• LATEST NEWS : Week ending Friday 25th September

    Check out the new website page : CHILDREN - Homework & Home Learning Support


    Latest guidance from NHS Engalnd (issued Thursday 24th September): NHS England have released a useful letter to parents so you may make sensible judgements around the differences in symptoms for common coughs/colds and those of COVID-19. Click the link HERE to download a copy.
     

  • HOMEWORK GUIDE : CHILDREN ABSENT FROM SCHOOL 

    There will be children currently absent from school through no fault of their own as a sibling, parent or other household member has had to self-isolate due to Covid-19 circumstances. This is usually where the child or individual is waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.

    Parents are, rightly so, requesting what to do about the school work missed throughout this period. We have therefore confirmed a clear homework delivery plan:

    1. If a child is poorly and cannot attend school  OR they are on unauthorised family holidayNo homework tasks will be set – the absence will be viewed as a standard absence and children will just catch up when they return to school.
    2. If a child is self-isolating but NOT poorly : The class teacher will contact parents within 48 hours via Marvellous Me to advise what home working tasks should be completed during the absence period.
    3. If a child is self-isolating/quarantined as they have returned from a holiday abroad and the Government guidance dictates a quarantine period: As point 2 above – the class teacher will be in touch to set work.
  • Together for Children Guide : How to Decide when to Self-isolate:

  • We know many parents are very anxious about the spread and containment of COVID-19 and the symptoms to look out for. Together for Children have provided schools with a helpful checklist so you may assess whether your child needs to be at school or not. Click the link here to open the document.

  • We have done our best to pick the most important points out of the Department for Education guidance, as supported by directives from Public Health England and the NHS Track & Trace facility, and this supplementary information is listed below:

     

  • What symptoms should I be looking out for? 

The definitive list of symptoms currently provided by Public Health England are as follows:

- A high temperature : This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to emasure teleprature)
- A new, continuous cough : This means couching a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be wors than usual)
- A
 loss or change to your sense of smell or taste : This means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
 

  • Department for Education Guidance : 8th September: The DfE have provided a 2-page guidance document to assist parents in the actions to take if they feel their child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms. This document can be accessed by clicking this link

  • Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms:
    Click the link to the NHS Covid support webiste :  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

  • If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

    What to do if you have symptoms:

    If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

    1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
    2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

    Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

    Additional Supporting Information:

    Contact NHS 111 for further support and advice regarding home testing and whether your child will need a test.

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

    How do I decide whether to send my child to school or not?

    • If your child shows ANY of the above symptoms you should NOT be sending them to school and you should seek further advice from the NHS 111 service.

    • Organise a home test or make an appointment at a local testing centre as soon as possible.

    • Do NOT send your child back to school until the results of the test have been received.

    • Keep the school updated of progress at each step, particualrly if other members of the household become infected.

    My child is displaying other symptoms that I would normally associate with a common cold. What should I do?

    This is the area where parents and school staff are going to have the biggest issue as some common cold ailments or non-Covid flu symptoms could be interpreted as Covid-19. As a general rule, the following symptoms are NOT listed as a sign of Covid-19 in children:

    • A runny nose
    • A chesty cough (different to a dry, persistent cough)
    • A sore throat where there is no associated high temperature
    • A headache

    However, we know that the list of symptoms is currently under review as additional links have been made to an upset stomach and/or diahorrea in children (yet to be confirmed by PHE)

    We therefore suggest parents use their discretion to determine the following:

    • Is my child well enough to attend school, despite showing one or two of the above symptoms?
    • Should I get them tested as a precuation as I am unsure what to do?

    if you believe your child, other than perhaps feeling a little under the weather as they have what would ordinarily be determined as a common cold, is well enough to be at school, then they should attend as normal.

    If you DON'T feel they are well enough, keep them at home and monitor their symptoms for 24-48 hours to see whether they improve or feel worse over time. Keep us informed of their wellbeing.

    In ALL instances, if you are unsure what to do or your child's symptoms are ambiguous, you MUST contact the NHS 111 Covid advice line for further advice. It is a strong possibility they will advise a test as a precuationary measure and if that is the case, you must let the school know and self isolate for the required period of time.

    When will you send a child home?

    Staff have to be vigilent to what children are telling us. There is still some ambiguity about how children can spread the virus, what the implications of being asymptomatic are etc.

    If your child complains of feeling unwell at school, we WILL send them home; this in most cases will be precautionary and does not necessarily mean that we think your child has Covid symptoms. But with community concerns around the virus being as they are, and with the wellbeing of other children and staff to take into consideration, children who present as unwell or complain of being unwell will be removed from the classroom and you will be asked to collect them.

    If we feel a child is presenting Covid type symptoms, you WILL be instructed to get a test; the school have a small number of home testing kits that we can offer to parents if you are struggling to secure one. in such instances we would request chidlren do NOT return to school until a test has been secured and assessed as a negative result.

    Will school staff be regularly tested?

    At the moment there is no directive from the Department for Education or Public Health England to have school staff routinely tested for Covid-19 as a matter of course. What we WILL be doing, however, is continuing to follow our own health and safety hygiene measures to ensure staff are working in a clean environment. Our local Operational Risk Assessment draws attention to staff being responsible for their social activities, their secure bubbles beyond school and the importance of keeping the school management informed of any Track & Trace protocols they are contacted over. The DfE guidance provides more information in this area.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

    What happens if my child tests positive for Covid-19 (or other member of the household):

    If we have advised your child has a test, they must remain at home until you receive the results. If they test POSITIVE you must inform the school as soon as possible as there will be implications regarding other children/staff they may have come in to contact with and the isolation of social bubbles. In all instances, the next steps will be dictated to us by the local Public Health support team - whether to isolate a class, a year group or temporarily close the school.

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OLDER NEWS......................................

  • School Remission Guidance: Some children are exempt from paying for certain school services dependent on their social circumstances. We class these children as the Pupil Premium cohort and in the main it relates to those on Free School Meals, Adopted from Care, Looked After Chidren and Forces Chidlren. The table below shows how much reduction a child would get dependent on their circumstances and we would ask parents to take this into consideration when making payment for school visits, music fees etc.

 

  • Pupil Premium Category Remission Rates

    Free School Meals (FSM)

    Protected FSM

    (See note*)

     

    100% remission of school trip contributions

    100% remission of school provided music lessons (but NOT those with Mr Morris)

    100% remission of any After School Club fees as applicable

    75% remission of the total cost of residential visit to Derwent Hill

    Looked After Child/Adopted from Care As above - same remission rates apply as those for FSM
    Forces Child 25% remission of all categories
    Ever 6 Child 25% remission in all categories
  • *NOTE: Protected FSM: Under the Government's revised Universal Credit roll out, any child listed as being eligible for free meals as of 1st April 2018 will have this eligibility 'protected' until 2022, irrespective of whether the parents financial/employment status changes. The school will therefore continue to categorise these children as FSM rather than re-assessing them as Ever 6. This means they will continue to benefit from the full FSM remission rates. Any child who came off the FSM register prior to April will now be categorsied as Ever 6. It is the responsibility of parents to take these remissions into consideration when paying for any school service. If you choose to pay the full amount for a school trip, for example, we will assume you are wanting to support the school irrespective of your Pupil Premium status and we would not automatically reduce a payment on your behalf so please take this into account when making any voluntary contributions. 

  • Ear-ring policy: First and foremost, children should NOT be wearing ear-rings in school under any circumstance. We have to take a hard line on this for the purposes of safety. If a child has accidentally forgotten to take them out and can remove the ear-rings themselves, that's fine. If they cannot, we will NOT do it for them nor will we provide tape to cover them. Even if you tape them up yourself before sending your child to school, they are still in reality wearing them and there still remains a risk for PE etc. So.....the best way to avoid further action is to take them out before school! PE is a statutory requirement of the curriculum and we cannot persistently have children missing lessons for this reason. Where staff notice a child has their ear-rings in, and they cannot take them out themselves, you will be advised accordingly thus ensuring they are not worn the following day. Thank you for your support in this area.
  • Nut Free School: Can we politely remind parents that Fulwell Junior School is a 'nut free zone' insofar as we do not allow children to have nuts of any variety in school, either as a healthy snack or as part of their packed lunch. This is due to the number of children we have with very high risk nut intollerances. Even traces of nut oil on hands etc. could cause a severe reaction in another child, so please support us in avoiding nuts as part of your childs daily diet.

  • Medication in School: Children who need to continue to take or have recently been prescribed medication to have in school must have a Medical Statement completed by parents so that we can administer it on your behalf. Remember, unless specifically advised by your GP, and medication only required to be taken 3 times per day does NOT need to be taken at school as parents can spread that dose between breakfast, teatime and bedtime.

  • Reporting Absences: If you know your child is going to be absent from school, could we kindly request you ring the school office or send a text message BEFORE 8.45am. Similarly, if they have to attend a medical appointment, please let us know in advance - wherever possible, we must have sight of the appropriate appointment card/letter.