Download: No 2 Sept 11th

Dear Parents and Carers

As we come to the end of our first full week we have actually managed to get the whole school together in one area for the first time this term.
We carried out a very successful (socially distanced) fire drill on Thursday and managed to get all the classes lined up apart from each other in the Yellow Playground. It was wonderful to see the school as a whole for the first time this year!

Baby News
We have some wonderful news. Bea Florence Robinson was born in the early hours of Sunday morning weighing in at 8lbs and 2oz. We extend our congratulations to Mrs Eleanor Robinson and husband Simon on the birth of their first baby. We look forward to meeting her as soon as we can.

Symptoms / Testing / Isolation
I would just like to reiterate what our guidance says about symptoms, testing and isolating.
Anyone showing one of the three symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend school. These are:
1. a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
2. a new, continuous cough – this means coughing 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 worse than usual)
3. 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
Other symptoms such as a headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat without the above three do not count as coronavirus symptoms. However, if at least one of the symptoms exists we have to treat this a potential sign of coronavirus. We are not qualified to determine whether this is a common cold or not.
The person showing symptoms:
• Must isolate and go for a test.
• If the test is positive they have to isolate for at least 10 days. They may return to school after 10 days if they are symptom free and feeling well.
• If the test is negative they may return to school once feeling well.
All household members:
• Must isolate once a member of their household shows symptoms.
• Household members should not get a test if they are not showing symptoms.
• If the person showing symptoms is tested positive all the other household members have to isolate for 14 days. If the household member does not show symptoms after 14 days they may return to school / work.
• If the household member shows symptoms they should then get tested and if positive their 10 days restarts from the day they start to show symptoms but they must complete 14 days as a minimum.
• If the household member tests negative they must complete their 14 days of isolation.
I have attached a handy Power Point flow chart for your information and to keep.
I am aware that getting appointments for tests or requesting home test kits have proved to be very challenging this week. Please do not quote me on this but I have also heard about people just turning up to the Oxford test centres and being allowed in without an appointment. Worth a try if you can’t book one on line.

Parent Governor
We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor. Any parent who is interested should complete the attached form and email to the school office. I have attached some information about the role of the school governor for your information but I am more than happy to have a chat with you about the role and the work involved. Alternatively please do speak so some of our parent governors – you will find their names on our website.

Lunchtime Supervisors
If you are able to help us out occasionally at lunchtimes and would be willing to work on a casual basis please do get in touch with us for details about the post.

Parking
Now that we have more people using the front entrance of the school at the start and end of the day please could parents / carers dropping off and picking up not park on the pavement. This is dangerous for pedestrians as well as vehicles leaving the school. There is ample parking in the car park near the Co-op. Thank you for your cooperation.

Attachments
Via Pupil Post
None

Via Parent Mail
Parent Governor Nomination Form
Parent Governor Leaflet
Power Point about Covid-19

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely
Katherine Spencer