Dear Parents and Carers 
March is here and we are ready to SPRING BACK 2 SCHOOL next week! 
Don’t forget we are celebrating World Book Day on Monday. The children can come dressed up or in their home clothes with a book of their choice.
Wednesday next week is our Outdoor Classroom Day where we will be taking our learning outside.  The children will need not need to wear their school uniform but be dressed for whatever the weather has in store for us.
The prayer for the month of March is on our school website.  As the new spring season begins, the prayer helps us to reflect on the theme of renewal.
It has been really helpful for Mr Hughes and I to meet with families on our weekly Tuesday Chats.  These will continue for the rest of this term.  Next week’s meeting will need to be on Monday 8th March, as we have a governor’s meeting to attend.  Details of the Zoom meeting will be sent out on Monday morning.
We have received some information from the DfE regarding LFTs for families.  Please see below:

Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college

NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. 
Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. You should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Secondary school and college students will continue to access testing through their school or college. 
Please share the information below with your parent networks to help answer any questions they may have.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. 
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. 
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other. 
Have a lovely weekend. 
Wrap up warm if you go for a family walk!
Take care
Kim Huggett

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