the event that people change their minds. If you have said ‘no’, you must honour that, for the foreseeable future. Our plans only work with the numbers we currently have as definite ‘yes’s’. Any changes to the current planned provision will have to be thoroughly reviewed and assessed for health and safety risks; this will take time so please be patient. This is an incredibly difficult task that we are trying to accomplish with a finite number of staff and teaching spaces within school. Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.

Last night’s announcement also stated news of a further ‘catch up’ programme over the summer, despite having also reassured us that there would be no requirement for schools to remain open over August.

Our staff and leaders in school have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and are in need of a full and complete break. They have worked tirelessly to plan, prepare and deliver online learning, giving support and feedback to learners and parents. In addition, staff have been on a rota to come in to teach key groups, prepare and deliver work packs for home learning while teaching and looking after their own pre school children (those that have them). This has also been true for our support staff and admin team.  I remain in complete admiration of their dedication to our children, families, and their profession and am incredibly proud to work with such a hardworking, conscientious team. So I would like to reiterate again that whatever changes are recommended, time will be needed to plan, prepare and deliver those suggestions. I will only do so if, and only if, we have the resources – both human and physical - to do so, safely. Your patience and forbearance will be greatly appreciated as I endeavour to fulfil the next round of expectations and I will do my utmost to keep everyone safe.

It was good to hear that Stoke-on-Trent schools received a positive mention from Gavin Williamson (Education Secretary) in the Houses of Parliament this week for our response to the current situation, proving that our spirit of ‘can do’ is still a driving force in our city.

Finally, as we have so many staff members returning to school to teach classes, may I take this opportunity to inform you that the teachers managing ClassDojo may now change from the usual class teacher. This will be for some year groups, not all.

In the meantime, keep your faith and hope in better days ahead; keep to the guidance so that we can protect each other and ultimately save lives.

In the words of Julian of Norwich:

All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Many thanks for your continued support.

With blessings and kindest regards

Mrs L Willis ( Headteacher)

COVID-19

Following the latest Government advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all out of school visits.

The safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and families remain our priority. We are grateful to all of our school community for your support during this difficult time.

Cancelled Events:

  • All Mother's day events 
  • All swimming lessons (Y1 & Y3 )
  • Stoke City Football Club - Thursdays
  • Recorder Festival - Y5
  • Postponed Y1's trip to Conkers and Y3's trip to Think Tank
  • Easter Service 

All parents are encouraged to sign up to Class Dojo, speak to your child's class teacher for more information.

Latest Government Advice and New Guidance for Households with Symptoms - 17/03/2020

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.
  • If you are showing symptoms of a temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) and/or a new continuous cough, then you need to stay at home. The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here.
  • If one member of your household has symptoms of Coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home for a period of 14 days. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • Anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, needs 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.
  • If you have Coronavirus symptoms do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, you do not need to contact 111 to inform them of the self isolation.
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service.
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Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

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