Coronavirus Covid-19

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
1st April 2020

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

We hope families are keeping themselves safe in this climate.
Parents/Carers will have been emailed usernames and passwords for their child to  access Google Classroom. Google Classroom is not only new to children but new to staff so there are going to be teething problems. If there are any issues, please use the generic year group email address to inform the class teacher so we can rectify the matter as soon as possible.

We have created a tutorial of how to log into Google Classroom. 

How to login to Google Classroom

Google Classroom

NATIONAL VOUCHER SCHEME

Children eligible for free school meals (FSM) will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. This is for term time only. It is also only for families who are currently in receipt of FSM, families who are currently receiving the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

For more information click here. 

This is to start after Easter holidays. As we have only received the guidance from the government, we have to ensure we have put the necessary arrangements in place in order for the families to receive their vouchers.

 

uPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
27TH MARCH 2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

With our continued service to provide support to children who are/have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM), this week we have been offering packed lunches made by our catering company ISS.

From next week, Monday 30th March 2020, we are offering Tesco vouchers which can be redeemed at any Tesco store for food for your child. The voucher will come in the form of an e-code and sent to you via your email address.

To read more click here...

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
26TH MARCH 2020

REMOTE LEARNING

I hope that you and your children are managing to cope as well as you can during these very uncertain times. I also hope that you are staying healthy and enjoying spending much quality time with each other, despite the unanticipated nature of the position that you now find yourselves in.

In terms of the work that has been set for your child, I would like to give you our school’s position on this and hopefully, offer you some reassurance. We are experiencing an unprecedented emergency situation that is adversely impacting on the whole world so having a sense of perspective is hugely important.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
19TH MARCH 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Following the government’s announcement, schools have been instructed to close to almost all children in England from after school this Friday 20 March until further notice.

We completely support the government’s approach to close school for most children but make special provision for the children of key workers and more vulnerable children. We have quickly identified parents/carers within Albion who the government  has identified as key workers (for example NHS frontline workers, the police and supermarket delivery drivers). This was in order for us to understand how many children will be expected to attend so we can plan our staffing accordingly. All relevant parents/carers have been contacted and know that their children can attend school.

All other children will need to stay at home, please do not send your child to school on Monday.

Update for parents/carers:
17th March 2020

The government and Public Health England have issued an update on social distancing on 16th March. Follow the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Public Health England now advise any pupil or parent/carer and staff:

  • if you, or any member of your household, have symptoms of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.
  • you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

We kindly ask that if your child (or any member of your household) is unwell with a new and persistent cough, a temperature of 37.8 or higher or difficulty breathing then it is recommended for the entire household to self-isolate for 14 days as this covers the incubation period.  

The latest guidance also makes provision for those most vulnerable to distance themselves from others. As you would expect, these social distancing measures will affect our staff and their families as well as our pupils and their families.

In order to limit social contact where possible, we are pausing any trips out of school for children, cancelling assemblies and workshops and courses for staff until further notice.

Our enhanced cleaning regime will continue as well as rigorous handwashing measures for all pupils, staff and visitors.

update for parents/carers:
march 15th 2020

You may be aware that the government met last week to review its response to the Covid-19 virus.

While they confirmed new measures have now been put in place, most importantly the government confirmed that:

  • UK schools should remain open and continue to operate normally at this time

Albion Primary School will continue to follow the government’s advice and will remain open until we are advised otherwise.

At present there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Albion. 

Please ensure you are familiar with the detail of the most up to date Public Health England advice which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degree and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Families who may recently have travelled abroad should make absolutely certain they are following the Public Health England guidance for returning travellers.

The government did announce an additional measure for schools that means:

  • School trips abroad will not be permitted - schools affected by this will be cancelling trips and keeping parents informed of all arrangements. 

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work or school.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or catch with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Handwashing

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance.

We will continue to update you on the situation as new announcements are made by the government and want to reassure you that Albion is preparing for all possible scenarios:

Home learning

We have various online platforms, for example Mathletics and Timetables Rock Stars,  that can be used to provide work to children at home. As you would expect, we are drawing up plans should home learning become necessary. We will explain what is on offer and how to access it at that time.

Domestic trips, school events and sports fixtures

All domestic trips and school events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You will be kept informed of any changes to published events in the school calendar with as much notice as is possible.

Advice for all visitors to our school

We have reinforced some basic hygiene principles and introduced additional measures, so please do not take offence if you are asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizing gel on visiting us. We would also remind visitors of the hygiene message, “catch it, bin it, kill it” in the event of coughing and sneezing. These restrictions are in place to protect our school community.

The latest advice requires anyone who has flu-like symptoms, a cough, breathlessness or a raised temperature above 37.8 degrees Celsius to stay at home and self-isolate for a week.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

This is an extraordinary period of time for everyone, including schools, and I want to thank you for you continued patience and understanding in helping to keep our school communities as safe as possible.

Coronavirus Letter (26th Feb 2020)

Corona Advice Letter (13th March 2020)

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