Happy Friday Everyone!
The children continue to settle brilliantly into the new routines of school life. It is a real blessing to be able to watch them learning, playing and socialising together. Whilst there are still some children who are struggling with a full school day, the majority are managing well owing to the time given for ‘brain breaks’ which help to break up longer periods of learning.
We are keen for children to go back to normal school working patterns and this includes having a good bedtime routine and completing work which has been sent home for completion. Some children seem to be continuing with quite late bedtimes or spending long periods playing online games or watching ‘You Tube’, this is meaning they are not adequately rested for the school day. We would recommend that children go to bed with a book to read, rather than a phone or tablet, this will help them ‘strive for five’ and is more likely to result in a better night of sleep.
As you are aware, we are doing all we can to keep our school Covid-secure. We want to be able to continue to provide education within our building, as we know this is the most effective way to ensure pupil progress and better for pupil wellbeing. As parents and carers, you can help with this by following the rules on social distancing and ensuring your child also follows these when they are outside school. Large groups of children from a number of schools have been seen in the local parks and outdoor spaces and I am concerned that these not only break the ‘rule of six’ but could increase the likelihood of a local outbreak and lockdown.
Please do not sent your child to school if they have coronavirus symptoms, they should isolate for 10 days and seek a test using the NHS 119 system. We recognise that children often get coughs and temperatures and it is difficult for those of us who are not health professionals to judge whether these are linked to a coronavirus infection. Your GP surgery may be able to provide some assistance but also to clarify, here is the guidance from the NHS website:
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, stay safe and healthy,