Covid-19 Updates

All the most recent school related covid-19 information can be found below.

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covid-19 updates - January Lockdown

updated Monday 4th January 2020

NOTICE OF SCHOOL CLOSURE with immediate effect.

LEVEL 5: LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND (potentially until February half term)

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, our school will close tomorrow for most pupils and we will move to remote learning immediately.

Only children of critical (key) workers and vulnerable children can remain in school as required by the Department for Education. We will begin to allocate places to families with 2 critical key workers or in single parent families if this parent is a critical key worker.

If you used the school provision up to 1st June, please send your child to school tomorrow. If not, we will be in touch with you during the school day to discuss the situation. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these difficult times.

For Critical Key Worker list please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

School Day Adjustments - Reporting Cases over Christmas

Please see information regarding reporting cases over the Christmas Holidays

School Day Adjustments - Covid-19 Update

Updated Tuesday 12th December due to new timings

Please click here or see below to view the school opening and closing times commencing from 7/12/2020.

Reporting COVID over Christmas

Covid-19 Updates - Friday Afternoon Update

Updated Friday 13th November

Delay of reopening on Friday Afternoon
 

Due to the continuing health crisis, and the second Lockdown, we will be delaying the re-opening of school on Friday afternoons until 4th December. Our priority is the health and safety of our entire school community and as such we are continually risk assessing to ensure the risk mitigation measures are appropriate and rigorous. This decision has been made as part of this process. 

 

Letter regarding Friday PM

Second Lockdown Risk Assessment Update

See all policy documentation by clicking here

Please see updated risk assessment here: 

Covid-19 Update - Second Lockdown Update

Update on school routine in relation to a second lockdown

Now we are once again in a lockdown scenario, I thought it timely that I updated you and answered some frequently asked questions.

School is open and we continue our events for November. We want to bring some normality of routine and expectation in a world which seems so unpredictable at the moment so whilst ensuring our risk mitigation measures are as rigorous as ever, we are continuing to think about various upcoming school events. 

Please see more information here: 

Lockdown 2 Letter Update

Covid-19 Update - Friday Afternoons Consultation

Reopening of Friday Afternoons
 

Please note update: Due to the continuing health crisis, and the second Lockdown, we will need to delay the re-opening of school on Friday afternoons until 4th December. Our priority is the health and safety of our entire school community and as such we are continually risk assessing to ensure the risk mitigation measures are appropriate and rigorous. This decision has been made as part of this process. Please bear in mind that 4th December is a provisional date and the situation is reviewed on a very regular basis. We will keep you informed.

 

A recent letter was sent out via JMAT to gauge the opinion of the school remaining closed on a Friday afternoon. Following the replies returner, we received some replies stating that parent/carers would prefer to move to a wider re-opening of school so, moving forward, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer Friday afternoons soon at Wath Central.

However, we need to take sensible and measured steps forward, taking all significant factors into account, particularly the implications for schools and families of the Covid-19 spread and our move to Tier 3 and a further national lockdown for at least a month. As a result, the provisional date for re-opening on Fridays is Friday 27th November.

Please see below the initial consultation letter and outcome:

Letter of consultation

Outcome of consultation

School Day Adjustments - Covid-19 Update

Updated September 17th due to new timings

   

 

School Reopening Update - Covid-19 Update

Updated in preparation for September 2020

 

On 2nd September we will invite all pupils from Y1 to Y6 back into school to start a new academic year. Foundation Stage 1 and 2 will have a staggered start to the year with groups of children starting on the 7th September and whole classes starting on 14th September. Class teachers will be in touch regarding which groups are visiting when. This will be on a mandatory attendance basis with all previous expectations in terms of safeguarding applied.

Autumn Term

As we welcome back our whole school, we acknowledge that the landscape ahead may be difficult terrain and recognise those individuals who have been affected by bereavement, those who are feeling some anxiety about the “return to normal” and more widely recognise that we have all felt loss.  Whether that loss has been of friendships, time, freedoms or other, we are committed to approaching the start of the new term with a “Recovery Curriculum” which focusses on pastoral care and support in balance with providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all.

Click here for our 'Reconnection Plan' document for further information about the Autumn Term of 2020.

Please be mindful our opening times have changed since publication of this document. Please visit the document at the top of the page for further information.

School Closure - Due to Covid-19

Update 19th March

Wath Central Primary School will be closed to the majority of pupils from the end of the day on Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure of the school, although not taken lightly, has been made with clear plans to ensure remote learning and safeguarding procedures can continue at the highest standard. Our amended safeguarding policy can be found here and our remote learning advice can be found here. 


The Government has stated that “The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.” This includes children of front-line staff, if they can be kept at home safely. A list of keyworkers can be found on the link above.

In line with this statement, we will remain open with reduced staffing in order to provide support for children of front-line staff who cannot be looked after safely at home (as defined by the Government guidance) and children with additional needs (children with EHCP, LAC children and children who have a social worker).

Children who do not fall into this category will not attend school. It is essential that we work together to ensure that if our school is to remain open for child care purposes, it is only for the most urgent and vital need.

As a school, we are already working with a reduced workforce and this will more than likely continue to decrease.

The Government also advises that “Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.”

For children staying at home, we have already shared with you a clear plan about expectations for the completion of tasks. Please see below information on remote learning.

 

 

 

 



And finally . . . a huge thank you to all our families for your support and the commitment you have given to your child’s education. We are also extremely grateful for the kindness, support and understanding that you have shown to us during this difficult time.

I know that by working together as a school family, we will get through this difficult time and I look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible. Until then, we all send our very best wishes for the coming weeks ahead.


#Together we can.

Wath Central Primary School
Fitzwilliam Street
Wath-upon-Dearne
Rotherham
South Yorkshire

S63 7HG

Telephone:01709 760345

Email: school@wcp.jmat.org.uk

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