Highfields Primary School

Part of the Attenborough Learning Trust

A National Support School

Coronavirus



Updated COVID-19 Risk Assessment (10.9.21)

Highfields Primary School Risk Assessment - September 2021

Start of Term. (26.8.2021)

This letter from Ivan Brown and Martin Samuels to all parents is about 'Bubbles', self-isolation, close contacts and Test and Trace.

Cases, variants and changes in local and national guidance. (16.6.2021)

This letter from Ivan Brown and Martin Samuels to all parents refers to the importance of preventing transmission and asks for parents and carers support to continue to be careful when organising any ‘gatherings’ such as birthday parties or sleepovers and to follow the guidance, including the rule limiting the indoor mixing of households.

Cases, variants and changes in local and national guidance. (17.5.2021)

Martin Samuels and Ivan Brown have written a letter to all parents and carers about the current situation in relation to cases, variants and the changes in local and national guidance.

Back to School Information (8.3.2021)

Read our latest newsletter for information about the reopening and continue to check this webpage and WEDUC for the latest information and updates about Coronavirus.

The Local Authority have updated their back to school webpages to reflect the reopening of schools on 8 March, they include information on face coverings and COVID testing measures put into place for children, school staff and adults who live in the same house or a childcare bubble or support bubble of primary and secondary aged children.

Ivan Browne, Director of Public Health has issued a video and written to all parents to highlight the importance of children returning to school and for everyone to continue following the Coronavirus guidelines.

Risk Assessment (2.3.2021)

We have updated our Risk Assessment (below) so that it is in line with government guidelines. All staff members in school have read the risk assessment and received training.

If you are unsure of anything, please email or ring the school and we will do our best to help you.

Highfields Primary School Risk Assessment


School Arrangements - spring term 2021 (COVID-19)

Following the national lockdown announcement we will only remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

We hope the information provided here on the Leicester city webpage will support you.

National Lockdown 3 (5.1.2021)

We have spent today responding to last night’s news about Lockdown 3. Arrangements are currently being made for the children of Critical Workers and making sure our Online Provision is consistent across the school for next week.

We will be contacting some parents offering places for their children who we feel may need it.

Because of the late notice and all the arrangements that are happening, it probably will not be until Monday that everything is finely tuned and ready.

Critical Workers List

We are trying to update our Critical Workers list as our first one from March probably will have changed. To help use update our list, can you please email the school with the following details using office@highfields-pri.leicester.sch.uk email address

  1. Your child’s name
  2. Class teacher
  3. Your place of employment

Please use the Critical Worker link below to see if you qualify.

National lockdown: Stay at Home (5.1.2021)

School will beclosed from Tuesday 5th January.

We will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Check the goerment website to find out if you qualify as a critial worker.


Possible School Cloures (3.1.2021)

You may be aware in the media about the possibility of primary schools closures in areas outside of London.

It is likely that some, if not all, classes at Highfields may close due to staff availability. If this happens, we will be open for all Key Worker children if you choose to take up this offer.

We will inform you at the earliest convenience tomorrow if school will not be open for your child's class or if you are a key worker parent to allow you time to make arrangements.

I understand this can be of frustration for some of you but we must do all we can to keep everyone safe, reduce transmission and return to 'normal' as soon as possible.

Thank you for you continued support

Government Guidelines About Bubbles (18.12.2020)

If you do decide you need to form a Christmas bubble, you can do so between 23 and 27 December with people from no more than three households.

If you choose to form a bubble:

  • you should stop unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible and for at least five days before you meet other households in your bubble
  • you should keep your bubble as small as possible
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • if necessary, you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can only meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
  • do not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble
  • Scientific advice is clear that the longer you meet others for, the higher the risk of you catching and spreading the virus. You should minimise the time you spend with your Christmas bubble and should not stay overnight unless unavoidable.

    Children outside whilst isolating (10.12.2020)

    Dear Parents/carers,

    As you are aware, some classes have been sent home to isolate. This means that your child MUST NOT leave the house. I understand this can be frustrating and inconvenient for you but it is very important to keep everyone safe.

    We have seen children who should be isolating going to the shops and walking around outside. Some parents in the community have also notified us that this is happening. Can i remind you that if your child's class is sent home they must isolate for 10 days. This means they must not come to school and must now stay at home. They should not meet up with anyone they don’t live with or attend any activities outside of the home, including Madrassa.

    You may think your child looks and feels well (in most cases they will be) but symptoms can start at anytime within those 10 days. If they do, your child will have put the other people they have been in contact with at risk.

    Please help us to reduce the spread of the virus.


    Isolating Classes (3.12.2020)

    We have sent home 8 classes in the last week due to a child testing positive for coronavirus. Please be prepared as this can happen at any time to any class.

    As a school, we always follow the advice and guidance from Public Health England. I understand that this can be frustrating when classes are sent home especially when brothers or sisters must still attend school.

    If your child must still attend school, they are safe to do so. Please do not worry.  

    Isolation

    If your child is sent home to isolate or has tested positive, please follow the following:

  • Your child must stay at home and isolate. A letter will be sent home with your child with more details.
  • If child develops symptoms whilst isolating, they must take a test.
  • Children and family members must isolate for 10 days if someone in the household has tested positive.
  • If your child has tested positive, they must isolate for 10 days.
  • Your child can return to school if they still have a cough or loss of taste and smell after the 10-day isolation but NOT if any of the symptoms are with a temperature.
  • Online learning

    All class have been set up with login details for remote learning. If your child is sent home to isolate:

  • Your child will, in most cases, be sent home with a learning pack with work for one or two days.
  • The class teacher will let you know when remote learning materials will be ready to access. This will be within one or two days
  • Your child will have an email address and login details (not Foundation Stage). Please contact the school if your child is having difficulty logging in.

  • Remote Learning for the Foundation stage can be found on the school’s website under the ‘Online Learning’ link
  • Hopefully, in the future, there will be few, if any, classes being sent home to isolate.

    Thank you for your continued support.


    Stoughton Street Closure (14.10.2020)

    From Monday 26th October, Stoughton Street will be closed to cars between 8:15am-9am and 2:45pm-3:15pm. This is to ease congestion at these times and reduce the risk of accidents.

    Polite Request

    To help stop the spread of Coronavirus in our area, we are requesting that you wear a mask when you drop off and collect your children.

    Click the link below for more information in different languages.

    Parent Mask Request

    Please continue to check our website in the coming weeks for changes in information regarding the autumn term.

    Symptoms of Coronavirus (30.8.2020)

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    1. high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

    2. new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

    3. loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

    NHS Latest Advice

    Reading

    We are offering free Family Learning online courses for parents. For enrolment or further information please use the telephone number on the posters.

    On 14th October: Family fun with stories.

    From 28th October: Reading with your child.


    Protect Yourself and Others From Coronavirus

    1. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser

    2. Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.

    3. You must wear a face covering by law in some public places unless you have a face covering exemption. You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

    4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.