Coronavirus - Covid 19
Free School Meals - 2nd April 2020
The Government have now launched a national voucher scheme to provide support to families whose children are eligible for a Free School Meal.
All eligible families will receive a text message today if they are entitled to receive a £15 weekly food voucher.
Home Learning update for Easter
We are so impressed with all the learning that has been happening at home. We have loved seeing your work, pictures and videos. As we are coming up to the Easter holidays, learning will be slightly different. Class teachers will be adding an Easter grid to the website tomorrow which will include lots of activities that you can do with your child over the next 2 weeks.
They will then be busy over the Easter holidays developing and planning new home learning ready for you to access again online on Monday 20th April.
Longshaw Infant School is now a Hub School for the children of
Longshaw Nursery and Longshaw Junior School.
Please note we are following Government guidelines:
We ask that parents keep their children at home wherever possible, and therefore we remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response or for those who absolutely need to attend.
Longshaw Junior School pupils should enter the school from the Year 2 door on the main playground. Children from the Infant School and the Nursery will continue to enter the school through the main office.
School will open for all pupils at 8.30am and close for Infants at 3.10pm and for Juniors at 3.20pm
The breakfast club will no longer be operating due to staffing limitations so please do not arrive before 8.30am.
Whilst school remains closed for the majority of children through these difficult times we are still posting learning daily on the class pages.
Blackburn with Darwen Council have now launched the 'Help Hub' which may be useful for families. This hub is available on the council's website - www.blackburn.gov.uk. You will find the link to the Help Hub at the top of the page.
If you, or someone you know, needs vital support while isolating at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, fill in the online Help Hub form.
The Help Hub can provide a range of support – from organising deliveries of essential supplies, and providing information and advice, to weekly telephone calls to help keep people’s spirits up during periods of isolation.
Friday 20th March 2020
Key Worker List
Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.
Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.
Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.
Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.
Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.
Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.
If you work in one of these roles and believe your child needs to be in school please contact us by 5pm today to let us know, giving details of your role and employer.
Please note that only one parent or carer needs to be a key worker for your child to be offered a place in school from next week.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
We have now uploaded onto the website some learning for each year group and class.
You can access this through your child’s class pages. There will be maths, English and wider curriculum activities including reading, science and art. If your child is at home please ensure that they carry out activities daily. There are online resources and also print at home work. We are not currently asking children in school to carry out homework activities, as they can also access this learning online. We will send home login details for the different websites tonight for the children in school. If you are already self-isolating please contact the school office for these login details. This information will include full instructions regarding logging on to the different websites.
We will be changing the learning constantly for the children to ensure that there is always something new for them to learn.
I hope you and your families remain well and please be assured that I will be in contact again as soon as I have any further information to share with you.
Mrs A H Batley
Tuesday 17th March 2020
You will be aware the government has issued further advice regarding COVID 19. This information was shared via a press conference on Monday 16th March. I have enclosed the details for your information.
New Guidance to Educational settings states - This is available on the Gov.uk site:
- 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. This should now be for fourteen days.
- If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.
- To continue to clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.
- Continue to 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.
- Unless we have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, the government recommend all education settings remain open at this point.
We are fulfilling all the above messages at Longshaw and would ask that you monitor your children closely in order to ensure that they are not sent in to school if you suspect any illness.
Main messages regarding staying at home: Guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection are - This is available on the Gov.uk site:
- If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for a further 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
- If you have coronavirus symptoms:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
As a school we continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene with our pupils:
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the bin and wash hands
- Provide adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitiser
We aim to keep Longshaw Infant School open unless directed otherwise by the Local Authority or the Government. Please contact us if we can give any further advice or support.
Mrs A H Batley
Monday 16th March 2020
We are without doubt in unprecedented times and I know that we are all worried about what is ahead of us. All information seems to point to a number of very difficult weeks and months where our sense of the ‘norm’ is going to be challenged. I am just hoping that we will swiftly reach the peak of this challenge and see sunshine on the other side.
Until then, as you know, we will aim to provide a sense of calm and positivity in school. We are taking time to adapt our curriculum to include information about caring for others, staying healthy, developing resilience and having fun. We recognise that there is much to worry about in the world currently and we want to ensure that school is a stress free place to be.
We are receiving regular guidance off Public Health England and Blackburn with Darwen Education Department and will inform parents of any changes to our current policy which was detailed in the letter I sent out on Friday and have attached below.
In order to limit the risks further we are asking that parents do not arrive for Breakfast Club before 8am as the door will not be opened early. We will also be cancelling family Friday and family assembly over the next few weeks.
Our advice remains the same as the Government have directed. Should your child experience any symptoms including continuous cough or high temperature please keep them at home for 7 days from when the symptoms start. Some families have taken the decision to isolate children with underlying health issues and we are supporting them with these decisions.
We understand this is a stressful time for all, and everyone must consider their own personal circumstances. School will do its best to support where we are able. We wish everyone good health and plenty of resilience!
Friday 13th March 2020
We have received further government guidance about the measures schools should take in response to the coronavirus outbreak today. The guidance reminds us to encourage children to wash hands at appropriate times of the day and to use tissues when coughing and sneezing. This is something that we are teaching all children to do in school.
Please note that all children are expected to attend school every day unless they are experiencing symptoms of the virus:
- A new, persistent cough and /or
- A temperature of 38.7C (100F) or higher.
Only if your child is experiencing such symptoms they should stay at home for 7 days. During this period parents and carers should seek advice by calling NHS 111. After 7 days, if he/she no longer shows symptoms your child should return to school as normal.
If parents and carers themselves are experiencing the symptoms described above, they should not come into school and should follow the guidance on self-isolation available on the following website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
This advice is under constant review. Should it change, we will of course keep you informed.
Mrs A H Batley
Our vision is to foster a love of lifelong learning and give every child the opportunity to develop socially, academically, creatively, spiritually and emotionally. We will provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum which will challenge children’s thinking, encourage them to care for others and inspire them to fulfil their individual potential in order to achieve success.
LONGSHAW COMMUNITY INFANT SCHOOL
IS OFFICIALLY A VERY GOOD SCHOOL.
The inspector celebrated that…
- The school is a beacon of hope and care for children and families in the community
- The Headteacher, Governors and senior leaders have an accurate view of the effectiveness of the school
- We have created a warm and welcoming school environment
- The behaviour of the pupils continues to be a strength
- Pupils treat each other with respect
- Parents said ‘Teachers do their best to make all children feel special, to see their value and purpose irrespective of their backgrounds
- The school gives high priority to the social and emotional needs of the pupils
- The environment is bright and stimulating
- Teachers celebrate the work of the pupils across the school
- The standard of art work around the school is excellent and pupils utilise skills that only those well beyond their age would normally have
- The curriculum is enriched with trips and additional experiences
- The pupils are taught to understand the wider aspects of British society through visits to synagogues, mosques and churches
- Pupils benefit from expert teaching in art, music and physical education
- They explore learning through many different lunchtime and after-school clubs
- Pupils are actively encouraged to solve problems and take risks whilst developing language skills in regular outdoor learning sessions
- Pupil premium funding is carefully spent so that disadvantaged pupils make progress in line with that of all other pupils
Since returning to school in September, we have had a lot of problems with cars parked on the Zig-Zags on both Pilmuir Road and Crosby Road.
If you are a Parent please can you ensure that you are not parked dangerously and not on the Zig-Zags. Please park in a safe place, and walk a short distance to school if necessary.
If you travel to school using a taxi, please ensure your driver does not drop you off on the Zig-Zags.
If any Parents/Carers witness taxis parked on the Zig-Zags please take a picture of their driver number and registration plate and report them using the following number - 01254 585585.
Enforcement Officers have been visiting school and will continue to do so at various points throughout the year. They have been issuing drivers with fines and will continue to do so.
Please help us to keep your children safe