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Information for Families: 22.4.22

Well we’ve been back for 4 days and it feels like we’ve never been away with all of our classes having thrown themselves into their new topics and learning. From bridge building to 3D map making to a virtual visit to Greece, it’s all going on here! And no surprise that the new sandpit has been a real hit with everyone this week, it’s been like being at Broadstairs in our playground all week!! 

A polite reminder - children are not allowed to use the sandpit before or after school.

New rules for covid
We are only too aware that the messages regarding covid and what you should do are really confusing. We are extremely thankful that you have all been so supportive of the school as we have navigated our way through the waves of government guidance and rising (and falling) infection rates.

Please see the very latest advice re: covid for schools below. I have attached the full letter from Lewisham and Public Health for more information.

Lewisham and Public Health Letter

Should your child attend school?
For children and young people under 18 COVID-19 is usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days. Although testing is no longer available, children and young people should stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (full list below) and:
• have a high temperature or;
• do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities.

They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.

Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should stay away from school for two days (48 hours) after they last vomited or had diarrhoea, even if they do not have a high temperature.

If a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for COVID-19, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days. This starts from the day after they did the test.

Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others. Anyone with mild symptoms such as a runny nose or a mild cough may attend, as long as they are well enough to do so and do not have a high temperature.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
• a high temperature or shivering (chills) - a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
• a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
• a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste;
• shortness of breath;
• feeling tired or exhausted;
• an aching body;
• a headache;
• a sore throat;
• a blocked or runny nose;
• loss of appetite;
• diarrhoea;
• feeling sick or being sick.

Punctuality
One of our three school rules is READY. In line with this, we expect all of our KS2 children to be outside their classroom at 8.58am every morning, so that they can start promptly at 9am. The playground opens at 8.45am and your children can even get a free bagel whilst you wait for the beginning of the school day.

Our KS1, Reception and nursery children should be outside their classroom at 9.13am so that they are ready to start their day promptly at 9.15am.

Some important dates for this term
• Monday 2nd May - Bank Holiday
• Friday 27th May - break up for half-term
• Monday 6th June - INSET day
• Saturday 25th June - Myatt ‘We All Belong’ Festival
• Friday 8th July - INSET day (in lieu of Jubilee day in half term)
• Friday 22nd - break up for the Summer