School Office hours:- 8.30 - 4.00
Our school communication systems are:-
1. Message through your child and in HSCB (communication book) please note that HSBC's are not checked everyday.
2. First point of contact is your child’s class teacher.
3. If you have further concerns you can always ask to speak to
Miss Shipp who leads Early Years,
Miss Tuckey who leads Year 1 & 2,
Mrs Warrington who is the Deputy Head Teacher and leads Year 3 & 4 or
Mr Northedge who leads Year 5 & 6.
4. Miss Towers is our SENCo.
Telephone messages: As members of staff are in classrooms phone messages will only be returned when possible. Please note: When parents request a response by phone or email the most appropriate colleague will follow up.
If you have a question or query about school, please come and talk to us.
To keep up to date with what is happening day to day - follow our Twitter account. Click to be redirected to our profile. @eastlandsschool
Please note we cannot answer questions on Twitter, please contact the school admin office or see above for the first point of contact staff.
How to reduce household transmission of COVID-19
How to reduce household transmission of COVID-19
As Warwickshire schools prepare to break up for the holidays and the COVID-19 guidance has changed to allow up to 6 people or two households to meet outdoors, it is important to remind families about how they can stay as safe as possible over the break by reducing any potential COVID-19 transmission.
Staying safe over the holidays
We’re about to start the Easter break and as COVID-19 restrictions ease we can now meet up in groups of up to 6 people or two households outdoors. As set out in the government roadmap, 12 April may also see further restrictions being eased and the opening of indoor leisure, hospitality, outdoor attractions and the long-awaited reopening of hairdressers and barbers to trim those lockdown hair styles. For full guidance, visit gov.uk/coronavirus.
With the changes to restrictions, you may decide to see and meet up with more people outside. To help keep yourself and those around you safe, remember hands, face, space and you are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test twice a week, even during the school holidays. If you do not have access to at home testing kits, you can also book an appointment at a community testing site. For more information about community testing, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covidtesting. Students and their households are encouraged to test on Thursdays and Sundays weekly during the Easter break, especially during the final week before returning to school. For more information on testing for households of pupils and school staff, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covid-19-testing-warwickshire/testing-dont-covid-19-symptoms/3.
There are also steps you can take at home to reduce any potential transmission of COVID-19 in your household. Remember to regularly wash your hands and clean surfaces and allow fresh air into your homes to keep them ventilated.
If anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, everyone will need to self-isolate for 10 days. If someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss of taste and smell) or tests positive for COVID-19 you can minimise spread of the virus:
- Try to keep 2 metres apart.
- Avoid using shared spaces at the same time and keep them clean.
- Sleep in a separate bed.
- Wear face coverings when you are in the same room.
- Use separate towels.
- Open windows for ventilation.
And don’t forget, when you’re out and about:
- Hands – Regularly wash your hands.
- Face - Wear a face covering if you can, when removing face coverings don’t touch your face with your hands.
- Space – Keep at least 2 metres apart from people outside your household or bubble.
If we all follow this guidance and take every opportunity to reduce transmission, we are more likely to move to the next steps of the roadmap which will see restrictions continue to lift.
For further information visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government Roadmap out of Lockdown 3 - March 2021
Coronavirus - What to do if you think you have symptoms
Please would you keep school informed if you test positive for COVID or suspect a family member is showing COVID symptoms.
Public Health England have asked us to remind you that if someone in your household is showing COVID symptoms everyone in the household should self isolate until you have been tested. Please be aware that Public Health England's role will soon be performed by a new body called National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).
How to get tested
Thank You once again to NHS for their commitment and dedication throughout this pandemic.
Facts on the epidemic as of 26.1.21 - Coronavirus briefing with Prime Minister, Professor Chris Whitty, Sir Simon Stevens
- Over the last year the Coronavirus loss of life has hit 100,000.
- The country is facing the challenge of the ‘new variant which has changed the situation’ (Professor Whitty).
- On Friday 22nd January the Prime Minister reported the new variant is considered to be 30% – 40% more likely to lead to loss of life.
- The number of COVID patients in hospital are twice as high in this lockdown that in Lockdown 1 with a significant group being the elderly and vulnerable. Age and weight are significant factors.
Update on coronavirus in Rugby from PHE (Public Health England ) briefings.
Rugby was showing the highest rates of infection in Warwickshire areas in the first three weeks of January. It remains in the top three in the fourth week.
The new variant is reported as being up to 70 % more transmissible.
Sadly, more Eastlands families have been touched by Coronavirus in Lockdown 3 than before.
Support bubbles parents can use include:-
- registered childcare providers, including nannies
- people in your support bubble
- people in your childcare bubble
- The school has over 38% of its pupils in full time or part time currently to access critical worker provision (last March this was 10%).
- The provision is slightly different each day depending on the numbers in each year group.
- If there is any child presenting with COVID symptoms we will contact parents immediately.
- If anyone tests positive the whole ‘bubble’ they were part of will have to go home to isolate for at least 10 days.
What you can do to help us:-
- Only use school provision if you have to.
- Ensure that the school office have up-to-date contact information firstname.lastname@example.org
You will know your family’s level of risk. Please think carefully about each journey out – only travel if it is essential.
This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to update you regularly.
If you need emotional, financial support, housing advice or your are a victim of Domestic Violence please contact Family Information Service. Please use our ‘Support For Families’ page on the Eastlands website to access support & advice https://www.eastlandsprimaryschool.co.uk/parents-carers/support-for-families,
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic the school has put into place plans to mitigate against the risks of catching and spreading Coronavirus. There are no guarantees as school is not a risk free environment.
We have used the 'System of Controls' recommended by Public Health England to develop Risk Assessment for the school site.
School Risk Assessment - 8.3.21 update
A close contact includes:
- Anyone who lives in the same household as someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) with a PCR test:
- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time
- been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact or added up together over 1 day)
- travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
Help us by:-
- Not sending children in if they or a member of the household is showing COVID 19 symptoms including anosmia (impaired sense of taste and smell).Keep your child at home if you think they have been in contact with someone who has COVID—19
- Teaching your child about hand washing and ‘Catch it Bin it Kill it’ and sending in your child with tissues.
- Explaining distancing.
- Follow government guidance if you have been abroad - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. You may need to self isolate.
- Thank you so much for your support.
Mental Health support
- It is extremely important that we think about how we can best support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the outbreak – individuals, families, workplaces, schools, as well as people who are working hard to protect the health of our communities.
- The Mental Health foundation has some good advice- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak.Also see our Support for Families page.
FAQ's - EPS school is advised by Public Health England
FYI - Definition of 'close contact for COVID – 19'
‘Any individual who was within 2 metres of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before onset of illness’.
- What communication will I receive?
- Whole school will receive a text and letter to inform there is a positive case in school.
- Infectious bubble will receive a text and letter with more information on action to take.
- Can staff from the infectious bubble still be in school?
- Staff can maintain the social distancing recommended, but young children cannot. Therefore, the year groups will be sent home but some staff from this bubble can remain in school if they ae not counted as a ‘close contact’.
- Do siblings of infectious bubble need to be at home?
- At this point only the infectious bubble goes home. If these children or adults in the household develop symptoms, then siblings also need to self-isolate.
- Please note: Children from the infectious bubble can walk to school to drop off their sibling if there is no other safe option. At our school we are asking these families not to come on site. Instead we will bring their other children to the gate.
- Where will I find work for my child?
- Work for the isolating bubble will be provided on the school website – Learning Gateway for N, R, 1 & 2
- Work for Year 3- 6 will be provided through Google Classrooms
- Will anybody be identified as the individual who has tested positive?
- We will only state the number of positive cases or possible cases not individuals due to confidentiality.
Useful Government sites
Eastlands Learning Gateway - this will be used if we return to full or partial lockdown.
- We also wish to show our appreciation for parents honouring our request of personally reducing their face to face contact with the school.
- Please access EPS Home Learning Gateway under 'Children' tab of website.
|Home learning tips||
Parent helpline 01926 412021
1. Prioritise your child’s well-being
Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they will be ok. In school we will meet them where they are and take them forward. Teachers are experts at this!
2. Keep to a routine but remember that learning should be fun
Draw up a timetable that has an emphasis on revision of numeracy and literacy skills. Encourage everyday reading.
Include a variety of other subjects and tasks spread out over the week. Remember to including daily exercise as well as play times. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Making learning fun is vital – so baking, painting and getting out and about in the garden are essential to reduce boredom.
3. Prioritise maths and English.
There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the humanities.
4. Monitor the use of tablets and phones.
It will be important for friends to stay in virtual contact with each other as long as interactions are friendly and supportive.
5. Don’t overdo it
Our recommendation is for around two hours’ learning in total a day, for children in key stage 1, which covers reception to year 2. That should include arts and crafts, and hands-on activities. Children in key stage 2, which covers year 3 through to year 6, would be able to do more: about three to four hours. But again, that should include PE activities and more creative tasks as well.
6. Support child-led learning
Encourage your child to research something that is of interest to them and show their learning with a creative project. This could be making something with play-dough, junk modelling, papier-mache or a presentation. Let your children experiment.
Listen to your child. Enjoy hearing your child explain what they are being asked to do, and the challenges they face.
If we can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children's mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks is long gone. Keep that in mind, every single day