COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 27th March 2020
At the end of our first week of school closure, thank you to parents and carers for following national guidance and keeping children at home wherever possible. Staff have worked really hard to maintain quality provision for the children of parents who have needed us this week. This will continue next week. Please only send your child into school if you are eligible to do so and have no other option.
Eligible parents will receive information next week about how we will cover the Easter Break - we will be open except for Good Friday and Easter Monday for eligible children only. Complete information will be provided early next week - please don't call school to enquire about this unless you have a query once we have sent out the information.
We have updated the Curriculum section of the website today with home working resources for all children for next week - please click here to access these. It has been fantastic to see photos of our children busy at home - please keep these coming!
Wishing you all a restful weekend.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Friday, 20th March 2020
In line with Government guidance issued very late yesterday evening, we have now identified which children are eligible to continue to attend from Monday, 23rd March 2020. We will send an email to all eligible parents later today - please read this carefully. We will be sending a printed letter with a form to complete home tonight with all eligible children. Please make sure you access this letter as it contains instructions for Monday and there is a form for you to fill in. Staff will be on the yard to meet children on Monday, 23rd March 2020. Please do not attend after today unless you have been contacted by us to inform you that you are eligible. We have followed Government guidance very closely to ensure we offer places appropriately. If you have been offered a place, please only use it when necessary - this means that on days when your child can be cared for at home, they should be.
Please do bear in mind that the purpose of the closure is to minimise further social contact and to support the national effort to combat the COVID19 Coronavirus. Parents who are not eligible to send children to school should not attempt to do so - this puts others at unnecessary risk. Parents who are eligible for a place should only send their child when this is absolutely necessary - if a child can be cared for at home, they must not come into school, even if they are eligible to do so.
We have now published online work resources for all children and they can be downloaded here.
After today, we will provide a weekly update and this will be published on the school website and Twitter.
We have also contacted parents of children who claim Free School Meals to inform them of how they can collect daily meals for their children.
Once again, thank you to all our parents and carers for your understanding and support.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Thursday, 19th March 2020 FURTHER UPDATE
At this point, HM Government has not released details on which occupations are considered 'key workers'. Local information suggests this will be released late this afternoon / evening. This means that we will not be able to confirm which children will be eligible to attend after Friday today as we had hoped to. We apologise for this delay, that is beyond our control. We expect that we will be able to confirm which children are eligible to attend school after Friday tomorrow. We will do this by direct email to parents tomorrow. If you don't receive a direct email informing you that your child is eligible to attend, then your child must stay at home after Friday. Local information seems to indicate that only where both parents are key workers, or where the household has a single parent who is a key worker, will the child be eligible to attend after Friday but this is not yet confirmed. This is in addition to children who have an EHCP or those who have an allocated social worker.
The situation is currently unclear for us as a school and as soon as we have further information, we will, of course, update parents. Thank you for your patience in the meantime!
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Thursday, 19th March 2020
Following the announcement from HM Government yesterday evening, BG will close to pupils this Friday, 20th March 2020. From Monday, we will provide a service for the children of Key Workers, Children with an EHCP and Children who have an Allocated Social Worker. This morning, we undertook a survey of parents to identify occupations. We will be contacting parents who we didn't speak to later in the day - if we call, please try to answer! We are expecting an update from DfE later today to clarify which occupations count as 'key workers'. Once we have this, we will be able to identify which children are eligible to continue to attend on Monday, 23rd March 2020. We will write to all parents of children who we deem eligible. If you do not receive a direct letter to inform you that your child is eligible, then they must not attend school after Friday, 20th March 2020. Children who must stay at home will be able to access work, which we will begin to send home today and tomorrow and publish online here from tomorrow.
I will write to all parents this evening to provide further details of our actions in school. In the meantime, we very much appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through this challenging time.
All school visits are cancelled for the remainder of the year and this includes residentials. We will be in touch as soon as practicably possible to outline next steps for this, but, naturally, this will likely be some time later next week.
Please avoid contacting school by phone or email today unless for urgent matters - our staff are working hard to prepare for closure on Friday and to ensure we are able to open for eligible children on Monday and we very much appreciate your understanding as we do this.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Wednesday, 18th March 2020
We have contacted parents today to inform them that Morning Work with Parents, which normally takes place every Friday morning is cancelled indefinitely. We have now cancelled upcoming school visits to Eureka! and Cannon Hall and we have written separately to parents to provide further information.
Beginning today, the pedestrian gate to the left of the car park will be unlocked from 3:00PM to support parents in maintaining a safe distance when entering and leaving the site. The main front gate will also be unlocked from 3:00PM. Parents are welcome to enter the site to wait to collect children from 3:00PM and we would encourage parents to cooperate with each other in maintaining a safe distance at these busy times.
Please do not park your car in the school car park or in the area around the main car park gate. This is unsafe and presents a risk to pedestrians crossing and seriously reduces visibility for staff entering and exiting the car park.
If any member of your household is directed to self-isolate in relation to COVID 19 Coronavirus, the whole household must self isolate for a period of 14 days. If you are directed to self isolate during the school day and your child is in school, please contact us on 01226 383800 to arrange collection of your child. We will support you in ensuring that we maintain a safe distance in such circumstances and direct you to our Home Working page in the curriculum section of the website, where you will find online resources that you can use with your child during any period of self-isolation.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Tuesday, 17th March 2020
Following last night's update from HM Government, we want to remind families that the national guidance relating to self-isolation relates to all citizens, including children. If your child presents with a new, continuous cough and / or a high temperature, they should remain at home. Please contact school to inform us if this is the case. No direction to close schools has been issued to UK settings at this point and we continue to risk assess the position at BG.
We have taken the decision to cancel all assemblies in school with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future, this is to reduce unnecessary contact between pupils and is a precautionary measure only.
We are currently reviewing our plans in relation to school visits and will keep parents informed of any changes as soon as we can. As ever, we continue to thank you for your patience, support and understanding.
If your child is off school because of COVID 19 Coronavirus, we regret that we are not presently able to provide individual resources for children to work at home. In the event of a full closure, we will provide resources for all our children to work at home. We aim to provide a list of web-based resources for children in the near future.
COVID 19 Coronavirus - Monday, 16th March 2020
Barugh Green Primary School remains open and operational. We are receiving regular updates from Local and National Government and are taking steps to ensure that the school continues to operate safely.
We have no indication that the school will close at the present time, but we are preparing in the background to be able to ensure that, in the event of any closure, we will be able to communicate with parents and carers as smoothly as possible.
In the event of any closure, we will provide daily tasks for our children and these will be posted on our website under Curriculum - Home Working - please click here to be taken to this page. This work page will only be updated in the event of a closure and we will post weekly packages of work and resources clearly marked for each class.
We have published an FAQs document in relation to COVID 19 Coronavirus, which can be found by clicking here.
This is a challenging time for everyone. BGPS is well placed to manage this challenge and we very much appreciate your support and understanding at this time.