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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Covid 19 Information

Covid Advice: Symptoms Checker

  • If your child has symptoms of coronavirus, they should not go to school. They should take a PCR test – not a lateral flow device test – and they should self-isolate pending the result of that test. Lateral flow device tests are only for people who show no symptoms of having the virus.
  • If your child is identified as a close contact, including if someone in your household tests positive, they should take a PCR test. However, unless they have symptoms of coronavirus, they are not required to stay off school while they wait for the test results.
  • If your child tests positive with a routine lateral flow device test, they should stay at home and arrange a PCR test. They should isolate whilst awaiting the result of the PCR test. If the PCR test is positive, they should continue self-isolating. If the PCR test is negative, they can return to school, but they should continue to routinely take the lateral flow device tests twice a week.

Parents/Carers Questions and Answers Updated 17th September 2021

Covid-19 guidance September 2021 Risk Assesmnet

September 2021 re-opening arrangements (updated 07/09/2021)

Return to Education Primary School Leaflet - 26th August 2021

September 2021 re-opening information

 

Update: 1st September 2021: As Devon and Cornwall have been designated an Enhanced Response Area (ERA) following the spike in cases over the summer break, we have received additional guidance. 

Our plans can mostly go ahead as we expected for “normal opening”  I'm just in the process of reading and relooking at plans sent out and will update accordingly but parents and carers are now being asked to wear face masks when dropping off and picking up whilst the ERA is in place (inititally for 5 weeks). Staff are required to wear face masks in communal areas of the school, but not in classrooms. We also encourage the whole family to take part in twice-weekly lateral flow testing for this period. Free tests are available online. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding!

Miss Tottle 

 

 

Parents Update 19th July 2021 - Contact Tracing

Schools' COVID-19 advice to parents and carers - June 2021

Remote learning Statutory Information: 

Updated Feb 2021

Please consider this information alongside our Remote Learning Policy (available on this page.)

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

In the first instance pupils will be directed to the learning platform for their year group,  (Tapestry for Foundation Stage and year 1 and Google Classroom for all other year groups.) There will be some work loaded specifically for the individual here. 

Pupils will also be able to access Reading Planet for their reading and for the Juniors they will be directed to use Times Tables Rockstars. 

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Teachers should ensure that online learning is in line with the curriculum they are teaching in class and differentiated appropriately.  Where possible learning should be a continuation of what is being taught in class. We try to set children PE activities which they can do as an individual and within the home/ garden environment. 

Music lessons will be set via the Charanga website, this is often used in school. 

 

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, there will be a minimum of three hours of learning set for each school day. In years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, there will be a minimum of four hours of learning. 

English, maths and at least two other subjects will be provided for each school day. Times Table Rock Stars, spelling activities, reading etc. can be given as additional activities. These subjects and activities provided may look different in Foundation Stage and Year 1. A daily phonics session must be provided for Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils.

Parents will be issued with a timetable for the week showing the different lessons and activities for each day of the week. This will be available by 8pm on the Sunday before the start of the week at the latest.

Work will be uploaded for the prior to the week starting with amendments made according to outcome of other work or notification of technical issues.

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom/ Tapestry depending on year group. 

All pupils have access to Reading Planets to access reading material. Pupils in the juniors have access to Times Tables Rock Stars. 

Children can also access Charanga for music provision. 

All pupils have passwords – these can be requested from the office if forgotten or lost. The school has a full time IT technician that can be emailed during school opening hours to provide technical support/ passwords. 

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

The school has a dedicated email address Covid19@stmarysce.co.uk for parents to contact the Headteacher to identify any issues with digital/ online access. The School has purchased 12 Acer Tablets that can be loaned out to families; It also has 30 Chromebooks which can be loaned out, these were purchased by the school via a Grant from Bideford Bridge Trust. The school has also been allocated 27 Devices from the DFE, these are also currently loaned out to families. We have 12 further devices due to arrive in school soon. The School also loans out internet routers, with Vodaphone SIM cards in to support as many families as possible.  There is a clear loan agreement signed by all parties, copies are kept on file in the headteacher's office and one is given to the family. 

There are some families who do receive paper packs of work, this is currently done as a last resort or as part of specialist provision for pupils with additional needs. This work can be dropped into the school office and new work collected by prior arrangement with the year group staff and the school office. 

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

Parents will be issued with a timetable for the week showing the different lessons and activities for each day of the week. This will be available by 8pm on the Sunday before the start of the week at the latest.

English, maths and at least two other subjects will be provided for each school day. Times Table Rock Stars, spelling activities, reading etc. can be given as additional activities. These subjects and activities provided may look different in Foundation Stage and Year 1. A daily phonics session must be provided for Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils.

There is at least one google meet session booked in for each year group each week. 

In Foundation Stage there will also be 1 to 1 reading sessions offered. 

There is at least one Guided reading session live teach session also timetabled. 

Pupil's work will be either editable Google Docs or Powerpoints to reduce the need for printing. 

Teachers will provide Maths videos to support learning, these may be one recorded by themselves or from White Rose. Other commercial websites may also be promoted to support learning, this does not replace the learning but provides supplementary support an example is the BBC Bitesize website. 

Teachers will start each day with a welcome message/ video which will outline the day and any other significant information. 

Parents have been informed of the teacher responsible for remote learning over set weeks and can email them as per our normal email operations. Parents should expect a response within 24hours. 

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Contact with pupils who are not in school and their parents will predominantly be through Google Classroom/ Tapestry In the first case of parents having a question about their child’s work they should use the message function on Google Classroom/ Tapestry. 

Parents have been informed of the remote learning expectations and the specific expectations regarding work submission and code of conduct in Google Meets and Live teaching sessions, Parents have signed a google form to acknowledge their understanding and agreement with these expectations. 

Staff during their contact calls may also speak about these expectations. 

Some of our basic expectations are:

Attending virtual meetings with staff, parents and pupils – cover details like:

  • Dress appropriately for the meeting
  • Use an appropriate location for the virtual meeting – (e.g., avoid areas with background noise, nothing inappropriate in the background, if discussing sensitive information ensure no one else in room)
  •  Have at least 2 members of staff in the meeting if with pupils. (or the child’s adult)

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

 

Contact with pupils who are not in school and their parents will predominantly be through Google Classroom/ Tapestry In the first case of parents having a question about their child’s work they should use the message function on Google Classroom/ Tapestry, work set will have deadlines for submission. 

Parents have been informed of the teacher responsible for remote learning over set weeks and can email them as per our normal email operations. Parents should expect a response within 24hours.

Parents and children will also be telephoned once a week as a form of contact call to check in with the family. One member of support staff from each year group has this role. They have been given scripted guidance. Brief notes of the conversation are recording on the contact calls log sheets, these are stored on the shared server so can be accessed by teachers and Leadership team. Actions and other notes are also recorded on this. 

Daily monitoring of engagement will take place via the form completed by the class teacher, this is on the shared drive so can be accessed by leadership for their information.

If pupils are not engaging with the work, the teacher providing the remote learning must contact the parents via email or phone call (withholding their number) to establish the reason behind this and to offer support. 

If this contact does not resolve the issue then it must be forwarded onto the headteacher to contact the parents.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Work submitted will be marked and commented upon before returning to the pupils, this will be done by either the class teacher or a member of support staff. 

Work marked will be given a comment often in the same style as our school feedback and marking policy 'pink/ green comment'

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

Any child with additional needs will be appropriately supported by the class teacher, support staff or resources sent. 

These provisions are made on a case by case basis by the class teacher in consultation with the AHT for SEN or the Headteacher. 

Some examples are specific resources, Google meets between an SEN child, their parent and their class TA. 

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where possible the self isolating child will be provided with the work and resources that the children on site are using, there will be minimal differences to ensure the child can reconnect with their class learning once the period of self isolation is over. 

Covid testing: 

We know many people across the country are struggling to get covid tests.

Please follow this advice: 

Below is a list of Covid-19 symptoms from the BBC website.  A link to the full article including a video about what the symptoms are is available by clicking here.
Below are some documents and links about Covid 19 and our current procedures within school.

Arrival and leaving Times

 

Year group

 Start time

Entrance

Finish time

Exit

Foundation stage

8:35am

Main gate

3:00pm

Main gate

Year 1

8:45am

Field

3:10pm

Field

Year 2

8:35am

Field

3:00pm

Field

Year 3

8:45am

Main gate

3:10pm

Main gate

Year 4

8:55am

Main gate

3:20pm

Main gate

Year 5

8:55am

Field

3:20pm

Field

Year 6

8:30am

Field

2:55pm

Field

All Muddy Boots

8:45am

Field

3:10pm

Field

PE days

 As previously mentioned, children will need to wear their PE kit to school on the days they have their PE lessons. We appreciate that shorts might not be the most comfortable to wear all day as the weather gets colder, therefore children can wear black, grey or navy tracksuit trousers or leggings. The children will have all of their PE sessions for the time being outside so please also ensure appropriate footwear such as trainers are worn.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 1

Year 2

Year 4

Year 6

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 3

Year 5

Year 1

Year 2

Year 6

 



 
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