7th May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have all had a good week. The children have had a wonderful and busy week learning at school and, for some, at home. The recipe designing competition for ‘The Apprentice’ is hotting up and many of our waistbands are expanding as we sample various versions of Millionaire’s Shortbread and other scrumptious cakes! I sampled a wonderful cupcake today, weighed and made independently by a pupil. Others have found their artistic sides and created some beautiful paintings and detailed drawings, one pupil drawing a range and quantity of pictures not seen before in school. Other children have worked hard on their communication, initiating games with less familiar adults and having longer and more regular conversations. The children at home have been remarkable – some attending daily zoom sessions for 40 minutes at a time and learning how to mute and unmute themselves to help with the lesson flow. Members of the student council grilled prospective staff this week asking such questions as ‘which languages do you speak that you would be able to teach if you worked here?’ Terrific!
Talk PANTS – talking PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep children safe and helps them understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Each letter in the word PANTS gives one of the rules:
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help
The NSPCC has lots of tips and advice with the help of the friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus who has his very own song to sing along with to reinforce PANTS. There are a range of PANTS guides for parents and foster carers which are downloadable in a number of different languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Bengali. There is also a guide for those with a disability and for children with autism. Just click here. There are some common questions parents have asked and some typical questions from children and how to answer them here.
If you have Alexa or an Echo device, the NSPCC explains how you can use these to teach children about PANTS and open ‘NSPCC’ free here.
What to do if you develops symptoms of COVID 19
If you get any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste):
- get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible
- anyone you live with must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result
- anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result
This means that your child must not come to school.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 10-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.
If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend despite the forecast rain tomorrow!