Albion Primary School

Coronavirus Covid-19

SCHOOL OPENING
2ND JULY 2020

SCHOOL OPENING FOR YEARS 2, 3, 4 AND 5

Following  the successful return of our Nursery, Reception,  Year 1 and Year 6 classes, we are pleased to inform  you that we will be giving children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 the opportunity  to come  into school to round off this academic  year, and give them  a chance to look forward to September. 

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School Opening for Years 2, 3, 4 and 5

LAST DAY OF TERM
2ND JULY 2020

END OF TERM FOR NURSERY, RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 6 BUBBLES

As we get closer to the end of term, I have made the decision to give other year groups (years 2, 3, 4 and 5) the opportunity to come into school before the end of the term to touch base with the Albion team and to round off their academic year. This can only be accomplished by closing the current Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 bubbles.

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End of Term for N, R, Y1 and Y6 Bubble

Nursery BUBBLE
18TH JUNE 2020

SCHOOL REOPENING TO NURSERY PUPILS TO PREPARE FOR TRANSITION TO RECEPTION

As you know, we are constantly reviewing our situation, with safety being the priority, and now we can offer capacity to some of our nursery pupils. We are prioritising the older children who will join Reception in September. Younger pupils who have a further year to experience nursery will not be able to return before the school holidays. Before I explain arrangements, I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their understanding, cooperation, patience and support through this period of uncertainty and difficulty...

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Nursery Bubble Opening

To assist us in the planning of our provision further, please complete the google form


https://forms.gle/kc1NC5pqLUHmoP6P9

WHAT A WONDERFUL START FOR year 1
17TH JUNE 2020

REOPENING

Since writing to you last at the end of May, we have seen the return of Reception pupils, Year 6 pupils, an increased number of keyworker children and now yesterday have seen the successful return of our Year 1 pupils. Welcome back Year 1! Social distancing was strange for the children but as the day went on they were getting better at it.

The children returning to school have been organised into smaller ‘bubbles’ with each year group starting and finishing at staggered intervals to ensure that appropriate social distancing can be maintained. The children also had access to a video the Year 1 teachers created to assist them with returning back to school...

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Reopening to Year 1 letter

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and would like your child to return to school, please click on the link below and complete the form. We will come back to you with a start date (all depends on the available spaces in the bubbles).

https://forms.gle/jZ7KvvGvWAuLKHhZ7

What a wonderful start for reception
5th June 2020

REOPENING

Our Reception children and our Keyworker children had a great week. The school felt alive again. We were very strict with our social distancing rules, cleaning and keeping our children safe. The children understood the reasons why and also reminded us about the rules. 

Information regarding sending children into school, meals and school uniform will be published very soon. 

TOGETHER WE ARE ONE!

In this current climate of dismay, children at Albion have worked hard at home to send a message to each other through song. The message can be used to tell the world that we are better together rather than divided. The message shines through in our Albion Anthem 'Together We Are One!'.

Thank you to Ellie, our music teacher, who organsied the children and edited the video. It is wonderful to see the children come together to be a part of something special. Well done Albion!

Thank you to Bonnie-Blue, Eleni, Denny, Scarlett, Heidi, Ruby Tuesday, Eboni, Josiah, Henry, Elsa, Clemence, Soton, Cara, Gabriel, Maria, Joel, Adaellah, Elijah, Alvin, Leonardo, Rodina, Shekhinah and Charley. You are all stars!

 

 

coming back to school in a bubble!
30TH MAY 2020

EASING CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

We will shortly be reopening school to specific year groups. To assist children with this step we  are sharing a short book online written and illustrated by Kezia Matthews from Shere Infant School and Nursery. We have asked parents/carers to read the book with their child before they come back to school. You too can read the book by clicking on the image below.

Coming back to school in a bubble!

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
27th MAY 2020

ARRANGEMENTS FOR POSSIBLE REOPENING OF SCHOOL 

Since the government’s announcement that primary schools could reopen for certain year groups (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6) on Monday 1st June (at the earliest), we have been working hard to take the necessary steps to be ready for their safe return. We will open only if the government confirms that their five key tests justify taking this step.

Please be assured that our main priorities are to:

  • Ensure a happy return to school for children;
  • Protect and restore the mental health of our pupils;
  • Ensure a safe and hygienic school environment for our pupils, staff and parents/carers.

Attendance

It is vital that parents/carers complete the online attendance form by Friday 29th May 11am by clicking the link below:

https://forms.gle/jZ7KvvGvWAuLKHhZ7

Once we receive pupil numbers, we will contact families individually to let you know when your child can come in.

To read the letter in full, click here.

Arrangements for reopening the school infographics for parents/carers

Home School Agreement Covid-19

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
22nd MAY 2020

POSSIBLE REOPENING OF SCHOOL TO MORE PUPILS IN JUNE

As you know Albion Primary School has remained open during the Covid 19 emergency for children who need specific support and for the children of key workers.  Following the request from Government, we are now planning to open the school more widely in a phased way for children in the following Years:

  • Reception - from 2 June 2020
  • Year 6 - from 8 June 2020
  • Year 1 - from 15 June 2020

Our prime objective is to ensure the interests and safety of our staff and families and we must also stress that our plans could change in light of further advice from the Government on 28 May 2020. 

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
20TH May 2020

SCHOOL PHASED REOPENING

We know you have seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe to do so. We are currently risk assessing and planning how this could work at Albion following consultation with parents. It will not be business as usual. We will write to you detailing our plans very soon. Safety for all is our key priority.
 
As you know, we have remained partially open to a small number of children. These children will continue to come to school and do not need to do anything further. We may be able to offer additional keyworker children places, following a tiered system that prioritises health and social care and education and childcare workers.  If you are a keyworker able to work from home, it remains safest for your child to stay at home.

For Keyworker letter click here.

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
13TH May 2020

STAFF PHOTO MESSAGE

To our pupils and the wider Albion Primary School community - we are thinking of you.

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
11TH May 2020

POSSIBLE REOPENING OF SCHOOL LETTER

We know you have seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.

We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
30TH APRIL 2020

NEWSLETTER - POST COVID-19

Welcome to our April newsletter. We hope that you had a restful Easter break, despite the unusual situation. It is so nice to phone families and speak to the children as we continue to keep the Albion community and spirit going. Although we are still able to see a few children in school, we are really missing all of you at home!

The teachers are revising their ways of providing learning ideas to the children. I hope you are also enjoying my video stories, they are fun!

Please remember we are all here for you so if you need support with anything please let us know. There are many ways to keep in touch with us, see email addresses in this newsletter. Stay Home, Stay Safe.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
24th APRIL 2020

SOUTHWARK'S FREE HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS

New arrangements for school lunches for those children not eligible for free school meals (FSM) from next week.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
21st APRIL 2020

MAGIC BREAKFAST

I am pleased to say that our partnership with Magic Breakfast still continues. They have provided food for targeted families.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
16TH APRIL 2020

STAY STRONG, THINGS WILL GET BETTER. IT MIGHT BE STORMY NOW, BUT IT CAN'T RAIN FOREVER

It has been wonderful speaking to some of the families, witnessing some children’s interaction with remote learning and watching the children within the building promoting social distancing. I want to thank you all once again for the support and understanding given to the school during these challenging times.

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NHS Update Message

Coronavirus A book for children

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

 

• What is the coronavirus?

• How do you catch the coronavirus?

• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?

• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?

• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?

• Why are some places we normally go to closed?

• What can I do to help?

• What’s going to happen next?

Coronavirus A book for children

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
9th APRIL 2020

SCHOOL MEALS - NATIONAL VOUCHER SCHEME

I hope you are all well and staying safe at home. I wanted to let you know about arrangements for school lunches for those children eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the Easter Break. Before I can do that I would like to clarify what FSM means as there has been confusion with this term.

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Free School Meals Guidance

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
1st April 2020

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

We hope families are keeping themselves safe in this climate.
Parents/Carers will have been emailed usernames and passwords for their child to  access Google Classroom. Google Classroom is not only new to children but new to staff so there are going to be teething problems. If there are any issues, please use the generic year group email address to inform the class teacher so we can rectify the matter as soon as possible.

We have created a tutorial of how to log into Google Classroom. 

How to login to Google Classroom

Google Classroom

NATIONAL VOUCHER SCHEME

Children eligible for free school meals (FSM) will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. This is for term time only. It is also only for families who are currently in receipt of FSM, families who are currently receiving the following:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

For more information click here. 

This is to start after Easter holidays. As we have only received the guidance from the government, we have to ensure we have put the necessary arrangements in place in order for the families to receive their vouchers.

 

uPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
27TH MARCH 2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

With our continued service to provide support to children who are/have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM), this week we have been offering packed lunches made by our catering company ISS.

From next week, Monday 30th March 2020, we are offering Tesco vouchers which can be redeemed at any Tesco store for food for your child. The voucher will come in the form of an e-code and sent to you via your email address.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
26TH MARCH 2020

REMOTE LEARNING

I hope that you and your children are managing to cope as well as you can during these very uncertain times. I also hope that you are staying healthy and enjoying spending much quality time with each other, despite the unanticipated nature of the position that you now find yourselves in.

In terms of the work that has been set for your child, I would like to give you our school’s position on this and hopefully, offer you some reassurance. We are experiencing an unprecedented emergency situation that is adversely impacting on the whole world so having a sense of perspective is hugely important.

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UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
19TH MARCH 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Following the government’s announcement, schools have been instructed to close to almost all children in England from after school this Friday 20 March until further notice.

We completely support the government’s approach to close school for most children but make special provision for the children of key workers and more vulnerable children. We have quickly identified parents/carers within Albion who the government  has identified as key workers (for example NHS frontline workers, the police and supermarket delivery drivers). This was in order for us to understand how many children will be expected to attend so we can plan our staffing accordingly. All relevant parents/carers have been contacted and know that their children can attend school.

All other children will need to stay at home, please do not send your child to school on Monday.

Update for parents/carers:
17th March 2020

The government and Public Health England have issued an update on social distancing on 16th March. Follow the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Public Health England now advise any pupil or parent/carer and staff:

  • if you, or any member of your household, have symptoms of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.

  • you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

We kindly ask that if your child (or any member of your household) is unwell with a new and persistent cough, a temperature of 37.8 or higher or difficulty breathing then it is recommended for the entire household to self-isolate for 14 days as this covers the incubation period.  

The latest guidance also makes provision for those most vulnerable to distance themselves from others. As you would expect, these social distancing measures will affect our staff and their families as well as our pupils and their families.

In order to limit social contact where possible, we are pausing any trips out of school for children, cancelling assemblies and workshops and courses for staff until further notice.

Our enhanced cleaning regime will continue as well as rigorous handwashing measures for all pupils, staff and visitors.

update for parents/carers:
march 15th 2020

You may be aware that the government met last week to review its response to the Covid-19 virus.

While they confirmed new measures have now been put in place, most importantly the government confirmed that:

  • UK schools should remain open and continue to operate normally at this time

Albion Primary School will continue to follow the government’s advice and will remain open until we are advised otherwise.

At present there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Albion. 

Please ensure you are familiar with the detail of the most up to date Public Health England advice which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degree and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Families who may recently have travelled abroad should make absolutely certain they are following the Public Health England guidance for returning travellers.

The government did announce an additional measure for schools that means:

  • School trips abroad will not be permitted - schools affected by this will be cancelling trips and keeping parents informed of all arrangements. 

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work or school.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or catch with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Handwashing

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance.

We will continue to update you on the situation as new announcements are made by the government and want to reassure you that Albion is preparing for all possible scenarios:

Home learning

We have various online platforms, for example Mathletics and Timetables Rock Stars,  that can be used to provide work to children at home. As you would expect, we are drawing up plans should home learning become necessary. We will explain what is on offer and how to access it at that time.

Domestic trips, school events and sports fixtures

All domestic trips and school events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You will be kept informed of any changes to published events in the school calendar with as much notice as is possible.

Advice for all visitors to our school

We have reinforced some basic hygiene principles and introduced additional measures, so please do not take offence if you are asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizing gel on visiting us. We would also remind visitors of the hygiene message, “catch it, bin it, kill it” in the event of coughing and sneezing. These restrictions are in place to protect our school community.

The latest advice requires anyone who has flu-like symptoms, a cough, breathlessness or a raised temperature above 37.8 degrees Celsius to stay at home and self-isolate for a week.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

This is an extraordinary period of time for everyone, including schools, and I want to thank you for you continued patience and understanding in helping to keep our school communities as safe as possible.

Coronavirus Letter (26th Feb 2020)

Corona Advice Letter (13th March 2020)

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