COVID update 24.12.20

Dear Parents and Carers ,
unfortunately we have another child with a positive COVID test in school. The child is in SOUTHSEA class. As the test is after the 48hr contact window, the children and staff will NOT need to isolate.
I thought it was important that you should know that the symptom displayed this time is a temperature, so that you can be vigilant with your own family.
Thank you to the families who have notified us so promptly, I understand that this is a really stressful time for you.
Please continue to use the office2@yaptonschool.org email if you need to report any further cases (so that I can notify the LA, but also keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers). Please also use the office2 email if you need help in any way.
 
Take Care
Kim Huggett

COVID 19 update 22.12.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
I thought it was important to let you know that we have had 2 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Amberley class and 1 in both Portchester and Arundel class.
 
The children are well and do not have any symptoms. I felt that you should be aware that the positive cases in our children at our school so far have not displayed any symptoms.
The staff and parents of these classes have been contacted and are currently following the isolation guidance.
 
Mr Blunden is ‘fogging’ the whole school this week as part of our routine deep cleaning process. This machine disperses a sanitising mist that effectively sanitises the whole room.
 
Take Care
Kim Huggett

Message to Families 18.12.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had an amazing and festive end to our term, starting with a whole school worship on the playground yesterday, with classes sharing a Christmas message to the rest of the school.  This morning we met for our Festive Feel Good Friday (please see the photos attached) where we had a socially distanced whole school disco…….. I don’t know who was more excited, the children or the adults!
 
Chestnut Tree House Reindeer Run
Thank you to, not only the 270 reindeer that dashed the daily mile last Friday, but to their families who have helped us to raise an amazing £2,135 for this charity. This amount of money is incredible and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity. 
 
Festive Rainbow Hampers
As part of our Festive Feel Good Friday, some of our Year 6 children took responsibility for picking the 8 winning tickets for these fantastic hampers. The lucky winners have all been notified and collected their hampers today. This fundraiser has raised £571 for the children in our school to take their learning outside of the classroom.  Each class will decide how best to spend their money. Thank you to the willing team of Mums who took responsibility for this. We really appreciate their time and energy in helping us to raise such an amazing amount of money. 
 
6 day Test and Trace
Please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email. I will check it each day up to and including 24th December 20 as advised. I will notify you by parent mail if there is a reported case that directly affects your child.
The DfE is recommending that all schools make sure that their staff and parents/carers are aware of the following information and relevant arrangements regarding positive cases in the holidays:
  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
  • School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching. Where a school’s last teaching day is on Thursday 17 December, there should be no pupil contact tracing asks beyond Wednesday 23 December.
Where pupils are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 6 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term.
For the first 6 days after the end of term, schools are not asked to be on-call at all times. Staff responsible for contact tracing may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate (this can be done by text or email). The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and PHE advice service are available to support with any queries you have about positive cases in your school.
Public Health England guidance states that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
Welcome Back! Week of Wisdom
Looking forward to the start of the Spring Term on Monday 4th January 2021, we have planned a themed week based on the value of wisdom. Over the next two weeks, please collect any coloured cellophane sweet wrappers, any cards that show the 3 kings and any wrapping paper or cards that have stars on.  These can be brought into the classroom on the Monday, so that we can quarantine them before we use them. We will be creating a starry outdoor prayer space at the front of our school using the oak tree and welcome you to come and visit. 
Thank you for your support and understanding this term as we have made our way through the changing guidance and advice.  The children have been amazing and are a credit to you.
Have a fabulous festive season and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th January 2021. 
 
Take Care
Kim Huggett

6 DAY TEST & TRACE IN THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Dear Parents and Carers, 
 
6 Day Test and Trace during the Christmas Holidays 
Please see below the guidance that I have received from the Local Authority today.
Please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email and I will check it each day up to and including 24th December 20 as advised. I will notify you by parent mail if there is a reported case that directly affects your child. 
 
The DfE is recommending that all schools make sure that their staff and parents/carers are aware of the following information and relevant arrangements regarding positive cases in the holidays:
  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
  • School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching. Where a school’s last teaching day is on Thursday 17 December, there should be no pupil contact tracing asks beyond Wednesday 23 December.
Where pupils are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 6 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term.
For the first 6 days after the end of term, schools are not asked to be on-call at all times. Staff responsible for contact tracing may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate (this can be done by text or email). The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and PHE advice service are available to support with any queries you have about positive cases in your school.
Public Health England guidance states that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
 
Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.
 
Kim Huggett

Friday News for Families 11.12.20

Dear Parents and Carers ,
thank you for the amazing donations for our festive hampers, they look fabulous. We will be selling raffle tickets for these from Monday 14th December until the morning of Friday 18th December 2020. They will be on sale before and after school, either outside the school office or on our KS1 playground. We are not able to give change this year, so would ask that the correct money is brought to school. The tickets will be £1 each or £5 per strip. The money that we raise will go towards equipment for learning outside of the classroom. The money will be divided equally between the 10 classes and each class will decide how to spend their allocated money.
 
CHRISTMAS MESSY CHURCH
Please find below the link from the Christmas Messy Church from Rev Richard. He sends a warm invitation to all of our families to join in the fun.
 
STAFFING
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding particularly this week with regard to the amount of supply teachers that have been in school. We are trying to juggle keeping classes open whilst supporting staff to shield/isolate or look after family members. The class teacher leaves the planning for the supply teacher, so that the usual learning takes place.
Pevensey Class children will have the opportunity to meet Mrs Duymun on Thursday afternoon next week when she comes into school to spend time in the classroom before beginning the maternity cover for Mrs Bowles.
 
CHRISTMAS 2020
Please see attached a reminder of the festive plans that we have in place for next week…albeit very different from usual, but we plan to have fun and enjoy the last week of term. Our last day of term is Friday 18th December 2020, we will finish at our usual time.
Looking ahead to the Christmas holidays, Headteachers will be working as part of the ‘track and trace’ process for the first 6 days of the holidays. This will be up to and including Christmas Eve. I would ask that you use the office2@yaptonschool.org email for this purpose. I will send further details about this next week.
 
REINDEER RUN
The daily mile track saw 270 reindeers dashing around it today !! A few lost noses and wobbly antlers along the way…but lots of fun and raising money for such an important place in our community. Thank you to those families who have returned their envelopes already. Please can the remaining envelopes be returned next week.
 
Have a lovely weekend.
Kim Huggett

Government Winter Grant

Dear Parents and Carers
You may be aware of the Government Winter Grant which includes funding to support families with children entitled to Free School Meals.  As before, vouchers with the value of £15 per child will be issued for each of the two weeks of the Christmas Holidays and the Spring Half Term Break in February.
Vouchers are released through parents receiving a code by email and/or text message.  To avoid not receiving these codes, please can you make sure school has the correct details.  We will assume the details we have linked to ParentMail are the ones you wish the voucher codes to be sent to, unless we hear from you through office2@yaptonschool.org by Friday 11th December.
If you are in any doubt, please confirm your email address and mobile phone number.
 
Kind regards
 
Mr Hughes
Deputy Headteacher

END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS 19.12.2020

Dear Parents and Carers ,
as you may have heard, yesterday the DFE announced that schools could close on Thursday 17th December 2020 for the Christmas holidays.
I am writing to let you know that we will NOT be closing on this date but continuing as we had planned. Our last day will still be FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2020.
I have made this decision in order to ensure that the children enjoy the festive arrangements that we have in place for them and to lessen any anxiety that you as families may have regarding work and childcare.
 
Kind Regards
Kim Huggett

Weekly News for Families 4.12.20

Dear Parents and Carers,
RAINBOW HAMPERS
Thank you for your generous donations for our rainbow hamper raffle.Our last day for collecting donations is on Monday 7th December. I have attached the class colours to this parent mail.
 
COVID ISOLATION
Thank you to the families who have been in contact with us as soon as they have a family members displaying possible symptoms. If you are referred for a COVID test, you will need to isolate with all of your family until you have a negative result. We will have you children ready for you to come and collect if you need to follow this guidance.
For single families who need to isolate, Mrs Blunden will email you a Knowledge Organiser which will contain work for the children to complete. If we need to shut a class, we will use the Google Classroom platform to deliver remote learning.
 
PHONICS CHECK FOR YEAR 2 CHILDREN
The Government have requested that schools carry out the Phonics Screening Check with the children who are in our current Year 2. Ordinarily, they would have taken part in this check when they were in Year 1. This did not happen due to lockdown. A separate letter has been sent to our Year 2 parents today.
 
PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
As we begin the season of Advent, please find our prayer for December attached to this parent mail.
 
Have a lovely weekend
Kim Huggett