Provision for Key workers
Thank you to everyone for their understanding and co-operation while we have worked to get the provision in school sorted out for next week. As as always, a fantastic Alpington School team effort.
If you need further information about who qualifies as a key worker, please click here.
Please send any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and happy weekend.
The Alpington Team
Corona virus update 18.3.20
18th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
We are all facing a very challenging national situation and we would like to reassure you that we are continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a sensible and measured way. In light of the advice from Government and Public Health England (PHE) regarding symptoms and self-isolation, we appreciate all your support and understanding during these unprecedented times. Please remember that if you are self-isolating, then this should be done in line with Government and PHE guidance.
We also wish to clarify that our school will support the difficult decision you may take regarding whether or not your child attends school due to the social distancing measures outlined by PHE. The safety of our community is our main and overriding concern and we wish to support any families who may fit into the vulnerable group category.
Where a pupil is absent, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and PHE, the absence will be authorised due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Please continue to call in absences as usual, unless you have already told us that your child is not in school due to self-isolation or social distancing.
There is guidance available on social distancing and vulnerable groups which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people. If anyone would like to talk through any issues that arise from the guidance please feel free to do so.
The change of policy regarding self-isolation on Monday has resulted in implications on staffing across educational settings. As the situation is changing on a daily basis, please be aware that we might have to restructure some classes or close the school to a particular year group if we did not have enough staff, or if key personnel (such as Paediatric First Aiders), were unable to come into school. At the moment we are doing our best to follow the current Government advice to stay open.
Some families have understandably asked about home learning support during self-isolation. Each cluster school is making their own arrangements for home learning, which will be adapted for their own curriculums. You will find links to tasks and activities on our school’s website in the Home Learning section imminently. Should you wish to explore additional resources, we encourage you to visit each of the school’s websites as detailed below:
If all schools are directed to close, as may be the case in the very near future, we will be supporting you further by uploading additional tasks and activities to ensure that the children’s learning can continue. Information about this will be placed on our school website within 48 hours of the Government’s decision.
We will continue to keep you updated as we receive further information.
Thurton C of E VC Primary Staff
Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School Staff
Loddon Primary Federation Staff
Support from our local church
As a church school we have strong links with the local churches and our Rector, Fr Chris Ellis. It is especially important that we all pull together at the moment to take care of each other, and to support those in our community who need some extra help at this time.
Fr Chris is available to support in whatever way he can. This could be to talk, or for more practical support with shopping or collecting prescriptions.
If you would like to talk, need practical help or know someone who does, please contact Fr Chris on 01508 484174, or e-mail email@example.com.
If you are able to offer help, for example staying in touch with elderly or isolated people in our community or making deliveries, please also contact Fr Chris who will try to co-ordinate the response.
The Alpington Team
Coronavirus update 17.3.20
Good morning everybody
As you will be aware, following the information that was sent out yesterday the government has changed it’s advice for families regarding the corona virus.
Please see the following links for the latest information.
The school continues to stay in touch with other schools and the latest advice from the government and Public Health England. We will post any changes as soon as we can here on the website.
Thank you all for your continuing support.
The Alpington Team
Corona virus update 16.3.20
I just wanted to keep you up to date with the latest information in relation to the Coronavirus.
This is an unprecedented situation which is changing rapidly and we know it is causing lots of anxiety and stress. In school, we are working to keep things as normal as possible so that the children feel safe. We have also explained that if the children have any questions, we will do our best to answer them.
We continue to follow all the advice available to keep children safe. The children are regularly washing their hands, with appropriate supervision to ensure that they are doing it properly. We have a ready supply of tissues in all classes and children know how to use them to catch coughs and sneezes. We are also taking measures to make sure that classroom items are more regularly cleaned and that children do not unnecessarily share resources.
Parents who are concerned their child may have symptoms of the Coronavirus should contact NHS 111 online – do not ring 111 unless symptoms are severe. Please click on the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If your child has a high fever or persistent cough, they must self isolate for 7 days – please inform the school on 01493 750322 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. You should inform the school office in the usual way if you are self-isolating the children at home.
The current advice from the DfE remains that schools should not close unless instructed to by Public Health England, even if they have children or members of staff who are self-isolating.
As a precautionary measure we are postponing both the film night for Key Stage 2 children, and the quiz. We will let you have new dates as soon as this is practical. If anyone is unable to make the new date we will refund your money at that point. Any queries, please check with the school office.
It is a very real possibility that the school will have to close at some point as part of government measures to prevent the spread of the virus. If this happens, you will be informed by e-mail and text and we will give you as much notice as possible. There is a new “home learning” section of our website which will be used to communicate about activities that you can do at home to ensure that as little learning as possible is missed. We are working as a staff team to make this as interesting and user friendly as possible. We will provide further details as they become necessary. In the meantime, some entries for our Easter Egg completion are up for you to have a look at!
We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds, both by e-mail and the school website.
Rosie Welch and the Alpington Team