News

TUESDAY 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