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Update: Sunday 31st May

The School will be open to more pupils on June 1st 2020. The following points should be noted about this opening:

- Key Worker families, vulnerable families and those with EHCPs are still eligible to attend school. Key worker families must provide written evidence of eligibility.

-Year 6 families, who have confirmed the intention to attend, will return on June 1st, for 4 1/2 days a week. Other Year 6 families may be able to return from June 15th onwards. 
- All other children will continue to learn at home for the time being.

- Contrary to misleading information being shared by the DfE, most children will not meet their teacher or friends upon return to school due to pupils being supervised in small, isolated groups (bubbles) in accordance with DfE guidance.

Families who are active key workers, or of other categories who are assessed as being appropriately provided for at school:

  • We have contacted you by SchoolPing to confirm which days, if any, you require your child to be at school.
  • We have let you know by text which bubble group your child is in, what their arrival and departure times are, and where to deliver and collect your child.

Families of Year 6 children who have confirmed their child will be returning from June 1st

  • We have confirmed which bubble group your child is in.
  • We have let you know arrival and departure times (inc half day on Fridays and where to deliver and collect your child.

All children attending:

  • Must only do so if well. If you or your child are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 you must self isolate and not attend school (ill person self isolates for 7 days, and the rest of the family for 14 days). The child can return before this time if tested and evidence of a negative test is provided.
  • Must maintain social distancing rules when not in the school. The country is at Level 4, but restrictions at Level 3 and Level 1 are currently being eased. This raises the risk of increasing cases of Covid-19 (the second wave). To protect your family, the community, and staff, please adhere to remaining restrictions rigidly.
  • Must not behave in a manner that puts others at risk of infection, and will be asked to work at home again if they continue to do this.
  • Must be supervised to and from the school, with just one adult supervising them in the line ready to enter the school grounds, and one adult coming onto the school site to collect.
  • Must attend the whole session on offer. The school reception is closed, and families will not be able to collect their child during the day (except for an emergency, e.g. if the family are required to self isolate).
  • Must be collected from school immediately in the event that they show symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Must not wear a face mask, PPE gloves or other similar equipment.
  • Must have their clothes washed at the end of each day, even if this means that a full school uniform is not available to them every day.
  • You must arrive exactly on time, and collect on time to avoid cross infection.
  • Do not take public transport. Do not try to park near the school. No bikes or scooters please. The most effective way to travel will be by walking.

Children will need to bring in:

  • Home learning pack (named)
  • Packed lunch (named)
  • Water bottle, pre-filled (named)
  • Any medication required in a sealed and named bag.
  • School uniform (as far as possible).

Closure:

In the event of reduced staffing levels, concern regarding potential exposure to Covid-19, need for deep cleaning or any other significant issue, the school may need to close down one or more bubble groups with immediate effect until the issue is resolved. Bubble groups must not be combined in order to prevent the risk of cross infection or 'superspreading'.

Contact Us:

  • The main entrance will be closed. Please do not try to enter the school building.
  • Call us on 01206 506800
  • Email us using the email addresses below.

Arrival and Collection:

Bubble 1: Arrive at Claudius Road, South Gate, Red Zone at 8:35am for 8:40am entry. Collect at Claudius Road, South Gate, Red Zone for 3:20pm entry. Enter South Playground (Courtyard) when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 2: Arrive at Claudius Road, South Gate, Green Zone at 8:45am for 8:50am entry. Collect at Claudius Road, South Gate, Green Zone for 3:22pm entry. Enter South Playground (Courtyard) when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 4: Arrive at Claudius Road, West Gate, Black Zone at 8:35am for 8:40am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone for 3:24pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 5: Arrive at Claudius Road, West Gate, Pink Zone at 8:45am for 8:50am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone for 3:26pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 6: Arrive at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone at 8:45am for 8:50am entry. Collect at Canterbury Road, Main Gate, Purple Zone for 3:28pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 7: Arrive at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone at 8:55am for 9:00am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone for 2:55pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 8: Arrive at Claudius Road, West Gate, Black Zone at 8:55am for 9:00am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone for 3:00pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 9: Arrive at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone at 9:05am for 9:10am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone for 3:05pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 10: Arrive at Claudius Road, West Gate, Pink Zone at 9:05am for 9:10am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone for 3:10pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 11: Arrive at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone at 9:15am for 9:20am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Blue Zone for 3:15pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

Bubble 12: Arrive at Claudius Road, West Gate, Black Zone at 9:15am for 9:20am entry. Collect at Barrington Road, East Gate, Orange Zone for 3:20pm entry. Enter East Playground when invited and wait by an orange 2m social distancing marker. When with your child, leave via the double gate on Claudius Road.

 

Take care, stay safe, and keep following national social distancing and self isolation advice, Mr Messer 😊

 

 

From: Clare Kershaw, Director of Education Essex County Council

Dear Parent / Carer,

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Phased Reopening of Schools

Firstly, I want to thank you once again for your contribution to the national response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  For the majority of you, being at home with your child(ren) and supporting their continued learning, alongside your own work and wellbeing, is a significant challenge in what are both unprecedented and worrying times.   However, we do know that this action has helped to reduce the spread of the virus and is helping to save lives.

I am sure that many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday evening and read subsequent details either online or in the media about the plans to begin to re-open schools more widely.

You will have heard the Prime Minister indicating that the government believes that as well as schools being open to the children of critical workers and for vulnerable pupils,  it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June at the earliest, starting with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six.   This will be in addition to accommodating children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils.

Secondary Schools and Alternative Providers are considering their approach to offering some face to face time for pupils and we are working with Special Schools on their plans to gradually increase the number of children and young people on site, again from the 1st June at the earliest.

This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review, which is yet to be finalised and will only happen if the level of new infections continues to decrease and the government’s other conditions are met.

We are working with schools to support their plans for a gradual and phased re-opening.   Their plans will be guided by a thorough Health and Safety Risk Assessment taking in to account their physical capacity on the school site and staffing levels.  

We know that you will understand that the safety of everyone in the school community is paramount.  We all want to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so.  However, in supporting schools to re-open in a phased and gradual way, the first priority to consider will be the health and well-being of all pupils and families and the staff.   

Whilst all schools are working hard to respond to the guidance provided by the Department for Education, depending on each individual school context, some primary, infant and junior schools may not be able to offer full time provision for the relevant year groups, and any new arrangements may not be introduced exactly from  the 1st June.   Schools will be writing to parents over the next week to outline the offer and response that they are able to make, which will be based on the health and safety risk assessment that they have been asked to complete.

The guidance made it clear that it is not compulsory for parents to send their children to school at this time and there will be no penalties if you choose to keep your child(ren) at home.

All schools will continue to provide a home learning offer to all pupils not accessing support on site and will also keep in regular touch with the families of all pupils, whether or not they are attending school.

Further information for parents and carers can be found in the attached government guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

If you are the parent of a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan we will also be writing to you in the next week, via your child’s school or setting, to update you on the temporary changes made by the government to the SEND legislation and what this means for your child.  We will also be sharing this information via the Local Offer and the Essex Family Forum.

I want to assure you that schools are working closely with the Local Authority and the Headteacher Associations in order to offer a consistent and safe response to the proposed plans.

Finally, I would like to reassure you that the health and safety of children and staff remains everyone’s first priority during this period.  

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please do contact your school in the first instance.

Thank you for your continued co-operation at this time.

Kind regards,

Clare Kershaw (Director of Education)

Sent on behalf of: Essex County Council, The Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex, Essex Primary Headteacher Association, Essex Special Schools Education Trust

 

Our 'School Closed Work' section has all you need to help children to keep learning, and has advice and guidance for parents. Previous information on this page has been moved to the News section above. Essential information is provided for you below. Keep safe everyone! :-) 

Contact

Year 3 Teachers          Year3teachers@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk 

Year 4 Teachers          Year4teachers@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Year 5 Teachers          Year5teachers@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Year 6 Teachers          Year6teachers@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

SEN Issues                   senco@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Welfare Issues            nurture@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Mrs Dale                      jdale@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Administration            stg-admin@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Telephone                   01206 506800 ( 9:30am to 10:30am daily from Monday to Friday)

Learning

Please click on the 'School Closed Work' tab above for information about your child's learning whilst the school is closed. Your child has a DBPrimary log in in order to access learning and to be able to engage with their teacher online.

Asking for Help

If you would appreciate help with learning at home, in the first instance, email the teachers in your child's year group  or call StarLine on 0330 313 9162. StarLine is an independent body, staffed by teachers and Ofsted employees, who are available to give advice to families. Be aware that the call will be charged at the local rate.

Staying Safe Whilst Learning Online

The following websites may be useful in helping families to keep their children safe whilst working online.

www.ceop-police.uk

www.childnet.com

www.internetmatters.org

www.net-aware.org.uk

www.parentinfo.org

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/safeguarding/schools-protecting-children-abuse-neglect

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Please note you can now report your child's absence via the attendance email address - attendance@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

Coronavirus

We are continuing to monitor the situation nationally. Schools do not have any information regarding their reopening, other than that which has already been shared with the public. We anticipate that social distancing will be required for a significant period of time, and do not expect the school to fully open again this school year.

Local Visits

To help children with their learning we may often go out of the school gate on a local visit. Your local visit permission slip enables us to do this. We will always inform families in advance if we are planning a local visit, normally via a text message (except for visits to the school field for PE etc). These visits will often be added to the website calendar. All such visits are fully risk assessed and planned prior to taking place.

Junior Parkrun will be held on the recreation ground at 9am on Sunday. Register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/colchester-juniors/ . Any pupil of the school who runs regularly can order a barcode bracelet and/or barcode tag from the Parkrun website and we will reinburse the cost! (Just show us the items and receipt as proof). Parkrun Currently Suspended

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School Meals remain Â£2.50 per day from September 2019.

Swimming is taught in Year 5. Please be aware that a £2.00 financial contribution will be requested for each lesson. Also, please do not allow your child to have piercings as this may impact upon them being able to join in.

Educational Visits are organised regularly for the children in the school. We will need to request a financial contribution for each visit that is a fair proportion of the total cost involved. Vists risk being cancelled if adequate contributions are not received.

Ofsted conducted an inspection of the school on November 9th and 10th  2017 as part of their normal round of inspections. Our school was judged to be good in all aspects. The full report can be read in the information section of this website.

SATs 2019 Results (Results for the whole year group : not confirmed) 

Reading 65%, Writing 82%, Maths 73%, Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling 72%

Combined result 58%

SATs 2019 (Results for children who attended the school for all four years)

Reading 73%, Writing 87%, Maths 79%, Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling 76%

Combined result 66%

 

 

 

 

Disruptive Weather or Significant Events : in the event of any significant disruptive weather, or unavoidable events (eg lack of utilities), families will be informed by text of any risk to the school being able to open as normal. Please do not keep your child off school unless you have heard from the school formally of any need to close.

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Tel: 01206 506800 | Fax: 01206 506801 | Email: admin@st-georgesnewtown-jun.essex.sch.uk

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