Update Tuesday March 24th
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you to all parents who have managed to find alternative care for your children during this difficult time. Can we please be clear that this care should not be provided by people over the age of 70 or who are in a vulnerable group. School-based child care is available if you have no alternatives.
From Friday, this provision will be based at Little Mead Primary Academy on Gosforth Road. We have taken this decision so that we can ensure that we are able to continue to offer this provision for as long as it is needed and so that we can minimise the risk to our staff by having as few staff working on site as possible. Please can I reassure you that the move to a single site will not increase the size of the pupil group your child is in. While we have the school staff to manage this, we will be keeping numbers in the groups as low as we can (maximum of 10) and keeping each group separate from each other at all times including break and lunch times. The only reason we would change this is if we experience severe staff shortages. We would inform you of this before it happens. School-based child care will be available from 7.45am, where we will provide a free breakfast club, until 3.30pm. If you need after school care, please make sure you let us know and we will support this as much as we are able.
We have been contacting parents over the last 24 hours so that we can make a register of who needs this provision, on which days and for what hours. If we haven’t been able to speak to you, then please contact your school office today or tomorrow at the very latest. We will not be able to offer this to parents who haven’t pre-booked this with us.
Best wishes and stay safe
Update Sunday March 22nd
Dear Parents & Carers,
If you were offered a place for you child at school for emergency child care, please can I urge you to only take up the place if absolutely necessary. The Government message today is very clear and we must do all we can to stay away from each other. Every additional person that we come into contact with increases risk. We must try and reduce this number as much as possible. Currently we have a large number of children eligible for a place at our school. Our staff are being asked to put themselves and their families at risk to provide this care and are willing to do so but please can I urge you to only use school based child care as a last resort.
COVID update 20/03/2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
Learning from Home packs:
- Week one & two are available on the school website
- An Easter holiday fun pack will be added next week
- Further weeks of Learning for Home materials will be added after the Easter Holiday
- We have included a mixture of internet and non-internet based activities however if you have severely limited access to the internet and want a paper copy of the activities; please let the school office know and one will be posted to you or you can collect one at the end of the day if you are not self-isolating.
School based child care:
Children with Education, Health and Care Plan and other Government defined vulnerable groups:
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or is in another vulnerable category, we have either contacted you already or will have contacted you before the end of the day and explained the arrangements for Monday.
Thank you for your patience whilst we have been putting together the final stage of our plan for Monday. If you have contacted the office with regards to school based child care for key workers, we will be in touch before the end of the day by email or phone. Please can I stress that the Government advice is very clear, you should only be sending your child for school based care if there is absolutely no alternative. Limiting contact and reducing gatherings to their lowest possible number is the only way that we can limit the spread of the disease. Our staff are being asked to increase their risk and so we all have a responsibility to limit this to as few children as possible.
In order to minimise the risk for those children who will be at school and our staff, we will:
Keep group sizes as low as we can manage with the staff we have available
· Each group will not be allowed to mix with other groups and we will keep them separate on the playground
· There will be no whole school activities like assemblies
· As is the case now, children will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands
We can only offer this service while we have staff well enough to do so. Provision in school should be the last resort.
Children eligible for Free School Meals:
The Government have announced that they are working on a scheme to support children who are not at school but who are eligible for free school meals so please keep an eye out on the news and we will let you know as soon as we know. In the meantime, if your child is eligible for free school meals and not attending school from Monday, you will be receiving a separate letter from us the next few days. Please look out for this.
Thank you once again for your support this week.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FRIDAY MARCH 20TH
Dear Parents and Carers,
The Government has released the list of ‘key workers.’ Parents of children who work in the areas listed can bring their child to school from Monday. In order for us to be able to plan for this, please can we ask that you contact the school office by email email@example.com or phone today as soon as possible 0117 3772550 and by 11am to let us know if you are in these categories. Sorry for the very short notice but this information was published for schools at 4am this morning! If you are currently at work and therefore don’t receive this email before 11am, then please contact us as soon as you are able.
From the Department for Education:
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
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.
Fonthill Primary Academy & Nursery
All Fonthill children will know that they have achieved personal, social and academic success. We will champion every child to be the very best they can be. We are a centre of excellence at the heart of our community.
Tucked away in a corner of Southmead we have a dedicated, talented and exceptionally caring staff who champion every single child. We have a fantastic environment to support and inspire children and an ethos that believes in the potential of each and every child.
We want our children to be successful in every aspect of their lives; we all aim to be the best we can be at all times. Our school motto ‘working together, achieving together’ underpins our commitment to working collaboratively with our learners, parents and carers and the local community, so that when our children move on from Fonthill they know that they have achieved personal, social and academic success.
We work closely with other local schools as part of the Endeavour Academy Trust and believe that we can achieve more by working together in the best interests of our amazing children.
Whether you are a prospective parent or whether you are already part of our community, we hope that our website will give you a flavour of what you can expect from us.
If you are looking for a place for your child and would like to arrange a visit to look around our school please contact us.
Alan Reese Headteacher
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