Weekly Bulletin – 27th November 2020
I thank parents for their continued support in keeping our school environment as safe as possible by working with us to implement protective measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus as far as possible.
A few reminders:
- Please do not arrive on the school site before your child/children’s allotted arrival time.
- Please remember that only one adult should accompany children to school.
- Please leave the school site and surrounding area immediately once you have dropped off or collected children.
By following these simple rules, you are helping to keep children, staff and the wider community safe.
I hope you are all able to enjoy some relaxation and enjoyment with your loved ones this weekend. Stay safe and stay well.
Covid-19 Test Results
I remind parents to inform school immediately of any Covid-19 test results. You can telephone the school office between 9am and 4pm Monday and Friday or use the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org at other times. Please use ‘COVID-19 TEST RESULT’ in the subject line of your email.
Mr Rumbles will commence a phased return to school from Monday. We are delighted to welcome him back.
Mrs Stewart leaves us today and is taking a break from working as a Teaching Assistant. We thank her for her all of her hard work during her time at Shincliffe and wish her well.
Mrs Luke-Taylor has been appointed as Teaching Assistant and will join the team from Monday.
The necessary protective measures for schools mean that we are unable to hold our usual range of events, services and celebrations. We are determined, however, to celebrate Christmas and to enjoy events that comply with Covid-guidance for schools that minimize the risk of Coronavirus spreading within school.
Thursday 10th December
Our Kitchen team will be cooking a traditional Christmas lunch for the children and staff to enjoy in class bubbles. If you would like your child to have a Christmas lunch and they do not usually have a school meal, you will shortly be sent further information about how to book this. This will also be Christmas Jumper Day and children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper. If you don’t have a Christmas jumper you can wear Christmas colours like red or green. All other uniform must still be worn. Children are invited to donate a suggested amount of £1 via Parent Pay. The collected donation will be sent on to the Save the Children charity.
Week beginning 14th December
The children are invited to come to school wearing their party clothes on the day of their party. Dates and times will be shared in due course. The children will have party games and fun activities within their class bubbles. We will provide children with a snack as we are unable to accept donations of food into school. Each child will receive a gift of a book thanks to the support of FOSS.
International Christmas and Craft Week
Week beginning 7th December
Children in each class will be enjoying a variety of Christmas craft activities during the course of this week. We will also be celebrating Christmas internationally, with each class linked to a different country. The children will then be able to take these crafts home for their families to share and enjoy. Further information will be shared in due course.
Christmas Services and Nativity Performances
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions and protective measures, we are unable to welcome any external visitors to school and singing is not permitted unless distanced outside or in small groups. We are therefore unable to hold our usual Christmas Worship or nativities this year. Each class bubble will share in a Christingle Service within class and Year 6 will prepare Christmas worship with retelling of the Christmas story for the whole school.
We know that the children enjoy sharing cards with one another. To comply with Covid guidance, Christmas cards will need to be quarantined before distribution. We request, therefore, that all cards are brought into school between Monday 7th and Friday 11th December. They will then be distributed week beginning 14th December following quarantine. We ask that children only bring Christmas cards for distribution within their class bubble.
Gifts for Staff
The generosity of parents at this time of year is always appreciated although in no way expected. Any gifts sent into school would need to be quarantined. Therefore, we invite parents this year to make a donation to FOSS in lieu of any gifts for staff. There will be a payment item available via ParentPay in December if you wish to make a donation. The Covid situation has impacted on FOSS significantly as they have been unable to hold the usual Christmas Shopping Evening and Christmas Fair this year. Any donations would make up for this shortfall in income and continue to allow us to continue to provide ‘extras’ for the children.
We look forward to celebrating Christmas, the coming of the Prince of Peace, as we continue to support each other as a school community during these difficult days.
Covid-19 key messages from Durham County Council
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Good regular hand washing is one of the most important prevention and protective measures anyone can take. The more you do it and the better you do it, the more protected you are. The coronavirus is covered in fatty particles and these are attracted to soap particles and will attach themselves to the soap particles any chance they get. In turn, soap particles are more attracted to water molecules and attach to them. This means that as the soap and water are washed away down the sink, they take the virus with it. Remember to wash your hands after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, before you eat or handle food and after using the toilet. Often used on the go, hand sanitizers containing alcohol can kill bacteria, viruses and germs by breaking down and dissolving their membrane and proteins. Hand sanitiser must have an alcohol content of 61% or more to be useful and is not a replacement for good handwashing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Hands can pick up lots of dirt, bacteria and a whole host of other things in a short space of time. If your hands come into contact with a coronavirus infected surface, the virus will be transferred onto your hands. This will not infect you; the virus still needs to make its way into your body. The easiest way in is through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Keeping your hands off your eyes, nose, and mouth is another simple way to protect yourself. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
If someone is infected with Coronavirus, then the moisture in their breath and saliva will contain the virus. These droplets don’t travel very far which is why two metres social distancing rules are in place. However, when you cough or sneeze droplets from your mouth and nose can travel much further. To stop this from happening use a tissue to catch the droplets. The tissue will now be covered in germs so throw the tissue in a bin. If you don’t have a tissue use the crook of your arm. Remember to wash your hands after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough.
If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in your sense of smell or taste, get a test.
Did you know that not everyone knows all the symptoms of Coronavirus? It’s important to know the symptoms, that way you can protect yourself and your family. Do you know them? They are; a new continuous cough, where you cough a lot for more than an hour, or have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; a high temperature, where your temperature is above 37.8ᵒC; or a change in your sense of smell or taste. Did you also know that if you, or someone you live with, has any of these symptoms the advice is stay at home to stop the risk of giving coronavirus to others, and arrange to get a coronavirus test. There are two ways to arrange a test – you can book a coronavirus test online or call 119 if you have no internet access.
If you have symptoms you must arrange a test and self-isolate.
As soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, you should stay home and self-isolate for at least ten days. Anyone else in your household should also stay home and self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. By doing this you will be automatically protecting your family and friends and the wider community. The virus needs to be passed between people for it to survive. Self-isolation stops any contact with others and limits the virus’ opportunity to pass between people. This is a very important step if we want to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. You should arrange to get a coronavirus test. There are two ways to arrange a test – you can book a coronavirus test online or call 119 if you have no internet access.
If you test positive you must self-isolate.
If your test is positive you must complete the remainder of your ten day self-isolation. Anyone in your household should also complete their self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. By doing this you will continue to protect your family and friends and the wider community from coronavirus. If you need help during this time and you don’t have friends, family or neighbours to help, we can put you in touch with organisations through the County Durham Community Hub who’ll be able to help you through this time. The most up-to-date information can be seen by following this link www.durham.gov.uk/covid19help Alternatively you can contact them by phone on 03000 260 260 between 9.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday or via email at email@example.com (If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to isolate).
If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service you must self-isolate.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you will receive a call or text from the NHS Test and Trace Service. (Under 18’s will get a phone call and a parent or guardian will be asked to give permission for the call to continue). You will be asked to begin self-isolation for up to 14 days, depending on when you last came into contact with the person who has tested positive. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell, because it can take up to 14 days for the symptoms to develop. Remember we don’t want the virus to spread so although this may be disruptive for you, it is less disruptive than an outbreak of coronavirus and far less disruptive than a local lockdown. By doing this you will continue to protect your family and friends and the wider community from coronavirus.
Advent Windows 2020- From Fr. Bill
At any time from Sunday 29th November we are creating and lighting up Advent windows in our homes. If you would like to join in simply make a suitable creation to light up your street. We would all like to share more of the light, joy and hope as we move towards Christmas. This is not just for Shincliffe or High Shincliffe. Wherever you live let the light of love shine for all to see in your windows.
With thanks and best wishes,
PS for more information look at St Mary’s Shincliffe pages of, ‘A church Near You’ website, or contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07734 068 668.
Club 100 lottery is currently ‘Club 119!’ if anyone is still interested please contact email@example.com before the closing date of midnight tonight (Friday 27th).
All of those who have already been in touch, keep an eye on your emails as further information will be coming as to what happens next.
We are exploring the value of compassion with worship led in each class by teachers and children. We thank Fr. Peter for sharing his weekly video during this time when whole school gatherings are not permitted.
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