Coronavirus: Updated 22.11.2020
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A message from the Headteacher ...
I cannot thank our school community enough for your patience and support through the most challenging, rapidly evolving circumstances. The numerous emails and messages of support over the past few months have been humbling and heartwarming and I am truly proud to serve this amazing community. We know that each individual family has had to make decisions which are best for their family and we are committed to supporting you as best we can, with the resources we have available. #teamCHPS is a strong, caring, inclusive and empowering community and I know that, together, we will emerge from this pandemic as strong and as united as ever.
Stay warm, stay safe, stay strong, stay happy and remember, we are always here for you all.
Christine Meekley, Head Teacher
Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?
- The best was to find out about the Coronavirus and the Government's response is to CLICK HERE
- Specific Government advice for schools can be found by CLICKING HERE
Is Cheadle Heath Primary School open?
School is now open to most pupils, unless the class bubble is closed due to a positive case.
How is work being provided if my child's bubble closes?
We are keen to make certain that our pupils are able to access the curriculum as best possible during these difficult circumstances. Ifa bubble closes then we swtitch to our remote learning policy whch was agreed by Governors in the autumn term. There will be tasks set for all pupils on Google Classroom (KS2) and via Class Story (KS1 / EYFS). All KS2 pupils have access to the Google drive platform. We are aware our pupils access the platform in a variety of different ways, from the mobile app through to accessing the site from a PC and have taken this into account when setting tasks. We would encourage you where possible to support them to structure their day at home. If there are any access problems please let your child's class teacher know via class story messenger. Whilst we are keen to maintain a continuity of learning, we are also aware of how these unique, challenging circumstances impact differently on households depending on work arrangements, childcare arrangements and other factors including overcrowding and access to resources. We know that this is a difficult time for families and reiterate that we continue to value your support and paertnership at this time.
Can my child come into school to collect or drop off work?
Pupils cannot do this as we are following the government health guidelines. If work is complete and cannot be sent in electronically then they should keep it safe at home.
Are school trips taking place?
There will be no school trips at present.
What about parents and other visitors coming in to school?
School is closed to the majority of visitors. Parents are asked to drop their children off using the Churchley Road gate at the identified time and follow the one way system through the playground, exiting via Edgeley Road The safety of our school community is our main priority so we thank you for your support.
What if he / she feels ill? Should they come to school?
If your child is ill they must not come in to school. Please follow the NHS advice. Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for up-to-date guidance.
If the illness is covid related please email school as soon as possible on email@example.com and tell us the name and year group of your child and the reason they are not attending. Please give full details rather than just saying that they are ill. If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation. There is then no need to email each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover. Under government guidance issued on 16 March 2020 they should stay at home for 14 days. If any other pupils at Cheadle Heath Primary School live in the same house they should also self-isolate for 14 days. You can click here for up-to-date guidance.
What changes did we made in school to reduce the risk to pupils prior to closure?
As you would expect, we constantly reviewed the school setting and made daily changes to support pupils and to reduce the risk of infection spreading.
- All pupils were given information about the Coronavirus and about the importance of good hygiene. This was reiterated by all teachers on a regular basis in classrooms. Teachers spoke, where appropriate, to pupils about how they can be responsible and help others.
- We moved to split lunch and breaktimes so that there were fewer pupils in the dining hall and playground at the same time.
- Hand sanitisers were installed and were used by all.
- Assemblies were cancelled.
- Visitors to school were cancelled to reduce the footfall in the building.
- Peripatetic music lessons were suspended.
- We increased the focus on cleanliness of door handles and other contact points.
- Extra-curricular activities did not be taking place after school in the lead up to closure.
As a school we play a role not only in educating pupils but also in safeguarding. We want to make sure that our safeguarding responsibilities are maintained for all during the closure period. If you have any immediate safeguarding concerns about a child, where there is an immediate risk of harm, then you must contact Stockport Social Care on 0161 217 6028 or the Police.
If any families feel that they need additional support then please contact Mrs Vallance, our SENDCO and mental health lead using firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting websites for general support and mental health
- Childline - 08001111
- Samaritans - 08457909090
- Vision - 08006256293
Online Safety Websites
What can I do?
Personal hygiene is an important way of tackling COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health England guidance and keep school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.
Reassure your child and encourage him / her to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.
We know that some children are feeling anxious about the news and that you will want to reassure them. The two links below might support you in this.