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SCHOOL UNIFORM UPDATE

9th July 2020

Our school uniform is now on sale from our school office – please ring to make an appointment to purchase and collect.

(Office opening hours are currently 8.30am – 12 noon)

Item Children’s Size Adult Size
Polo Shirt £8.70 £12.15
Jumper £11.90 £15.80
Cardigans £13.45 £16.20
Hoodies £15.40 £17.75
Book Bag £12.00  
Coat £27.50  

Please note… due to current restrictions, we are unable to hold items beyond your agreed collection appointment – items will be released for general sale if not collected.

 

 

Tuesday 23rd June

Following our full governing body meeting this evening, we can now confirm our phased reopening is going ahead as anticipated TOMORROW!

Families of all children eligible to return were contacted last week and for those wishing to send their children back on site, a text message was sent to confirm the bubble allocation for the child.

Please DO NOT send your child tomorrow unless you have received a text to confirm the bubble your child has been allocated.

We are super excited to finally be able to welcome more children back on site from tomorrow and are working hard towards being in a position to welcome back all children as soon as we are able to do so.

 

Wednesday 18th June

Coronavirus Update – Accessing Our School Site for our Phased Reopening

Following a significant period of only being able to offer emergency childcare to a restricted group of children, we are finally at the stage of being able to update you with the operational arrangements for our phased reopening which we are hoping to be early next week.

What to Expect When We Begin our Phased Reopening

  • Only one parent will be allowed on site to drop off / collect their child.
  • Clear pathways will be marked to your child’s entrance to our building – please be mindful of the latest government social distancing guidelines and remain an appropriate distance from your child’s designated entrance / exit door at the start and end of the day.
  • We have now reviewed the layout of each classroom and removed all furniture which is not required during this transitional period in order to facilitate the precautionary social distancing measures and limit unnecessary surface area.
  • The government guidelines stipulate that schools must operate ‘bubbles’ which can accommodate up to a maximum of 15 children, following the precautionary social distancing guidelines.  At present, due to on site staff availability, we are able to facilitate three bubbles – each with two members of staff (a teacher and a learning support assistant).  The staff will remain with the bubble for the duration of the day (except to have their own lunch).  All teachers will have their ‘Planning, Preparation and Assessment’ time on a Friday afternoon and work will be set for the bubble to complete with the designated learning support assistant.
  • In the event of a suspected / confirmed case of COVID19 within a bubble, the full bubble will close and all members of the bubble (including staff) will need to self-isolate at home according to the latest government guidance (which is currently for a 14 day period).  As result, to help further reduce possible transmission risk or the need to close an additional bubble, siblings from the same household will be allocated to the same bubble. 
  • If a child becomes unwell whilst on site and has any COVID19 symptoms, the child will be moved to the small group room (isolated from their bubble) and parents contacted to collect the child immediately.   
  • For children who do not have other siblings attending the site, we will endeavour to allocate them to a bubble closest to their class teacher, however, we may need to allocate according to availability within a bubble and therefore cannot guarantee this.  Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee children will be in the same bubble as their friends due to the precautionary constraints we are working with.
  • Once a child is allocated to a bubble, the child will remain in that bubble.
  • Within each bubble there is a dedicated supply of tissues, cleaning products, sanitiser and a first aid kit.
  • Children attending our school will be required to wear full school uniform in line with our school expectations.  However, we acknowledge that a considerable length of time has passed since we closed and all children will have grown.  If your child’s uniform no longer fits, please contact the school office to discuss how we can help
  • Within each bubble, every child will have their own designated learning space, complete with their own stationary items for their sole use.   
  • As bubbles will include children from different year groups, all children will continue to access the daily virtual learning for their actual year group.  Staff will facilitate access to this and support children to learn. 
  • Groups will spend as much time as is reasonably possible outside in an area designated solely for the use of their group.
  • Each group will eat their lunch in the classroom / outside in their designated area if the weather permits.
  • Movement around the building will be heavily restricted in that children will have access to their designated classroom and toilet.
  • Each bubble will have their own designated toilet block and access will be managed by staff to ensure boys / girls do not mix when accessing the toilet.
  • In line with the government guidance, children will be required to wash / sanitise their hands at frequent, designated points throughout the day including when they first arrive on site, move between the indoor and outdoor space, before eating and prior to leaving the site.
  • Further enhanced precautionary cleaning measures (in addition to those we already introduced at the end of March) have already been implemented as per the guidance for the phased re-opening.  These include, for example, cleaning workspaces, stationary items, toilets and bins at additional set points during the school day.
  • To minimise risk of contamination, children will not be allowed to bring items into school from home (except packed lunch) or take items home from school.  When the weather allows, children will be encouraged not to bring a coat to school.  Coats which do come into school will be stored on the child’s chair at their own designated learning space – as will any packed lunch bags.
  • Home school reading bags will not be used in school for the foreseeable future.  Online access to reading materials is currently provided through Oxford Owls and our Reading Cloud to provide a greater library of online reading books for our children and families.
  • Our school office is currently open from 8.30am – 12noon due to staffing and is only accessible via a prearranged appointment to enable social distancing precautionary measures to be in place.

     Additional information re: the bubbles.

Bubble

Location

Staff

Drop Off

Pick Up

Playground

1

Hedgehog Classroom

Miss Proctor
Mrs Butcher

8.40am – 8.50am

2.55pm – 3.05pm

Immediately outside the classroom

2

Bumble Bee Classroom

Mrs Wood
Ms Lydon

8.30am – 8.40am

2.45pm – 2.55pm

Immediately outside the classroom

3

Willow Classroom

Miss Whittle
Mrs Dobbs

8.50am – 9am

3.05pm – 3.15pm

The main playground (excluding the climbing frame)

Our school has offered emergency childcare provision every weekday (including the Easter, May Half term and Bank Holidays) during this period to key / critical worker children and those identified as ‘vulnerable’ in line with the government definition.  Places for these children will continue to be available during our phased reopening regardless of the year group the child is in.

We currently have a live parent survey to find out which children want to access our site before 1 September and our initial focus is to try and meet the demand from the government specified year groups of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  At present, we are in the process of contacting parents to verify demand and allocate places in response to the information coming through the parent survey. 

Once a place has been allocated, we will contact the family directly to confirm the place – please do not assume if your child is in one of the identified year groups that they will automatically be able to attend site at the start of our phased reopening as we need to ensure that all precautionary measures are in place at all times for everyone’s safety. The number of children eligible to return at the point of our phased reopening exceeds the number of places available.

If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.

I want to reassure you that we are not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school.  We will continue to support all children and will be maintaining our full virtual learning offer during this transitional period.

Please be assured, we are taking all reasonable steps and measures that are within our control in order to ensure our site is as safe as we can make it for everyone who accesses it. 

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging period and in particular for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school office (between 8.30am and 12 noon) or myself via email to emergencychildcare@bacup-st-saviours.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs D Marsh

Headteacher

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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***

Over the next three working days we will be hosting a daily Zoom live chat for parents to be able to hear our plans to date for the phased reopening of our site to more pupils which we are hoping is going to begin one day early next week, together with an opportunity for parents to ask any questions.

As I am sure you can appreciate, we may be unable to answer some questions, however, we will endeavour to do our best. For example, we cannot currently answer any questions with regards to a date for the full re-opening of our school as we are awaiting further government guidance with regards to this.
 
Daily live chats are taking place on…
Thursday 17th June – 6.30pm
Friday 18th June – 10.30am
Monday 22nd June – 1.30pm
 
For further details to join one of our live chats, please send an email request to emergencychildcare@bacup-st-saviours.lancs.sch.uk.
 
Thank you for your support at this challenging time.
Take care and stay safe.

 

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***

MONDAY 15th JUNE

Following the Bulletin which has been released by Lancashire County Council today, our school is now looking to confirm a date in which we can begin our reopening to include a phased return for more pupils.

As part of our planning to date, we hosted a parent survey towards the end of May to find out parental thoughts and opinions – a key question in this survey linked to when parents would like their child to return.  Please see the photo below…

Since then, we are aware that time has past and family circumstances may have changed and therefore we would be very grateful if parents can get in touch with our school office (between 8.30 – 12 noon) or email (emergencychildcare@bacup-st-saviours.lancs.sch.uk) if the information you supplied in response to this question has now changed.

Please be assured that as soon as we are able to, we will provide more information with regards to a date for wider reopening. In the meantime, we will continue to operate as emergency childcare ONLY.

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging time and hope you and your family are all safe and well.

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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***

Following the ‘Lancashire County Council Bulletin’ which detailed the review of school closures across Lancashire, our school will NOT be reopening for a phased return for more pupils for the foreseeable.

Our current on site emergency childcare arrangement for vulnerable pupils and key / critical workers children will continue until at least Monday 22nd June. We really appreciate your support at this challenging time and will endeavour to keep you informed of any developments with regards to when it is deemed safe to begin to reopen to more children. In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

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***IMPORTANT UPDATE***

Following the Bulletin which has been released by Lancashire County Council late this afternoon, our school will not be reopening for a phased return for more pupils for the foreseeable.  Our current arrangements will continue and our virtual learning will restart on Thursday 4th June.  We really appreciate your support at this challenging time and will endeavour to keep you informed of any developments with regards to when it is deemed safe to reopen to more children.  In the meantime, stay safe and well.

 

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As school should close this Friday for the one week half term holiday period and our INSET days, we are aware that many families will have childcare arrangements already in place.  If, however, you do need to access emergency childcare, we are looking at how we can work with you to meet your need over the holiday period.

Therefore, to enable our school to be able to provide some emergency childcare during the half term holiday, families will need to book in advance as far as they are able to by downloading the form on the link below…

HALF TERM HOLIDAY EMERGENCY CHILDCARE REQUEST

and then sending the completed form via email to… 

emergencychildcare@bacup-st-saviours.lancs.sch.uk

This will help our school ensure staff are available during the holiday period.  If your circumstances change and you do / do not need the care over the holiday, please email the address above as appropriate. 

Please be aware that our school site will be closed to children over the half term holidays on days when no children have been pre-booked into the childcare.  This will enable our staff to enjoy a day off with their families too.  

 

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TUESDAY 28th APRIL 2020

*** PARENTS EVENING – TOMORROW ***

We are still going ahead with this weeks Parents Evening… just a little bit different than usual as it will be via a telephone call!

If you would like to keep your appointment for tomorrow, please don’t forget to email your child’s class teacher via the class email address with the best telephone number to contact you on and we will do our best to be in touch. If you did not get chance to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to speak to you.

 

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31st MARCH 2020

Easter Holiday Emergency Childcare Access

Week Commencing 6th and 13th April 2020

As school should close this Friday for the two week holiday period, we are aware that many families will have childcare arrangements already in place.  If, however, you do need to access emergency childcare, we are looking at how we can work with you to meet your need over the Easter period.

Therefore, to enable our school to be able to provide some emergency childcare during the Easter holidays, families will need to book in advance as far as they are able to by downloading the form on the link below…

EASTER HOLIDAY EMERGENCY CHILDCARE REQUEST

and then sending the completed form via email to… 

emergencychildcare@bacup-st-saviours.lancs.sch.uk

This will help our school ensure staff are available during the holiday period.  If your circumstances change and you do / do not need the care over the Easter holidays, please email the address above as appropriate. 

Please be aware that our school site will be closed to children over the Easter holidays on days when no children have been pre-booked into the childcare.  This will enable our staff to enjoy a day off with their families too.  

We will return to our current arrangements for accessing day to day emergency childcare again from Monday 20th April.

 

SUNDAY 22nd MARCH 2020

PLEASE HELP EVERYONE STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT ADVICE RE: SOCIAL ISOLATION…

From tomorrow (and until further notice) our school is closed and operating as an EMERGENCY CHILDCARE PROVISION for key workers children and vulnerable children (the families of whom have been contacted directly by school). Key Workers… If your child can stay at home then this is likely to be the best option to help your child maintain social distancing. Please remember, the aim of the governments decision to close schools is to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Therefore we need the minimum number of children with the minimum number of staff on site to enable us to work together and follow the social isolation guidance in the fight against this disease. Thank you for your support – stay safe.

Thank you for your support – stay safe.

 

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FRIDAY 20th MARCH UPDATE

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

 

Following on from my last update, I am now writing to confirm that we have now closed to almost all children until further notice in line with the Government instruction.

However, in order to ensure that people designated as ‘key workers’ (as defined by the Government) can continue to work, the Government has determined that schools should remain open as a centre of childcare. Attendance for this group of pupils is optional and parents should keep children away if possible in line with ‘Principle 1’ of the government guidance – a link to which can be found on our website and Facebook page.  As the reason for this partial closure of schools is to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we would urge parents to make alternative arrangements where possible.

In the words of the Government, ‘the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society’.

For those children who are eligible to attend site from Monday, we will endeavour to continue to operate as ‘usual’ as far as is possible.  At this present time, this includes our before and after school childcare remaining operational with the usual booking procedures in place.

Schools have also been asked to remain open for pupils who are defined as ‘vulnerable’ according to Government-determined criteria. Attendance for this group of pupils is compulsory and you will be notified if your child is in this group.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school

from Monday onwards.

 Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by through our website, Facebook page and text.

What We Will Continue Doing While Your Child is at Home

Your child’s learning is of course very important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.  Today home learning packs have been distributed to ALL children.  These include a selection of activities which your child can work through.  Please note that in the home learning packs from Hedgehog Class, Bumble Bee Class and Willow Class there is work which the teachers have put in a plastic wallet which they will direct the children to complete when the teacher wants them to.  This direction will come through the daily 10am learning update on our school website.

From Monday, we will continue to ensure your child has access to learning on a daily basis regardless of if they are on site.  As a staff, we will continue to work on site as far as health and government advice permits.  We will therefore be available via telephone as much as usual during the school operating hours.  Our plans at present for Monday onwards are:

  • Each school day, we will upload a class overview of learning (by 10am) on our school website which we are expecting the children to complete that day. This can be located by selecting…
    • The ‘Virtual Learning’ tab from the top menu bar
    • Your child’s class from the menu which will then appear at the left side of the page.
  • Each class now has an email address for children to be able to upload their work / photographs to their class teacher as needed. The emails are…
  • At present, we are planning to continue with our parents evening although the logistics of which will be reviewed nearer the time. For example, in the event that our school is still not fully operational, we may conduct the appointments via telephone.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch next week with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government is still finalising.

We do really appreciate your continued patience with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have a significant impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch via text, email and Facebook.

If you want to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to do so via our school office.

Additional Sources of Advice / Information

Please consult the:

  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

For those who we may not see now for a while, please take care and we hope that you all stay well.  Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Mrs D Marsh

Headteacher

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***.

Please see the link below for the latest government release re: key workers.

KEY WORKER LINK

PLEASE help our school to remain operational by taking particular note to the statement… ‘If workers think they fall within the critical categories (above) they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service’.

We REALLY appreciate you support.

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THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020 UPDATE

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after school this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs (e.g. EHCP).  We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means and we will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

For those children who are eligible to attend site from Monday, we will endeavour to continue to operate as ‘usual’ as far as is possible.  At this present time, this includes our extra-curricular clubs as well as our before and after school childcare remaining operational. 

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by through our website, Facebook page and text.

What We Will Continue Doing While Your Child is at Home

Your child’s learning is of course very important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.  Tomorrow, home learning packs will be distributed to ALL children, including those currently self-isolating – we will deliver packs home to such children.

From Monday, we will continue to ensure your child has access to learning on a daily basis regardless of if they are on site.  As a staff, we will continue to work on site as far as health and government advice permits.  We will therefore be available via telephone as much as usual during the school operating hours.  Our plans at present for Monday onwards are:

  • Each school day, we will upload a class overview of learning (by 10am) on our school website which we are expecting the children to complete that day. A class email account is being set up for children to be able to upload their work / photographs as needed (further information to follow).  Please check that your child has access to the online learning platforms (e.g. TT Rockstars, Spellingshed) from home (your child’s username and passwords are stored in their home school reading record), and let us know if there are any issues as some learning will involve the use of these (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point).  Further information with regards to where on our site this will be posted will be sent home tomorrow.
  • Home learning packs – additional information will be sent with these to fully explain the purpose of the pack.
  • At present, we are planning to continue with our parents evening although the logistics of which will be reviewed nearer the time. For example, in the event that our school is still not fully operational, we may conduct the appointments via telephone.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

What We Won’t Be Able to go Ahead With

  • The ‘Easter Bingo Evening’ which should have been taking place next Thursday has been cancelled.
  • The Department for Education has now confirmed that all Primary assessments including Y1 phonics screening, end of KS1 and KS2 assessments, have now been cancelled for this academic year.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our school office or your child’s class teacher.

Additional Sources of Advice / Information

Please consult the:

  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Mrs D Marsh

Headteacher