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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Our school vision at St Joseph’s Catholic Infant school is to develop eloquent and truthful learners who are ambitious and capable. Eloquent in what they say of themselves and in  the relations between people and the world. To be eloquent in our Foundation Phase setting, children must learn to speak with confidence and then build on these skills to develop reading and writing skills.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

 

Collaboration with parents to develop ambitious, capable learners

During lockdown some children have flown with reading development, however, many for lots of different reasons have plateaued or regressed.

We would like all parents to work with us to help improve every child’s reading skills.

 

 

How?

Step 1: Be consistent. Read daily with your child 10- 15 mins

Step 2: Practise reading the Oxford Reading Scheme daily. It is always good to ‘walk ‘ through the book before reading, looking at pictures on the cover, and looking through the book together. Go over any tricky words. Set children up to achieve.

  • Read the story to your child, pointing under the words as you read
  • Re-read the story with your child, encouraging them to join in with repeated patterns
  • Give them lots of praise
  • Write in the Reading Record – share how the session went with your child’s teacher.
  • PLEASE remember to send book and reading record back on the designated day. We need to set them aside 48 hours before using.

Step 3: Log on to Oxford Reading Buddies for short burst 3 times a week. This is a fantastic resource which tracking shows is being underused. Logon codes will be resent later this week.

Step 4: Use flash cards sent home as a home learning tool. Make the activity fun. Keep it short, make it a game. Make additional flash cards if your child finds a word tricky. Help them recognise common words by sight. Make sure they know the names of the main characters.

Step 5: Use fun resources that surround us in a language rich world.  Teach them songs and nursery rhymes; clap rhythms of the words, help them to think of another word that begins with…

Make use of online resources such as:

·       BBC Bitesize has a good section on ‘Top tips to support your child’s reading at home’ which may be of help with strategies.

·       readingrockets.org has ideas for family reading activities.

·       The Pori Drwy Stori website has lots of activities/ideas for families (https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/poridrwystori/

·       The Literacy Trust also has information/support for parents (https://literacytrust.org.uk/)

10 Top Tips for supporting children during Covid-19

Thank you for looking after everyone by staying at home. By following advice to stay at
home during the COVID 19 outbreak you’re helping to reduce your family’s risk and you’re
also helping to protect the NHS and save lives.
The following are ten tips to encourage your young child’s development during this time:
Stay Home. Stay Positive.

1. These will help you and your child feel more secure. Routines will
help structure your day from start to finish. You will need to plan
ahead for the next day and week but keep it simple and doable
– getting up time, meals, bathtime, exercise and going to bed.
Simple, regular routines
Talk about and explain to your child what you are going to do throughout the day.
Help them take turns in conversation. Tune into what they already know and build
on their daily routine. Be a running “commentator”, keep your language simple.
Draw pictures, show pictures or use objects to show what you are going to do if
your child needs more help to understand. If you have them, use photos of friends
and/or family to talk about people that are important to you in different households.

2. Talk about what you are going to do
Have fun, we learn best when we are enjoying what we do. If you or your child
are not enjoying something, stop, change your plan. Try to make sure you do
something fun for you and your child every day, more than once if you can.

3. Enjoy your time together
Use the TV and/or other devices, but choose when you are going to watch and what you
are going to do. CBeebies and S4C’s Cyw have some fun programmes. Use your phone/other
devices to record what you have done – kicked a ball, learnt a new song or a new word.
Turn off the TV when you are not watching it so there is not a constant stream of information.

4. Selectively use devices
You don’t need to buy extra things. Walk in your garden or near home, point to flowers, birds
and trees, buildings and everyday objects; name them. Play walking, running, finding games.
Do a treasure hunt for everyday objects in your home/garden. Teach your child a new song
or nursery rhyme. Play catch, or rolling a ball backwards and forwards. Use mirrors in the
bathroom to encourage copying and taking turns – making silly faces. Children like to repeat
familiar activities. You are your child’s first and lasting teacher – you can help them learn
and grow so much. They can also teach you – look at how they learn best.

5. Use what you have at and near your home
SOURCES:
Anne Marie McKigney, Consultant Child Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan
University Health Board,
Dr Heather Payne, Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Medical Officer for
Maternal & Child Health, Welsh Government.
April 2020

6.Cleaning, cooking, fixing. If they can’t help, they can watch you and you
can tell them what you are doing. If you have older children, they may
be able to help by talking with and/or entertaining younger siblings.
Let your child join in and help as much
as they can with household tasks

7. A cocoon. Create the same for yourself – put your phone in the drawer and check
at set intervals only (not too often). Acknowledge your worries, ask for help/advice
if you need it and let your child ask for help. Practise relaxing and deep breathing.
Create a safe, quiet place for your child to be quiet

8. If your child understands a little about COVID 19, please tell them the facts very
simply. Show them how to wash their hands and get them to practise washing
their hands. Find a song they like to sing whilst washing their hands or use a
timer for 20 seconds. You can also teach them other hygiene and self-help skills
such as dressing, undressing, cleaning teeth and using the toilet if you’re both
ready. Make it as much fun as possible.
Let your child talk and ask about COVID 19

9. This could be on a daily basis or a few times a week. Choose a regular time and way
of communicating (FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp). If you are using the telephone, if
you can, point to pictures of the person speaking at the other end. Decide how long
these sessions will be. Start by saying “Hello” and finish by saying “Goodbye”. Tell or
show your family one thing your child has done well or learned. Decide what you will
share/do, sing a song or do a dance. If you need a longer chat for yourself ring later
when your child is asleep, if you are not too tired!
Keep in touch with your family and friends

10. At the end of each day, think of one particularly positive thing
that you and your child have achieved and enjoyed that day.
Tell them, talk about it and record it in some way, celebrate it.
Celebrate achievements

Top ten Tips
Finally, plan for when we come out of lockdown and what you and your child might like to do then!

For more information and advice on parenting, visit:
gov.wales/parenting-give-it-time
parentsinwales
parenting.wales
Keep in touch with your Health Visitor. They are here to help you and your family.
Watch Yvonne explaining how they can help: https://bit.ly/2z04XUG

Covid Risk Assessment v7 March 2021

 

 

 

          Corporate Risk Assessment adapted for

             Saint Joseph’s Infant School

 

 

The guidance document “Neath Port Talbot Check In, Catch Up and Prepare for Summer and September Arrangements and Operational guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term” should be utilised when completing your risk assessment.

 

 

 

Activity being assessed:  Back to school recovery for the Spring Term 2021

 

Risk assessment reference number: 1

Risk assessment created on: July 2020

Reviewed : 3rd September 2020

Reviewed : 5th November 2020

Reviewed : 9th November 2020

Reviewed : 4th January 2021

Reviewed : 15th March 2021

 

Persons undertaking or affected by the activity
 
  Employees Contractor Public Service User Other    
 
Hazard Control measure Likelihood

1. Very Unlikely
2. Unlikely
3. Likely
4. Very Likely
5. Certainty

 

Severity

1. Negligible
2. Minor
3. Medical Treatment
4. Major
5. Fatal

Risk Level

Likelihood x Severity =  Risk Level

Spread of COVID-19 General

 

·       All relevant statutory building checks have been undertaken prior to staff being allowed to re-enter buildings.

·       Special consideration must be given to whether employees who are considered to be in a higher risk category which make them more susceptible to Covid-19 as per Public Health Guidance should be permitted to come into work.

Important: For employees who are vulnerable and/or are Black and Minority Ethnic and are therefore considered to be in a higher risk category which make them more susceptible to Covid-19 and are concerned about returning to the workplace, a risk assessment tool has been developed by the Welsh Government which they can complete and share with their Manager.  This can then be used as an aide in discussions with the employee to understand any concerns with returning to the workplace and to ensure appropriate control measures can be put in place for the employee to return to a safe environment.

The risk assessment tool can be accessed here

·       All persons that are contacted via “Test, Trace, Protect” need to adhere to the guidance given.

 

Symptoms of Covid-19/ Symptomatic person

 

·       All staff and volunteers are to be made aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and watch for those symptoms in themselves and others – stay alert. Look for Flu like symptoms – high temperature, new constant coughing bouts and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

·       If any person/visitor/pupil is suspected of suffering symptoms they should be sent home immediately, or if this is not possible they should be isolated in a separate room (supervised as necessary) until they can be collected. Each school must ensure they have up to date contact details for parent/guardians. Person/visitor/pupil should self-isolate according to the guidance produced by Public Health Wales, and or NHS direct.

·       Social distancing from the infected person must be exercised wherever possible to prevent the spread of the infection. Where this is not possible, the appropriate PPE must be worn. Please refer to PPE section of this risk assessment.

·       An alternative exit route from the premises has been identified in order to ensure all other primary routes are not potentially contaminated.

·       Personal hygiene after contact with the symptomatic person must be exercised to ensure that the spread of the infection is controlled.

·       All areas where a symptomatic person has entered are segregated until a deep clean (level 2) is carried out.  If it is a classroom, the children can be moved to GF03 (reception classroom).

·        AMS cleaning must be notified so they can arrange a deep clean (Level 2) to the affected areas.

·      A designated area in the storage section of the blue container has been identified where double –bagged contaminated waste can be stored for 72 hours until it can be disposed of safely with the normal waste. The bags will be labelled with the date to ensure correct disposal.

·       The equipment that the pupil/employee has been in contact with must be withdrawn from circulation and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being allowed back into circulation.

 

Access and Egress

 

·       Gatherings in the school playground will be discouraged.

·       Ensure there is an appropriate queuing system on entry and exit from the school premises.  A member of staff will on duty to remind parents to maintain a social distance. Staff to advise all persons in the queue to maintain a social distance whilst waiting to drop children off at the school gate. Markers going to be placed at 2m gaps. There will be staggered school start and finish times for different cohorts of pupils.

·       All parents and guardians of children are advised at drop off to ensure that their children are not symptomatic; if so then entry into the premises will be denied. This has been communicated via letter, school website, Seesaw, Teacher to Parent text and signage.

·       Upon entry, each pupil will be required to wash their hands. Each class will use the sink in their classroom Sanitising stations will be available at all entry points. Due to the high alcohol content, the hand sanitiser should be appropriate secured (e.g. wall mounted), if this is not possible it will need to be appropriately supervised to prevent accidental ingestion by pupils. Hand sanitiser with high alcohol content should not be placed in direct sunlight, or near any heat source, as it is highly flammable. There is an up-to-date COSHH assessment available at site.

 

Social Distancing

 

·        Social distancing must be maintained at all times wherever possible to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This includes movement around school, staffrooms, children in classrooms, office staff, bursar, caretaker. Refer to “Neath Port Talbot check in, catch up and prepare for summer and September arrangements” and “Managing Movement around schools” documents.

·        Each area of the school will be assessed prior to use, to ensure it is suitable to facilitate social distancing (e.g. number of pupils/staff/desks per classroom etc).

·        Due to the size of some corridors within the building, it will sometimes be difficult to keep a distance of 2m when passing another employee.  In order to reduce this problem and to limit the amount of time employees are in contact with each other, employees should not congregate or have discussions in corridors.

·        Where possible non-contact activities should take place when children are in the activity area(s).

·        Weekly rota for class play zones, in place to avoid activities that may encourage close contact at frequent intervals between bubbles. Play equipment must be used weekly  by one bubble wherever possible

·        Try not to conduct team building type exercises where close proximity is required.

·        Careful consideration must be given for any employee/pupil requiring a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to return to work.

·       In order to avoid the use of shared fridges and taps in staffrooms staff are encouraged to bring in their own food and drink in cool bags.  Personal flasks could be brought in by employees for hot refreshments, again reducing the need to use communal facilities.

·       The staff room has been assessed and only 4 staff are allowed at any one time. Staff can use the dining hall as an extra staff room and only 10 staff are allowed at any one time.

·       Yr 2, Yr 1 staff and HT can used the tea making facilities in the head teacher’s office and the fridge in the corridor to store milk. Yr R/1 staff can use the tea making facilities in the staff room and the staff room fridge to store milk. Nursery staff can use the tea making facilities in the nursery building and the nursery fridge to store milk.  Staff should wash hands thoroughly after touching communal equipment and the kettle, fridge and all surfaces should be wiped down after use.

·       No sweets/snacks to be brought into work for sharing between staff.

·       Only the school clerk should use the second door to enter her office.  All staff using the photocopier should enter using the first door. Staff should ensure that they sanitise their hands before using the photocopier. Please be mindful to keep a 2m distance at all times – there will be signage to remind everyone. Use of shared printers/photocopiers to be kept to a minimum.  Only one person at a time should be within the printing/photocopying area.

·       All staff should adhere to the social/physical distancing measures as far as possible; however, we recognise that when working with younger learners this may not always be possible. In these circumstances high quality 3 layer face coverings may be worn by staff members, however, having regard to the needs of the learner will be important and a specific risk assessment may be required.

 

Cleaning and Hygiene

 

·       Increased hygiene procedure that will be undertaken throughout the by the teaching assistants will include frequently wiping down of high-touch areas will throughout the day.  High-touch areas include bathrooms/ toilets – door handles, taps ect. (not the toilet bowls), tables/ desks /chairs, toys, equipment, door handles, sinks, light switches, etc.  Disposable gloves and disposable aprons should be worn when cleaning is taking place.

·       Cleaning will take place on the Principle of “Teach Germs a lesson” by using the school cleaning colour coded system. All TAs in the school received this training in July 2020 (Bodily Fluids Training NPT.)

·       SCREEN will be made up daily and to the correct dilution rates.  Any unused product will be disposed of at the end of the day.  An up-to-date COSHH assessment must be available at site.

·      All potentially contaminated waste will be placed into a black bag, sealed and placed inside a second black bag and stored in the storage section of the blue container away from all other waste until 72 hours has passed when it will be disposed of in the normal manner.

·       All children and adults, including staff must wash/sanitise their hands on entry into the premises.

·       Soap, running water and hand drying facilities are available in every toilet and in each classroom that has a sink.

·       Hand washing must take place at regular intervals during the day. Signage will be placed in toilets, sinks, etc. to remind pupils/staff to wash for at least 20 seconds.  Staff/pupils will be reminded of good handwashing techniques.

·       Stocks of hand sanitiser on the premises must be monitored at regular intervals to ensure that stocks do not run out(A. Coughlin and C. Jones*). Request / replace stocks when they are running low, not when they have run out.

·       Hand sanitiser must be stored away from ignition sources such as, sunlight, heat, open flames, hot surfaces, sparks, etc.  It must be stored in a cool place.

·       If stocks of hand sanitiser have run out, ensure there is adequate hand soap and running water that can be used instead.

·      Have hand wipes available to use as a last resort.

·      A supply of disposable tissues will be available in each classroom.  These are to be monitored and replenished regularly.  Separate bins for the tissues should be available in each classroom and other key locations around the site.  The contents should be emptied daily.

·      Pupils will be shown how to catch a sneeze or cough using their elbow or a tissue and reminded to then wash their hands.

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

·       When using PPE hands must be washed both before and after use.

·       Staff who will be required to use PPE will be provided with information on how to don and doff it correctly. Information poster to be provided to schools

 

Routine activities

  • No PPE is required when undertaking routine educational activities in classroom or school settings.

General clean of premises

  • Disposable gloves and disposable aprons must be worn.

 

Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Gloves, aprons and a fluid-resistant surgical mask should be worn if a child or young person becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and needs direct personal care.
  • Eye protection should also be worn if a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes such as from coughing, spitting, or vomiting.
  • A Level 2 clean must take place when cleaning the areas where a person suspected of having COVID-19 has been.  The risk assessment identifies the PPE required when undertaking this activity as being disposable gloves, disposable apron, FR(IIR)SM and goggles.

Intimate care including administering first aid

  • Gloves and aprons should be used when providing intimate care to a child or young person. This can include personal, hands-on care such as washing, toileting, or first aid and certain clinical procedures such as assisted feeding.
  • Fluid-resistant surgical mask and eye protection should also be worn if a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes such as from coughing, spitting, or vomiting.
  • Gloves and aprons should be used when cleaning equipment or surfaces that might be contaminated with body fluids such as saliva or respiratory secretions.

Use of Lateral Flow Devices

·         Testing is voluntary, but al staff are strongly encouraged to participate to further reduce the risk of asymptomatic transmission within the workplace.

 

Movement around/use of premises

 

·       All rooms have windows that can be opened.  Windows will be opened by the caretaker before the start of the school day.  The classroom staff can close the windows if the temperature becomes too low but all windows and doors will be opened at playtimes, lunch time and whenever the children are outside the classroom.

·       Staff/pupils to be reminded to follow the one-way systems in place.

·       Fans are not to be used.

·       Play equipment / toys that require high levels of shared use (lego, plastercene, building blocks sand play pits) etc. are not to be used.

·       Most soft furnishings/ toys will be removed as these are more difficult to clean/ sanitise.

·       Shared equipment such a trikes / bike or other ride on toys, are timetabled weekly and are used by a single bubble per week

·       Activities that require physical contact should not be conducted.

·      Gym mats etc. that encourage shared use should not be used.

·       Movement around the school will be kept as low as practicable to minimise the risk of cross contamination in the school environment, and eliminate the need for a deep clean between classes.

·       The handling of cash should be discouraged.

·       Water dispensers can be used.

 

Meetings

 

·        Face to face interaction should be reduced as much as possible. If a visit/meeting/work can be done via telephone/skype/teams etc. then this should be considered as the safest method. Otherwise consideration must be given to whether a 2m distance is achievable.

·        Avoid non-essential travel around the building e.g. If you need to speak with someone in another part of the building, use the telephone, skype, ‘teams’ etc. to communicate with them.

·        All meeting rooms will be kept locked and if needed to be used must be booked the school office.  This way arrangements can be made to ensure that the room is cleaned following its use.

·        If meetings are necessary, the room should be assessed to determine how many people are permitted to enter meeting rooms whilst maintaining social distancing. If the room has windows these should be opened to improve ventilation.

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

·       Management will promote mental health & wellbeing awareness to staff during the Coronavirus outbreak and will offer whatever support they can to help.

·       Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 information is available via the home screen on the NPTCC intranet, which provides a wide variety of useful tools such as contact information for support services, online stress control classes etc.

 

Emergency procedures such as fire, first aid

 

·        The emergency evacuation procedure has been reviewed and communicate to staff/pupils.  Fire drills will take place to ensure good practice.

·        Ensure there are sufficient numbers of appropriately trained first aiders available.  They should follow the training they have received and use PPE as detailed previously.  Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) don’t do rescue breaths.  Practice good hygiene by washing/sanitising hands before and after administering first aid.

 

Staff Absence:

Should TA staff have to isolate/ or are ill

1.       Short term cover can be managed where possible by shuffling existing staff

 

2 3 6
Personal Protective Equipment
 

Other

Aprons must be worn

 

Eye Protection must be worn Head Protection must be worn Safety Harness must be worn Ear Protection must be worn Safety overalls must be worn Safety boots must be worn Respiratory equipment must be worn Hi Viz clothing must be worn Protective

gloves must

be worn

 

Face Protection must be worn ____________________________________________________________________

 

Additional risk information
In the event of an incident/accident, please contact your nearest first aider.

All incidents/accidents must be recorded on NPT’s Online Accident Reporting System.

Suitable information, instruction and training on how to use, store and maintain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) correctly to be provided.

All staff to have regard for their and others health and safety at all times.

 

 

Please identify how this risk assessment has been communicated
Team brief / Team meeting
One to one
Email
Other (please specify:

 

 

Emergency Procedures
Contact name: Julie Beaumont Rees
Contact number: 01639 882579
Contact number (out of hours): 07970 723014
Hospital: Neath Port Talbot/ Morriston/Singleton
Emergency Services

 

 

Name:

Julie Beaumont Rees

 

 

Position:

Head

Date:

 

 

Risk assessments must be reviewed as a result of change in working practices / legislation or following an incident / accident
Reviews  Key  
Review date :July 2020

 

Likelihood Severity Likelihood of Injury 5 5Y 10R 15 20 25
Reviewed by:

3.10.20

1.      Very Unlikely – This will probably never happen/occur

2.      Unlikely – Do not expect it to happen/recur but it is possible it may do so

3.      Likely – Might happen or recur occasionally

4.      Very Likely – Will probably happen/recur, but it is not a persisting issue/circumstance

5.      Certainty – Will undoubtedly happen/recur, possibly frequently

 

1.      Negligible – Minor injuries or discomfort. No medical treatment or measurable physical effects.

2.      Minor – Injuries or illness requiring on site first aid. Temporary impairment.

3.      Medical Treatment – Injuries or illness requiring hospital treatment.

4.      Major – Injury or illness resulting in permanent impairment.

5.      Fatal – Fatality.

 

 

4 4 8 12 16 20
Review date :

5.11.20

3 3 6G 9 12 15
Reviewed by:

9.11.20

2 2 4 6Y 8 10Y
Review date :

4.1.21

1 1 2 3 4 5G
Reviewed by:

 

0 1 2 3 4 5
Review date :

 

Severity of Injury
Reviewed by: Low Risk Medium Risk High Risk

Update Letter from Kirsty Williams

Please see update letter from Kirsty Williams.

Dear Headteacher

Wishing you a better new year in the hope you found some time to rest during the break.

Inevitably, and as I noted in my letter to you on 16 December, we have seen a difficult start to 2021 with Wales at alert level 4, and schools moving to remote learning, due to increased transmission of the new COVID-19 strain.

The First Minister will confirm today that we will bring the decision-making on schools and colleges into line with the Welsh Government’s three-week review timetable of 29 January.  This means that learners will continue to learn remotely and vulnerable children and children of critical workers will have access to on-site provision, until then.

At that point, unless the rates of community transmission in Wales reduce significantly by 29 January, most students in schools and colleges will continue working remotely until the February half term.

I want to stress – guided by the TAG report, to be published ahead of the First Minister’s announcement – that this is not a simple binary choice between closing schools now and reopening them in February. The TAG report is clear on education’s contribution to our efforts to deal with this, not because schools are now more unsafe or pose a higher risk for teachers and children.

We are taking this action because the new variant is far more infections and is leading to increased numbers of people falling ill and being hospitalised.

We will use the coming weeks to work with local authorities, unions and head teachers  to plan for the future.  We want to work together creatively to look at all the possibilities for a phased, and safe, return of some pupils during this period.  We have achieved this in every new term since the Summer and that’s down to our collective mission to prioritise our children’s growth, learning and well-being.

 

Colleagues will know that the new variance does not mean schools have suddenly become unsafe. They do not pose an increased risk to teachers or students.

However, keeping schools open does encourage children and adults to mix – inside and outside the school gates – at a time when cases of coronavirus are high in the community and we have a very infectious strain spreading quickly.

Our invitation to you is to keep working with us so we can use this time to tackle instances of digital exclusion, undertake fresh risk assessments and renew guidance, in line with issues raised by the workforce.

 

 

2021-01-08 – Letter to primary

Revised start date – 11th Jan 2021

A letter from Ms B.

Start 11th Jan 2021

Re: REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR JANUARY AT ST JOSEPH’S INFANT SCHOOL

31st December 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Following discussions with Welsh Government officials, the Local Authority has decided that all schools in Neath Port Talbot will not return to school for face-to-face teaching until Monday 11th January. Therefore, we will be providing online learning for our pupils. However, face to face learning will be provided for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers from Wednesday 6th January 2021. If you child falls into either of these categories, please text reply CRITICAL WORKER COVER.

Therefore, to ascertain numbers of pupils attending/ bubble formation, from Wednesday 6th January 2021, could you please contact me by 3pm on Monday 4th January 2021.  Please take into consideration when making your decision that every child that can be safely cared for at home should be.

As 2020 comes to an end; I would like to take this opportunity to once again, to thank you all for your support, in what has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone. I wish you all a happier, healthier, and more positive 2021.

 

 

Take care, stay safe!

Yours sincerely,

Ms J Beaumont

BEGINNING OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS AT ST JOSEPH’S INFANT SCHOOL

Re: BEGINNING OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS AT ST JOSEPH’S INFANT SCHOOL

 

Dear Parent / Carer

Following advice from Welsh Government and Neath Port Talbot Local Authority, schools are to be closed to all pupils for 2 days immediately after the Christmas break to assess staffing levels and prepare for the new term in light of ongoing concerns surrounding COVID 19. As such St Joseph’s Infants will be closed for all pupils on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January. All pupils will return to school on Wednesday 6th January following the same arrangements as was carried out in the Autumn Term.

N.B. If there is a change in this date we will inform you on the 4th January. However, the school will still be open to vulnerable learners and children of critical workers on Wednesday January 6th and we emphasize that it is important for them to attend.

Please be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 in your child. If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild.

  • Inform Saint Joseph’s Infant School (text URGENT) that they are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test

 

 

 

  • Your child should remain in self-isolation
  • All other household members should isolate for 10 days from when your child developed symptoms
  • Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999
  • If you require medical advice for COVID-19 symptoms or another reason, please inform the healthcare worker that your child is a contact of a case of COVID-19 and in self-isolation
  • Please follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result

 

Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing

For general information on COVID-19 https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus

The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help

 

With best wishes,

Ms. J. Beaumont – Headteacher