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Woodcock Hill Primary School

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

COVID-19 Update 29th June, 2020

DfE Updated guidance June 25th for Parents/Carers on keeping children safe online

With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the DfE have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.

The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:

 

COVID-19 Update 22nd June, 2020

Updated Risk Assessment (Version 3)

 

 

COVID-19 Update 19th June, 2020

Department for Education Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 

 

COVID-19 Update 11th June, 2020

Friday Deep Clean Closures

 

Please find an important letter relating to changes to arrangements from Friday 19th June, 2020 below

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update 10th June, 2020

Mental Health Support for Children

 

 

COVID-19 Update 10th June, 2020

Updated Risk Assessment (9th June, 2020)

 

Please see below our updated Risk Assessment. which has been approved by Governors. 

 

 

COVID-19 Update 10th June, 2020

Freequently Asked Questions on Testing

 

Are education and childcare workers eligible for coronavirus testing?

Yes. If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you can ask for a test through the NHS website.

 

If you’re an essential worker in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can apply for priority testing. You can also get tested through this route if you have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker.

 

Are children eligible for coronavirus testing?

All children and members of their households in England have access to testing if they display symptoms of coronavirus, including children under 5. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

Tests can be accessed through the NHS website.

 

How will the Test and Trace programme work?

The NHS Test and Trace programme was launched on 28 May. The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Further information about Test and Trace is available.

 

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test on the NHS website or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period. Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

 

COVID-19 Information Update 29th May,2020

Launch of Government Test & Trace Service, Parents' Survey, Government Travel Advice and Risk Assessment

 

Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service

 

The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched today and will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

 

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

 

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here:

Parents' Survey - BCC/Birmingham University

 

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham is currently working with Birmingham City Council to better understand the implications for education of COVID-19.  As part of this BCC are currently surveying parents and carers about their experiences. BCC would be very grateful if you would complete the survey by following the link below:

 

Department for Transport Travel advice for Parents and Pupils.

 

See link below:

 

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COVID-19 Risk Assessment (29th May, 2020)

 

Please find our Risk Assessment below ahead of re-opening on 1st June, 2020 for information:

 

COVID-19 Update 28th May, 2020

Updated Home Learning Advice for Parents and Carers Looking After Primary School Children

 

See link below:

 

 

COVID-19 Update 26th May, 2020

Letter from the Head Teacher 

Arrangements for children of key workers/vulnerable children after June 1st

 

Please see the letter below

 

COVID-19 Update 22nd May, 2020

Safety and Protective Measures for Pupils and Staff

 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

 

In order to address some of your concerns and allow you to make a more informed decision about whether to send your Reception, Y1 or Y6 children to school, below you will see some of the precautionary measures we will be implementing to try to ensure pupils and adults in school remain as safe as possible. We are addressing all the DfE Guidance including Actions for Schools and Implementing Protective Measures in Schools, as well as having a detailed City Council Risk Assessment. The school will have had a full deep clean and additional cleaning will be undertaken daily. Utilities on site have all been checked for safety compliance.

 

Safety and Protective Measures for Pupils and Staff at Woodcock Hill

 

*Use of only the main school entrance on Farwood Rd. only.

*Polite requests for parents to adhere to social distancing on site and not enter classrooms/cloakrooms. 

*One adult from a family to accompany a child onto site.

* Staff to be on gate to assist parents and ensure adherence to social distancing.

* Pupils will enter and exit classrooms from usual doors - distanced.

*Pupils are expected to wear clean uniform and have PE kit - observe distance for changing.

*Staggered start and finish to avoid pinch points:

YR 10:00 - 2:00ypm

Y1  9:30 -2:30pm

Y6  9:00 - 3:00pm

*Vulnerable / Critical Worker pupils 10.30am - 2.30pm

*Playgrounds - YR infant playground, Y1 middle playground, Y6 junior playground with staggered timings. 

*Pupils working together must stay together and not mix at play or lunch.

* Playgrounds marked off with cones to separate groups.

* Morning snack as normal during staggered breaks.

*Infant lunch time as normal keeping groups separate - one group at a time in hall.

*Junior lunch time as normal keeping groups separate as above.

*Tables sanitised between each group for lunch.

*Distance markers in both halls by food hatch.

*For teaching and learning (maximum group size 10 pupils)

*YR using own room and middle room - 4 staff

*Y1 using own room and Y2 - 4 staff

*Y6 using own room Y5, Y4, and Y3 - 7 staff

*Teachers stay with their own groups for playtime - groups not to be mixed.

*DfE Guidance Posters in all classrooms and prominent areas.

*First aid at break by Teacher/Teaching Assistant from group - wear PPE as necessary.

*Curriculum will be flexible. Decided by class teacher and planned/ delivered by other teachers with groups.

*Outdoor activities encouraged (use of outdoor equipment only if it can be easily cleaned between groups - no shared equipment).

*initially pupils heath & hygeine, mental health and wellbeing is a priority - opportunities for talk time and games to instruct/remind pupils of respiratory measures.

*Regular and frequent pupil hand washing encouraged including on arrival, before and after food, avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth. 

*Limited numbers of pupils in toilet areas at one time. Negotiated with other groups.

*Organised seating in class so there's space between pupils.

*Pupils will have own table and chair which remains the same each day. 

*pupils will be provided with their own bag of stationary pencils, rulers, crayons etc - not to be shared.

*Work to be done on fresh paper only - not exercise books.

*Any shared equipment to be sanitised in between uses.

*No school assemblies, trips, outings or clubs including breakfast club for the time being.

*Staff provided  with sanitiser, tissues and wipes in each room.

*Rooms ventilated where possible.

*Staff PPE is available for when required (1st aid, illness, personal pupil care etc).

*Vulnerable/key worker pupils from other year groups besides YR, Y1 and Y6 in Learning Centre following the same measures as above - 2 staff.

*Strict DfE protocol adhered to should anyone display symptoms. Inform Head and Deputy immediately.

 

The above is not an exhaustive list and some of it will duplicate guidance already issued to you but it outlines some of the main operational details at Woodcock Hill. 

 

We hope you will find this information helpful. Please be reassured that every possible measure will be taken to keep pupils and adults safe in and around school.

 

With very best wishes. Stay safe,

 

J.Kitaratzis

Head Teacher

 

COVID-19 Update 21st May, 2020

Updated Home Learning Advice for Parents and Carers Looking After Primary School Children

 

Please click on the link below for more information:

 

COVID-19 Update 20th May, 2020

An important message from our Head Teacher about School re-opening to specific Year Groups from 1st June, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

As you will know, the Government has directed schools to begin a phased re-opening for some pupils. On June 1st Woodcock Hill will be hoping to welcome back to school Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 6, as well as some vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers in other year groups who require a place.

 

Details of our proposed opening are set out below but please bear in mind that our school opening date may be subject to change as there is some uncertainty amongst Government and Councils. We will inform you immediately of any new developments.

 

We fully understand that parents will have concerns about sending their children back to school and we would like to reassure you that we will be doing everything we can to ensure the safety of all in school. We will be implementing strict protective measures following all DfE guidelines and have undertaken a detailed risk assessment. We know that you will want to help to keep pupils and adults safe on site, so we would politely ask that you follow the guidance set out below:

 

*Each class returning will start and finish at different times to avoid "pinch points" and reduce adult to adult contact:

Reception -10am until 2pm

Year 1 - 9:30am until 2:30pm

Year 6 - 9am until 3pm

*Please only use the main school entrance on Farwood Road and adhere strictly to timings.

*If a child needs accompanying to school only one parent should attend.

*Pupils will enter and leave school through their usual classroom door. 

*We request that parents/guardians do not enter classrooms or cloakrooms and whilst on site maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule eg. Whilst waiting on the playground at start and end of school please maintain at least a 2 metre distance from other adults.

*Under no circumstances should anyone come into school who is displaying symptoms.

*Pupils should wear clean uniform and have a PE kit. 

*Adults should avoid gathering in the reception area of school and keep to the 2 metre social distancing rule.

*We have been asked to remind parents/guardians to only use the Government's recommended modes of transport and walk to school if possible.

*In order to keep pupils safe they will be working and playing in small groups, which will mean they may not be in their usual classroom or with their usual teacher.

* Break time snacks will be available and lunch will be a cold lunch initially until we are certain of pupil numbers.

*We will be implementing a raft of measures to ensure safety for pupils and staff which will be set out very soon for parents to read in a separate communication on the website, "Safety Measures for Pupils and Staff".

*Please note that the DfE Guidelines state that, "wearing a face covering or face mask in school is not recommended".

* For those year groups not yet returning we will continue to provide home learning resources on the website.

 

We hope the information above will help parents/guardians in navigating the school safely in these very challenging times. Start and end school times will also be sent to you via group call for your convenience. 

 

We look forward to welcoming Reception, Y1 and Y6  pupils back to school but also understand fully that parents/guardians may have reservations. Parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school at this time but please do let us know if you have made the decision to keep your child at home for the present (Reception, Y1 and Y6 pupils only).

 

With very best wishes. Keep safe,

 

J. Kitaratzis

 

 

COVID-19 Update 19th May, 2020

Guidance for Parents and Carers on Opening of Schools for More Pupils on June 1st

 

Please click on the link below

 

COVID-19 Update 11th May, 2020

Meals Voucher Timetable

 

As we are getting a number of queries, please find below a the timetable of when vouchers have been / will be distributed:

                            

Week Number             Issued by Who / Method / Date

Wk 1 - 6th April '20    VoucherShop* / Groupcall Text on 1st April '20

Wk 2 - 13th April '20  Voucher Shop* / DHT Text/email on 9th April '20

Wk 3 - 20th April '20  Edenred** /  Forwarded Email / 28th April '20

Wk 4 - 27th April '20  Edenred** / Edenred Email/Posted 8th May '20

Wk 5 - 4th May '20     Edenred** / Edenred Email/Posted 8th May '20

Wk 6 - 11th May '20   Edenred** / Edenred Email/Posted 11th May '20

Wk 7 - 18th May '20   Edenred** / Edenred Email / due 18th May'20

Whitsun '20 &  Beyond (To be advised)


PLEASE NOTE - Please note that if you have more than one child at our school, you may only get one text / email but the value of the voucher will be £15 x number of children (2= £30, 3 + £45 etc.)

 

* Initial Voucher Scheme ran over Easter'20 introduced by Birmingham City Council & delivered by Voucher Shop. Redeem at the first link below

 

** National Voucher Scheme since start of Spring Term 2020 introduced by DfE & delivered by Edenred. Redeem at the second link below

 

 

COVID-19 Update 10th May 2020

Wellbeing Support for Parents and Young People

with a Birmingham GP  

 

Need someone to talk to? Struggling to cope with feelings? Pause is here for you, if you are under 25 and have a Birmingham GP.

 

We offer a non-judgemental listening ear, self-help strategies plus skills for managing difficult situations and feelings. We are open 10-6 seven days a week.

 

Drop us an email on askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk or call

0207 8414470 and we will arrange for one of our friendly team to call you back.

 

For more information please click on the link below

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update 4th May, 2020

Help & Advice for Parents & Carers

 

Help for primary school children to continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) and advoice for parents / carars  is available on the link below.

 

 

COVID-19 Updare 1st May, 2020

Families in Birmingham Online Magazine

 

Families Birmingham is a well-established and trusted publication which is distributed to over 200 primary schools, libraries, art galleries, doctors surgeries, nurseries, etc.  Due to closures we are unable to deliver our magazines in the usual paper format.

ALSO - there are £100 worth of Amazon vouchers to be won!

 

 

COVID-19 Update 27th April, 2020

Wellbeing Support for Parents and Young People with a Birmingham GP  

 

Need someone to talk to? Struggling to cope with feelings? Pause is here for you, if you are under 25 and have a Birmingham GP.

 

We offer a non-judgemental listening ear, self-help strategies plus skills for managing difficult situations and feelings. We are open 10-6 seven days a week.

 

Drop us an email on askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk or call 0207 8414470 and we will arrange for one of our friendly team to call you back.

 

For more info check out https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk

 

 

COVID-19 Update 23rd April, 2020

National Free School Meals Voucher Scheme Issues

 

Please be advised  that all schools in England have experienced problems in accessing the scheme due to the volume of traffic on the site. Rest assured that we are constantly trying to get the vouchers processed for you. Please check your junk & spam folders once we have let you know they have been sent before contacting us.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

When your voucher code comes, please click on the link below to redeem it. Please note that if you have more than one child at our school, you may only get one email but the value of the voucher will be £15 x number of children (2 = £30, 3 + £45 etc.)

 

 

COVID-19 Update 20th April, 2020

Keep in Touch: Class Teacher Contact Email Address

 

Parents can contact their children's class Teacher by emailing homework(yeargroup)@woodcockhillprimaryschool.co.uk for example, to contact reception please the email address: homeworkr@woodcockhillprimaryschool.co.uk of for year 1 use homework1@woodcockhillprimaryschool.co.uk etc.

 

Thank you and stay safe

 

 

COVID-19 Update 4th April, 2020

Childcare over Easter

 

We seek to support children’s wellbeing over Easter.

 

Parents / carers who are “Key Workers” who have no alternative childcare provision in place should email our Deputy Head Teacher (Mr. Paine) directly at m.paine@woodcockhillprimaryschool.co.uk stating what their need is.

 

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

 

More information on what support is available is given in the document below.

 

 

COVID-19 Update - 1st April, 2020 - 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER SCHEME 

School have now received guidance on the Government's scheme. We have sent a Groupcall text message to Parents / Carers eligible Pupils. 

 

In order to access the scheme, we will need a contact email address. Please your contact email address is by sending your Child / Children's name(s) to us at:

 

enquiry@woodcockhillprimaryschool.co.uk

 

Once you have your codes, please follow the instructions on the document below. PLEASE NOTE - When selecting amounts please select: Denomination £5 and a total amount of £15 in the next box to ensure you get your full allocation

COVID-19 - Parent Educational Psychologist Support Line

Parent support line details

 

 

COVID-19 - Safe Internet Use

As pupils are now using the Internet more than ever for home learning we must, as adults, try to ensure they stay safe online and be extra vigilant. We would encourage parents to look at the UK Safer Internet Centre website for hints and tips. The website link below has useful resources for families and young people

 

 

COVID-19 - Home Learning Resources

Please be mindful that there are a number of scams coming through on Social Media and email. We urge you to not make contact with any organisation offering a scheme unless you hear about it from us. 

 

Each Class has uploaded lots of home learning resources to access these please go to our Pupils / Class Pages section (or click on the link below)

 

Thank you for your patience and stay safe.

COVID-19 - School Closure 
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