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cowick.primary@eastriding.gov.uk

Cowick C of E Primary School

"Teach a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6

  1. Our School
  2. Coronavirus updates

27.3.2020

Please click on the link below to access information about Covid19 and how to explain this to children and further tips.

Family Links information

25.3.2020

Please click on the link below to access guidance from the Educational Psychology Service on how to support your child's emotional well-being with regards to the Coronavirus.

Guidance for parents - children's emotional wellbeing EP .pdf

 

24.3.2020

Coronavirus and schools closure information for parents / carers
Following the Government’s announcement, East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to reiterate that schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed for the vast majority of children until further notice.
 

Many parents working in critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.

The Department for Education is asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to offer provision, where they can, for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. You may have already been contacted by your child’s school. If this is not the case please look at their website.  

This is an offer to parents and carers who are critical workers or have vulnerable children. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send children to school if you do not need or wish to do so.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

23.3.2020, 10:20pm

Following the Prime Minister's announcement this evening of more drastic measures to limit social contact, I am sure you will all be re-evaluating your own family's plans.

Please can I ask once again that if you are a key worker, and are considered critical to the COVID-19 response, you only send children into school if there is no other option.

The government state that every child that can stay at home should in order to limit the virus spreading.

I implore everyone to follow the message delivered by the Prime Minister and to say safe.

Kind regards Katherine Rawes.

23.3.2020 - Conditions of accessing Cowick Primary School Childcare Provision

We will offer childcare provision in circumstances where:

  • One or both parents are key workers, or in a single parent family where the parent is a key worker AND where there is no other option for childcare provision
  • Only on days when the key worker is at work (there is an expectation that on days that they are not at work, they will look after their own child
  • When children and others in their households are free from symptoms and not self-isolating.

You will sign to say that

  1. you and your family have been following sensible and recommended social distancing
  2. you and your employer believe that your role is critical to the government COVID-19 response
  3. you will respect the 14 day household isolation period if anyone in the family home has the main 2 symptoms (high temperature and new, persistent cough)

You accept the conditions listed below

  • Please ensure that your child washes their hands before they enter the provision and when they have left the provision
  • Please make sure the children wear fresh/clean clothes each day. This can be ‘normal’ clothes or uniform
  • Please avoid taking your child to shops and other places where they could contract the virus. This puts your child, your family, our workers and our other families at risk
  • Please reconsider sending them to the provision if your child is ill in any way. This could be a common cold, sore throat etc. Children can be carriers of the virus and show different symptoms, not just the cough and temperature. This is to protect other children, but also our staff, who may contract something and the provision will have to
  • You are willing to provide your payroll number and for your employer to be contacted to confirm your status.

A reminder that the government have made it clear that ‘every child who can be safely cared for at home should be’ and you should only be sending your child to our school provision if ‘your work is critical to the government’s COVID-19 response.

They state clearly that 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.

 Again, please do not use the provision unless absolutely necessary. This weekend, guidance has become clearer about reducing social gatherings and keeping social distance.

Whilst in our care, your child/children may be exposed to up to 25 other children and staff. If one person is a carrier, it is likely that all will be infected. If your child is infected, your household and any extended family/friends that you are still in contact with may be infected.

Please remember, it can take up to 5 days to show symptoms. Please do plan alternative provision, we will stay open for as long as we can, but if we close, we may only be able to let you know on the morning of the closure.

Thank you for your support.

22.3.2020 - guidance from the unions

The only children in school next week should be children of key workers or other vulnerable children who really can’t find an alternative. We are driving down the number of children in school to stop the spread of the virus. Please click on the link below:

contract - parents 22.3.2020.pdf

20.3.2020 2:10pm

Statement from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Coronavirus and schools closure information for parents / carers

Following the Government’s announcement, East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to reiterate that schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed for the vast majority of children until further notice.

Many parents working in critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.

The Department for Education is asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to offer provision, where they can, for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. You may have already been contacted by your child’s school. If this is not the case please look at their website.  

This is an offer to parents and carers who are critical workers or have vulnerable children. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send children to school if you do not need or wish to do so.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

20.3.20 12:00pm

A message from the school nurse team:

https://humberisphn.nhs.uk/

Our website is a useful resource for many parent/carer queries, and also contains information to support young people. Our duty teams are also available to answer and any staff or parental queries.

Any changes to our service will be publicised via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and also contain information that is pertinent to children and their families at this challenging time.

20.3.20 10.00am

Dear parents,

Please click here for the latest guidance on the closure of educational settings including information about keyworkers.

Click here for details of the Governments Keyworker Criteria

18.3.2020, 6:15 p.m.

Dear parents and carers,

You may have heard the government announce this evening at 5:15 pm that schools are to close their doors on Friday.

Currently, the directive is that schools should close but offer partial opening for pupils whose primary carer is a key worker – and has no alternative provision to support their child.

We obviously need to be prepared for this. Therefore, if you are one of the following people:

  • Working in healthcare, emergency services or social care (e.g. nurses, doctors, paramedics, care workers, midwives,  health visitors, social workers, cleaners, caretakers, nursery assistants, police and firefighters).
  • Staff working in a school – where the school remains open (e.g. teachers, TAs, cleaners, caretakers, lunchtime supervisors). 

and would require childcare support, if available, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing the school office on  cowick.primary@eastriding.gov.uk giving details of your job, place of work, and your potential requirements.

Please understand that until the DfE directives have been issued via the local authority to schools, we cannot make any guarantees regarding this service.

Please be aware under these arrangements, this will operate as a childcare facility not a school day. This would be a directive to help relieve some of the burden on the NHS and thus help to protect the most vulnerable people in our society.

We will update you further once we have received confirmation of how this will operate from the DFE and LA.

Kind regards,

Katherine Rawes

 

Coronavirus updates - 17.03.2020

As you will be aware the Government have moved to the next ‘delay’ stage of its Covid-19 strategy. At this point in time, this does not include school closures and all schools must remain open.  It is possible that as the pandemic develops this position may alter and we will await advice and act accordingly.

 Yesterday, the government increased measures to limit the spread of the virus. These include anyone displaying symptoms of a continuous cough or fever / high temperature should self-isolate for 7 days and anyone else within the household should self-isolate for 14 days.

 To manage the uncertainties ahead, we have contingency plans to cover various scenarios including but not limited to:

 Remaining open

  • Managing school in the event of a positive Covid-19 diagnosis of a member or members of our community
  • Partial closure or scaling down of normal activities
  • Complete closure if required by the LA, DFE or PHE
  • Complete closure in the unlikely event of school being unable to open and operate safely due to severe staff shortages

Please do ensure that you keep school fully updated with your own circumstances, if you are self-isolating or if you have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus in your household.

 As a result of recent government directives, we are taking measures and making reasonable adjustments in order to avoid the spread of the virus. This includes avoidance of public meetings and maintaining the cleanliness and sanitisation of the school (we have employed additional cleaning staff in order to ensure these measures can be carried out satisfactorily). 

 We continue to remind children to implement good hygiene practices and they are supervised to ensure frequent handwashing.

 We understand that children are becoming more aware of the situation regarding Coronavirus and some children are beginning to discuss this. As such, we have shared with them in worship today information in a child friendly format (this can be located on www.mindheart.co/descargables).  We would also encourage children to talk to you at home in order to allay fears and to support them in addressing potential misconceptions.

 The current advice regarding children and their attendance at school is as follows:

 Children with newly developed persistent coughs and / or high temperature (37.8 ° + C) must stay off school and self-isolate for 7 days.

Please inform school of absences in the usual way.

 Any emergency updates including school closure will be sent via the school app and website.

In the event of a national school closure, children will be able to access work at home as described yesterday.

 Please follow these links for further information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 I would like to thank you for your continued understanding and support in what are highly unprecedented, rapidly changing and unpredictable times for us all.

 

Coronavirus Information - update 12/3/2020

We recognise that you may have queries or concerns regarding the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to assure you that since the start of the outbreak we have been following all government advice and will continue to do so as part of the broader national effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus. We receive a daily update from the Department for Education with the latest information from Public Health England and have access to Public Health England and Department for Education helplines, as well as support from the Local Authority.

 

While I am aware that some work places have their own policy on who should self-isolate following travel, as a school we are directed to follow Government and Local Authority policy and procedures.   Should the Government move the country to the delay phase, and the advice around self-isolation changes, we will of course update you. We are working on contingences to support learning in the event of any increased directive on self-isolation or national school closure.

 

At the moment schools in the United Kingdom are instructed to remain open.   Anyone travelling from government recognised areas of concern or lockdown should self-isolate.  Please see the link provided for which areas these are and the instructions for self-isolating https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation

 

We complete returns regarding anyone in the school community who has travelled from any affected areas for the purpose of their monitoring. Please do let school know if this is pertinent to you.

 

As a school we continue to monitor children’s health and wellbeing and continue to remind and encourage everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, use tissues which are then thrown away and follow good basic hygiene practices, as I am sure you will be doing at home too.  (please see  information in the newsletter section / app)

 

For the latest updates please click on the link https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

If you have concerns about any symptoms or contact your child may have had with other people who have travelled to restricted areas or who have symptoms, access the NHS 111 online coronavirus tool at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 Here you can answer a few simple questions and you will be directed what to do next. This service is suitable for anyone, including young people.

 

Further information and up-to-date information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

There is also a Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 which is open to schools and parents.

 

We continue to work hard to monitor and respond to any changing situations, we hope this information is of help to you and thank you for your continued support.