Dear Families,

Another busy week gone by and we can hardly believe it – the first month of the school year finished! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Thankfully the colder weather started after our Exhall picnic, but it might be a good time to check that your child has a suitable coat and shoes. The expectation is that break and lunchtimes your children will be outside, unless the rain is torrential. They rarely feel the cold and there are so many benefits of them being in the fresh air – it also gives us time to ventilate their classrooms.  

This Week

On Friday 8th October we are supporting 'Hats on 4 Mental Health'.  Pupils will take part in fun activities, and for a minimum £1.00 donation, they are invited to come into school wearing a hat. All money raised will be donated to Coventry & Warwickshire Mind. Educaterers are also offering a special menu to support the day: Fish Fingers or Cheesy Broccoli & Sweetcorn Pasta Bake or Jacket Potato followed by Ice cream. Don’t forget they also offer a healthy range of snacks for breaktime.

Harvest Festival Collection

This year our harvest festival collection will support the Bedworth foodbank. The foodbank provides food parcels for those in our local community who are in a crisis situation. Please send donations into school by Friday 15 October 2021

 

PE

Class A - Monday & Tuesday

Class C - have Forest School on Thursday afternoons during these weeks. They arrive in their normal school uniform.

Class D - Monday & Thursday

Class E - Tuesday & Wednesday

Class F - Wednesday & Friday

Class G - Thursday & Friday

 

Don't forget, Monday 18th October the school is closed to students for its third staff training day. 

 

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have been issued to all carers/ parents, can you check the details, particularly emergency contact details, amend if necessary, sign and return so that our records are up to date.

Covid

You may be aware, like many other schools in the area, there have been a small number of confirmed Covid cases within Exhall Junior School. Any child or member of staff identified as a close contact has been informed directly. In line with the most up to date guidance close contacts do not need to change their normal routine, including school attendance. However, they are advised to have a PCR test.

The most common symptoms of COVID are:

· recent onset of a new continuous cough

· and/or a high temperature

· and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

We need you to continue to be vigilant to keep the school as safe as possible. If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available. Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or online: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test How to stop COVID-19 spreading.

Some local schools are following their own guidelines to manage cases, until we have been informed of any changes, students, and staff do not need to be absent from school waiting for their PCR test result. This is the current DfE advice, and we know after 18 months of following a different procedure this goes against what we had been told, but the DfE is very clear, attendance at school is vital, and days learning can’t be lost waiting for a result that is negative. If you have the slightest concern though that your child is unwell, not themselves etc, please keep them off school and get a PCR test.

 

Take care and stay safe.