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Priestmead Primary School & Nursery

Moving Onwards and Upwards Together

REOPENING SEPTEMBER 2020

I hope you are all well and have had an enjoyable summer, despite the windy wet weather of recent days! We have really missed you and are sooooooo excited to see you all next week!

Over this week we will send a series of 8 updates (below) and snippets of information for you to familiarise yourselves with ahead of Priestmead Primary School opening next week.

You were sent details of your 1:1 parent meetings in July but we will send a reminder later this week. If you cannot attend this meeting, we will telephone you instead.

YOUR Y1-Y6 CHILD WILL COME IN ON THURSDAY 3RD OR FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER IN A HALF CLASS TO GET USED TO SCHOOL LIFE AGAIN.  ALL Y1-Y6 CHILDREN START FULL TIME FROM 7TH SEPTEMBER 2020.

If your financial position has changed and you are now entitled to benefits, you may also be entitled to a free school lunch and Pupil Premium to cover the costs of your child's lunch, uniform AND IT access at home.  Click here for details: PUPIL PREMIUM

Any questions, drop me an email:

Sash Hamidi

Executive Headteacher

ht@priestmead.harrow.sch.uk

Update #1

#1 GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE:

The Government has issued a document for parents/carers regarding returning to school which I have attached. Have a read - as a school, many of you know how safely we managed our phased reopening before the holidays and this standard will be maintained.

Update #2

#2  YOUR 1:1 PARENT/CARER/CHILD MEETINGS TUESDAY 1ST OR WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER:
Next week you are coming in for 1:1 Parent meetings so you can practise which entrances you are meant to use and exits, walk in with your child, see what the school looks like, meet your child's teacher and speak to leaders, see how the room is set up, tell us about how you are as a family and feel reassured about the term ahead. Please can the parent/carer wear a face-mask.
Our staff will be around to guide you!
If you have not turned up within 5 mins of your appointment time we will telephone you to catch up!  If you are coming in, your child does NOT need to wear uniform for the appointment, but they will need to wear full uniform when they come in on Thursday or Friday! Another reminder of your times/days will be sent by the end of THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST!

Update #3

#3 PARENT INFORMATION:

Here is the document of frequently asked questions (FAQs).  It also includes the weblinks to the presentations we sent you before the holidays.

Update #4

#4 GETTING READY!

Here are a few photos of things that look a bit different since you were last at Priestmead!  We are excited to welcome all our Y1-Y6 children and families back next week!

Update #5

 # 5 FACEMASKS

Children under the age of 11 are NOT required to wear a face mask in school.  They can wear it on their journey to school but it must be disposed of before they enter the school building and their hands need to be washed or cleaned using our sanitising gel dispensers outdoors. 

Some staff may be wearing face masks for their health.

We also remind parents/carers to keep a distance if speaking with staff (to minimise risk) - please do not be offended! If you need to come in the building we ask you wear a face-mask.

Above all else the focus is on washing hands, avoid touching faces and making contact with others, keeping a distance and "catch it bin it, kill it" regarding sneezing or coughing or use your inside arm/elbow.

facemasks

Update #6

#6 Responding to a Positive Test

The Government have asked us to ensure all staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if staff, children or households are displaying symptoms
  • provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

WE ASK YOU LET US KNOW THE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY, SENDING IN NEGATIVE TEST-PROOF WHERE POSSIBLE

  1. If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

  2. If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

IF WE HAD A POSITIVE-TEST IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASS:

1. We contact our Local Protection Team who will risk assess the level of risk to the class bubble/year group/ phase

2. We would only need to send a child/staff member home for their recommended 14 day self-isolation if they had close contact, defined as:

  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

3. They will give us a letter template to fill in and send home to families

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They should get a test, and:

  • if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
  • if the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Update #7

#7 Drop Off & Pick Up Times

A polite reminder - please do not arrive before your drop off or pick up times. This is to minimise risks for the safety of our pupils, staff and parents/carers. A reminder of the drop off and pick up times is attached including a map of the site.

Thank you for your co-operation.

PPS Pick & Drop Off Time(1)PPS Site Map

Update #8

Update #8 PE Timetable 

Children will need to wear their PE kit to school (twice a week) on their allocated days as per the attached timetable starting next week. They must wear the school PE kit with their house team coloured T-Shirt. More information can be found here .

This is to minimise risks in class when changing and children unnecessary bringing in additional bags to school. 

PE Timetable Autumn 1 2020
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