As we begin to progress deeper into the term, we are receiving more and more calls about children displaying some of the Covid symptoms. We would like to thank you for the way in which you are keeping children and yourselves isolated until you have been able to take a test. We know how difficult some of you are finding it to book a test and would remind you to check the front page of our website, which has a link to the nearest testing centres.
As we have said before this will be a difficult period for all of us. It would appear that with everybody returning to work the infection rate is rising and as such, more of us will be forced to isolate for a period of time.
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
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
No doubt you have already seen stories about local schools having to close bubbles and send children, who appear well home. Please remember that at our school we are currently working in class bubbles, an outbreak here may result in the class being forced to isolate for a period of time. This decision would be made by the Public Health team based upon a ‘rapid risk assessment'. As a consequence, the government have asked all schools to have a ‘remote education plan’ ready by the end of September. This information is designed to explain what our plan is and how it will work.
Our remote education plan relies heavily on the use of Google Classrooms. It is important that you have logged onto this and are becoming familiar with how it works. If you have any questions about Google Classroom, please contact the school office.
The government have told us:
Remote education support
Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing offer and have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision by the end of September. This planning will be particularly important to support a scenario in which the logistical challenges of remote provision are greatest, for example, where large numbers of pupils are required to remain at home.
In developing these contingency plans, we expect schools to:
- use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
- give access to high quality remote education resources
- select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use
- provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access
They also said:
The government will also explore making a temporary continuity direction in the autumn term; to give additional clarity to schools, pupils and parents as to what remote education should be provided. DfE will engage with the sector before a final decision is made on this.
Whilst we wait for this, we have come up with our own plan, which we think is simple and should appear quite familiar to you.
Remote Education – what will we do?
If your child has symptoms and is ill, you need to phone the office and tell us you are all isolating and getting a test. During this period of time, your child is ill and we will not set work for an ill child because they are sick and need to get better.
If your child is having to isolate but has no symptoms, the office will tell you that they will pass this on to Mr Owen, who is going to be our remote learning leader. He will begin to liaise with your child’s class teacher and prepare work for them that is a mirror of the work they would have done in class. The next day work will appear for your child on Google Classroom. Mr Owen will monitor this work over the days and weeks. He will call at various times during the days to ensure your child is on track.
Should a whole class have to isolate, remote learning will be set in the same way, however, the class teacher will manage this and may use a mixture of phone calls and small Zoom meetings to contact groups of children at a time.
During the child’s first day of isolation, whilst work is being prepared for them, we advise that children:
- use their TT Rockstars log in
- complete any unfinished homework
- use their knowledge organiser to learn key facts or prompt their own research
- use their curriculum newsletters ‘can you find out about?’ section for research
- continue with daily reading
At the moment, with the increasing number of children accessing education online, as well as communicating with each other during lockdowns when we are unable to meet face-to-face, it is really important that we all continue to be vigilant about our children’s online behaviours. Click here for advice about how to keep your child safe online.