Returning to School – Update for Parents/Carers – 2nd July 2020

2nd July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. It has been our pleasure to welcome some of our children back to school following government guidance and wonderful to hear the sound of children around school once again.

As things stand at the moment, there are no plans to bring back other year groups as we cannot accommodate more children whilst observing the distancing rules. Unfortunately, our classrooms aren’t big enough and the expansion would put a strain on the staffing. Therefore the year groups that are currently in school will remain until school closure.

School will be closed to all children over the summer and the date for closure is Wednesday 22nd July at the usual finishing time for your child’s pod. It is necessary to close on this date to enable staff to prepare their classrooms for September as there will need to be measures in place to ensure a safe return.

I have spoken to a number of worried parents over the last few weeks concerned for the academic progress of their child/children during this lockdown period. The main cause for concern is that children will be falling behind in their education. Whilst this view is justified, it will be the same for all children so please put this worry aside. Given that we are back to some sort of normality in September, all children will be baselined on their return and systems put in place to ensure that every child is supported.

Our curriculum may look slightly different when we return in September. There will be a greater emphasis on mental health and wellbeing, physical activity, RE, PHSE, maths reading and writing.

In the meantime we encourage you to continue supporting the children with some of the online learning resources such as TTrockstars, Numbots, Spelling Shed and of course, regular reading.

Normally at this time of year, the children would have had the opportunity to spend a day with their new class teacher. However, as this has not been possible, the new class teachers and teaching assistants will be revealed in a different way. Teachers have recorded a short welcome video which will be available on each class page on the school website by Monday 6th July. Hopefully, by seeing their next class teacher, this will reassure the children as changing year groups can be quite an anxious time. This year, this may be accentuated given the time that some have been away from school. Teachers will be setting an optional task for the children to complete over the summer break which will be linked to learning in the autumn term. A transition document will be uploaded to the website shortly.

As it stands, school will reopen to children on Thursday 3rd September for all classes. It is likely that children will be in a year group pod with staggered start, finish and break times. Confirmation of this will be provided nearer to the time once guidelines have been released.

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you all and being together once more. Stay safe,

P Williams

Mrs P Williams

Acting Headteacher

Returning to School – Update for Parents/Carers – 11th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the postponement of plans to reopen this week, a meeting was held yesterday by the local authority to determine the next steps. A decision has therefore been made to reschedule the opening date for Monday 15th June.

If your child was due to return this week, an updated year group letter has now been added below. Please note, that currently we cannot accommodate any additional children to the confirmed numbers until further notice.

Please read carefully for instructions about start and finish times, entrances and exits and how we will phase the children in.

The instructions given need to be adhered to in order to assure procedures run as safely as possible.

Many thanks for your cooperation, patience and continued support.

LSJ Team

Nursery return to school NEW Year 1 Letter Return to School NEW
Reception return to school NEW Year 6 return to school New

Update – 8th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the announcements yesterday from the local authority, we would like to extend our thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.

Whilst we are aware that this may have caused some anxiety and possible disruption to your plans, we would like to reassure you that any decisions made are with everybody’s safety and wellbeing at the forefront.

Staff have worked incredibly hard to prepare a safe learning environment for the children’s return and we are looking forward to seeing them back in school.

We will continue to keep you up to date with information as it is presented to us.  In the meantime, if you have and questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us through the school office.

Stay safe.

Kindest regards,

LSJ Team

Please follow link to read letter from Local Authority: Letter from Local Authority 8th June 2020

FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND, WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL HAVE ADVISED THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL NOT REOPEN THIS WEEK -NURSERY/REC/YEAR1 AND YEAR6. WE WILL UPDATE, WITH MORE INFORMATION, WHEN THIS BECOMES AVAILABLE.

Returning to School – Update for Parents/Carers – 5th June 2020

If your child is returning to school next week, please access the latest information by clicking on the link below.

Parents Reopening Letter 5.6.2020

Returning to School – Update for Parents/Carers – 28th May 2020

If your child is returning to school w/c 8th June, it is important that you read through the relevant information below.  The links contain updated content regarding our ‘Return to School Plan’ for Key Worker children, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes.

Return to School Plan for Parents Final Nursery Letter Return to School Year 1 Letter Return to School
Behaviour Management 2020 (Appendix 1) Reception Letter Return to School Year 6 return to school

Covid 19 Home School Agreement June 2020

The ‘Transitioning children back to school’ document below, contains tips for parents in preparing your child for their return to school.

Transitioning children back to school for Parents

School Re-opening

Following the Government announcement on Sunday evening, Warrington Local Authority have been following guidance in order to clarify how we as a borough will respond to the staged reopening of schools. It has been suggested a phased return beginning with Reception, Year 1 and 6, taking place after the June half term.

School leaders have already begun to formulate a plan based upon Government and Local Authority recommendations.

Please be assured that the wellbeing and safety of staff and children are at the forefront of any planning decisions going forward and that we will keep you informed of developments as they arise.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Incident Management/Business Continuity Plan – Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the current, ongoing global issues surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the following Incident Management and Business Continuity Plan has been created to provide guidance should the need arise.

As this situation is changing on a daily basis, the plan will be reviewed and adapted where appropriate and dated accordingly, with additions made in different coloured font so that changes are clear; as a minimum this document will be reviewed at the end of each working week by a member of the school’s leadership team; this could include: Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Chair of Governors and/or Vice Chair of Governors.

Measures to Prevent the Spread of Infection

At present, the country has just moved into the Delay Phase of the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) – 12.03.20. School are taking the following measures in order to prevent the spread of infection inline with the guidance we have received. Schools are being advised to promote the following:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Catching coughs or sneezes with tissues, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
  • Ensuring people who feel unwell stay at home and do not attend work or school.
  • Encouraging pupils, staff and visitors to wash their hands:
    • Before leaving home.
    • On arrival at the school.
    • After using the toilet.
    • After breaks and sporting activities.
    • Before preparing food.
    • Before eating any food.
    • Before leaving school.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. door handles, table tops).

Following new Government guidance issued on 12.03.20, the following steps will also be taken;

  • Parents/carers are asked NOT to send children into school if they have a high temperature and/or a new, cough and to keep their children off school for 7 days.
  • If a child develops a high temperature and/or a new cough while they are in school, parents/carers will be contacted as soon as possible to request that someone comes to collect their child; they will then be asked to keep their child off school for 7 days.

Covid 2020

Government guidance is updated daily, please follow this link for latest information:   

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

School Approach to Coronavirus

Our Senior Management Team are constantly reviewing the situation and following guidance from the LA and Government.

Our school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • confirmed case of coronavirus involving pupils or staff (or immediate families pending advice).
  • government directive from the Department of Education or Public Health England

Steps taken to decide on whether to close the school will be as follows:

  • Head teacher will liaise with the Local Authority and if necessary Public Health NW and make an informed decision whether school should be open or closed. Chair of Governors will be informed.
  • The decision to open school, or not, will be communicated to staff and communicated to parents via
  • The school website
  • School App, text message and Email
  • Local Authority and local media websites.

Decisions will normally be made and communicated before 6pm each subsequent day.

Your child’s education is important and we will be setting online learning where possible.

Covid emergency contact

Lunch Times and Snack

Where possible, the school will endeavour to provide its usual school meals service. Should this be affected due to staffing issues, this may result in one of the following:

  • Parents/carers will be asked to provide a packed lunch/snack for their child from home
  • Cold options to be provided for lunches for Free School Meal children (food supplies allowing); this is on the basis that a member of staff with a food hygiene certificate is available to support in the kitchen to make sandwiches.
  • Should lunch provision be unavailable, this may result in closures or afternoon closures

Safeguarding

In the event of school closure, should anyone have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of any child, they should contact a member of the school Safeguarding team AS WELL AS a member of the Warrington Borough Council Safeguarding Team (see contact details below) and also see the Safeguarding section on the school website.

LSJ contacts

Warrington Covid contacts

Acknowledgement to Winwick CE Primary for supporting LSJ with this document.

School closure letter Coronavirus 19.3.20