Corona Virus Information
22nd May 2020
Information written for Year 6 children about returning can be found here.
18th May 2020-
15th May 2020-
Subject to the reopening of the school we are putting new plans in place to meet the new government guidelines that came out last night at 8pm.
We are having to change our risk assessments and our initial planning. Our priority is the safety of staff and pupils and this is paramount. Our risk assessments will inform us on this of the number of pupils we are able to accommodate. We are planning phase 1 of a return in line with the new government guidance and will notify you of this next week. Phase 1 will enable the schools to trial the risk assessment effectively and ensure we are keeping everyone safe.
Thank you for your continued patience whilst we put these plans in place.
Mrs Hixon and Mrs Gregory
14th May 2020- Important Letter
Important Letter from the Headteachers
We hope you and your family are all well and are managing to remain safe during these unusual times. We are writing to ask for your help and support again.
This week, the government announced their plans for the possibility of a few year groups returning into schools, beginning with Year’s R, 1 and 6. These plans are still only suggestions as there is no guarantee that the five 'tests' will be met, nor that Unions representing Headteachers, teachers, support and cleaning staff agree to them. Children will only return to school in greater numbers if their safety and that of our staff, parents and the wider community can be assured.
We know this is a very worrying time for parents and this currently is your choice whether to send your child to school. The current guidance for the Summer 2 period is that no fines will be issued if you do not bring your child if in one of the above year groups. We would be grateful if you could complete the one page short survey, using the following link. It will take you a minute to complete but your answer will greatly support our planning, should the opening to these year groups go ahead after the half-term holiday.
Please can we ask you to complete this short survey by midday Friday 15th May 2020.
13th May 2020
We would like to reassure you that we are not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision. Meanwhile, the school is still open for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now, to extend places to other children until we receive government guidance.
We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire to families with children in Year 6 to help us plan the school re-opening. We will keep you updated once we know more when the school will be able to open for other year groups.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support.
12th May 2020
11th May 2020
We know you are anxious about the announcement last night in regards to Year 6 returning to school. We are awaiting further guidance this afternoon so that we can plan how we will do this keeping the children and staff safe with the social distancing rules. Please be assured we are taking this very seriously and we will have a very clear plan before we announce to you how this will happen. Once again, we are only hearing the news at the same time as you and we are now working to try to implement.
We will keep you updated via this means as we did in the early days of this situation.
Mrs Annette Hixon
1st May 2020
27th March 2020- A letter to the children
Please click here.
24th March 2020- A free book about how to explain Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:
23rd March 2020- Government guidance on self isolating and social distancing.
20/03/2020 15-00 Closure letter 20-3-20 15:30
20/03/2020 07-30 Coronavirus Letter Update
Latest update from the Headteachers.
20th March 2020 - YEAR 5 CLOSED FOR ALL PUPILS, excluding PP children and those of NHS staff. School open to Year 3, 4 and 6
We will be issuing a letter today explaining how we will remotely support you and your little ones at home during this time.
Please bear with us as we are trying to follow the DFE guidance released this morning.
19/03/2020 7:30am Update Coronavirus Letter
19th March 2020 - YEAR 5 CLOSED FOR ALL PUPILS, excluding PP children and those of NHS staff.
As we have significantly reduced staffing numbers unfortunately we are partially closing the school from tomorrow, Thursday 19th March. As of tomorrow, the school will be closed for Year 5 pupils only. All other pupils can come to school at this time. As there is also a number of families self-isolating following government guidelines, we are currently putting together some project-based home learning ideas for each year group to support the children at home. These will be accessible from the home learning section of our website very soon.
Thank you for your patience as we develop and implement our plans based on the latest Government statements, guidance and instructions and the guidance provided by our colleagues at the Hamwic Education Trust. As you will all appreciate the situation is changing very quickly and we are all working as fast as we can to respond to this and make sure you are kept informed.
Yesterday the Government announced its decision to close all schools in England from the end of school tomorrow (Friday 20th March) until further notice. This of course includes Shirley Infant and Junior Schools and so, for the majority of children, this will mean remaining at home from next week onwards.
We all appreciate the inconvenience and disruption that this will bring to parents, carers and children, but we also understand that the current situation is truly exceptional and this difficult decision has been taken to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and provide the NHS with the best opportunity to cope during the coming weeks.
Yesterday the Education Secretary announced that schools will be expected to provide child care for the children of key workers, which will include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers, to allow them to continue to tackle the impact of COVID-19. He also announced that schools will remain open to the most vulnerable children, which will include those children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
We are expecting to receive further information today on the Government’s definition of key workers and also vulnerable children (eg, those children who have a social worker or been involved with social services). We are not in a position to confirm any child care places at the current time. We know that you will be anxious to learn what is going to happen next week and we very much appreciate your patience as you wait for more information. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to bear with us!
We will update you once we have received and been able to interpret any new information on who is eligible for these child care arrangements. We will also provide an update on any arrangements for children who currently receive free school meals once this becomes clearer.
Please be assured that we have been anticipating the potential closure of our schools and all of our staff have been working hard to plan home learning opportunities to ensure that the children can continue to learn and develop over the coming days and weeks while schools are closed. We know you will be keen to know more about these arrangements and so further communications will be made over the coming days. Again, please bear with us as we tackle a range of challenges and priorities over the next couple of days.
Finally, we understand that this is a worrying time for us all. Please continue to look out for each other and of course the school can still be contacted via email if necessary. Above all we hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Please do continue to check the school website regularly for updates.
18th March 2020
Due to the lack of available staff, we are closing the school to Year 5 pupils tomorrow, Thursday 19th March 2020.
If you work for the NHS and would like the school to provide schooling for your child they may still attend.
Please contact the school to inform us of this today so that we can make provision for them.
The school will be open as normal to Years 3,4 and 6.
18th March 2020
We have been made aware of the following: Frontline keyworker staff who need childcare, at the moment Paint Pots are remaining open and they have spaces available. If parents need help, they should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
17th March 2020
Due to the changes in Government advice late yesterday afternoon, we are sure you will be aware that the school is beginning to have insufficient staffing for it to remain open fully. As a school we have worked hard today to ensure most of the children can continue with their learning. Each day we will assess how much of the school we can open, this may mean we are unable to support individual pupils with one to one provisions or whole year groups may be required to stay at home.
We will tell you as soon as we know how many year groups we can accommodate each morning, via the website and Marvellous Me.
PLEASE NOTE: All Shirley children of NHS staff or who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding will be exempt from partial closure. Please contact the office to inform us.
In the event of full school closure: We will only close if:
1. We are advised to do so by the Government.
2. Essential school services are compromised due to high staff absence
Please continue to follow government advice:
‘’If one member of your household is displaying the symptoms the whole household is to self-isolate for 14 days.’’
Boris Johnson has, this afternoon set out new rules stating it is now a 14-day exclusion for one of the following symptoms:
- Dry, persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- High temp over 37.8
Therefore, if your child develops one of the above symptoms (regardless of what you believe the cause may be) a 14-day exclusion from day one of symptoms is required. In addition, if ANY household member has any symptoms the ENTIRE household must self-isolate for 14 days, please do not send your child if a member of your household is isolating.
We recognise that this can cause you distress when trying to make the right decision for your family. Please remember that our office staff are unable to provide medical advice to you and this has to be a parental decision. If you are unsure, please call the medical helplines.
Phone: 0800 046 8687 (opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
For more general information, please use the links below to find the latest advice:
We wish to thank you for your continued support at this difficult and challenging time.
17th March 2020
As of 9:15am this morning the office will be closed to parents until further notice. We would encourage all parents to communicate with us via email whenever possible. This will allow us to prioritise our work load and deal with the most urgent matters first.
16th March 2020
We know this is a very unusual circumstance and wish to keep you as updated as we can with the information that we have. We are listening carefully to the professional advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, Secretary of State for Health, Department for Education and Hamwic Education Trust. As always, your child’s health and safety is our top priority. The latest update from the DFE is as follows:
- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
- clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
- supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
- posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website
- unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open
We are planning for potential school closures either as a result of direct instructions from the DFE or due to reduced staffing. Please note that this could lead to partial closures where certain year groups are asked to stay at home. Could we therefore, ask parents to ensure that school contact numbers are up to date and that parents check our website and emergency Marvellous Me notifications regularly. In the event that we are required to close, we will inform parents as soon as we are able to and also publish information on our website. We do not wish to alarm you but feel we need to share this information with you from Friday’s update now we have the planning in place.
We understand this is a difficult time and there are concerns. However, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure you we are taking every necessary step to prevent the spread of germs. We have increased our daily hygiene routines for the children and our cleaning regime within the school. All children and staff have the same expectations and we are monitoring this closely. As detailed in our letter last week, following guidance, we have now cancelled school trips, large gatherings of people together, whole school assemblies.
We know that it is difficult that we have had to postpone parent’s evenings and that like you we enjoy this time to share your child’s progress both socially and academically. However, with the pressures on teaching staff we will not be able to give you these updates in alternative ways until we are able to reschedule.
We recognise that taking precautionary action and the cancelation of FOSIS / PTFA community events has been really disappointing. We would like to thank all the FOSIS / PTFA committee for their continued hard work.
We would like to share with you the guidance on absence and attendance from the Local Authority. This is as follows:
How should schools record attendance?
Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil’s parent/guardian refuses to send them to school, the pupil should be recorded as unauthorised absence in the attendance register.
Should you be in isolation with your children we have set up a page on both websites that can be found here:
On this page there are useful links to websites and ideas that you can work with your child at home. We have also highlighted basic skills that you can practise with them too.
We will continue to communicate with you regularly. The updates are changing regularly and we will ensure to keep you as informed as quickly we can. Thank you to those of you who have offered support or kind words in these difficult and unusual times.
13th March 2020
We have just received the latest information from the Hamwic Trust that due to the current situation with the Corona Virus ALL external movements of large groups involving the schools are now suspended. This means that ALL events are cancelled. This will include the imminent Year 4 residential trip for Avon Tyrrell along with the PTFA Silent Disco, Colour Run, parents evening, whole school assembly, Year 3 Sleepover and any sporting competitions. Any other events organised by FOSIS and PTFA within the next 3 weeks are cancelled. We will also be suspending any parent volunteers/helpers from coming into the school during this period along with money raising events organised by FOSIS or PTFA. Other in-house clubs will continue such as after school clubs, breakfast club and music lessons. We will be unable to answer any questions at this time regarding any financial implications therefore please do not contact the school regarding this. We will update you at the end of this period with information regarding future events and plans.
11th March 2020
As the media continues to report on Coronavirus, we want to reassure you that we are listening carefully to the professional advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, the Secretary of State for Health and Hamwic Education Trust. As always, your child’s health and safety is our top priority.
The advice for schools continues to be simple; everybody should pay special attention to matters of hygiene, especially washing hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. We are actively sharing this information with students and staff in school.
We thought it would be useful to make you aware that the department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19, related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 (opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
For more general information, please use the links below to find the latest advice:
Please be assured that, should we need to make any changes to day-to-day arrangements, we will give you as much notice as possible.
Should the government take the extraordinary precaution of instructing schools to close, we have a set of emergency measures to put in place, which will be shared with you, if and when necessary.
In the unlikely event that your child presents with symptoms associated with Coronavirus, please inform the school and follow government advice on self-isolation and diagnosis.
Please be assured that we will always act with the community’s best interests in mind.