Monday 11th January 2020
Please find below the link to Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Monday 4th January 2020
Following the Prime Ministers announcement this evening school will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January 2020).
Further information will be sent out via email as we are planning to re-open from Wednesday 6th January for some pupils.
If you are a critical worker and require a place for your child, please contact school by email before 12:00pm tomorrow. A member of the Longshaw team will be in contact with you to allocate places if eligible.
Please see list below of who is eligible:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
• support and teaching staff
• social workers
• specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
• those essential to the running of the justice system
• religious staff
• charities and workers delivering key frontline services
• those responsible for the management of the deceased
• journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
• the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
• essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
• sale and delivery
• as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
• police and support staff
• Ministry of Defence civilians
• contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
• fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
• National Crime Agency staff
• those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
• staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
• the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
• information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
• key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
• postal services and delivery
• payments providers
• waste disposal sectors
Thank you for your continued support during these tricky times.
Mrs Joanne Leak
Saturday 2nd January 2020
I hope that you all have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I can’t believe how fast the two week break has gone. I am sure that the children are eager to get back to school and see their friends and the Longshaw staff. We've had the added bonus of snow over the Christmas break, too. I'm sure that the children have loved sledging and making snowmen!
I know that Mrs Batley has mentioned me taking up the role of Acting Headteacher (during the Spring term) in previous newsletters. I am thrilled to be undertaking the role and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I will be on the playground before and after school so please come and say hello.
Mrs Joanne Leak
After a very busy last week at Longshaw I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
School re-opens on January 4th and the systems and timings of the Autumn Term remain the same.
As the school will still need to support the Track and Trace system throughout the holidays please email the school office if your child tests positive for Covid 19 at any point in the holidays.
This will enable us to inform Public Health England and help to limit further spread of the virus.
I wish you and your families all the best for the holidays and in the future.
The school day begins at 8.50am and finishes at 3.10pm for all children
In order to help you with this the school will open all doors for all pupils at 8.40 am.
The main/classroom doors will close at 9 am and any child arriving after this time will be marked as late for school.
A one-way system is operating at the back of the school building starting at Pilmuir Road Gate and travelling past Year 2 classrooms, around the back of the building past Reception and Y1 classrooms, across the Pirate Ship Yard and round past the main office area onto the Main Playground.
Reception children will continue to be taken to the classroom doors, following the one way system, at the beginning of the day and picked up from the same classroom door at the end of the day. Children can be picked up at 3.10 pm
All Year 1 classes will all enter and exit school from the Main Playground doors – Queuing systems will ensure that class bubbles are kept separate from each other
Chestnut and Maple classes will enter school from the Main Playground Year 2 door – Queuing systems will ensure that class bubbles are kept separate from each other
Sycamore will enter and exit their classroom door which can only be accessed from Pilmuir Gate entrance or the Main Playground.
Breakfast Club begins at 8.15am
If you have booked a place at breakfast club please note the following arrangements
Reception children - enter through their classroom doors, following the one way system around the building
Year 1 children enter though the dining room doors on the main playground
Year 2 children enter through the doorway nearest to the school hall on the main playground
Government Covid alert system
SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19
A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
A 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)
A 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.
If your child or anyone else in your household shows any of these symptoms the latest Government Guidance is that you self isolate as a family and access testing. If your child has any of the symptoms of Covid-19 you must ring 119 for advice about a Covid test.
We have updated our sickness absence policy this academic year to reflect the following changes -
Any children who are are off school with one of the following reasons – a cough (but not persistent), cold/flu symptoms, sickness or diarrhoea they will now have to be off for 48 hours. We would also advise you to ring NHS 119 to see if they need a test for Covid-19.
If the symptoms disappear after 48 hours your child can return to school.
Thank you for your support.
Managing the symptoms of Covid-19 with very young children is going to be difficult as the usual winter colds start however our main priority is to keep our children, families and staff safe. I would ask you to contact us at the earliest point you can if you or your family show any signs of this virus.
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