I am sure that your children have enjoyed their first full week back and are now settled into routines again. The atmosphere in the classrooms is one of purpose and enjoyment and the children continue to impress with their engagement and enthusiasm.

Due to Covid, where we have had staff absences we have done our best to source quality supply cover absence, or cover in-house. This has been quite a challenge at times, as I am sure you have seen in the media that there is a lack of available supply teachers. Again, please chat through this issue with your child so they are prepared for change – we will do our best to keep your children, and yourself,  informed.

We are continuing with our daily cleaning routines, hygiene strategies within the classrooms including regular hand washing, ventilating as much as possible and trying to maintain some social distancing where we can.

 

Attendance

We have recently been undertaking a review of individual children’s attendance at school. As you will be aware, good attendance at school is vital for all children to reach their academic potential and the Department of Education recommend a target of 96% as a measure of good attendance.

Where children have attendance below 90% they are classed as ‘persistently absent’. There have been many complicating factors regarding school attendance over the past 20 months or so, but it is important that we work together with parents where attendance is a concern. So that you are all clear, where attendance is low due to a positive case of COVID, we just log the incident.

We will carry on issuing letters to inform carers/ parents where their child’s attendance is low (non-COVID related) or where a child has a significant amount of unauthorised absences. These letters are initially just for your information so that we can work together to improve the attendance of your child / children. The DfE and the Local Authority do require schools to take actions where attendance of individual pupils is a concern.

However, attendance generally across the school is very good and I would like to recognise this.

PCR Testing

The following is an update from the Department for Education, sent out on Tuesday, 11 January. This may be of use and interest to you as well, as we all try to keep abreast of the many changes to the rules:

Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests

 

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from today, Tuesday 11 January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and students who have tested and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.

This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. We therefore don’t need to ask people to do a confirmatory PCR unless they:

* have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)

* wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment

* have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group

* have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

Arrangements for PE and Forest School, December 2021 – 10th  February 2022

Students will need to come into school in their PE and Forest School kit on their specified PE days. These are as follows:

Class A Monday & Tuesday

Class C Monday & Thursday

Class D Tuesday & Friday

Class F Wednesday & Thursday

Class G Wednesday & Friday

Class E will have Forest School on Thursday afternoons during these weeks, can all students arrive in their Forest School kit but wearing their school sweatshirt/ cardigan – they can change this before the session starts to something more appropriate.

Approved PE kit is as follows:

· Plain black or navy blue shorts or skorts.

· Plain white or navy logo round neck t-shirt.

· School jumper or cardigan.

· Plain black or navy tracksuit bottoms.

Please note that we will not be allowing:

· Hoodies · Bright coloured tracksuits/shorts · Patterned t-shirts · Football kits

 

This week – Please note that all local inter-school competitions has been suspended due the current Covid risk.

Thurs - Y3 Warwickshire Sing! programme

Friday – Pride Assembly, please let us know if your child has excelled in an activity outside of school.

 

Take care.