Following the correspondence sent out on Friday 8th October, I am writing to comfirm that the time period set for feedback regarding the proposed changes to the school hours on a Friday has now ended.
I can now confirm that from 1st January 2022 children will finish school at 3.15pm (EYFS and KS1) and 3.25pm (KS2) on a Friday in line with the rest of the week.
I would like to thank those parents who provided feedback. Hopefully you will agree that this is another positive step forward in providing our wonderful children with the best education possible.
A finalised timetable will be sent out in the last week of the autumn term outlining start and finish times for each class which will begin from the spring term.
Many thanks for your support with this process and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable half term break.
Easington C of E Primary Open Afternoon
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Drop in between 2:00 – 5:30pm
We are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful children and families back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Our new Reception children will also be starting on this date.
Just to confirm following the correspondence sent in July https://www.easington-pri.durham.sch.uk/update-for-parents-6-7-2021/ there will be no staggered start or finish times to our school day. Therefore, from Thursday all children are to arrive at school between 8.45 and 8.55am and filter straight into classrooms where their class teacher will be waiting. Any children who are accessing our Breakfast Club can arrive at school from 7.45am. Monday to Thursday our Key Stage 1 children will finish school at 3.20pm and our Key Stage 2 children 3.25pm. The collection time on a Friday is 2.30pm for the whole school. After School Clubs will run as usual.
I would also like to confirm that our Coastal Walk will take place Sunday 5th September. Please can children bring any sponsor forms into school by the end of September and we hope to see as many of you there on Sunday.
Once again, we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 2nd September for another fun, hardworking and successful year.
Mr Appleby and staff
As you will have seen from the update earlier today, the PCR test returned a positive result. Once again, as a school we wish the child concerned a swift and speedy recovery.
As a result of the above, I can now confirm that the Year 6 Leavers Service will take place on Monday 26th July at 3:30pm. Grandparents are welcome to join parents for the service as well. Please can we ask that children arrive at school at 2:00pm so that they can practice the service and have a run through with Mrs Appleby.
Weather depending, we would still like to hold the service on the back field. Families are welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy after the service.
We are also hoping to hold a disco for the children from 5:00-7:00pm. We are just in the process of arranging this and will confirm details at a later date.
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 26th July for a lovely afternoon together and to celebrate the children’s time in our school.
FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 (via PCR test result) within our Year 5/6 class in school.
We have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until 24th July 2021 (10 days after last contact). Sunday 25th July will be the first day your child will be able to come out of isolation. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
As a parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, you may need to take time off work to look after them. If this is the case you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500. For more information please see: www.gov.uk/test-and-trace-support-payment
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and you should arrange a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test for them.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If your child has developed symptoms, all other household members must begin to self-isolate, this means staying at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
When you receive the result of your child’s PCR test, further advice will be provided via the NHS Test and Trace Service.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- 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
- keep a regular flow of fresh air into indoor areas.
Help, support, and further information.
To help you comply with the requirement to self-isolate, the County Durham Together Community Hub can provide access to essential supplies, financial support and emotional support as well as other services. Please visit durham.gov.uk/covid19help or call the Community Hub on 03000 260260 for further details.
There is also support available the coronavirus section via durhamlocate.org.uk
In light of this news the Year 6 Leavers Service will now take place on Monday 26th July at 3.30pm. Please can children arrive at school at 2.00pm on the Monday so they can have a run through of the service.
Good morning everyone,
First of all, I would like to say I am sorry for the decision I had to make yesterday. I fully appreciate and empathise with how upset and disappointed everyone will be, especially the children. Unfortunately, our hands are tied, and guidance has to be followed. I’m sure you will join me in wishing the child who has tested positive via the Lateral Flow Test, a speedy recovery.
We are currently waiting for the result of the PCR test. If the PCR test is negative and the results comes back in time, then the children and the relevant staff can return to school tomorrow and the Leavers Service can go ahead tomorrow afternoon. If the PCR test is positive, then we will rearrange the Leavers Service for Monday 26th July at 3:30pm. On this day, Year 6 children will also be able to collect all of their belongings from school. We will arrange another day for the Year 5 children to collect their belongings.
Please be rest assured that we will not let our wonderful Year 6 children leave our school without celebrating their time with us and giving them the send-off that they all deserve. I will provide an update as soon as we receive confirmation regarding the PCR result.
We have been through many tough times together over the past 18 months, but we get through them by sticking together and supporting each other. Our school community is special, and we will not let things like this beat us, we will come back stronger.
See you all soon.
We have been informed tonight that there has been a positive case of COVID-19 via a Lateral Flow Test. We have identified your child as being in a class with the child who has tested positive and therefore your child needs to self isolate until we have been notified of the confirmatory PCR test result, when we will be able to share further information. We will communicate further information as soon as possible.
Regarding the Year 6 Leavers Service, Mr Appleby will provide an update on this tomorrow as we are hoping to rearrange this event.
Thank you for your continued support.
As you are aware, on Sunday night, England are playing in their first major final for 55 years. The tournament has given our nation a much needed lift after the challenging times everyone has been through.
If your child is a football fan and is likely to be staying up late on Sunday to cheer the lads on, then please let them have a lie in on Monday. We would rather children have a good rest and come into school when they are ready rather than being tired all day.
School will begin at normal time (Breakfast Club as normal) but children arriving up to 11am will not be marked as late and will not miss any teaching and learning.
Lets get behind the nation, talk to your children about patriotism, pride, resilience and this special moment in our sporting history.
Come on England, do us proud!
The DfE has today published operational guidance to apply to schools from step 4 (currently expected to be from 19 July)
Please see a summary of the guidance below. This will come into effect when the children return on Thursday 2nd September 2021. After what has been such a difficult and challenging time for us all, I’m sure you will agree this is positive news and will allow our school community and most importantly our children, to begin to return to normality.
No more bubbles
- The guidance no longer recommends ‘bubbles’ from step 4. The guidance expressly states that this means assemblies can resume and schools no longer need to keep bubbles separate at lunchtime. In some local areas it may be necessary to reintroduce bubbles for a temporary period but this will be communicated with parents.
- This allows us to end staggered start and end times to the school day. From September all children can arrive at school between 8.45-8.55am and filter directly into classes. Monday to Thursday our Key Stage 1 children will finish school at 3.20pm and our Key Stage 2 children 3.25pm. The collection time on a Friday is 2.30pm for the whole school. Breakfast/After School Clubs will run as usual.
No more self-isolation for close contacts (children under 18)
- From 16th August 2021 children under 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if contacted by test and trace as a close contact. Instead they will be advised to take a PCR test.
- Schools will no longer be required to do close contact tracing from step 4. Close contacts will be identified by test and trace.
- Note this will not apply if the child lives in the same household as someone who is a positive case, they must then self-isolate.
No more face coverings
- Face coverings will no longer be advised for pupils, staff or visitors. These will also no longer be required on school transport. However, the wearing of a facecovering is personal choice and all visitors are welcome to do so if they wish.
- If there is an outbreak in school, public health may advise the school to temporarily re-introduce face coverings and this should be reflected in outbreak management plans.
Risk assessments and continued control measures
- School will continue to have a risk assessment in place in order to comply with health and safety law and put in place proportionate control measures. There are still control measures set out in the guidance including:-
- hand hygiene,
- respiratory hygiene,
- appropriate cleaning schedule,
- keeping rooms well ventilated
- self isolation of those with symptoms, positive cases and those with a positive case in their household
Self-isolation- when it will apply
- Pupils and staff should not come into school if they have symptoms (even if they have been vaccinated), a positive test result or are quarantining after a trip abroad. Anyone who develops Covid 19 symptoms (however mild) should be sent home to follow public health advice to self-isolate and get a PCR test. The individual’s household should then follow the public health stay at home guidance for households with a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection (this applies even if members of the household have had two doses of the coronavirus vaccine).
- School Staff will continue to undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September when this will be reviewed.
- Staff with positive LFD tests will self-isolate and get a PCR test to confirm the result.
CEV children and staff
- All previously shielding children should attend school unless there is express medical advice not to attend.
Remote education and free school meals
- School will maintain our capacity to deliver high quality remote education for the next academic year if required.
- Free school meal support will be provided to any pupils who are eligible for benefits related free school meals if they are learning at home during term time.
Education recovery and inspections
- Exam and assessment results from Summer 2021 will not be published in performance tables.
The positivity and the sense of community that we have shown throughout this time has been humbling, moving and simply gone to prove how amazing our Easington CofE family really is.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the points above, please do not hesitate to contact school and speak with Mr Appleby.
Mr Appleby and staff