Court Farm Primary School

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COVID19 Updates

Return to school Monday 8th March -  start/end of day times

Firstly , thank you for your continued support and maintaining social distancing around school.  We will continue with our arrangements from last term when dropping off and collecting your children.. 

Families will come together at the same time and leave at the same time, working on the surname of the oldest child in the family. 

  The new times are: 

 

                   A-F    8:40am - 3:05pm 

                   G-M    8:45am -3:10pm 

                   N-Z    8.50am -3:15pm 

                

  For example, if your oldest child's surname begins with the letter M, this child and all younger siblings (regardless of surname) will start school at 8:45am and finish at 3:10pm. 

 

If you are unsure of your child's new start/finish time, please call school to check. 

l Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

We are following COVID-19 guidance and direction from The Government, The Department for Education, Public Health England and Birmingham City Council.

Latest documents are available below:

COVID-19 procedure (flowchart) - click here

Frequently asked questions for schools - click here 

Further information can be found on https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .

 

COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Covid_19_School_Risk_Assessment_V1 March 2021.pdf click here

Lateral Flow Testing Risk Assessment - click here

Year 2 Bubble - Tuesday 26th January 2021

 Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 7 Days   

 Dear Parent,  

 We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

Click here for the letter containing all the information you need. 

07/01/2021 Laptops and work packs

Dear Parents/Carers,

The situation is a quickly changing one for all of us in school and in the country as a whole. I will aim to keep you updated as often and as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience and understanding this week whilst we sorted out everything for the current lockdown. It has been a more complicated job this time due to the requirements that the Government have given for remote learning. Our 'school values' state that every child must be treated equally, therefore they all need to be provided with the tools so they can access remote learning of a high quality. 

 

The Government promised us 51 laptops last Spring, for disadvantaged pupils, but have only delivered on 10. This was not enough to make any impact at all, even 51 would not be enough! At the beginning of term Governors supported me in the purchase of a laptop for every KS2 child, which was 124. This was only possible because we had made savings in different areas, due to the situation, such as Educational visits and experiences. It has taken a whole term for them to arrive, due to a national shortage. They are finally here and are being set up by a team in school working incredibly hard to deliver quickly within a week. 

 

Starting this afternoon or tomorrow, you will get a call to inform you of your child's laptop being delivered by staff. There is also an agreement with this email (click here on the website to view a copy of the agreement) which you need to read in preparation. Staff delivering, will hand you an agreement to sign on the spot so you need to be ready. Any laptop agreement not signed will mean no laptop delivery. The laptops are a loan not a gift. Even children in school will have their own personal laptop which will be kept in school, and only used by them to avoid contact with others. Each laptop is tagged to the school and each serial number is allocated to a child, they should not be used by any other member of the community other than those in the same household. 

 

All school laptops have connection with school and have on them monitoring software for children's safety. This means that any websites visited which are not age-appropriate or have unsuitable content will flag up and will send a message to Mr Husted. Any words put in a search which are inappropriate will also do this. Parents and Carers however must not rely upon this as being safe for their children and must always be supervising their children whilst on the internet. You will be receiving safer internet advice shortly and if unsure please ask for support.

 

Please find a piece of paper in your box with instructions on how to log on and access Google Classroom. If you have any difficulties please ring school or email ITSupport@courtfrm.bham.ch.uk - this will go live on Monday and ask for Mr Osbourne, he will be available to help full time, please do not ask the office staff as they will not be able to help.

 

Year 2, Year 1 and EYFS will continue to access their work in paper pack form. We may be able to support this with laptops later, when and if we get the other 41 that we were promised from last year. Once your child has completed their work pack, you can take a photograph of the work and email it to the class teacher for feedback. 

 

Thanks for taking time to read this and thank you for supporting your children at home - you are amazing. Your best is always good enough and we will do all that we can to support you with your child's learning. Teachers and TA's will be in touch throughout this lockdown period. You can email them on the class email and they will respond when they are not teaching. The class email addresses are

nurseryclass@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

receptionclass@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year1@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year2@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year3@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year4@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year5@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

year6@courtfrm.bham.sch.uk

They are doing a fabulous job. Is a difficult time, as a small school, they are all in school, giving their all to your children, you only need to reach out to us for help and we will be there.

 

 Madeleine Bromley

 Head Teacher

January start

School Closure from Tuesday 5th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, may I wish you all a Happy New Year.

I would have preferred for my first communication of the New Year to be one of renewed hope and a fresh start without the mention of COVID-19.  However, you are probably aware of the new strain of COVID-19 that is evident across the country and we are now in another lockdown until at least February half term.

Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children

We will be able to open school, with significantly reduced numbers of children to offer face-to-face education for those children of critical/ essential worker parents and those children who are vulnerable.  The critical worker list has been updated by the government and now includes more categories of essential workers. Please let the office know if your child now qualifies for a place. If they qualified during the first lockdown in March they will still qualify and we will expect them in

Children of critical/ essential worker parents and vulnerable children will remain in school, other children will be provided with remote learning packs or online learning. Please await communication regarding this, this will commence tomorrow and packs will be available to be picked up from the office.

I appreciate that this action will cause disruption and inconvenience however, these actions have not been taken lightly and as soon as there is a resolution, I will keep you informed.  Over the last 10 months, we have become accustomed to ever changing situations but I am very aware of the negative impact school closure has on our children and community.  I await further advice and guidance and will review school’s position in due course.  However, I don’t expect a change in the current position within the next week. 

Thank you for you continued support and I hope for the safe return of all of our children as soon as possible.

 Yours sincerely

Madeleine Bromley

New start/end of day times

Firstly , thank you for your continued support and maintaining social distancing around school.  We now feel we are in a position to change our start and finish times whilst still maintaining social distancing.  This will come into affect on Tuesday 5th January

Families will come together at the same time and leave at the same time, working on the surname of the oldest child in the family. 

  The new times are: 

 

                   A-F    8:40am - 3:05pm 

                   G-M    8:45am -3:10pm 

                   N-Z    8.50am -3:15pm 

                

  For example, if your oldest child's surname begins with the letter M, this child and all younger siblings (regardless of surname) will start school at 8:45am and finish at 3:10pm. 

 

If you are unsure of your child's new start/finish time, please call school to check. 

l Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Year 5  Bubble - Wednesday 18th November

 Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 9 Days   

 Dear Parent,  

 We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. 

 We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected individual. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until 26/11/20.  Your child can return to school and doing normal activities on 27/11/20.

 We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.  

Click here for the letter containing all the information you need. 

Year 6  and Year 3 Bubble - Monday 9th November

 Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days   

 Dear Parent,  

 We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. 

 We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected individual. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until 19/11/20.  Your child can return to school and doing normal activities on 20/11/20.

 We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.  

Click here for the letter containing all the information you need.

Year 6 Bubble - Monday 26th October

 Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days   

 Dear Parent,  

 We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. 

 We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected individual. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until 3/11/20.  Your child can return to school and doing normal activities on 4/11/20.

 We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.  

Click here for the letter containing all the information you need.

 

Saturday 24th  October - Free School Meals Announcement

Dear families,

Late yesterday Birmingham City Council announced they are stepping in and providing vouchers for all Free School Meal children across the city. Whilst this decision to step in is welcomed, it has given school leaders no time to be prepared. The council themselves are yet to announce how this will be delivered to our families with more information expected next week.

At this time, it appears the council intend to retrospectively award vouchers to families after the holidays. School leaders are monitoring this situation, it is changing very rapidly.

We wish all families a welcome half term break and look forward to your return.

Mrs Bromley

Friday 23rd October - Free School Meals vouchers over October half term

Today we have been informed by Birmingham City Council that they are going to fund free school meal vouchers for eligible children to cover the half term period.  This has been a fast moving situation meaning we were not able to get the vouchers out before we broke up. As soon as school returns we will make arrangements for eligible families to receive their vouchers. 

In the meantime, we direct you to support that is available from Birmingham Children's Partnership - click here for more information. 

More information about FSM vouchers to follow as soon as we have an update.

Tuesday 29th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers

As you aware Birmingham currently has serious restrictions on people from different households mixing.

It is against the law and you can be fined.

The only exception to this rule is that grandparents and professional childcare providers can look after children for the purposes of a parent being able to go to work.

We have been reminded by Birmingham City Council that other than the above exceptions, it is a reportable offence for households to mix. The Council have reinforced that we have no choice but to report any breaches that we are aware of directly to West Midlands Police.

Please ensure that you are within the law and keeping everyone safe.

We do not want to close classes or the school - our children have had a lot of time off and deserve to be able to come to school.

Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs Bromley

 

Monday 14th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers, 

 Due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our year 6 bubble, the 6 bubble was temporarily closed on Friday afternoon. This bubble will remain closed until Wednesday 23rd September to all year 6 children and year 6 staff. This is a precautionary measure in line with Government guidelines.  

 We have work packs available on our year 6 page on the school website https://www.courtfrm.bham.sch.uk/year-groups/year-6. Paper copies will be available for collection from the school office tomorrow.  

 All year 6 children and year 6 staff MUST self-isolate. This means no year 6 child or staff member can leave their house until Wednesday 23rd September for any reason. Year 6 children must not come to school to collect siblings or go out anywhere with parents. The NHS Track and Trace service can check on people who are self-isolating.  

 All siblings of children in year 6 need to come to school as usual.  

 If a child develops symptoms please inform us as soon as possible and book a test if you can. I understand that booking a test is difficult at the moment. Please be patient. The Government are releasing new test appointment slots on their website several times a day so if you need one, please keep trying. For more information on COVID tests/to book a test follow this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 Due to Birmingham's new restrictive measures which start tomorrow, no households can mix. Therefore, only parents or people in the same household can bring children to and from school.  I understand the new measures will give rise to lots of complications, which I am not necessarily able to answer for you, but as a school we will try. Birmingham City Council have released the following guidance/FAQ’s for parents about the new measures which I encourage parents to read https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50231/coronavirus_covid-19/2254/new_coronavirus_restrictions_in_birmingham_%E2%80%93_faqs.  

 Please remember, school have not made any of these social distancing rules - they are law and guidance provided to us by the Government.  

 Thank you for your continued cooperation. 

 Best wishes, 

 Mrs Bromley 

Head Teacher 

Tuesday 8th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers

We would like to reiterate just how pleased and proud we are of how well the children have returned to school and settled back into their new classes. Thank you for supporting us with our new routines where they are in place as this makes getting back to normal so much easier for us and the children.

The Department for Education has published some updated guidance for schools to follow in the event of a local lockdown or if part of the school/or bubble needs to close.

We have a duty to comply with health and safety law and as a result, we have drawn up a comprehensive risk assessment which has been agreed by the Governing Board and sent to the Local Authority. A copy is available on the website under ‘Parents’, ‘Covid 19 updates’.  We have a range of proportionate control measures in place which include:

  • A requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene (including the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach)
  • Enhanced cleaning (which includes toilets cleaned at lunchtime)
  • Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • A reduction of contacts between children and adults and maximising distancing so far as is reasonably practical (this includes grouping children in year group ‘bubbles’, avoiding contact between these groups, arranging classrooms with forward facing desks and staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible)

We will review all of our procedures on a regular basis and make amendments or changes where needed and advise parents/carers when appropriate. We will also review procedures in line with any updated advice or guidance from Public Health England and the DfE.

There are a set of actions schools must take which are classed as ‘prevention’ and ‘response’.

Prevention

No pupil, staff or other adult must come into school if they have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days.

Anyone who becomes ill in school with symptoms will be sent home (new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or a loss of or change in normal smell or taste) and asked to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (https://www.gov.uk.governemtn/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance). This states you should self-isolate for at least 10 days and arrange to have a test.

If they test positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings), should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If your child shows symptoms and is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

Please note, PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

In an emergency, we will call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Response to any infection

The school has a duty to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If need be, staff members and parents need to be ready and willing to;

  • Book a test (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested) if they or their child are displaying symptoms
  • Provide details of anyone they or their child has come into close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus or if anyone if their household develops symptoms of coronavirus

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus) website or by telephone via NHS 119

School has been provided with a very small number of home testing kits which we can give directly to parents/carers in certain circumstances only.

  1. If a child, adult or member of staff tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus such as a cold or flu – in which case, it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of the household can stop self-isolating.
  2. If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance) and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and return to school ONLY if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. The 10 day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until tier temperature returns to normal. Other member s of the household should keep self-isolating for the full 14 days.

 

We will take swift action if we become aware that someone who has attended school has tested positive for coronavirus and will contact our local health protection team. This team will also contact school directly if they become aware of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus attended school- as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

We will be guided through the actions we need to take by the health protection team at all times. We will be given definitive advice on who must be sent home. School will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group and any close contact that takes place between children and staff in different groups.

Close contact means:

  • Direct close contacts – face-to-face with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contacts (skin-to-skin)
  • Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes with an infected individual)
  • Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

Please note, we will NOT share the names or details of people with coronavirus unless we are advised it is essential to protect others.

We will not ask for evidence of negative test results or any other medical evidence before welcoming children back into school after a period of self-isolation.

If school has 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus within 14 days or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus is suspected, we will work with the local health protection team who will advise if additional action is required.

Process in the event of local outbreaks

If a local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, the appropriate authorities (not school) will decide which measures to implement to help contain the spread. The DfE will be involved in decisions at local and national level affecting a geographical area and will support the appropriate authorities and individual settings (schools) to follow health advice.

For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, we will have remote education plans in place for these pupils. This will involve work available on the website in year groups (as previously). There will be a mix of online work, worksheets and practical activities.

In the event of a local outbreak, the Public Health England health protection team or local authority may advise the school (or a number of schools) to close temporarily. This would mean remaining open only to the children of critical key workers and vulnerable pupils with work available online as previously described.

At all stages we will follow health advice and keep parents/carers informed of any developments.

Misleading information about the process for suspected tests

Birmingham City Council and schools have been made aware of rumours that have been circulating online about how suspected cases of COVID in pupils will be dealt with when they return to school. These messages are intended to mislead and in no way reflect how Birmingham schools will respond to children with symptoms. Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, confirmed this in videos that the council has posted to twitter (https://twitter.com/BhamCityCouncil/status/1300831895249395715) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=799020854258788). You may need to copy and paste the Twitter link into your browser to access.

Other information/reminders

If you have a message for the class teacher, please email or telephone the school office so they can pass the message on. No messages will be accepted on the door.

Please can we continue to ask parents/carers to adhere to social distancing recommendations when dropping off/picking up your children from school and to follow the one-way system on entry to school from the main gate into the playground and exit via the same gate. Year 6 have their own gate.

We have a one adult per family system in operation currently to reduce the number of adults on the premises and contact between us all. Please ensure you stick to this and let older pupils walk in by themselves if possible. Please come at your allocated times wherever possible and avoid grouping in the street.

Thank you very much, we are trying to keep everyone safe, we really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any concerns or queries, please get in touch with us via the school office and we will do our best to help as always.

Yours sincerely

Madeleine Bromley                                                       Paul Husted

Head teacher                                                              Deputy Head teacher