We are very grateful to our school community for your support during the pandemic. We are doing all we can to keep the community safe, to stay open and to provide exceptional learning experiences to enable pupils to maintain expected progress. We will keep in touch with you about any closure through Class Dojo so please make sure to download the app and keep connected.
Helping us all to stay safe
As parents you can really help us by remembering HANDS - FACE - SPACE
You can also help us by:
- minimising your own possible exposure to COVID-19 risks.
- not entering the school site if you have symptoms of COVID-19 - these include a new prolonged cough, a loss of taste or smell or a fever
- wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in the school lines at the start and end of your child's school day.
- maintaining our year group bubbles as much as possible, do not allow your child to mix in the line / at home with children from other year groups
- communicating with us via phone, email and Class Dojo - the school office is largely closed to visitors
- not entering the school building, but if you have to, use alcohol gel on your hands, wear a mask at all times and register on our entry system / NHS App (see the poster at our entrances)
- keeping in touch with us if any member of the family becomes infected with COVID-19
Testing for Coronavirus
You can be tested for Cornovirus at home with a test kit or at a testing site.
Click here for testing information: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you are a keyworker, please make sure to register your details with us. This can help you gain childcare in the event of school closures, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a Google Form to register.
Learning at home
During the pandemic we will have children who are at home because:
- they are shielding
- they have been infected with the virus
- a family member or contact has become infected
- they have been advised to stay at home by the NHS
- their class or year group bubble have been sent home due to a possible infection in school
- schools in the local area, including St Cecilia's, have been closed as part of a local lockdown
In all of the cases above we expect learning to continue, during term time, through our online learning programmes. Please contact your child's teacher to connect with them over home learning. We do not expect children who are poorly with the virus to continue learning at home.
Communicating learning tasks with you
Since the first pandemic lockdown we have asked teachers to continue sending the weekly homework home through Dojo and Google Classroom, this will help families to maintain online learning skills.
Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 receive learning tasks through their parents on Class Dojo, you might find this video useful, it tells you all about how to receive and edit the worksheets you will receive:
Children in Years 2-6 receive their learning on Google Classroom. Please make sure that you have your child's login details ready to hand so that learning can commence without delay.
As a parent, if you are unsure about your own skills on Class Dojo or Google Classroom, we ask you to check out the large number of training videos for parents on Google Search, we've included this one for Google Classroom:
If you need help with login details contact email@example.com. Mr Burke and Mrs Saunders manage the Google Domain at school and are the only staff members who can reset passwords.
Many families are asking us about the Chromebooks that we use in school. They are Lenovo Transformer touchscreens with 4gb Ram and 32gb disk drive, they can fold over and become like an iPad with a touchscreen. We do recommend 64gb disk drive if you can find one. Chromebooks can be found in many stores and online, including Argos, PC World and John Lewis.
Information from the UK Government
Any COVID-19 information received from the Government and additional information will be placed in this section of the website for your reference.
- Guidance to schools on second national lockdown in November 2020
- Fully Reopening Schools in September 2020
- What to do if we believe a child may have COVID-19 in school
- Getting a test for COVID-19
- Guidance for parents of children attending out of school settings
- Guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection
- Guidance for Early Years settings
Helping Children Understand COVID19
There are lots of videos online for different ages. It's best to view them first, before sharing with your child. This can be a worrying time for children, keep in touch with us if you feel that your child is particularly affected, we can support you through our pastoral care team.
Contact us at anytime about any issue, concern or compliment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for all your amazing support and all the beautiful comments of thanks that we have received, we really appreciate our wonderful school community at times like this.