What you need to know:
Schools, colleges and early years settings to close
Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.
Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.
Further details on this announcement can be found here:
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Hatch Warren Infant School will follow instructions from Department of Education on the COVID-10 (Coronavirus) and Public Health England.
The department of education is emailing the school daily with advice and instructions.
Currently the advice is that no school should be closed in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by the Public Health England.
Mrs Michelle Moore/Miss Sue Hurdle will contact Department of Education and Public Health England for advice and instructions.
Hand Washing Regime
Below we have identified four times during the school day where the children will need to wash their hands. We are also very aware of the impact this will have in class with regards to timings but it is important we do this. We have a responsibility and duty of care to do the very best for our children in reducing and helping to 'contain' the outbreak.
Classes will follow the plan below:
Times children must wash hands:
1. On arrival in the classroom
2. Before break /snack
3. Before lunch
4. Before end of day.
Children will also be reminded of the importance of washing hands after going to the toilet and if coughing or sneezing into their hands.
Classes will use the link to teach children how to wash their hands effectively. (Newsround Page https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51698180)
Staff must wash hands frequently at school.
Visitors to School
We will ask all visitors to clean their hands with antibacterial gel when they arrive at school. If supplies run out, visitors will be asked to wash their hands and will be escorted to the adult toilets to ensure safeguarding.
School Closure Decision – Out of Hours
If the school is to be closed because of the coronavirus, outside of school hours, the snow chain telephone action plan will be put into place to inform staff members. A text message will go out to parents/carers to inform them that the school is closed. It will also be posted on the school website. The length of time the school will be closed will be determined by Public Health England and Department of Education. The school will keep everyone informed by text/email messages. A sign will be placed on the gate to inform everyone that the school is closed.
A link to the Department of Education will be sent to parents for government guidance.
If your child has:
please keep them at home for 7 days. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Please ensure you let us know by leaving a message on our answerphone or an email via parent mail (email@example.com )
Emergency School Closure Decision – During School Hours
If the government advises that the school should close during school hours we will inform parents by text message that they will need to collect their children as soon as possible.
If a parent cannot collect and need to send an alternative person to collect, they must let the school office know who this person will be. The office will then pass this information onto the class teacher.
Children will be collected form their class rooms where possible. Where not possible, TAs will wait at the usual exits and will collect children from class rooms as their parents arrive.
Coronavirus Case Found in School
In the event that cases of the coronavirus are found in school, we will follow instructions from the Department of Education and Public Health England. The school will be deep cleaned by professional company or staff members.
If any staff members, pupils or parents/carers thinks they have symptoms of the coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 for advice and follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Parents/Carers can visit NHS.UK to find out more information. Teachers and support staff should follow the UK Government advice.
Staff members/parents/carers/pupils must inform the school Head Teacher if they think they have the coronavirus or returning from countries with specific lockdown areas.
GOV.UK Department of Education Coronavirus
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
A separate letter has already been sent informing you of how to use Purple Mash, Education City and Teach Your Monster to read. Their logins can be found in their home school reading books.
Please ensure that you carry on listening to your child read as much as possible at home. For children to reach their expected level of progress in reading, they will still need to be reading at least 5 times a week. They don’t just have to read their school books they could read comics, recipes, magazines and use the websites listed below.
We have also provided a ‘Brilliant Book list’ of suggested good quality books you may wish to share with your child. You will find questions to check your child’s understanding of what they have read at the front of their home school reading book.
Oxford owl – is another great website that has interactive Oxford Reading Tree books. The website is completely free; you just need to sign up to it.
Here is a link to a website that we use at school. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Please click on free resources, parents and then interactive resources if your child is in Year R please look at Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4. Year One and Two can look through phases 2, 3, 4 and 5 depending on your child’s capability.
Teach your monster to read will also support their phonics.
Education City has lots of interactive games you can play. Just click on the games relevant to your child’s year group.
Enrich maths https://nrich.maths.org/. Click on primary student, then primary pupil, then resources for ages 5-7. Then you find lots of activities and games you can play at home.
To keep the children active go onto Youtube and look for Go noodle, Just Dance, cosmic yoga and Joe Wicks – Body coach, Active 5 and 8 minute moves
http://www.ictgames.com/ has a large variety of Maths and English games
BBC Bite size has lots of age banded opportunities for all areas of learning.
https://www.funology.com/funology-science-experiments/ has science experiments and art and craft project ideas
Also remember that our school website has a wealth of resources, games, links and information. https://www.hwis.hants.sch.uk/
A link to lots of other sites with different activities on https://www.tutortastic.co.uk/blog/homelearning
Emotional support activities for children who may find it difficult to understand what is happening re Coronavirus - Coronavirus stories (Activities sheet attached below.)
Please get in touch via the school’s parent mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns, that you would like to discuss with us.
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