5th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your patience and understanding today, whilst we have been adjusting to the new situation, in which we find ourselves. Staff have worked hard today to make the necessary changes.
Who can attend school?
As of Tuesday 5th January 2021, we are open for pupils, who have at least one parent, who is a critical worker, based upon the list published today: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#critical-workers
Ideally, children should not be in school, if they can do their learning at home. This will help reduce possible transmission of the coronavirus.
In addition children, who have a social worker, or an Education Health Care plan can also attend school each day. School times will be 9am to 3.10pm.
How do we book in-school provision?
Your child’s teacher will have a booking form for you to book the days you require. Please ensure children attend school for full days to enjoy all the learning activities on offer each day.
How is learning being organised?
The children will continue to learn in their year group bubble, either in school or at home. The learning on offer will be the same and will keep pace, so that children learning both ‘in school’ and ‘at home’ can seamlessly move between the two. One teacher from the year team will be working remotely and one will be offering face-to-face learning in school. This will change each week.
How do we access remote learning?
Each week, on a Friday, your child’s class teacher will send out a timetable and the learning materials for the following week. We will be making paper materials available, if these are needed, for collection between 1pm and 3pm on a Friday.
We are mindful that many families have one device at home and so we have attempted to spread out the scheduled remote learning sessions. Each year group will have the opportunity to have two live learning sessions each day as well as activities set out that they can complete at home.
Are Breakfast Club and After-school Club still running?
We continue to run both Breakfast and After-school Clubs each day. Please book using the booking form, which is available from your class teacher or the school office. Breakfast Club (7.45am to 8.45am) is £2.50 per day and After-school Club (3.00pm to 5.00pm) is £6.00 per session, which rises to £10.00 for collection by 5.45pm.
On behalf of the staff team, I wish you all a happy new year. We hope you stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you back with us soon.
Mrs Karen Menis
4th January 2021
Dear parents and carers,
My apologies for the lateness of this communication.
Following the recent government announcement this evening, Shakespeare Primary School will remain closed until further notice.
We will be providing access to education for pupils in school, whose parents or carers are classed as critical workers (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#critical-workers). If you were able to access this provision during Lockdown 1.0, you are more than likely to be able to access this again this time around. Please attend school as usual tomorrow morning.
For our pupils, now learning from home, your teacher will be in contact with you tomorrow morning with further information.
Mrs Karen Menis
Important message for Parents/Carers
(From Plymouth City Council)
It has been great to see so many children and young people returning to school and the work that has been conducted locally to ensure a safe return. It is inevitable that for some children and young people they will feel unwell and for many this could include Covid related symptoms.
This message contains important information about how you can get a test. You cannot get a test by arriving at the Testing Centre without an appointment and you should not go to the hospital (Emergency Department) or your GP for a test.
Evidence to date has shown that children usually have much milder symptoms and they have tended to pick up the infection from home rather than from school. However it remains extremely important that any child with symptoms of Covid stays away for school, to avoid the risk of spreading infection to others, including the more vulnerable. These symptoms are:
• high temperature – feeling hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – 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)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal
Over the last week we have seen a number of children being referred for a Covid 19 test in accordance with national guidance. If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case, they will be asked to self-isolate at home. Please DO NOT try to get your child tested unless they have developed the symptoms of COVID19. A negative test result does not mean that they can go back to school; it simply means that they had not fully developed the illness at the time of the test, and they could develop the illness at any point in the 14 days.
We are very aware that in Plymouth, as elsewhere, there have been delays in accessing tests. This is a national issue as laboratory capacity for analysing tests is being directed to areas in the country with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases. We are doing all we can to work with national agencies to increase the capacity available.
We understand how frustrating this can be, particularly with children returning to school and being asked to stay off school until they can get a COVID-19 test. However, it is crucial that we keep our schools open, and continue to keep our children and communities safe.
We therefore ask that you continue to follow government guidance and keep your child at home, and book a test as soon as you are able. You only need to get a test if your child has the symptoms listed above. If your child has these symptoms, it is really important that you do not send them to school. The test is best done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
The current routes for getting a test are :
• Parents book a test online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/ or by calling 119
• If parents or carers are unable to book a local slot then they can email firstname.lastname@example.org that the test is for a child attending a Plymouth school and they will be supported to access local testing.
If you cannot book a test immediately, we ask that you try again as the system is currently very busy and your patience is appreciated.
If you are not able to secure a test, it is important that your child remains away from school for the 10 day isolation period. As part of creating a Covid safe school, children must not return before the isolation period is over. Please work with your school to keep all children and young people safe.
You can also use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you're worried about your symptoms
• you're not sure what to do
Call 111 if you cannot get help online.
More advice on what to do can be found here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
We would like to reassure you that we are working hard to put additional local arrangements in place to boost our local testing availability until national testing capacity can be increased and we will update you as soon as the situation changes.
If your child or any member of your households feels unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend the school setting. Call 01752 312048 to inform us of the absence and do not return to school until a COVID-19 test has been taken and a negative result has been given.
Fresh uniform should be worn to school every day.
Do not bring any items in from home unless essential such as medicine, glasses, packed lunch etc. We are trying to limit the amount of items moving to and fro between home and school.
Hands will be washed upon arrival to school, before and after play, after using the toilet, before and after eating and before leaving the school for home.
Classrooms will be cleaned between morning and afternoon sessions.
Any equipment used will be cleaned after use and during use will solely be used by one child.
Each child will have a stationery pack for their sole use.