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A Message from Santa's Elves

Santa's Elves understand that the children of St Stephen's want to be able to send one another Christmas Cards - and who are we to argue?

 

The Elves are going to ensure that each class has a post box in place. Christmas Cards can then be posted throughout the week beginning 7th December. The contents of the post boxes will then be 'quarantined' over the weekend and the Elves will sort the post so that children can receive their cards the week after. 

 The Elves request that for this year only, children keep their joy and goodwill to those in their own class. They hope that next year normal service can be resumed and children will be able to send cards to whoever they want. 

The St Stephen's Elves are working really hard to make sure that the children have a magical time at school between now and Christmas, and send Seasons Greetings to all of our families. 

School Immunisation Programme

The Immunisation Team will be in school on Monday 14th December to administer the Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme.

Below are links to the e-consent form together with further information regarding the vaccination.  All consent this year is required electronically direct from parents/guardians to the Nursing Team.  The link to the consent form can be found in the letter together with the school identifying code but for ease is https://forms.mpft.nhs.uk/ (School Code: JBFSTSP)

e-consent Letter

Protecting Child Against Flu Leaflet 2020

Further Information Regarding Confirmed COVID-19 Case

We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19.


We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

A number of children and staff (the EYFS bubble) who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), have received information informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days isolation


Please be assured the school remains open for all pupils who are well, and your children should continue to attend as normal if they are not in this EYFS bubble.
 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.                       If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely

 Mr M. Dowd

 

EYFS Bubble Closure - Confirmed case of COVID-19

Dear Parents,

We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19.

A number of children and staff (the EYFS bubble) who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), have received a text tonight informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days isolation.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation, and taking direct advice and guidance from Public Health England.

I will update you tomorrow with further information regarding this on the website.

Please be assured the school remains open and your child/ children should continue to attend as normal if they are not in this EYFS bubble.

 

Kind regards

Mr Dowd

 

Coronavirus Information November 2020

Children in Need Food Bank Donations

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A huge thank you for all of the wonderful donations for the food bank. We are overwhelmed with your generosity. We know that between us we have helped out those families who really need it. 

November Information from Mr Dowd

Data Collection October 2020 - We need your information!

Please can you complete the following forms so that we have up to date contact details and permissions for your children. 

If we end up in another lockdown situation due to Coronavirus we will need this data to be able to continue teaching through remote learning. 

It is important that these forms are completed before the half term break. 

The forms will need to be submitted separately for each child. 

With thanks, 

Mr Dowd.

 

https://forms.gle/NSK97V77y4t6JLA7A - Photograph Permissions. 

https://forms.gle/8p6m8tFjFLBBmpS57 - Data Collection

 

 

Information from Mr Dowd regarding the new academic year 2020 / 2021

Covid-19 Helpline

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children's social care.  Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm

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