Coronavirus Update

CORONAVIRUS - UPDATE AS AT 20TH MAY 2020

Dear parents/carers, 

Once again, as we approach the end of another challenging week, I hope this message finds you all safe and well. First, can I take this opportunity to thank all the parents who have written to me with words of support and encouragement during these unprecedented times. Your messages have been very much appreciated. 

In last week’s letter I set out the measures being undertaken in school in line with the possibility of a phased year group re-opening of school from June 1st. As mentioned in this message, June 1st was always a date put forward as the earliest possible start date, in an ever changing landscape. 

Today the local authority took the decision to stagger the phased re-opening of year groups across Cheshire East. This decision was taken to ensure all safety measures were in place in all schools, and, I’m sure, to allow the government time to have test and trace facilities up and running adequately. These measures are necessary to ensure the safety of our whole school community. 

As a result of the cabinet decision at the LA, we will now be starting our phased re-opening of year groups specified by the government, on June 15th for Reception children. This will be followed by Year 1 children on June 22nd and Year 6 on June 29th. All schools in Cheshire East will be following these dates, we cannot open earlier for these children.  

School has remained open during this entire period for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Mrs Bostock had already asked these families, via our initial return to school survey, if they required a school place from June 1st. If you have not yet replied and require a key worker place from June 1st, please email admin@stjohnsboll.cheshire.sch.uk 

I know there will be a mixed response to this news. Some of you had indicated that June 1st was too soon, and you would not be sending your child back in then. So for you, this news will be welcomed as a sensible strategy. Others of you wanted your child back in school, and so the delay may have caused you extra frustration. If this is the case I am sorry, but I hope you understand that the timings are out of my control. Hopefully there will not be another change to this timeframe. 

It has been a trying time for us all, but I get through these days remembering the smiles of the children. As always, I do hope you know how much we miss you all and how we are holding you in our hearts and prayers always. 

With warmest wishes, 

Melanie Walker  

Headteacher

Bollington St John's CE Primary School

Grimshaw Lane

Bollington

SK10 5LY

01625 572025

 

CORONAVIRUS - Information regarding the spread of the virus, and its impact on our school 

Dear parents, carers and children,

I hope you and your families are all well and safe.

As the government has announced the lockdown will continue for at least three weeks, teachers will continue to share planning for home-learning via the website. Remember these plans are meant to be helpful to you, and are for you to use at your discretion. If you cannot follow them all, please do not worry. Likewise, if you want to do more, that is great. The most important thing is that you stay safe and put the well-being of your family first.

I hope parents have had some fun completing the tasks with their children, in the knowledge that we are all thinking of you and miss you. 

Children, I hope you know that it is okay if you are sometimes overrun with feelings or sadness, as you miss your friends and extended family members. Be kind to yourself and remember these are very strange times, but you are doing wonderfully. Everyone will be feeling a whole range of emotions at this time. I know I am! But that’s okay, and I hope it helps to have someone say that to you. Most importantly always remember we can’t wait to see you all again.

While I’m aware that many of us, myself included, still have plenty to be thankful for, I know there are people who are not so fortunate, and may be going through a difficult time right now. Let us hold these people in our thoughts and prayers. 

We are a loving community, a family and we will get through this together. So let’s also remember to say hello (from a distance) to the people you meet while on your daily exercise, to thank the key-workers and take heart in the fact that we have each other and, in so many ways, we are so much luckier than so many other people.

Finally please take a moment to look at this book if you think it may help to answer any concerns you have regarding coronavirus https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf

Treasure each other, and see you all soon.
Warmest wishes,
Mrs Walker.

 

From Monday 23rd March, the announcement by the Secretary of State said that we will only be open to children of key workers, children with an educational health care plan and children supported by a social worker. The Government will provide more information about who it defines as key workers after the Cabinet Meeting tomorrow.

Parents are advised to read the government's guidance on staying at home in the case of suspected coronavirus infection. This is based on the most significant symptoms of:

  • new continuous cough, and/or
  • high temperature (37.8°C)

If children, or anyone in your household develop either of these symptoms, they should be kept at home for a period of 14 days from the onset of the symptoms. See stay at home guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Please see the link below for guidance on social distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

In school, we will continue to encourage regular handwashing, and the use of tissues to 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It'.

Up-to-date information on the actions taken by Public Health England are available on their website:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

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Bollington St John's CE Primary School

Grimshaw Lane
Bollington
Macclesfield Cheshire
SK10 5LY

Tel: 01625 572 025
admin@stjohnsboll.cheshire.sch.uk

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