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Weekly Update Including Local Lockdown Restrictions

Dear Families,

As we come to the end of another week, I think that we should all be proud of our school family and how we work together to support one another. We have seen an increase in infection rates regionally, and in our school we have had a number of adults and children with symptoms of Covid 19. Families have found it very difficult to access tests with some being asked to travel up to a 100 miles for testing. Some families have had to wait up to 5 days for results. Thankfully, we have been informed that all tests to date have been negative. 

 

If your child or a family member develops symptoms then please isolate. Telephone 119 and follow the guidance:

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 also inform school by telephone or email. 

 

Following the most recent announcement from government there are some new restrictions that will come into place from 00:01 on Friday 18 September that affect schools and families in County Durham. The measures are being brought in due to the significant rise in coronavirus cases in the county in recent weeks and will help us to keep children in school and prevent the spread of the virus.

 

What’s new?

 

Mandatory wearing of face coverings in secondary education settings for Year 7 and above

  • All staff, students and visitors (unless exempt) will be required to wear face coverings when moving around in corridors and communal areas.

Changes to rules around households mixing

  • Other households cannot visit you in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble.
  • You cannot meet people you don’t live with in their home or garden, whether it is in the affected areas or not, unless they’re in your support bubble.

Childcare

  • Childcare settings including childminders, before/after school clubs and nannies can still be used
  • Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households

Travel

  • Pupils are advised to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school where possible. If this is not possible you can use your own car or public transport, rather than car sharing etc

 

You can find out more at www.durham.gov.uk/localrestrictions

 

Please continue to support us with our safety measures in school:

 

Staggered entry and exit - Please socially distance and leave the site as soon as you can. 

 

Carpark Gate - It can be very busy around the carpark gate. Please wait at a distance until there is space at the yellow markers. 

 

Children will only be able to be dropped off / picked up by their immediate family members, people from their support bubble. We are awaiting further guidance from the DFE about extended family members who help with drop offs and pick ups.

 

Packed Lunches - Please continue to use disposable bags. 

 

Hot meals -  Meals are charged at £2.10 per day. Please support Mrs Tully and Mrs Bandtock in our school kitchen.

Monday - Sausage Roll and Chips

Tuesday - Pizza and Jacket Potato

Wednesday - Breaded Chicken and Roast Potatoes

Thursday - Tomato Pasta and Garlic Bread

Friday - Fish and Chips

There will be fruit, biscuits and cake available too.

 

PE Days - please send your child to school in their PE kit.

Class 1 - Monday

Class 2 - Monday & Tuesday

Class 3 - Tuesday & Wednesday

Class 4- Tuesday & Thursday

Class 5 - Tuesday & Friday

Class 6 - Wednesday & Friday

 

I think that we should all say a big well done to our new Reception children. They have had a super start to school and they are settling extremely well into new routines

 

Take care and keep safe,

 

Mrs Robson

 

 

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