St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School has worked really hard to comply with the government advice to make our school as safe as possible whilst maintaining a happy, inspiring learning environment.
We regularly review our Risk Assessment and you can read the latest version here (most recent update 25.01.21).
One of the ways that parents can support us to maintain this is by following the advice below and keeping your child at home if they display any symptoms of coronavirus and getting tested as soon as possible. If your child develops symptoms at school and you have difficulty booking a test please speak to Miss Coleman.
Please read this letter from Russell Styles, Director of Public Health for Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea and Sarah Newman, Executive Director of Children’s Services for Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea which schools have been asked to share with parents.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you or your child has coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.
If your child is not displaying the above symptoms, but is unwell for example with an upset tummy, please keep them home, as always so they can recover and not pass this onto others. However if your child is not displaying symptoms but has a runny nose or common cold, they may come to school,
If your child is displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms described above, testing is now available for all ages (including the under 5s). If children report symptoms, parents should apply to have a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. These are available for all ages (including the under 5s) and online via the NHS portal https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or by calling 119.(119 is the new Covid number for NHS Test and Trace. 111 is still the number for all other non-emergencies.)
COVID-19 Help & Advice –Please complete this form if your child or some in your household has symptoms
This form will help you with what action to take if your child is ill or if someone in your household is ill. It does not offer medical advice. Consult your GP or Call NHS 111 for medical advice. It is essential that all families complete the information if they or a member of their household displays any symptoms. It is very important that the school is kept up to date and informed at every stage. Thank you.
COVID Alert Levels
The government has introduced a tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England – medium, high and very high. London is currently on TIER 4: STAY AT HOME alert level.
The government has prioritised ensuring all children can attend school safely, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. The tiers of restriction for education and childcare, summarised in annex 3 of the Contain Framework and in guidance on higher education, are not in scope of the Local COVID Alert Level framework. Decisions on any restrictions necessary in education or childcare settings are taken separately on a case-by-case basis in the light of local circumstances, including information about the incidence and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Schools are currently only open for Nursery, the children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils.
Remote Learning Plan
We have developed a Remote Learning Plan in case a class or Bubbles needs to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home. A summary of this is below. Building on our previous experience, we have moved to the use of Google Classrooms. This enables children to have daily interaction with the class team and the use of video explanations of the tasks by the classteacher. To support those families with limited devices we have purchased Chromebooks that pupils can borrow. However, as much as the technology is essential, we have looked to provide activities that can be completed away from the screen, with lots of reading and written work to be completed in books as well as physical activities that can be completed indoors. The work set matches the school curriculum and tries to mirror the school day so there is consistency and routine, and it will be easier to return to school after the designated period of remote learning.
Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to our COVID Fund-your donations have benefitted everyone in our school family and helped us to ensure that our remote learning offer is ready immediately and addresses the needs of our school community.
What is Coronavirus?
For all of us, COVID-19 , sometimes referred to as Coronavirus , can be difficult to understand. There are a number of different ways of trying to explain this virus to children, and to show that there are measures they can take to keep safe.