Thank you all for your support during our first, full week of opening. Although having to make some minor tweaks at the start and end of the day, and at lunchtime, overall everything has gone very smoothly. Thankfully all the children that required testing have all come back negative, and we have seen a 99% attendance figure. This is fantastic!
By mid-week the novelty, of seeing friends and returning to school, had worn off for a number of children, but they were also, like staff, feeling very tired.
It has been lovely to see them all and hear their stories and laughter; I can’t believe how much so many of them have grown! It is obvious that re-kindling friendships and remembering how some peers react to situations is a work in progress for some, but I have been overly impressed with how resilient, and how well, children have re-adapted; far more than we give them credit for. Although I have reiterated this, to the children, please tell them how brilliant they have been.
As is typical, on return to school, children are starting to have sniffles and cold like symptoms. Whilst we must err on the side of caution, I thought it best to provide COVID symptoms and guidance on what to do. All children should attend school unless they are too unwell, or if showing signs or possible signs of COVID.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
For further information and what to do click HERE
Should you be unsure, please email on email@example.com or phone on 01752 862459. If you are reporting your child’s absence, we now have a new phone system; you need to press 1 to report. Not only is this recorded on the answerphone but it automatically generates an email. However, please bear in mind that these will be picked up over the course of the morning and not immediately. Class registration is taken first thing, so any absences recorded will be checked against messages. Where no notification has been received, parents will then be contacted by text. Thank you.
A reminder to keep all safe.
With the rise in COVID cases national, a reminder to maintain social distancing, especially on the school site. Where possible, please wear a mask.
In order to try and make life as simple for all, after the last few months, we are trying to minimise homework to the key basics. Therefore reading books, for the whole school, will be sent out on a Wednesday and returned on a Monday. (If a child has finished a book early or not yet completed a book, especially the older children, please stick to these days.) This will allow books to sanitise ‘en masse’ rather than having boxes for different return days. We realise that this may mean for a short period children may not have a school reading book, to take home. However, children will also have a book within school, and I am sure the majority have appropriate books at home. This, along with Accelerated Reader (for KS2) and Bug Club (for KS1 free readers) should enable children to maintain their reading. When ready, EYFS children will be provided books.
Children will also bring other homework home on a Wednesday (spellings, maths etc). This will be in the form of supporting/consolidating current learning but we do not require this to be returned to school. (Homework and provision of any answers will also be provided online, where necessary and/or appropriate.) At the end of a unit of maths, a work booklet will be sent home to be completed. Please use the year group email for any queries. You can of course send in a photo or scan of their work, should you wish, to this email.
Please refer to the information sent out to parents, last Friday, pertinent to your child’s key stage.
An appeal to reach younger residents and access to testing in Devon
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