Symptoms, Tests and Self-Isolation – Important information for parents and carers
Newcastle City Council would like to thank you for all your efforts to date to try to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection in our community. Whilst there is more ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that life can return to a newer kind of normality during this year, we are not there yet and need your help to keep going for longer.
We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19. To do this we need your help please, by following all the advice on what to do if you or your family have symptoms, which kind of test to use when, and what is meant by self-isolation and close contacts.
Key Messages for Parents and Carers can be found on the link below.
Symptoms, Tests and Self-Isolation information
Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
As you will be aware, any pupil who is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will be required to self-isolate at home for a period of 10 days.
This may result in you needing to take time off work in order to care for your child while they remain at home, which may result in loss of income.
If you are on a low income and find yourself in this situation you may be eligible for financial support through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. You can find more information on the link below.
Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
Thank you to Parents/Carers for their commitment to home learning and their continued support with this matter. We understand children are using technology a lot within their remote learning and appreciate how challenging these current unprecedented times are becoming.
The well-being of our children, and parents/carers, will always be paramount and we thought some non-screen activities may support you in this area. Below are some non-screen activities you can do at home:
•Thank a community hero – Think of someone that helps you in some way in your local area and write them a short letter or design a card to thank them.
•Get building – Build a tower from blocks, lego, cards. Can you think of anything else?
•Start a nature diary – Look out of the window every day and keep a note of what you see. This could be birds, flowers or even changes in weather.
•Read a book – You could even create a story bag by collecting items that relate to the story, if you can’t find them you could write them down or draw them. You could create a bookmark to use when you’re reading.
•List making – Write a list of things you enjoy, list your favourite foods, your skills.
•Design and carry out your own PE lesson – This could be a Zumba class or you could create an obstacle course.
•Keep moving – Go for a walk or dance to your favourite song.
•Write your own play, you could then act it out with family members.
•Think of dates coming up – You could create a valentine’s card, who will you send yours too? You could design your own pancake recipe for Pancake Day.
•Design or play a board game.
•Write a recipe for happiness – What makes you happy?
•Imagine you need to make a cake for a special event. The cake needs to have 5 layers of different flavours – What will they be? How will you design the top?
•Create your own word search.
•If you had your own restaurant, what would it be? Would it have a theme? Design this and write about it, you could even model it.
•Grow your own – Save the seeds from something you eat and pant them to grow.
•Potion Power – Imagine you have the power to create a potion, what would you include and how would you make it?
•Get baking! You could even make your own recipe book of foods you bake.
•Tell some jokes. Can you make up some of your own?
•Make a paper aeroplane. Who can throw it the furthest?
•Quick draw – Set a timer, draw a quick doodle, and see if the other person can guess what it is before the time is up.
•Create a kindness jar – Every time someone does something kind, write it down and put it in the jar.
•Find out about an ancestor – What did they do for work, what kind of house did they live in?
•Make a time capsule. What will you include in yours?
•Make a den.
If you try any of the activities at home or have any additional ideas and would like to share them with us, please email them in and we will share them weekly on our school website. Staff will also be taking part in the non-screen activities and sharing them with you.
This COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan document sets out the decisions taken and measures put in place to prepare for the phased re-opening of the school and ensure the school continues to operate in a safe way.
To view the Risk Assessment and Action Plan document, please click the link below:
Risk Assessment Version 9
EE have partnered with the Department for Education provide 20GB of free data to disadvantaged families to support remote learning until July 2021!
BT are also offering up to 6-month free internet access to support children with home learning. Schools can identify children without internet access and request free data.
Please contact the school office via email or on 191 2625552 to let us know if you would like referred through the DfE’s Get Help with Technology programme.
For more information, please see the below link or alternatively contact the school office:
Information for parents
This is the Government’s list of Critical Workers, who are entitled to childcare in school. If after reading the guidelines – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19- maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision ) you believe you qualify then please complete the enclosed form and email the school admin (address above) by 6 o’clock today to allow school to make arrangements. We understand that your shift patterns may change regularly so please inform school of any changes, so that we can try to provide the correct staffing levels.
We will only have a limited number of Critical Worker places in school. Can I ask parents to please make use of their ‘Support Bubble’ before sending children into school.
If you choose to send your child into school, they will be put into a learning bubble. The children will carry out the same work as the children working at home. However children coming into school will not have access to Teams meetings with the rest of the children in their class.
I hope parents will try where possible to use their support bubbles as we already have a significant number of staff in self-isolation. It is important that we only offer this support to the parents that need it and that St Alban’s staff welfare is protected.
The enclosed contact details sheet is very important as school need to know they can contact parents in an emergency. School may not have the staff to isolate any child who displays any symptoms while in school; therefore you will be expected to collect your child immediately.
It is our aim to open school to Critical Worker children on Wednesday 6th January. All the details will be emailed to the parents of the children that have received a Critical Worker place.
Thank you for your support.
January 4th 2021
Please see below for the Critical Worker form:
CRITICAL WORKER CONTACT DETAIL SHEET
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.
I’m sure you will be aware of the ongoing discussions around the safety of fully reopening primary schools especially those in Tier 4 areas. The safety of our pupils and staff has always been our priority and following guidance from unions, we have made the very difficult decision not to fully reopen St Alban’s Primary School on Tuesday 5th January as planned, except for vulnerable children and those of critical key workers.
This decision is unfortunate but has to be made on the grounds of health and safety. The headteacher has a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of staff and pupils. Staff have been directed by their unions (NEU and Unison) not to attend school to take full classes at this time. This is based on advice from SAGE who believe that previous safety measures no longer apply.
Remote learning will be provided for the children for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed before January 18th. There will be more details about remote or home learning tomorrow.
As mentioned, school will be open for the children of Critical Key Workers (list here). Teachers will leading the remote learning, while support staff will be overseeing the learning of the Critical Key Workers children in school. There will be a limited number of Critical Key Workers children in each class. I would hope that parents will use their ‘support bubbles’ rather than use the Critical Key Worker places as this is safer for the children. I will send out more details about Critical Key Worker places tomorrow
I am sorry for any inconvenience caused but these are truly exceptional times. We have tried to give our families as much notice as possible, given the ever-changing and uncertain situation.
Thank you for your support in helping us to keep our school and community safe.
We’ll be in touch tomorrow with further details.
Take care and stay safe
Mr Smith Mrs C George
Headteacher Chair of Governors
3rd January 2021