As you may be aware, we now have confirmed cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in Derbyshire. This means that we cannot let our guard down, and because our re-opening in September 2020 was so successful, and approved by the Health and Safety Executive inspector, we will continue to follow the same safety measures and protocols (unless government or Local Authority advice changes).
Please Note: Attendance is mandatory and will be recorded as usual – please refer to the Attendance Policy on the school website.
All staff recognise that children have had different experiences during lockdown and the effects are not always equal. We have worked hard to assess pupils’ individual needs, both academically and socially, to identify areas which may need more targeted support. We will continue to follow our curriculum plans which offer a broad and balanced curriculum whilst prioritising reading, writing, phonics and maths, whilst minimising any risks from COVID-19.
Thank you for supporting the protocols we have put in place to keep your children safe. We will continue to follow Government and DCC guidance and will keep you updated of any necessary changes via the Jotter App and website. Please be aware that face-to-face meetings and tours for prospective parents/carers wishing to visit us have been suspended.
(Please find our additional policies and resources below.)
To reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus and the exchange of items between school and home, we have made the following changes:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children should come dressed ready for PE. This means there will be no PE bags kept in school, which will help avoid congestion in cloakrooms, and minimises the risk of clothes going missing or going home with another child!
Plain, pale blue school T-shirt
Plain navy shorts
Children are welcome to come to school (on PE days only) in unbranded trainers so that they are ready for PE. Please send plimsolls for use in the Village hall and on the tennis courts in book bags
(The children must not come to school in football / sports kits.)
As they will be wearing their PE uniform during morning lessons and for outdoor PE, we suggest wearing plain jogging bottoms and tracksuit top or their school sweatshirt over the top of their shorts and t-shirt. Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed before coming to school. (We do not permit the use of tape or plasters to cover earrings.)
On Fridays, children should come dressed ready for Forest School.
In Classroom Dining: Derbyshire Catering Service has created a menu, which can be eaten inside each classroom bubble. Please see our school meal page: Virtual Office/School Meals
Click on the resources below:
The latest information for parents and carers from the DfE and Local Authority can be found below:
The Department for Education helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education:
Telephone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Public Health England - East Midlands Telephone: 0344 2254524 followed by 0
The coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes too. While the return to school may be welcome and exciting for many pupils, others will be feeling anxious or frightened. Here are tips to help your children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school:
Starting school or starting a new school year can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. You can make children feel more at ease by having an open conversation about what is worrying them and letting him know that it’s natural to feel anxious.
Children may feel nervous or reluctant to return to school, especially if they have been learning at home for months. You could go through some of the changes they may expect at school, such as staying within their class 'Bubbles', regular hand washing, staggered starts and drop-offs.
Reassure children about safety measures in place to keep them, their friends and teachers healthy and remind children that they can also help prevent germs spreading by washing their hands with soap and coughing or sneezing into their elbow.
Remind children about the positives – that they will be able to see their friends and teachers and continue learning new things.
Encourage regular handwashing. It doesn't need to be a scary conversation - sing along with their favourite song or do a dance together to make learning fun. Make sure to teach them about how even though germs are invisible, they could still be there. When children understand why they need to wash their hands, they’re likely to continue doing so.
Keep an eye out for signs of stress and anxiety. COVID-19 may be impacting your child’s mental health, and it’s important to demonstrate that it’s normal and OK to feel overwhelmed at times. When in doubt, empathy and support are the way to go.
Links to wellbeing advice:
Click on the links below for advice from Early Help:
For the foreseeable future, school nurses will not be carrying out any face-to-face contact.