CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Email 8/9/20 - Reporting a Child's Sickness
 
Dear Parents & carers,
 
Now that we have established arrangements for the children being back in school I would like to clarify what we would ask parents to do if their child is ill. 
 
As you are aware we have an absence line that we ask parents to leave a message on if their child is going to be absent. In light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus it is vital that school is aware if a child is absent because they are displaying any of the following Coronavirus symptoms:
  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, sense of smell or taste
Please could we therefore ask that if your child is absent with any of the above symptoms you state this clearly in your message. 
 
Current guidance states that if a child does display any of these symptoms they must initially stay at home for 10 days and get tested for Coronavirus. The rest of the household must self isolate for 14 days.
 
In light of the guidance please could we ask that you inform the school if your child is going to be tested and once known, let us know what the outcome of the test is.
 
If the test result comes back negative the child can return to school once they are feeling well enough and the rest of the household can stop self isolating. If the test comes back positive we have clear guidelines to follow and would communicate this if it became necessary. 
 
Thank you for your ongoing support at this time and please let us know if you have any questions about this.
 
Best wishes,
Claire
 
Email 22.05.2020
 

Dear parents / carers,

 

I should be emailing you a " have a lovely half term break" email today! 

 

Whilst we haven't seen the children in school this term I know that so many of them have been working hard at home during these strange times. The teachers have been really impressed with what the children have been doing and I know as parents you have done a fantastic job in supporting not only their learning but their well being too. Please allow yourselves to have a break this week and enjoy some quality time away from the learning. 

 

I am attaching a document which outlines our initial plans for reopening. This is all conditional on the government deeming it safe to reopen primary schools for some pupils from 1st June, at the earliest. 

 

I apologise that the document is lengthy but I would rather share as much as I can with you about what our plans are at this moment in time. There are still many unknowns and uncertainties and I fully appreciate that this is hard for parents to plan for too. 

 

You will see in the document that the earliest we will open for pupils will be the 8th June. The rationale for this is explained in the document. We will obviously continue the provision for the vulnerable and key worker children in the week beginning 1st June. 

 

Please also find attached a letter from Sheila Smith, North Somerset Director of People and Communities, and a document which contains some  free training, which is from the EP service and is about the emotional and mental health needs of pupils returning to school. 

 

Finally I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and patience during these uncertain times. I wish I could give you more information and plans at this time but until a definite decision is made by government we can only put provisional plans in place. 

 

Look after yourselves

Claire

 

Claire Pocock

Headteacher

Email - 11th May 2020
 
Dear parents & carers,
 
I am emailing following the ministerial broadcast by Boris Johnson last night. 
 
There are obviously many things that we need to have a deeper understanding of following the briefing yesterday. We hope this will come in the further information that is due to be released later today. I know that you all, like myself, have many questions at the moment and I am sure that we will begin to get the answers today. 
 
At this moment in time I know as much as you. Please be assured that as soon as I am able to update parents with clear information I will do so. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding with this matter.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the kind words of support that the school is receiving. We know how tough it can be at home at the moment but please remember that you are all doing a great job. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school when we can.
 
Take care,
Claire
 
Email on 24th April
 

Dear Families,

As we come to the end of the fifth week of the 'Stay at Home' measures, we would like to say well done and thank you to everyone for the great job you are doing.  

 

We are all having to adapt to a new normal and it is widely recognised that this can impact on our sense of wellbeing. To help with this, there are lots of very practical activities and useful information on the wellbeing section of the website. Please also remember we are here to support you, please phone 01934 822498 in school hours or email office@banwellprimary.co.uk.

 

Through our telephone conversations with families, we have noticed some common concerns/questions. Please see below:


Q: How do I manage with limited devices/more than one child in my household needing access to online learning?

A: Everyone is doing the best they can under the circumstances.  It may be possible to try having a timetable for sharing devices.  Another alternative is to phone or email the school to ask for a paper copy of the home learning pack which parents can arrange to collect during school hours.  

 

You may be aware of the recent Government announcement for help with technology. For your information, the criteria to be eligible for this is families must not already have access to a device and must be in one of the following groups:

• Children with a social worker 

• Care leavers 

• Disadvantaged children in Yr 10, ahead of sitting GCSEs next year.

 

Q: Does work produced at home, need to be marked?

A: There is no expectation for work to be marked. However, if parents/children would like feedback from the teacher on something in particular, we would recommend messaging through  the eschools platform as the first option ( You can attach photos or digital copies of work here.) Alternatively you could take a photo of work and email it to the class teacher.

 

Q: How can I help my child who is missing their friends?

A:  If you haven't already got a telephone number for your child to chat to their friends, children can safely make contact with their class friends through the messages section on our eschools platform. These messages are not private, they can be seen by all users.  So for example in Year 3, you can read the chat between Mr Summers and the children in the class who have sent messages already.  To add your own message under the thread, click reply and type your message. 

If you would like to start a new message, as a pupil, you have to message your class teacher first.  Click new message and in the 'To' box type the teacher's last name and it should open a window for you to click on their name.  Please remember when messaging, to always be polite and not give any personal information e.g. your phone number.

 

Please also see these resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing:

 

 

Q: How much time should be spent on learning at home?
A: There is no set timescale. The main thing is to be looking after yourselves both physically and mentally.  For mental wellbeing, it is recommended that whatever your situation, building structure/routine into your day helps with this. We would encourage daily reading and times tables practise, as a minimum, as these should be straight forward.  Also some time spent on the suggested activities on the class pages. 
 
Please also see the latest guidance for parents:
guidance for parents of primary school children regarding supporting the continuation of education at home

 

Finally, thanks again for all your support in these challenging times. 

Stay well and keep safe.

Banwell Primary

Email on 15th April 2020
 
Dear Families
 
The school is looking at creating online classrooms for your children to access on the schools Eschools website.  
 
Your child will need to be given a login and password to be able to access this and we are hoping it will be a great way of communicating with them and having a bit of classroom time!  
 
It will be new to everyone so we will introduce it a class at a time.  Further details will follow when we are ready to launch.    In the meantime you may receive a call from your child's teacher and they will be able to give you your child's login details.  It wont happen straight away so don't worry if you don't hear anything for a while, but please keep checking emails and website for any updates.
 
Many thanks and stay safe
 

Email 27th March

Dear Parents / Carers,

Just a quick email from me to say I hope that you are all staying safe and enjoying some time together with your loved ones. I also hope the home learning is going well and that you are being creative with the activities that you are doing. 

I have to say that whilst this has been a crazy, surreal week in many ways it has also shown me how kind and caring everyone can be. We are very much in unknown territory at the moment but I know how supportive the Banwell School community is. Please keep looking after each other and stay safe.  

Please take some time to read the words below and acknowledge how well you're all doing!

Take care,

Claire

PARENTS USING THE EMERGENCY CHILDCARE:
24/03/20 - IMPORTANT UPDATE
Dear Parents / Carers,

I am sure that you are all aware that last night the Prime Minister gave an update to the nation, in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

He said people should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

He also ordered the immediate closure of shops selling non-essential goods.

In light of this very serious directive I have a duty to protect all staff and children and ensure that everyone is staying at home, where at all possible. 

Therefore for any parent requesting emergency childcare from this point on I am now requesting the following:

  • Both parents must be key workers whose role is essential to the frontline response. Where possible, if either parent (or step parent), including parents who are separated, is not a key worker then they should be staying at home and can therefore look after any children. 
  • Both parents must provide school with clear evidence from their employers to confirm their essential key worker status. School will only provide emergency childcare once this has been received. This is in line with what other schools are requesting. 

I have instructed staff to work from home from now on and only intend to have a bare minimum of staff in school from tomorrow. It is therefore essential that we know which children, if any, we will be having. Please could you therefore contact the school office as matter of priority today to let them know whether you will continue to need emergency childcare, in light of the revised guidance last night. Please also complete and return the table below to confirm your requirements for the rest of this week and next.

I trust that all parents can understand why we are now insisting on such stringent measures. We must keep all children and staff at home, in line with clear requirements nationally, unless there is absolutely no other option. Thank you for your ongoing support in ensuring we can keep our whole school community safe and follow this advice. 

 

                Name of Child: _______________________________________________

 

 

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 Best wishes and stay safe,

 Claire

 

23.3.20

IMPORTANT - Emergency Childcare support for Children of Key Workers

 

I am writing to all parents who have indicated that they need emergency childcare to be provided by school. I am writing as a result of the heightened request from government over the weekend asking everyone to stay at home, unless absolutely necessary. I have attached a flow chart which should give further clarity to government advice.

The government has recommended the best advice is to try and keep your child at home wherever possible so that the spread of the virus is halted. This will help to keep them safe, your families safe and our communities safe. Many parents working in the key sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home, and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

We would therefore ask that all families using the childcare service at school to consider carefully whether their role is essential to the frontline response. If you are able to make alternative childcare arrangements at home then you should do so please. Where younger siblings are able to be cared for at home then their school age sibling should be cared for at home too.

We would anticipate that this emergency childcare will only be needed for families where both parents are key workers or sole parents with no access to any alternative care (e.g. a friend or other person eg, step parent with parental responsibility).

 

If, in light of the new advice, you will no longer require the emergency childcare then please let the school office know as soon as possible.

 

Please continue to follow the government advice should any member of your family display symptoms of the virus. We thank you so much for the support you have shown in this unprecedented situation and we wish you and your families well.

Best wishes,

 

Claire

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

20.03.2020 10.40am
 
Dear Parents and carers,
 
Please see the letter below regarding the latest guidance from the government regarding who meets the criteria as a Key Worker.
 
If you do meet the criteria, and it is absolutely necessary for you to send your child to school, please complete the form attached and return it to us via email at office@banwellprimary.co.uk as soon as possible, no later than 1pm.
 
Thank you for your cooperation
Banwell Primary