Category Archives: Infants

Covid-19 Isolation Guidance

Following our return to school we have been made aware of a number of children who have attended school whilst a member of their household have been awaiting test results. 

For the safety of all the children and staff in the school you MUST follow the NHS guidance. 

Stay at home

If you had a test because you had symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.

Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home until you get your result if you’ve been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

School Meal Arrangements from Tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians,

We wanted to inform you that a member of our catering team has tested positive for Covid at Signhills Infant Academy and Signhills Academy. As a precaution, we have closed the kitchen and all other members of our catering team are self-isolating. Arrangements are being made for the kitchen to be deep cleaned before they will be re-opened.

Our team has been following health and safety Covid protocols including regular cleaning, observing social distancing, as well as wearing appropriate PPE.  Interaction with pupils has been very limited, with schools meals being served either via a counter service for our junior school or delivered on trollies to classrooms in the infant school.

Due to these circumstances we are unable to provide hot meals until the kitchen reopens after half term. Therefore, we will be providing packed lunches for all infant and free schools meals pupils in the junior school (if hot meals had been ordered). All paid meals will be credited up to the 16th October and we are asking that parents and guardians of junior school pupils provide packed lunches during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Kind regards

Claire Brookes, Regional Manager for Chartwells

Jeans for Genes Day Reminder

Friday 18th September Please let your children wear their jeans to school with their uniform top to raise money and awareness for the thousands of children living with genetic disorders.  Please send a £1 donation.  More information can be found at jeansforgenes.org.

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 18th September Please let your children wear their jeans to school with their uniform top to raise money and awareness for the thousands of children living with genetic disorders.  Please send a £1 donation.  More information can be found at jeansforgenes.org.

New places available – Infants

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we slowly bring children back into school and start to establish new routines and ways of working. I know it has been a frustrating and challenging time for many of you as it has been for us. Thanks also to those parents who chose to keep their child at home to free up places for children of critical workers.

As you will no doubt be aware, the Prime Minister has announced the easing of the 2m social distancing guidance to “1m+” from 4th July. We have now received confirmation from the DfE that children in school will no longer need to social distance, but still need to be in ‘bubbles’ of up to 15.

This means that, from Monday 6th July we will be able to welcome back another group of children into each year group for the final two weeks of term. In order to accommodate as many children as possible, this will be on a part-time basis. Whilst this is far from ideal, it will at least give many more children a few days in school with their friends and teachers before the end of term.

I have not yet received guidance about how we will operate when children return to school in September. As soon as I know more, I will let you know.

 If your child is not already attending school:

If you would like your child to return to school as outlined above, please email by Monday 29th June, 12 noon to school@signhillsinfants.co.uk and include your child’s name and class. Places will be limited so we will operate a first-come-first-served basis and try to accommodate as many children as possible.

Once I have allocated the new groups, I will email a letter to parents giving details of days and times and the procedures that we are currently operating under. I will also post a video on your child’s Tapestry account so they can see what to expect when they return to school.

Thank you.

Allie Majer

Safeguarding hub for parents

 

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The Key (who we use to access professional guidance) have, through their Safeguarding Training Centre, created a safeguarding hub that allows parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.

Follow the link below for more details;

https://parenthub.thekeysupport.com?uuid=6fb6c515-f5cb-4c39-a882-270011f72842

Fortis Therapy Competition

We have an important mission for you…with prizes to be won!

Children! Your mission, should you choose to accept it 💪 is……

To design your very own superhero, a hero that represents you and your superpowers 💥

Really use your imagination and get creative! Draw, paint, build, craft – use whatever you love to do!

The most creative and amazing creations will win a tangle toy each week with the overall winner of the next four weeks winning a toy hamper!

Calling all parents and school teams! Please can you help? Send us a photo or the drawing of the superhero. To submit your creations, leave photos in the comments, send them in a DM, or email enquiries@fortistherapy.co.uk.

Ready… steady… go… and have fun! 🙌

Ideas from Childnet International

Primary aged children may find the opportunity to spend lots of extra time using their online devices hard to manage. With lots of their entertainment and social time coming from the internet, it can be hard to know when to switch off.  Use our activities below to help them manage their online lives whilst staying at home.

Childnet International

Fortis therapy

In this surreal time, we want you to know that support will always be found at Fortis.  In the resources hub, their therapists will be sharing a whole lot of useful information, advice, and tools to support you and your loved ones with their mental health, from children’s coping techniques to mindfulness exercises.

20 tips for managing anxiety

The Coping Calendar  has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together.

Coping calendar

 

Children and Young People

Balloon exercise

 

 

Urgent – Closure Information

Following the Government announcement, school will close today for the vast majority of pupils.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Our Academies will be operating on a skeleton staff and will only be able to provide childcare for families where all adults are considered ‘critical workers’ and will be required to attend their place of work during the school day.

Should it be requested by the Local Authority, children from other schools will be required to join our children and similarly, our children may be provided for at another educational setting.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has parents who are critical workers, then educational provision will be available for them if there is absolutely no other childcare available.
  3. 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, although clearly this will not be possible if their child is attending school.

Many parents working in the critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Children who have a social worker include children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.

Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go out to work. You may be eligible if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public Safety and National Security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

If you think you fall within the critical categories above and:

  • you carry out your vital work, outside of the home, during school hours
  • there is no other adult that can provide childcare for your child(ren)
  • you have confirmed with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service

Contact the relevant Academy at the email addresses below outlining your circumstances. Please ensure you provide your contact details in the email.

Children may not attend the school site under any circumstances unless their attendance has been approved by the Academy.

We would both like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during these incredibly challenging times. We will write to you again before the end of the day to outline how we will continue to try to support you through the closure period.

Yours sincerely

Ms A Majer                                         Mr S Carr

Headteacher                                       Headteacher

 

Infant Academy: school@signhillsinfants.co.uk

Junior Academy: support@signhillsacademy.co.uk