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Covid-19 Information & Advice

Please see our Home page for latest news published, which includes some of our earlier communications, and our Home Learning section, under the Parents tab, for more information. Stay safe!

Please also see The Winchcombe School Covid-19 Risk Assessment here which is in place for September 2020 reopening.

 

!! BREAKING NEWS!! - Monday 4 January 2021
The Winchcombe School Safety Measures                                     CLICK HERE TO READ

Monday 4th January 8.30pm

Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight, it is with real sadness and frustration that I inform you all that The Winchcombe School will be completely closed tomorrow. From Wednesday 6 January we will ONLY be open to those children of critical workers who have NO OTHER option for childcare or are part of the vulnerable groups.

 

More details of the criteria can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

If you feel your child fits into one of these categories, then please contact me before 12pm on Tuesday 5 January at: npilsworth@winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk. Please note that this new strain of Covid-19 is up to 70% more transmissible than the original variant. Therefore, please only send your child/children in if absolutely necessary. 

 

Online learning for everyone else will commence on Wednesday 6 January – following our remote learning policy we sent out a few days ago. We will be constantly reviewing this policy and make changes where necessary to ensure that it is helping all children to get better. We will be closely monitoring the children’s use of DB Primary and be phoning up anyone not using it to work out why and give any support we can to help everyone use it successfully.

 

Thank you all so much for your understanding again – it is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Neil Pilsworth

Headteacher

 

ARCHIVE: Monday 4 January 2021

Monday 4 January 2021

This morning we have met as a leadership team to review our risk assessment and put further measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible when children return to school on Tuesday 5 January.


We have to ensure we are limiting, as much as we possibly can, the movement of staff and children from bubble to bubble, as this will help with reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Therefore, starting on Wednesday 6 January, and every Wednesday after that, the school will be closing to all at 1pm for Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 children and 1.15pm for Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 pupils.
 

This is to facilitate teachers’ statutory planning and preparation time and give us a chance to give the school another deep clean. We are very aware of the inconvenience this will cause but the alternative would be full closure of the school to all but the vulnerable and critical worker groups.

 

We will however, be open on Wednesday afternoons to ONLY those children of critical workers or vulnerable groups – they will remain in year groups.

 

More details of the criteria can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

If you feel your child fits into one of these categories, then please contact the school office between 10am and 12pm tomorrow – Tuesday 5 January. We will then assess each request and let you know later that day if you have a space. Please note that during these Wednesday afternoons support staff in that year group will provide childcare not teaching.  Barring changes to national policy on school openings, these arrangements will stay in place until at least half-term.

 

A separate letter will go out regarding Phoenix club arrangements, as this also will need to reflect the necessity of minimising bubble contamination.

 

To try and ease congestion at the end of each day, parents/carers of children in Foundation or Key Stage One can pick up older siblings at the same time. Please make your way to the relevant class and the staff will send your child out to you. 

 

We are putting two metre markers around the whole school site to help everyone keep to the social distancing guidelines – you should not mix with any other bubble either on the school site or directly outside.

 

Please continue to wear face masks unless exempt. 

 

All the above measures are vital in trying to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

 

I know the time frames we have asked you to work within are short and this is unavoidable as government guidelines are ever changing. Thank you all so much for your understanding in these extremely testing times.

 

Neil Pilsworth
Headteacher

 

The information below has been provided directly to us from www.gov.uk and will include some additional information supplied by us to help you and us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do

Click here for further advice on: What you need to do

Stay alert!

  • Try to keep your distance from other people outside your bubble at all times

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home and whenever possible

  • The wearing of Facemasks in shops will be compulsory from 24th July 

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms!

 

September 2020 Covid-19 Symptoms Guidance

If a member of your household has any one of the Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of sense of smell/taste), they must self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. Please inform the school immediately on 01635 232780. You may leave a message for us on the absence line for any children who will be absent due to self-isolation. 

All members of the same household must now self-isolate until a negative test result is returned from the person with symptoms. Please inform the school, providing us with the following details following any test taken:

  • the date the test has taken place
  • the date the results were received
  • whether it is a positive or a negative result

If a positive result is received, 10 days isolation from the test date must follow. All other household members must self isolate for 14 days from the test date.

If the result is negative, everyone in the household can end self-isolation and proceed to normal activity (e.g. return to school) even if a cough or sense of smell/taste continues. 

Children should not return to school if they still have a high temperature. 

 

Helpline & Hygiene Advice

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Closure of Educational Settings

The guidance can be found here:

 

The Winchcombe school re-opened on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 with guidelines in place to continue to keep everyone safe. Please see the section on Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do to find out the latest guidance.

 

How can I support my child's learning at home during this time?

 

Please read our Remote Learning Policy Sept 2020 which is in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, and can be found under the Curriculum page

 

Nursery Aged Children (2-4)

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

Primary School Age Children (4-11)

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

Special Needs Children

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:

 

 

 

Can I still contact the school during closures?

Yes, of course. Our mailbox continues to be monitored should you wish to email us:
office@winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk and your queries can be passed on to the relevant members of staff for a response.

You can also call us on our main number 01635 232780 to leave a message on our voicemail and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
 

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this uncertain time. Stay safe!