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Autumn Term 2020

Translation of guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

We have translated our guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.

The guidance is now available in the following languages:

Head Boy/ Girl

Every year we appoint a four year six pupils to be the head boy/ girl and deputy head boy/ girl. Pupils who are interested are asked to complete the application form. These will be distributed tomorrow in class. The closing date for application forms is Friday 2nd October.

We look forward to receiving lots of application forms.

Head Boy Head Girl Application Form

Year Six Parents

 

Dear Parents,

We hope that you are keeping safe and well. We have received some lovely messages from parents and the wider school community regarding the sad news about Mr Ryan -thank you for your kind words and support at this difficult time.

 

As you can imagine, our Year Six pupils are our main priority and it is important that their routine and structure in school is kept to minimal disturbance despite the terrible upset that we, as a school community are coming to terms with.

 

Mr Doyle will be the Year Six class teacher  supported by Mrs Morris- higher level teaching assistant in  the interim period up until half term.  Mr Doyle has already been in class and the children are familiar with him. We are confident that their curriculum can carry on as  normal with Mr Doyle and Mrs Morris at the helm. We will be recruiting this week for a new Year Six class teacher and will keep parents informed as much as possible. 

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

 

Kindest Regards

Mrs Nash/ Mrs Southerton

 

Letter to parents

Gifts from God Assembly Friday 18th September 2020

Thank you

Thank you to our parents for keeping to the time schedule, remaining at a social distance and for your cheery demeanour at this difficult time.

Updated Risk Assessment 16th September 2020

Covid-19 related pupil absence

A quick reference guide for parents and staff (September 2020)

What to do if…

Action Needed

Return to school when…

…my child has Covid-19 symptoms.

- Do not come to school

- Contact school to inform us

- Self-isolate the whole household

 - Get a test

 - Inform the school immediately about the test result

…the test comes back negative or a period of 10 days has passed since the symptoms started, and the child feels well.

…my child tests positive for Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 10 days).

- Self-isolate the whole household.

…10 days have passed since symptoms began, even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell. (These symptoms can last for several weeks.)

AND the child feels well.  

…my child tests negative.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Discuss when your child can come back (same day/next day).

…the test comes back negative.

…my child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Ring on each day of illness.

…after 48 hours following the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea (as per attendance policy)

…someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Self-isolate the whole household.

 - Household member to get a test.

 - Inform school immediately about test result.

…the test comes back negative.

…someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days).

- Self-isolate the whole household.

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

…NHS test and trace has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days).

 

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

…NHS test and trace has identified a household member (other than my child) as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Covid-19.

- The household member must self-isolate for 14 days.

- Child can continue to attend school.

…child can continue to attend school

… a sibling attending another school has been sent home to self-isolate due to their being a positive case in their school.

- Sibling must self-isolate for 14 days.

- St Mary’s child(ren) can continue to attend.

 

…child can continue to attend school

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that is NOT on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is needed*:

-  minimum of 14 days self-isolation for all those who travelled.

- contact school to inform us you are back in the country and we will agree an earliest date for possible return to school.

 - Self-isolate the whole household.

 

*Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – for up to date travel information

…the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that IS on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is NOT needed:

- Check the current Exempt countries and territories list to confirm the country you have travelled from or through is on the exempt list.

- Ring school to inform us you have returned to the UK and agree a return date to school.

… you have informed the office of your return to the UK (the office will ask you a few questions about your travel).

…I have travelled from a country that requires us to quarantine (but my child didn’t travel).

- As long as you do not have / have not had symptoms in the last 14 days, your child can continue to attend school.

- The person who has travelled MUST NOT leave the house, including to do pick-ups and drop offs (please contact school if you need support getting your child to school).

…child can continue to attend school

…we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

…school inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again.

…you receive medical advice that your child may return to school.

…my child’s bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in school.

- Child must not come to school.

- Support your child at home with remote education provided by your school.

- Your child will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

- Other siblings may continue to attend school.

…school inform you that the bubble will be reopened.

… I am unable to get a test for someone in the household who has symptoms

If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, your child and anyone they live with must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

 

 

Gifts from God Assembly Friday 11th September 2020

St Thomas Aquinas Information for Year Six pupils and parents

Dear Parents,

Displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) at home

If a PUPIL becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must not be sent into school.

Please follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This means;
• self-isolate for at least 10 days
• arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please inform the school by 9.00 in the morning to inform us your child has symptoms.

Many thanks

Mrs Nash/ Mrs Southerton

REMOTE LEARNING

All parents will have received via email an invitation to join Class Dojo. This is our remote learning platform which will enable pupils to access lessons from home, submit work in addition to allowing parents to message class teacher. Please note that there will be a 24hr turnaround for responses- any queries that are an emergency must come via the school office.

We will provide guidance to pupils and parents on how to use class dojo- we hope that this will be a useful resource for you.

Class teachers. will in the event of a local lockdown, the closure of a class bubble or when pupils need to self isolate will upload work for pupils to complete that will mirror what is / would have been taught in class.

Let us know what you think.

WELL DONE YEAR FOUR

We were all so proud of our Year Four pupils as they led our first school Mass of the new school year. the pupils read beautifully and despite the social distancing measures in place and the zoom link so other classes could only watch remotely, it was a beautiful Mass. thank you Year Four- you really are stars!

 

Social Distancing on Site

With new restrictions in place please ensure that social distancing is maintained whilst on the school site. Whilst we cannot make this virus vanish, we can all play our part in reducing the risk. Thank you for your support.

 

 

Well done Reception!

It has been so lovely to welcome our new Reception pupils into school this week-they have all been brilliant and have settled in so well. We look forward to having them in full time from Monday. Thank you to all the parents for their support.

 

Gifts from God assembly Friday 4th September 2020

HELPING YOUR CHILD RETURN TO SCHOOL.

Questions and Answers for parents

Year Four First Holy Communion.

Year Four pupils will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday 13th September at 1pm. This will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church.

Please scroll down the pictures Yr 6 classroom - Reception.

The hall and front entrance are also included.

Individual resource packs for each child
Year Six classroom
Year Five classroom
Year Four classroom
Year Three classroom
Year Two classroom
Year One classroom
Reception classroom
Reception pupils will have their lunch in the hall
No parents or vistors allowed into school
Pupils enter through the front door
Walk by the school's front entrance for entry

What School will look like- we hope this helps!

Entry through double gates

Risk Assessment for re-opening of school in September 2020

Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.

Diary Dates for Autumn One

St Columba's Health and Safety Policy September 2020

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