Coronavirus

Update 09.09.2020

Updated guidance for parents if your child displays symptoms of the coronavirus 

Update 28.08.2020

Information has today been emailed to parents, copies of documents are attached, regarding the safe return to school for all children.

Update 22.5.2020

A letter has been emailed out to all parents today, a copy of which can be seen below.

Update 13.5.2020

A letter has been emailed out to all parents today, a copy of which can be seen below. 

A questionnaire has also been emailed to Reception, Y1 and Y6 parents to complete.

Update 11.5.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Like you, we heard the message from the Prime Minister about the proposals for increasing the numbers of children in schools for the first time last night. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review. We are waiting to receive more information from the government and the teaching unions about what this may mean for a safe phased return for certain cohorts to our school.

In the short term, nothing has changed; we will continue to provide online learning and weekly plans to support you in home learning. As soon as we learn more, we will provide further information over the coming days and weeks, once we are able to do so. Our priority, as always, will be the safety of everyone in our school community – the children, their families, the teaching and support staff.

Thank you for the support you have provided to the school throughout these unprecedented events.

Stay safe and may God bless you and your families.

 

Update 1.4.2020

Dear Parents

We have been asked by the LA to contact parents who are critical workers to ascertain whether childcare provision will be required over the Easter break, including the bank Holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday, so that they can ensure parents receive an offer of support.

Please notify school via the school email with details of your work pattern.

stjulies@sthelens.org.uk

If you have not yet provided evidence of your Key Worker status you will be asked to do so. I remind you that if you have provision for your child the safest place for them is at home.

Please reply as a matter of urgency so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

Update 25.3.2020 - please see attached letter regarding key workers

 

Covid-19 Coronavirus Emergency Measures: Update 20.3.2020

From Monday 23rd March we are being asked to open to provide Emergency Childcare for vulnerable pupils and those whose parents or carers are key workers. The Secretary of State is clear: this is an entirely different role for schools and school staff. It is about emergency care, not education. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, even if you are classed as a Key Worker.

We have limited places available due the need to keep children and staff safe. The aim is to keep the numbers of children attending as low as possible in order to reduce the spread of this virus and ensure children/staff are not exposed to unacceptable risk.

All medical advisers are clear that the safest place for children and families to be at present is at home with as little social contact as possible.  These childcare places are intended for families who have no other adult at home to look after children and who are immediately required to work in the response to this virus. 

Hours will be 8.50 until 3.15

School meal as usual

Non-school uniform: clothes suitable for outdoors/sport.

 

Coronavirus update 17.3.2020

Following new Government guidelines, we are being very vigilant in school and sending home anyone who is unwell to ensure the safety of other children and staff.  Please ensure we have up to date phone contact details for  you and that you can be contacted on these.  Also please check that the email address we have for you is current. 

To assist with social distancing, we have said that all children can be collected from school between 2.45 and 3.15 pm.  This is not an early finish to the day but rather a measure to reduce the congregation of adults on the playground.  With this in mind, please aim to arrive between these times, allowing children to filter out of the school eliminating the need for any social gathering on the playground.  For your own health, remember to distance yourselves 2 metres from other parents/children/staff where possible and once you have seen your child/ren out of school, then leave the school premises immediately.  If you need to speak to a member of staff, please phone the school office.

We will continue to keep you updated on any further advice we receive.  There is a page on the school website containing links to the various government information documents.

After School Clubs

Unfortunately we will now have to cancel all after school clubs until further notice, again to assist with social distancing when the clubs are dismissed.  Missed sessions will be made up at a later date.

I would like to thank everyone for your continued support and understanding in these challenging times as we strive to keep school open as required and to ensure our “caring family school” is as normal as possible for the children in our care.

 

16 March 2020

Coronavirus

Following the latest update in the school bulletin emailed to parents and posted on our website on Friday informing that the government had moved to the "delay" phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus, I am writing to inform you that from today we have taken the decision to cancel all planned and scheduled trips, visits and sporting fixtures for the rest of this term.

The PFA Easter Bingo and Easter Bake-off will also be cancelled.

We will of course reimburse parents for the trips already paid for as soon as we are able to do so. We will keep you updated to any further changes to our school calendar.

Current Government advice remains that anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days.

If a child becomes unwell in school and is showing any symptoms of the virus they will be sent home.

Please contact school if you have any individual concerns.

 

If you have new symptoms and are self-isolating please let school know as soon as possible.

All the staff at St Julie’s have been working hard during the last few weeks to keep school as normal as possible whilst at the same time reassuring children in these unusual times.  We have restocked our provision of soap and hand gels and thorough cleaning of the school continues to be a priority with additional cleaning of surfaces.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.

Children are reminded of this throughout the day. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

http://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

Water bottles

Please ensure that your child has their own water bottle in school each day to drink from.

As a school we receive regular updates on the Coronavirus and related matters from central government, Public Health England and the Local Authority. Key points of information you may find useful in helping to limit the impact of Coronavirus can be found in the following links:

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The government’s action plan for dealing with the virus:http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Latest travel advice: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate: http://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

There is also a Department for Education helpline for staff, parents and young people:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

As you know this is a rapidly changing situation and I would like to thank you all for your continued support, the safety of our children and families is paramount, and reassure you that we have risk assessments in place and contingency plans for each of the Government's staged responses.

The school continues to put plans in place in case of a school closure should the government make this decision. 

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