Lansdowne Place, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3RY

01788 575328

Communication

 School Office hours:- 8.30 - 4.00 

Contacting Staff 

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 Mrs Goff who leads Early Years,  Miss Towers 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. 

Telephone messages: As members of staff are in classrooms phone messages will only be returned when possible. Please note: When parents request a response, the most appropriate colleague will follow up.

If you have a question or query about school, please come and talk to us.  

Twitter 

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. 

View our Twitter guidelines here. View the Twitter safety centre here.

Government Coronavirus Action Plan - last updated 1.4.20

Government Coronavirus action plan

This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

· what we know about the virus and the disease it causes

· how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak

· the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak

· what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes

· the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

 The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available

 Where to find the latest information 

Updates on COVID-19:

· https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

· https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 Department for Education Coronavirus helpline 

On 02.03.20 we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 Please seek advice if you: 

1. Have visited (or do at any point visit) a Category 1 location (as defined by Public Health England in the link below) within the previous 14 days;

2. Have visited, or do visit, a Category 2 location following which you become unwell.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

 New Government Update 

 23.3.20 - The Prime Minister stated this :- 

  1. Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  2. One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  3. Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No.

You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine — and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can

22.3.20  

What is social distancing?

Social distancing aims to reduce the amount of close contact people have with one another. The coronavirus can be spread through airborne droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze, so keeping your distance reduces your chances of becoming infected by this route. Avoid contact with anyone with symptoms of coronavirus: a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough.

Does that mean never going out?

No, but for most people it means radical lifestyle changes. To reduce the spread of the virus, you should avoid meeting up with friends and family, avoid venues such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, and work from home wherever possible. If you need to see the doctor or other essential services, use the phone, internet or social media if possible. You can go out for a walk for exercise, but stay two metres away from others.

What about public transport?

Avoid it whenever you can. Handrails, buttons, windows, seat fabrics and other surfaces can all become contaminated. If you have to travel on buses, trains or trams, try to avoid rush-hour and other busy times of day, and wash your hands.

What if I am vulnerable or have a medical condition?

Some people are at much greater risk from coronavirus than others and it is doubly important for them to follow the advice. This includes everyone aged 70 or above, regardless of how healthy they are, and people of any age with specific underlying conditions. The list of medical conditions includes long-term respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); heart disease, such as heart failure; chronic kidney or liver disease; neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s and MS, problems with the spleen, including sickle cell disease, and anyone with a weakened immune system, such as those with HIV/Aids, or on steroids or chemotherapy. People who are obese, with a BMI of 40 or more, and those who are pregnant are also in the high-risk group.

A further group of people are at even greater risk from coronavirus and NHS England intends to contact them with specific advice in late March. That group includes people who have had organ replacements and are on immuno-suppressants; those with cancer who are on chemo- or radio-therapy, people with bone marrow or blood cancers, such as leukaemia; those with severe asthma, cystic fibrosis and other serious chest problems, and people with other serious medical conditions, for example those needing kidney dialysis.

The government is expected to issue even stricter advice in the coming weeks, with those aged 70 and over, and other vulnerable groups, being asked to self-isolate at home for 12 weeks. This aims to keep their contact with others to a minimum when the epidemic in the UK reaches its peak.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

  • Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
  • Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

 16.3.20 A press conference was held by the Prime Minister, and the Chief Scientific and Medical Officers, who set out the new enhanced approach and reasons for it. There were 4 new actions identified as part of the new approach, which may be required for some weeks:

1) Whole household isolation if someone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms (see below section on Household isolation)

2) Stopping all unnecessary social contact with others and unnecessary travel - this advice is particularly important for people with certain health conditions, people over the age of 70 and pregnant women (see below section on Social distancing advice)

3) Those with the most serious health conditions will be contacted directly on Monday 23rd March about further restrictions, likely to be put in place for around 12 weeks

4) Advice against mass gatherings, as part of reducing social contact, but also ensuring critical workers can be used instead to support COVID-19 work.

It is extremely important, as the national situation evolves, 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

People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days. There is also a 111 online service that people are being asked to use in the first instance. Please call 999 in an emergency

 Eastlands Primary School -  Infectious Diseases Communication and Action Plan 

 Eastlands Updates:-  

 1.4.20 - Eastlands Childcare update -  As of Friday 3rd March the child care provision for key workers will no longer be at Eastlands Primary School. Please use booking form dated 6.4.20 below or email admin2415@we-learn.com to book a place. 

On Monday 6th April you will need to take your child to Abbots Farm Junior – the school on the right hand side of the road. Not to be mistaken for Abbots Farm Infant on the left hand side of the road.

Abbots Farm Junior School

Abbotts Way,

Rugby CV21 4AP

When you have parked ring the bell on the yellow door in the car park for entry.

At Abbots Farm Junior we will have our own space, toilets and play and eating area to maintain the government instructions on social distancing.  Also, staff from Eastland’s will be present each day so children have a familiar face.   There will be a first aider on site and a Designated Safeguarding Lead on call.

Please only contact EPS school by email admin only as ‘phones are no longer manned.

admin2415@we-learn.com

29.3.20 -  

Firstly, can I take this opportunity to thank everyone, who has considered the places they require for their children in school (and only when this is absolutely essential).  The school is open but only for those who need it most. We have been ringing the families of children and our numbers of children have reduced therefore reducing the risk of Covid -19 spread. 

Thank you for this, as the school has to be a safe place for everyone, pupils and staff.   Please get in touch by completing the booking form or email on admin2415@welearn.com ,  if your circumstances have changed and you need to cancel or change bookings. 

Home learning tips 

Parent  helpline  01926 412021

https://schools.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-advice-parents/1

6.4.20 - Booking form for childcare places

 

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. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being at home and not seeing their friends.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, 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 use of tablets and phones and keep your child safe online

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.

 

26.3.20 - Government Thank You to Schools - please click text.

 24.3.20  -  Warwickshire Guidance for Parents & Carers - https://schools.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-advice-parents/1

 23.3.20 These are unprecedented circumstances and our colleagues are being asked to come to work every day while so many others are being asked to stay at home. We all need school staff to keep coming to work to provide childcare and emotional support for the pupils of key front line workers in the coming weeks.  Thank you to all parents who have thanked the school for our efforts to communicate clearly and in a timely manner. A  small thank you goes a really long way.

 20.3.20 - As of this date Eastlands  will closed to most pupils until further notice.

  • Key workers in Health & Social Care , Education & Childcare, Key Public Services, Local & National Government, essential Food and Necessary goods, Public Safety & National Security, essential transport workers/drivers, delivery drivers and Utilities, Communication and Financial Services will be contacted.
  • Thank you to all our families for recognising the importance of being cautious in the current climate and continuing to provide us with information around those who are having to self-isolate.
  • We also wish to show our appreciation for parents honouring our request of personally reducing their face to face contact with the school. This is currently helping to manage the difficult situation in the best way possible.

 18.3.20  - For families that are self isolating please access EPS Home Learning Gateway under 'Children' tab of website.  More resources will be added over time.

In light of Government Coronavirus Briefing 16.3.20 we will be at least two members of staff down as they or family members, fit into the 'vulnerable' category.  Please see partial closure considerations above /right. 

Our aim in education is to provide a safe and purposeful environment for learners. School will text with essential information that affects daily running as factors change over the coming days.

 School Sources of Information 

This plan is to share with you actions the school has taken and may take in the coming few weeks.  It should aid you in your plans for managing work and childcare if needed.

 Pupils 

  • Week beginning 24.2.20 – children taughtHand washing song
  • Week beginning 2.3.20 – children taughtCatch It, Kill it, Bin It
  • Week beginning 9.3.20 – children encouraged not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth
  • Regular reminders to wash hands when entering school and after use of equipment such as laptops 
  • Week beginning 16.3.20 - Coronavirus letter sent out to all parents - see letters page.  
    • 17.3.20 - Partial /Full closure letter sent out  - see letters page
    • Home learning information will be added to Class Pages on website.

 Premises management 

  • Annual winter bug management plan implemented e.g. to clean door handles more frequently
  • Hand sanitisers available
  • Surface cleaning wipes in each classroom for use during the school day to support cleaning schedule 

 

 Communication   Action in case of partial or full closure  - as advised by Local Authority, Public Health England or the Government 

 Parents

  • Forwarded government updates
  • School nurse details provided as a point of consultations/advice - see below
  • Parent responsibility –
    • Ensure you have informed the school of any changes if your child has any underlying health conditions
    • Please help us by informing, by phone, if you feel a member of your family has this condition and need advice. Do not come into school
    • Inform the school if you or a member of your family shows the symptoms or has recently been to a category 1 or 2 location.
    • Send your child in with tissues
    • Please support the actions listed above in your household. 

 Thank you for your support in this important matter.

 

Staff and Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial/Full closure information will be shared through

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minimising Social interactions to slow spread of Coronavirus in Community 

Following government guidance to minimise social interactions as far as possible, and to restrict the possibility of the spread of the virus, Eastlands Primary will be limiting interactions with the wider community.

To support the school in this ‘social-distancing’ policy we would ask parents to limit physical communications with school, and where possible, use email or the telephone to contact school.  

Thank you again for your support.  Please call the school office if you have any questions. 

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