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Covid-19 - Important Updates

It is vital that you DO NOT send your child to school if you or anyone in your household have any of the Covid-19 symptoms. 

 

It is also essential that you let us know immediately if a positive test result has been returned.

 

Thank you.

18th June 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Year 6 Summer Term activities and Leavers events

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to extend the current COVID restrictions, we have now received guidance from the DfE regarding school activities for the remainder of this term.

 

The current restrictions are to remain in place in schools until the end of term and unfortunately, this means we are not able to hold any indoor events for pupils and parents.

 

With the uncertainty of the weather it is also difficult to organise outdoor events such as Leaver’s Prom and assemblies and again they must adhere to the restrictions in place i.e. no more than 30 adults.

 

I am therefore, with regret, writing to inform you that we will not be able to host a Prom event this year. In the last week of term, weather permitting, we will try to organise a short outdoor leavers assembly with a parent able to attend.  We will send out further information nearer the date when we should have a clearer picture of the weather.

 

We have also been informed by most of the secondary schools that the planned transition days in July have been cancelled. Please contact your child’s new school if you have not received information about any virtual arrangements they may have put in place.

 

We have planned a ‘fun activity day’ outside for each of the Year 6 classes later in the term. This will be under the current COVID safety measures and within the risk assessments in place.

 

Whilst we are extremely disappointed after the disruption to school life over the past 16 months we must prioritise the safety of all the pupils, parents, families and staff – particularly with the increase in COVID cases and the new Delta variant in circulation in Walsall.

 

Thank you again for all your support over the difficult times we have had and hopefully we will be able to regain a sense of normality in September.

 

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers

COVID restrictions

First, could I say a massive thank you for all your support with the COVID safety measures over the Spring and Summer Term this year. Following Mr Johnson’s announcements yesterday, I am pleased to be able to confirm the following due to lifting of some restrictions in school.

 

Breakfast Club: We are able to offer a limited place breakfast club for eligible Key Worker families. Due to social distancing measures still in place, we are only able to take 20 pupils in the canteen and booking a place is essential on a first come first serve basis. Please ring the office to book a place – we will use your information from the school closure periods to verify eligibility. Breakfast club will start on Monday 17th May at 8am.

 

Face coverings: From Monday 17th May, we will no longer require you to wear face coverings on the playground – thank you again for your support in this.

 

Bike and scooter shelters: From Monday 17th May children will be able to leave their bikes and scooters in the shelters. Please note that they are left at the owners risk and the school is not liable for theft or damage.

Electric scooters, electric bikes, hoverboards and segways are not permitted. Please remind your child that they must not ride their bike or scooter on the playground.

 

As further restrictions are lifted by the Government over the coming months, we are hoping to return to near ‘normal’ operations during the Summer Term, including removal of the staggered start and finish times. Further information will be given to you before the half term break.

 

Please continue to ring the office in a morning if your child is unwell and we will discuss whether they can attend school based on their symptoms.  We may advise you to contact the NHS for further guidance or to obtain a PCR COVID test if required.

 

If your child is symptomatic for COVID-19, we cannot accept a Lateral Flow test negative result to confirm they are able to attend school.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

20th March 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Year 3 False Positive Covid-19 test in school

The Year 3 pupil’s LFD test was checked against a PCR test this week and the result has come back negative indicating a false positive result.

 

Public Health Walsall have confirmed that all Year 3 pupils can come out of isolation today and return to school on Monday 22nd March.

Please continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms over the coming days. Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Phone: Call 119

Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the result.

 

Please be aware that any LFD test done at home that shows a positive result must be confirmed with a PCR test booked through the NHS – either at a testing centre or a test posted to a laboratory. Unfortunately, we still have to isolate staff and pupils whilst waiting for a confirmation PCR test.

 

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

Year 3 Closure

 

16th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Positive Covid-19 test in school

 

A Year 3 pupil at Blakenall Heath Junior School has tested positive for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) through a Lateral Flow Device home test.

The pupil was last in school on Monday 15th March 2021. A positive test result was reported on Tuesday 16th March 2021.

We have discussed the circumstances of our school at length with Walsall Public Health Protection Team and the following decisions have been made:

 

Unfortunately, the children in 3H and 3HD will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, this is back dated from Monday 15th March. They will need to isolate at home until Thursday 25th March and return to school on Friday 26th March. The test is being checked against a PCR test. If the result of this test is negative, the LFD test will be classed as a false positive and school will contact all Year 3 parents to give a revised, earlier back to school date.

 

Other family members who live in your household do not have to self-isolate unless they show any symptoms. You should not invite any other people who do not live in your household into your home. This decision has been made by Public Health Walsall based on a robust assessment of risk. The risk to other children not in these classes however is extremely low, based on the Public Health risk assessment.

Please monitor your child for symptoms over the coming days. Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Phone: Call 119

Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the result.

We are very concerned about keeping all of your children safe and healthy while they are in our care and this is always our main priority. If we can help at all, or you have any questions, please contact us at school and we will listen to your concerns. Public Health have been very helpful, and are willing to speak with anyone who has any questions about decisions the school have taken. They can be contacted at 01922 658065 or can be emailed at walsall.healthprotection.nhs.net. We are working hard to minimise the risk posed by the virus and will continue to place the health and safety of everyone within our school community at the forefront of our actions.

 

Work for pupils isolating can be found through their Google Classroom account on Wednesday 17th March by 12pm. Any pupil in receipt of Free School Meals is eligible to loan a laptop – please contact the office for more details. Year 3 teachers will be able to monitor this work and respond to any queries through the dedicated email account that was used during the school closure.

 

Under the current regulations you are permitted to attend school with a child who is isolating if dropping off another sibling. You must however notify the school, stay at the school gate, and a member of staff will help take your child in to school.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

Year 4 Closure

 

14th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Positive Covid-19 test in school

A Year 4 pupil at Blakenall Heath Junior School has tested positive for Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

The pupil was last in school on Thursday 11th March 2021. A positive test result was reported on Sunday 14th March.

We have discussed the circumstances of our school at length with Walsall Public Health Protection Team and the following decisions have been made:

Unfortunately, the children in 4O and 4S will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, this is back dated from Thursday 11th March 2021. They will need to stay in, at home until Sunday 21st March and return to school on Monday 22nd March 2021.

Other family members who live in your household do not have to self-isolate unless they show any symptoms. You should not invite any other people who do not live in your household into your home. This decision has been made by Public Health Walsall based on a robust assessment of risk. The risk to other children not in these classes however is extremely low, based on the Public Health risk assessment.

Please monitor your child for symptoms over the coming days. Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Phone: Call 119

Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the result.

We are very concerned about keeping all of your children safe and healthy while they are in our care and this is always our main priority. If we can help at all, or you have any questions, please contact us at school and we will listen to your concerns. Public Health have been very helpful, and are willing to speak with anyone who has any questions about decisions the school have taken. They can be contacted at 01922 658065 or can be emailed at walsall.healthprotection.nhs.net. We are working hard to minimise the risk posed by the virus and will continue to place the health and safety of everyone within our school community at the forefront of our actions.

Work for pupils isolating can be found through their Google Classroom account on Monday by 12pm.

Year 4 teachers will be able to monitor this work and respond to any queries through the dedicated email account that was used during the school closure.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

School Reopening Monday 8th March 2021

 

24th February 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 22nd February I am writing to confirm that we will welcome all pupils back to school on Monday 8th March.

 

As in September, we will be adhering to stringent COVID-19 safety measures as set out in the Government’s Operational Guidance published on Monday.

 

There will still be a staggered start and finish time in order to control the flow of pupils and ensure social distancing between ‘bubbles’.

 

Years 3 and 4 will have a start time slot of 8.40 to 8.50am – they will leave school at 2.50pm.

School gates will open at 8.35 for Year 3 and 4.

 

Years 5 and 6 will have a start time slot of 8.50am to 9.00am – they will leave school at 3.00pm

Parents with siblings in the 2 phases can drop off at 8.50am.

 

Both the large car park pedestrian gate and the side (Slang) gate will be open. Please ensure you observe social distancing on the car park and on the playground and please do not leave children unattended.

As last term, could I please ask that all adults wear face coverings whilst on the playground. Bikes and scooters will not be permitted in school until further notice.

 

The Government guidance for the re-opening of school has made it clear that attendance will be mandatory from the 8th March 2021. This means that the usual rules on school attendance will apply and school will resume taking attendance registers and following up absences. 

 

If your child is unwell with any illness or with usual Covid symptoms please contact us and do not attend until it has been discussed with the office staff as to whether they require a COVID test.

 

Children will be required to wear full uniform – including a tie, except on their PE day.

On this day, they will need to attend school wearing their PE kit. They will need a plain, dark coloured tracksuit or joggers, a plain white or house colour T-shirt and trainers. Fashion tracksuits, crop tops and football kits will not be permitted. PE day remains the same as last term:

Year 3 - Wednesday

Year 4 - Thursday

Year 5 - Friday

Year 6 – Tuesday

 

As in the Autumn Term there will still be ‘bubbles’ within school and staggered lunchtimes. We are hoping to open the canteen fully after Easter but a hot meal option will still be available to all pupils each day.

 

Social distancing between pupils within the class bubble is not required but between staff and pupils it remains at 2 metres. Staff are allowed within 1metre for a short period of time if needed. Staff are permitted to move between classrooms with social distancing remaining in place.

 

Children will continue to sanitise their hands on entry to the school, before and after breaks, at lunch and before they leave school at home time. All sanitiser is provided by school – please do not send in bottles of gel with your child. Your child will also be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds after using the toilet.

 

All equipment for lessons will be provided – each pupil will have their own desk tray. They will not be able to share equipment with each other or staff.

 

Please ensure they have the following on their return:

Full uniform including a tie.

Lunch bag or box (if bringing own lunch).

Water bottle.

PE kit – PE will take place outside only so a tracksuit or joggers and trainers will still be needed.

Coats, hats and gloves as appropriate for the weather.

Reading books and logs (please return any reading books still at home!)

 

Please ensure the following are not brought in to school:

Stationary

Toys, games or any non-educational items

Mobile phones

 

The updated Behaviour Policy, which includes additional rules relating to COVID-19 and the consequences for deliberately breaking these rules, is still in effect and can be viewed on the school’s website. The updated Risk Assessment for the full reopening of school will also be published on the website next week.

 

If we need to update you with important information during the term, we will inform you by text that new information is available on the website. We will also use the School App and Facebook. As in the Autumn Term we will be limiting visitors to the school site and request that parents do not attend the school office unless an appointment has been made.  Please contact us if you have any further concerns or queries about the opening of school to all pupils on the 8th March by telephone, email or Facebook Messenger.

 

As always, thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing all the children back soon.

 

Yours sincerely,

K J Baker

Head Teacher

School Reopening Monday 8th March 2021

21st January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Google Classroom launch

First of all a massive thank you for all of your support with our on-line learning – we know it must be extremely difficult to juggle things and continue to encourage and support your children with their work. The school website was not originally intended to hold all the content it currently does (just homework originally) and is under very heavy load – so, from Monday 25th January, we will be moving all the on-line work to Google Classroom.

 

Over the next 2 days you will receive a unique password for you child/ren and step by step instructions on how to join Google Classroom and access the work will be uploaded to the school website.

 

It will be easier to see all the work in different formats and staff will be able to electronically mark and return it. As it is on a Google platform, it will be accessible from more devices including X-box and PlayStation.

 

The class email service to your child’s teacher will continue and they will be able to help you with the new platform. Could I just ask that you bear with us during the week as we ourselves get used to this and it may take a little longer than usual for us to get back to you.  

 

Walsall College are offering a short course ‘How to support your child to use Google Classroom’. The course is free of charge, to enrol visit the following link - http://www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/short-course-enrolment

 

If you would still prefer paper copies of work please email your class teacher or contact the school office.

 

If you are having difficulty with accessing a device and are in receipt of Free School Meals, please contact us as we may be able to loan you a laptop from our final DfE allocation that should arrive this week.

 

Thank you again for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

4th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Opening update

 

Following my letter yesterday, I am writing to inform you that we will be moving to remote (on-line) learning this week. This was a difficult decision to make for staff and myself but we feel that it is the only option we have with the increasing rate of COVID infections and the increased risk of the new variant strain. Unions have also advised staff to only work remotely and with Key Worker and vulnerable children.

 

We will review this situation on Thursday 7th January and inform parents what will be happening next week.

 

We are able to offer places for Key Workers and ask that any parent that would like their child to attend school from tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January to contact the school office today. Pupils will be in Year Group bubbles to maintain the stringent safety measures in place.

 

Parents and carers of children who come under the vulnerable category will be contacted today.

 

Work for all other pupils will be posted on the website under Class Pages. This will be refreshed regularly and staff will check the work being completed during the week.

 

Children in receipt of Free School Meals are eligible for a food pack for the week, which will be available for collection from school on Thursday. Please contact the office today if you wish to collect a pack.

 

As you can imagine this is an extremely difficult situation but the safety of all our children, staff and parents remains the priority at this time.

 

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

3rd January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Re: Opening update

 

I am just writing to update you on the re-opening of school this term.

 

Over the past two days, unions have contacted staff working in schools and have advised them to work remotely at this time due to the increasing number COVID cases and new variant strain. As we gather information about this and how it will affect our staffing levels and risk assessment, I need to take the following action:

 

School will be closed for an emergency teacher training day tomorrow, Monday 4th January 2021.

 

We will notify parents and carers as soon as possible on Monday 4th January of the situation and arrangements for the rest of the week.

 

If school does move to remote learning, we will contact you regarding places in school for children of Key Worker and vulnerable families as in the previous lockdown and school closure.

 

As you can imagine this is an extremely difficult situation at the moment but the safety of all our children, staff and parents are the priority at this time.

 

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

Update regarding Year 3 Bubble

 

27th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Previous Y3 positive Covid-19 test in school

We have been informed by NHS Track and Trace today that the positive Covid-19 test in the Year 3 bubble is void and was a laboratory error. The pupil has had another test and is negative for COVID-19.

 

Walsall Public Health Protection Team have been contacted and are satisfied that it is safe for all Year 3 pupils to return to school on Monday 30th November 2020 at 8.40am

 

Your child does not need to continue to isolate unless they are displaying any symptoms.

 

Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by:

Website: https://self-referral.test-for coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

Phone: Call 119 and arrange a Walk-in test:

There is a walk-in testing centre at Walsall Town Hall.

 

Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the result.  If you need to get in touch with us during the evening or at the weekend, please use Facebook Messenger or send an email to postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk.

 

NHS Track and Trace apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this has caused and are investigating the incident with the laboratory involved.

 

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter, as you can appreciate this is not the fault of the family or school and we look forward to seeing Year 3 pupils back on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

22/11/2020 - Covid Update

Due to a positive covid-19 test in Year 3 we have been advised by Public Health to collapse the whole of the Year 3 bubble. All pupils must isolate for 14 days and they will be due back in school on Thursday 3rd December.

22nd November 2020
Dear Parents and Carers


Re: Positive Covid-19 test in school


A Year 3 pupil at Blakenall Heath Junior School has tested positive for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). 
The pupil was last in school on Thursday 19th November 2020. They then reported a positive result on Sunday 22nd November 2020.


We have discussed the circumstances of our school at length with Walsall Public Health Protection Team and the following decisions have been made: 


Unfortunately, the children in 3H and 3HD will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days, this is back dated from Thursday 19th November 2020. They will need to stay in, at home until Wednesday 2nd December 2020 and return to school on Thursday 3rd December 2020. 
Other family members who live in your household do not have to self-isolate unless they show any symptoms. You should not invite any other people who do not live in your household into your home. This decision has been made by Public Health Walsall based on a robust assessment of risk. The risk to other children not in these classes is extremely low, based on Public Health risk assessment.


Please monitor your child for symptoms over the coming days. Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by: 
Website: https://self-referral.test-for coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name 
Phone: Call 119 and arrange a test Walk-in: 
There is a walk-in testing centre at Walsall Town Hall. Call 119 to book an appointment


Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the result. 


We are very concerned about keeping all of your children safe and healthy while they are in our care and this is always our main priority. If we can help at all, or you have any questions, please contact us at school and we will listen to your concerns. Public Health have been very helpful, and are willing to speak with anyone who has any questions about decisions the school have taken. They can be contacted at 01922 658065 or can be emailed at walsall.healthprotection.nhs.net. We are working hard to minimise the risk posed by the virus and will continue to place the health and safety of everyone within our school community at the forefront of our actions.

 

Work for pupils isolating can be found on the website – Class Page. 
Year 3 teachers will be able to monitor this work and respond to any queries. 
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.
Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker
Head Teacher

                                           Important Covid-19 Update

17th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: Positive Covid-19 test in school

 

A member of staff at Blakenall Heath Junior School has tested positive for Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

The staff member was last in school on Thursday 12th November 2020. They then reported a positive result on Tuesday 17th November 2020.

 

We have discussed the circumstances at length with Walsall Public Health Protection Team and the following decisions have been made:

Unfortunately, the children in 4S will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days, this is back dated from Thursday 12th November 2020. They will need to stay in, at home until Thursday 26th November 2020 and return to school on Friday 27th November.

Other family members who live in your household do not have to self-isolate unless they, or the isolating child, show any symptoms. You should not invite any other people who do not live in your household into your home. This decision has been made by Public Health Walsall based on a robust assessment of risk. The risk to other children not in these classes is extremely low, based on Public Health risk assessment.

 

Please monitor your child for symptoms over the coming days. Should your child become symptomatic, please inform the school immediately, self-isolate as a whole household, and access a test. Testing can be booked by:

 

Website: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/condition

Phone: Call 119 and arrange a Walk-in test:

There is a walk-in testing centre at Walsall Town Hall. Call 119 to book an appointment

Once you receive the result, please inform the school no matter what the outcome.

 

We are very committed to keeping all of your children safe and healthy while they are in our care and this is always our main priority. If we can help at all, or you have any questions, please contact us at school and we will listen to your concerns.

 

Public Health have been very helpful, and are willing to speak with anyone who has any questions about decisions the school have taken. They can be contacted at 01922 658065 or can be emailed at walsall.healthprotection.nhs.net. We are working hard to minimise the risk posed by the virus and will continue to place the health and safety of everyone within our school community at the forefront of our actions.

 

Work for pupils isolating can be found on the website – Class Page. Year 4 teachers will be able to monitor this work and respond to any queries.

 

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

If your child has suspected symptoms of Coronavirus or needs to isolate because they have been identified as a close contact, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.  It is essential we know the reasons for your child's absence as we have to report all Coronavirus related absences to the DfE (Department for Education).

 

You can contact us by:

 

Telephone - 01922 710145 between 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday,

Email - postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk, or 

Via Facebook Messenger on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlakenallHeathJuniorSchool 

 

If you have concerns about your child attending school at this time please let us know. We can work together to support you in returning your child to school at this difficult time.

 

Thank you for your support.

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We have been advised today (Saturday 7th November 2020) that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Year 5 bubble.  Upon investigation and discussions alongside an assessment of risk with Walsall Public Health and the Department of Education, we have ascertained that as the pupil did not return following the half term break we do not need to close any year group bubbles at this time.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Walsall Public Health. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The school remains open for all staff and pupils, and we are following strict hygiene measures. Providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal but please be vigilant for any COVID symptoms and follow the guidance below.

 What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. We encourage that symptomatic individuals get tested at the earliest opportunity.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.   Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able to, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, requesting they stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

 If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

 How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

 

1st 1st     1st November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Re: Safety measures at school

As you are aware, the Prime Minister has announced a lockdown period for England beginning on Thursday 5th November.

 

Schools however will remain open and we will be open as normal tomorrow – Monday 2nd November.

 

8.40am for Years 3 and 4 and 8.50am for Years 5 and 6

 

Although we have not yet received any update from Public Health or the DfE, due to the increase in rate of infection and number of cases in Walsall, we will be putting some more measures in place in order to keep children, staff and parents safe.

 

We would like to request that only one adult drops off or picks up to reduce the numbers on the playground. We strongly recommend that anyone over the age of 12 wears a face covering on the playground at these times. Could I also ask that you maintain social distancing between other households and towards members of staff. Face coverings will also be required when visiting the school office.

 

You and your child will notice that staff may be wearing additional PPE at times during the school day. This will include face shields and masks, both in school and on the playground.

 

Please ensure that your child does not bring in any other equipment or items in to school apart from their reading book, home reading log and their spelling logs. All other equipment will be provided.

 

All existing safety measures remain in place including enhanced surface cleaning three times during the day, regular hand washing and sanitising, class bubbles inside school (year group bubbles with 1 metre rule at breaktimes) and social distancing between staff and pupils.

 

Unfortunately we will not be able to have face to face Parent Evenings this term. We will be offering a telephone consultation with the class teacher during this half term and further details will be sent soon.

 

Thank you again for all your support in keeping everyone safe and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K Baker

Head     Head Teacher

Safety Measures Letter

Important Notice.

 

When a child has displayed classic Coronavirus symptoms such as a new persistent cough, a high temperature or loss of smell and taste, they will be unable to return to school, even if they feel better, until either a negative test result has been received or the 10 day isolation period has passed.

Covid 19 Testing and isolation Guidance from Walsall Local Authority and Public Heath

Dear Parent / Carer

 

As you will be aware, Walsall schools are working extremely hard to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). We wanted to thank you for continuing to send your child to school and encourage you to keep on doing so.

We know that there are a lot of guidelines to follow. Especially around what happens if there is a positive case of the virus, testing and isolation (staying at home). To help explain these guidelines, we have attached an 8-step guide.

 

Following these will help keep your family safe and well and help to stop the spread of coronavirus in schools and Walsall communities.

    1. If you, your child or anyone you live with has any of the following symptoms a new, persistent cough, high  temperature or loss of taste and smell, they must stay at home and get tested for Covid-19.

    2. If you, your child or anyone you live with tests positive, they need to stay home for 10 days from the date of the positive test. Everyone else with will also need to stay at home, but for 14 days.

    3. No-one you live with needs to get a test unless they start showing symptoms of Covid-19.

    4. If your child tests negative, they can return to school once the symptoms have gone and they are better. If  your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and is told to isolate,              this means that you need to stay at home.

    5. If your child has been told to isolate, because they have been in close contact with a positive case, they      need to stay at home for 14 days. They do not need to get a test unless they start showing symptoms of              Covid-19.

    6. You and the rest of your household don’t need to isolate unless your child starts showing symptoms.

    7. Please do not get a private test these may be unreliable, and antibody tests cannot be used for a                diagnosis. Only get a test through the NHS website of dialling NHS 119.

    8. Schools should not be asking people to provide evidence of a negative test result before allowing children  back into school.

 

The best way to beat the virus is to: Encourage regular handwashing, for at least 20 seconds. Keep your distance i.e. 2 metres, especially outside the school gates, and wear a face covering when on public transport or in places where social distancing is difficult.

 

Remember, if you or your child are told to isolate, this means staying at home. If you do not isolate when told to do so, new rules mean you could be fined up to £10,000. We know there have been issues with national NHS testing. The government is working to increase capacity, and the Council has also put in place local measures.

 

By only going for a test if you have one or more of the symptoms will help to make sure those who have symptoms can get a test. We hope this letter makes things a little clearer, and acts as a reminder to follow the guidelines if you are told to do so. We need your help to beat this virus, by working together, following the guidelines, and doing everything we can to ensure our schools can stay safe and remain open.

 

Yours sincerely, Stephen Gunther - Director of Public Heath and Sharon Kelly - Director – Access and Inclusion

Covid-19 Testing and Isolation Guidance

Coronavirus related absences reference guide

What to do if……

Action needed

Return to school when…

My child has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact School to inform them of the situation
  • Self-isolate
  • Get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

 

The test comes back negative.

My child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school as soon as possible to inform them of the situation
  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days

They feel better.

They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

Somebody in my household has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate
  • Household member to get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result.

 

The household member test is negative

Somebody in my household has tested positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

The child has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

NHS test and trace have identified my child as s ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

The child has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
  • Provide information to school as per attendance policy

 

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

  • Do not come into school
  • Contact school to discuss home learning
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

 

School informed you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again

13th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised today (Sunday 13th September 2020) that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Year 5 bubble. Upon investigation and discussions alongside an assessment of risk with Walsall Public Health, we have ascertained that the pupil was not in school when symptomatic or tested. Walsall Public Heath have therefore advised that we do not need to close any year group bubbles at this time.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Walsall Public Health. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The school remains open for all staff and pupils, and we are following strict hygiene measures. Providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal but please be vigilant for any COVID symptoms and follow the guidance below.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. We encourage that symptomatic individuals get tested at the earliest opportunity.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able to, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, requesting they stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

· new continuous cough and/or

· high temperature

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

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

· wash your hands as soon as you get home

· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

Letter to parents 13 September 2020

Dear

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Thank you!

 

I am just writing to say a huge thank you for all your support and patience on our full opening this week. We will still need to keep the staggered start and finish times until further notice but will obviously review this and other changes as the Government update their guidelines.

 

We are absolutely delighted with the fantastic attitude and amazing resilience the children have shown adjusting to the new regulations and routines in their class bubbles after so long out of school. The children are really playing their part in keeping everyone safe and well. Year 3 children have also been brilliant in settling in to their new school and are quickly getting used to us and all the new rules we have! Well done everyone! 

 

If you have any further questions or concerns you can contact us through telephone, Facebook Messenger or email at postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk.  We are also available to talk to before and after school on the playground.

 

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to a great term ahead!

 

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

School Reopening Letter 27th August 2020

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

We are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back on Wednesday 2nd September.

 

Please visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance from the Government to help parents plan for their children’s return to school. This includes the latest update to the guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

 

We have followed all the guidance from Government and Public Health England in order to make the school safe for pupils, staff and parents. As explained in my previous letters there are changes to the school times and the way the school will operate during the day. There are also changes to the Behaviour Policy, which will be posted on the Website in September and children will be taught the new rules during their first day back.

 

There are no changes from the information given out before the Summer Break but we have included a summary below to help you get ready for the new term.

 

Staggered start and finish times:

Years 3 and 4 will have a start time slot of 8.40 to 8.50am – they will leave school at 2.50pm.

School gates will open at 8.35 for Year 3 and 4.

 

Years 5 and 6 will have a start time slot of 8.50am to 9.00am – they will leave school at 3.00pm

Parents with siblings in the 2 phases can drop off at 8.50am.

 

Both the main vehicle gate and the side (Slang) gate will be open.

Please ensure you observe social distancing on the car park and on the playground.

 

  • Please do not leave children unattended on the playground.
  • Face masks and gloves will not be permitted in school.
  • Bikes and scooters will not be permitted in school until further notice.

 

Breakfast Club and Break-time Snacks

 

There will be No Breakfast Club provision this half term and No break-time snack provision this half term – children may bring in a snack of their choice

No hot lunch provision this half term – children to bring in own lunch (lunch boxes are permitted) and drinks. (Fizzy drinks, cans and glass bottles are still not permitted)

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals will be provided with a packed lunch. A small choice of sandwich fillings will be available.  Children will eat their lunch in their classrooms and then have some play time outside in their year ‘bubble’ - weather permitting.

 

Uniform

 

Children will be required to wear full uniform – including a tie, except on their PE day.

On this day, they will need to attend school wearing their PE kit. They will need a plain, dark coloured tracksuit or joggers, a plain white or house colour T-shirt and trainers. Football kits will not be permitted.

PE will start on week beginning 7th September. Children will do PE in the afternoons. There will be no swimming until the Summer term for Year 6.

 

PE days: (from 7th September)

Year 6 – Tuesday

Year 5 – Friday

Year 4 – Thursday

Year 3 - Wednesday

 

During the day

 

Social distancing between pupils within the class bubble is not required but remains at 2 metres between staff and pupils. Staff are allowed within 1metre for a short period of time if needed. Staff are permitted to move between classrooms with social distancing in place. Social distancing between year groups outside will remain at 1 metre.

 

School will provide a full curriculum during the term, including catch-up work. During the first week back, teachers will cover work around the impact of the pandemic and the fears they may have through social stories and discussions. Shaz (Place2Be) will also be supporting children on their return to school where needed.

 

There is information on the website on what to do if your child is unwell or a family member tests positive for COVID-19.

 

Information for parents will now only be available by text, the School App, through the Website and Facebook.  We will text parents when information is posted. Please look out for these messages, as we will include any updated Government guideance.

 

We will be limiting visitors to the school site and request that parents do not attend the school office unless an appointment has been made by telephone, email or Facebook Messenger.

 

For any uniform requirements please order using your ParentPay account.  We will contact you with an appointment to collect the items or we will can send orders home with your child.  If you do not have your account details please contact the office. 

 

We will be unable to accommodate parents and carers who arrive unannounced to purchase uniform.

 

If you have any further questions you can contact us through telephone, Facebook Messenger or email at postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk.  

 

Thank you for your continuing support and look forward to seeing you all soon.

 

Yours sincerely,

Ms K J Baker

Head Teacher

 

De

Coronavirus related absence guidelines

 

When pupils return to school we will be following the guidelines below with regards to Coronavirus related absences.  All other absences will be dealt with as usual.

 

In all circumstances when your child will be absent from school, we ask that you contact the school office as soon as possible and advise us of the reasons for their absence.

 

Thank you.

Important information about re-opening school in September (from July 2020)

 

We are now looking forward to having all the children returning to school in September in line with Government guidance. (GOV.UK Guidance for full opening – Schools July 2nd 2020)

 

There will still be strict guidelines we have to follow in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and a possible outbreak in school. These guidelines are extremely important and must be followed in order to keep all pupils’, staff and parents safe. Please read the following carefully in preparation for their return.

 

All pupils will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September 2020

 

There will be a staggered start and finish time in order to control the flow of pupils and maintain social distancing.

 

Years 3 and 4 will have a start time of 8.40am – they will leave school at 2.50pm.

Years 5 and 6 will have a start time of 8.50am – they will leave school at 3.00pm.

 

Please do not attend any earlier than these times and please do not leave children unattended on the playground.

 

There will be no Breakfast Club or After School clubs available until after October Half Term at the earliest.

 

Both the main vehicle/pedestrian gate and the side (Slang) gate will be open. Please ensure you observe social distancing both on the car park and playground.

 

Children will sanitise their hands on entry to the school, before and after breaks, at lunch and before they leave school at home time. All sanitiser is provided by school – please do not send in bottles of gel with your child. Your child will also be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds after using the toilet.

 

All equipment for lessons will be provided – each pupil will have their own desk tray. They will not be able to share equipment with each other or staff.

 

Please ensure they have the following on their return:

Full uniform including a tie.

Lunch bag or box and water bottle.

PE kit – PE will take place outside only so a tracksuit or joggers and trainers will be needed.

Coats, hats and gloves as appropriate for the weather.

Reading books and logs (please return any reading books still at home!)

 

Please ensure the following are not brought in to school:

Stationary

Toys, games or any non-educational items

Mobile phones

 

 

Your child will be in their class ‘bubbles’ for indoor education and year ‘bubbles’ for outdoor play. Playtimes and lunchtimes will also be staggered during the day.

 

There will be no hot food available until October Half Term at the earliest. Pupils eligible for Free School Meals will be provided with a packed lunch. A small choice of sandwich fillings will be available.  Children will eat their lunch in their classrooms and then have some play time outside in their year ‘bubble’ - weather permitting.

 

Social distancing between pupils within the class bubble is not required but between staff and pupils, it remains at 2 metres. Staff are allowed within 1metre for a short period of time if needed. Staff are permitted to move between classrooms with social distancing in place.

 

Social distancing between year groups outside will remain at 1 metre.

 

PPE (masks, gloves, aprons or visors) will only be worn by staff in school if attending to first aid or personal care.

 

We will be providing a full broad and balanced curriculum and support for the children including work around the Corona pandemic and the changes it has brought to their lives. Place2Be will continue to support children with Place2Talk and workshops delivered for each class by Shaz.

 

We hope to resume trips and visits after Christmas but unfortunately, the 5-day residential for Year 6 has been postponed.

 

We will be updating the Behaviour Policy to include additional rules relating to COVID-19 and the consequences for deliberately breaking these rules. The children will be taught the new expectations and the reasons for them. The new policy will be published on the Website in September.

 

Further guidance around children displaying COVID-19 symptoms in or out of school will be given before school starts in September and how this will link to attendance.

 

As I am sure you can imagine we are hoping to create a safe environment at school for all our pupils, staff and parents and endeavour to support all our pupils on their return. If you have any further questions please contact us through by Facebook Messenger or email at postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk.  

 

Visits to school are by appointment only until further notice.

 

Thank you again for all your support over the last four difficult months and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

 

Yours sincerely,

K J Baker

Head Teacher

Contacting School during this time.

 

As our telephones are not being constantly manned during normal school hours if possible please get in touch with us through Facebook Messenger or send an email to postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

School Uniform for September

 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and to try to keep us all safe from infection we would ask that you order your uniform requirements using Parentpay wherever possible.  We will then provide a time slot for you to collect your items.

 

Where ordering via Parentpay is not possible we will be operating a 'shop' for school uniform from 10am - 2pm every day during week 6th - 10th July 2020.  We can accept cash payments only and would appreciate it if you could bring the correct amount to avoid over handling.

 

We ask that you adhere to social distancing measures while on the school site and unfortunately, it will not be possible to try on clothing to check sizes.

 

If you do not already have a Parentpay account and would like your activation details please contact the school office and we will provide them for you.  New Year 3 pupils will receive an activation letter through the post as soon as possible, along with other school information.

 

Under no circumstances will we be selling uniform from the school office.

Edenred Free School Meal Vouchers at Half Term.

 

We have been advised by the Government that there will be no vouchers for parents and carers during half term week. The vouchers will recommence on Monday 1st June.

Edenred Free School Meal Vouchers.

 

For anyone who is waiting for their vouchers this week there has been a delay with the supplier, Edenred and should be delivered to you over the next few days.

 

We apologise for this delay but are unable to provide any further information.

Letter from Ms K.J. Baker regarding Prime Minister statement on 10th May 2020.

 

11th May 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Following the Prime Ministers announcement that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may return to school as early as the 1st June, I am sure you all appreciate that there are still a number of questions to be answered and plans to be made.  At present we are unfortunately unable to answer any of your questions relating to this statement or the general return of children to education. We are anticipating additional advice and guidance over the coming days. Please rest assured that as soon as things become clearer, you will be contacted by the school.

 

Thank you for your continued support throughout these uncertain times.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

K. J. Baker

Head Teacher

Edenred - National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme

 

We are having numerous queries regarding the vouchers that are being provided by Edenred for those families eligible for Free School Meals.

This service is not being administered by Blakenall Heath Junior school, we are only supplying the details for them to distribute to parents and carers.

Please note that we are unable to confirm what your code is or re-issue a voucher once your voucher has been redeemed.

Only contact school if you haven't received your initial email with the voucher code in it.

If you do need to contact us please send an email to postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk or message us directly through Facebook Messenger.

Follow the link below which will take you directly to the Edenred page.

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

 

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Hub School

 

We have now arranged provision in conjunction with Sunshine Infant School for those children who have Critical Worker parents.  If you need to access this provision and your child is a pupil at Blakenall Heath Junior School please contact us. If you are unable to speak to us on the telephone please send an email to postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk or message us on Facebook messenger.

Free School Meals - UPDATED

 

From Monday 20th April 2020 we will be providing vouchers for those families eligible for Free School Meals.  These vouchers will be for £15 per eligible child, per week and will be delivered via email.

 

To register for these vouchers please send an email to SchoolDinners@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk. Please ensure you include your child/rens names on the email.

 

If you have any questions regarding these vouchers please contact school. If at all possible please contact us at postbox@blakenall.walsall.sch.uk or through Facebook Messenger. 

Learning Resources

 

Teaching staff will regularly update Education City, PurpleMash and MyMaths with appropriate homework for your child. This can be found within the 'Children' section on this website.

 

Under this section you will also find 'Resources for School Closure'. Here are links to several different websites which offer learning packs, interactive games and videos for a range of different subjects including maths, literacy and science.

 

We have also included links to child friendly news along with mindfulness and yoga videos.

Explaining Covid-19 to your child

Amazon - Stories Free to Stream

 

Amazon have cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed.

 

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages that will help them continue streaming, learning and just being kids.

 

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, phone or tablet using the link below.

20/03/2020 - On-site provision for key workers

 

Please contact school before midday today if you require on-site provision for your child while school is closed.

 

Please note that verification of your employment as a key worker will be required.

 

School will be open 8.45am to 3.00pm and children will not need to wear school uniform.

 

Your child will needto bring a packed lunch. Lunch will be provided for those children eligible for free school meals.

20/03/2020 - Packed Lunches (for those eligible for Free School Meals)

 

We must know by 3pm today if you require a packed lunch for your child next week.

 

Lunches will be available to collect from the office between 11am and 12noon.  

 

Unfortunately, if we do not hear from you today we will be unable to provide lunches next week.

Free School Meals/Packed Lunches

 

We are happy to provide a packed lunch for those children on Free School Meals.

Please contact the school office on Friday 20th March if you would like to order one.

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