12 Mar Coronavirus Latest
Update Friday 20th March:
From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except
- Children of Critical Workers
- Vulnerable children
The official government guidance on this is available here:
The government has published a list of critical workers:
Message from our Chair of Governors
We understand that this is a very anxious and stressful time and that families have many arrangements to make with regards to childcare next week. I am currently in school at the moment working closely with the Leadership Team to make plans for these arrangements.
Our staff are working flat out to ensure appropriate provision and care is put in place for the children.
Unfortunately I now must request that all parents who have already contacted us, to stop subsequent contact to the school office to allow us sufficient time to finalise these arrangements.
Once again, a member of the Leadership Team will get back to you at the very earliest opportunity. Please be patient and thank you for your ongoing cooperation.
Mrs J Earl
Chair of Governors
Key Worker Update:
Message from our Chair of Governors
If you have already notified us by email of your Key Worker status and have not yet had a response, please bear with us at this extremely busy time. A member of the Leadership Team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss this further. We ask that phone calls to the office to follow this up are minimised where at all possible, as responding to these calls is further adding to the delay. We will get back to you at the earliest possible opportunity. Thank you for your patience.
Our staff have worked incredibly hard, under immense pressure and at very short notice, to prepare work for your child to do at home during the planned closure. If your child is in school today, they will bring their work pack home tonight.
For those children not currently at school, your child’s pack can be collected from the Community Room door with immediate effect until 3.20pm. Please be aware that you will be required to wait outside on the car park as we distribute these packs to you, therefore your patience and cooperation will be greatly appreciated. Please also be mindful of social distancing as you wait and our staff will get to you as quickly as they can.
If you are not able to get to school before school closes, please feel free to make arrangements with other friends or family who may be able to collect work on your behalf.
In addition to this work, please remember there are many really good links and resources available for your child, which we have posted previously here: Learning at Home
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this difficult time.
Urgent Update @ 12:38
Update 20th March @ 08:50
The government has finally released the official list of those occupations considered “key workers” and therefore eligible for their children to remain at school after today.
If you have not yet done so, we urge you to email the school at: firstname.lastname@example.org before midday today. If you believe your occupation comes under any of these categories please get in touch urgently to allow us to make plans. Please write KEY WORKER in in the subject of your email.
Further information to follow this morning.
Update 18th March @ 21:31
Thank you for your patience in the current uncertain situation.
Following today’s announcements from the government, please be aware that school will continue to be open as normal Thursday and Friday of this week and will close at 3.20pm on Friday until further notice.
Those families which we know are classed as “key workers” will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss this situation further. We would ask any families who we may not be aware are employed by any key services to contact the school office, where we will arrange a call back by a senior member of staff to discuss this further.
We do not have any information on how the voucher system at this point in time, but we will let all eligible parent/carers know by text once we have been informed how the new system is proposed to work.
We ask parents/carers to keep checking here for updated information. Once we know a date for school to reopen fully we will communicate this to all.
If you have not yet already done so, please ensure to check our Home Learning page for lots of resources to allow your child to continue their education during this period.
Mrs J.M. Goodfellow
Please note: Karate Club is now cancelled on Friday evening. After-school Tea Time club will continue as normal until 5.30pm.
Children and Staff should stay at home if they or anyone in their household have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days from when the symptoms developed.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days.
Stay At Home Guidance
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
If you still have symptoms after 7 days
After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.
If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.
If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Update 17th March 2020 – : Clubs & School Events
We are making the following changes in school based on the governments latest update. These apply until further notice:
- **Update** Parents Evening 1st April 2020 – Cancelled
- **Update** Year 4 Swimming lessons – Dunston Pool have confirmed lessons will continue as normal.
- All educational visits/school trips are cancelled
- Toddler group is cancelled
- Assemblies are not taking place in school
- Dance festival is cancelled
- Gymnastics after school club is cancelled – due to staffing issue
- Multiskills after school club is cancelled – due to staffing issue
- Yoga – Will continue as normal – In the event that school does close, KalmaBaby will be streaming some classes via the internet – please visit Facebook.com/KalmaBabyGateshead for more details on this of/when required.
- Karate Club – is cancelled
- Spanish – Will continue as normal.
- Breakfast and Tea Time Club are still going ahead as normal so any child who has had an activity cancelled can go in to our tea time club. Please inform the office if you need you child to be included.
Please check back regularly for updates. We will update this page as often as possible should the situation change.