Birchfield Community School

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Year 5 and 6 residential to Anglesey July 2020

With the closure of schools, we still want you to know that plans for the residential are still to go ahead. We are keeping in constant contact with organisations that oversee Outdoor Education in the UK and they all expect residential experiences booked within the UK to be able to go ahead later this summer in June and July.

We are therefore continuing with all plans as they were initially set out by your school organiser unless informed otherwise by the government.

Message from CEO

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are living through historic and unprecedented events. For schools to be closing for an unspecified period of time would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago. Our number priority has been and will remain to be the safety and security of our pupils. We do however, understand the need for some schools to remain open in order for key personnel to ensure the safety of the nation and to keep the country functioning. 

This is an especially confusing and unsettling time for our children and a worrying time for parents and carers. In know some of you will also be worried about your children’s learning during the school closures. We have provided a wealth of resources and ideas on school websites for you to use throughout the time that schools are closed. School staff will be adding to these as time goes by. I want assure you though, that whatever learning our pupils miss out on, we will catch them up very quickly when they come back to school and there will be little or no lasting impact. 

My advice to you both as a teacher and a father is to spend as much quality time with your children as you can. Try to learn new things together such as a new language on-line or a new hobby. Explore books and new knowledge together, talk to them about what is going on in the world to help them to make sense of it. Although we are being told to physically distance ourselves from family, friends and neighbours, this is a really good time to reinforce the idea that we are one community and need to look out for each other. 

I pray that all of you and your families remain in the very best of health and look forward to the day that we can welcome all of our children back to school. 

 

Sajid Gulzar 

CEO

School Closure due to Coronavirus

Unfortunately, school has had to close due to government advice about the Coronavirus outbreak. The reason the government has issued this advice is to try and halt the spread of the virus.

Two of our schools will remain open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. More information about these categories can be found here. If you have not done so already, and you/your child falls into one of these categories and you would like to access the provision, please complete this form and then contact the school using the email below.  We will then get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the provision we can offer.  However, guidance states that if you can keep your children safe at home then it is highly recommended that you do so.

This is a difficult time for all of us and we fully understand that you may have concerns surrounding your children’s education during the period at which school is closed. In order to try and address your concerns, we have provided some useful links to websites that children can access from home to support their learning.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you have any questions or would like to contact a member of staff during the period of school closure, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can find some more information about Coronavirus in the links below:

nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

youtube.com/watch?v=FJrpfmnOnpc

Free School Meals during closure - COVID19

Parents: Please complete the survey here to request a daily packed lunch as part of the Free School Meals service (if you are eligible).  

As of the 20th March 2020, we are asking that you complete this as soon as possible.  Then, from the week commencing Monday 23rd March, we will re-launch the survey on a weekly basis to enable eligible families to join the scheme or leave the scheme as needed throughout the period of school closure.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time.

URGENT: Key Worker Parents - School Closure (Covid-19)

Following on from the government's announcements of national school closures, can all parents who believe themselves to fall into the 'key worker' bracket please complete this online survey.

This should only take around 2 minutes and will really help us to arrange appropriate provision for key worker's children. Senior leaders will meet on Thursday to review responses and plan for this provision.

Thank you for your support at this time.  We really appreciate it.

Coronavirus Update 16.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

In light of the ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus, I am writing to update you on the measures we are taking at Birchfield School to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the children, staff and wider community. As a school we are following the advice from the government and from our Multi-Academy Trust (PACT). Therefore, following careful consideration, I wanted to inform you that:

  • School swimming lessons for Years 3 and Year 4 are postponed until further notice
  • Sports competitions will be cancelled up until Easter – further information will be shared after Easter. 
  • Parents Evenings on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • All parent exhibitions and workshops have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • All children are washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Regular cleaning of the school is taking place with a focus on touch points– door handles, work tops, tables etc.
  • Visitors to the school are being asked to wash their hands on entry to the site.
  • School trips are under review and may be cancelled. We will keep you informed.
  • After-school clubs at this point will continue – parents will be informed if this changes.

Whilst current advice from the government is that schools will remain open, we are nevertheless preparing in case schools are closed. If this guidance is to change, we will inform all parents immediately. We are preparing some home learning resources and will also share links on our website that you can use at home. 

The current guidance on 111 online for self-isolation is that if your child has a fever, temperature or persistent cough they should remain at home until 7 days after symptoms start and let school know immediately.  After 7 days, if your child is better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to school. The cough may go on for some weeks in some people, even though the coronavirus infection has cleared. A cough by itself does not mean you have to stay at home for more than 7 days.

If you/your child are unwell and you do not get better after 7 days, use the 111 online assessment service again before you leave your home or let visitors in. Please do keep the school updated on any medical diagnosis of the virus. 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Z Thewlis

Coronavirus

Dear Parents,

As a mother of two, I completely understand how concerning the situation regarding Coronavirus is for us all. Presently, the government’s decision is that schools will remain open; I want to reassure you that we are keeping up to date with all the latest guidance and acting accordingly. 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Current guidance:

 

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. For urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 service.

If your child is unwell, or you or a member of your family have tested positive for the virus, please can I ask that you inform Mrs Ahmed or myself immediately

Please can you ensure that the office have the correct contact information for you, and other emergency contact information. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School