We will keep this blog updated as and when we hear anything. Please check to stay informed.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday night and the subsequent guidelines put out by the government it looks as if, given that the first step of the easing of restrictions does not cause an increase in infections and deaths from this dreadful virus, we will be welcoming some children back to school from the 1st June. Initially Reception and Y1 children are mentioned for first schools like ours. Obviously we have no Y6 at Scremerston but the inclusion of Y6 in the statement is because, for the bulk of the country, Y6 is a transition year, when children change schools. In Berwick, however, we have our 3 tier system of first, middle and high schools. While we are not unique in this it is an unusual system and therefore needs separate consideration. There is a meeting of the Berwick partnership head teachers on Wednesday, where arrangements will be discussed and as soon as decisions are made I will let you know.
In the meantime remember that the safest place for you and your children is at home.
With best wishes,
I hope you are all well. I don’t need to ask if you have been busy because I have been looking at all the brilliant photos you have been sending to us showing all the fantastic learning you have been doing while you can’t be at school – I’m so proud of you all!
I know lots of you are keen to come back to school and see all your friends – and perhaps even your teachers too, but while this horrible virus is still causing so much sadness it isn’t safe for us all to be together at school. I am watching the news carefully every day and getting lots of information from our County Council about the progress of this lockdown. As yet there is no date for schools returning to normal but as soon as we have advice about that I will let you know.
It’s a very strange time for us all and it’s a source of comfort to everyone that people are taking the restrictions seriously and doing everything they can to keep themselves and others safe. We are hearing so many stories about the kind ways people are helping each other out from neighbours shopping for each other to elderly gentleman striding out with their walking frame and raising millions of pounds for the NHS charities (well done Captain Tom!). Have you been out on Thursday evenings clapping for all the key workers?
Take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.
Love from Mrs. Smith
School will be open for children whose has a parent as a key worker. However, these children should stay at home if they are able to be cared for safely.
"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."-https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
It has been announced that all schools across the United Kingdon are to close from Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future.
We are following strict hygiene advice and ensuring both staff and children are hand washing regularly, wiping down surfaces, door handles, taps etc. regularly and maintaining high standards of cleanliness in general.
From immediate effect, we have taken the decision to cancel all non-essential gatherings including swimming lessons, family assembly, our Easter fair and our end of term Church service. The Longridge Cross Country event on 25th March and the Hoopstarz event on 27th March have also been cancelled.
If anyone presents any of the symptoms in school such as a cough or fever, we are sending them home and asking them to remain in self isolation for at least 7 days or longer depending on medical advice.
Please let us know as soon as possible if your child or anyone in your household develops any symptoms. We also need to know if you decide to self-isolate as a precaution or if your child is absent because of any other reason. We are monitoring the situation carefully to help us make the best decisions for everyone in school.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes by sending letters home, updating our school website and adding notices on our parent app. We are also putting together some work packs for children to access online if they are absent, we will let you know when they are available.
In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have developed this page to keep you updated with information as and when we receive it.
Digital content will become available for your children to access from home in anticipation of school closures on 20/03/20.
If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch by calling the school office on 01289 307536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a fast developing situation and the government is updating their advice every day. You can read the latest government guidance on the coronavirus situation in the UK on gov.uk.
The government have announced that schools should begin to open their doors to Reception and Y1 children from the 1st of June if it is safe to do so. Please see the linked information for parents.
COVID-19 School Risk Assessment