COVID-19 Updates: Latest information at top of page

 

02/04/2020- Policy Update

Please click here to view our Safeguarding and Child Protection annex to our usual policy

01/04/2020- Email sent to parents

Thank-you for all your hard work supporting your children at home over the past few days. We can see that most children have been able to access the learning using their log-ins for Microsoft Teams. The teachers have been learning alongside the children and we're getting better at uploading learning, setting assignments and keeping in touch. We've had to temporarily disable the ability for the children to chat in private with each other, but we will be able to hopefully re-launch this in the coming days. Children should still be able to chat to each other on the main page in their learning team. 


Over the next few days we will be trying to get through to everyone on the phone, to check how you are and to speak to your children. Our main number 0121-464-7329 will come up on your caller display if we ring from school. Some of the teachers will be using their own phones and withholding their numbers. We know that some people don't like answering withheld number calls, but over the coming weeks it's important for your child to speak with their teacher. They will only call during normal school hours, so if you could please answer any calls during this time, this would be very helpful! 


At this current time schools remain closed 'until further notice' and we do not yet know when they will re-open. I'm sure you are all following the daily news updates, but here is a link to the latest information for parents and carers from the government:

Information from the government

Over the Easter holidays we have asked that the teachers don't set any further specific learning tasks. This is so that the children can have a bit of a break. Their Team will remain open and they can carry on chatting with each other. We will also be uploading more learning packs to our website over the coming days that you may wish to use if they get bored. 

Please do let us know in school if you need anything. School is still open for children of key workers and there is always a senior teacher on-site or available. We are also all checking emails throughout the day, so if there's anything urgent, you should get a response from someone quite quickly. 

We are thinking of you all during this challenging time and look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

20/03/2020- Thanks and see you soon!
 

Thank-you for all your messages of support and thanks at the end of a long and challenging week. They are much appreciated. 

 

We have now sent out communications directly to all children who have been allocated an emergency school placement from Monday. If you haven't had this separate communication from school, please DO NOT attend on Monday. If you believe that you should have been contacted, but weren't, please email me urgently on head@chadvale.bham.sch.uk. I will be checking mail over the weekend. 

 

We said goodbye to the remaining children today, including our talented, funny, caring and clever Y6 children, who we may not see again at Chad Vale. We know how hard they have been preparing themselves for secondary school and we were looking forward to them showing us what they could do in their SATS. Please assure them that this hard work has not gone to waste. If they have left us today, they should leave feeling extremely proud of what they achieved. We will be inviting them back into school in the autumn so that they get their Graduation Celebration.

 

We will continue to send out regular updates via Schoolcomms over the coming weeks and hope that your children are able to access the learning the teachers will be providing using Microsoft Teams. We expect there will be some teething problems with this, but we'll do our best to get everything working. If you are struggling with finding things to do, please visit the COVID-19 Learning page on our website and if you desperately need printed work, please let me know. 

 

Please stay safe over the coming weeks and follow the government advice to stay isolated as far as you can. Please don't panic buy, please don't go out to visit friends and family and please wash your hands. Together, we can beat this disease, and emerge stronger, happier and kinder to each other.

 

We look forward to returning to some sort of normality soon and will of course keep you updated if anything changes.

20/03/2020- Key Worker Update and opening from Monday

At midnight last night the government released the information about what a ‘key worker’ is.
 

We spent all of yesterday trying to collate this information from parents directly and had created a list of approximately 80 children who we are able to provide care for. With the publication of this new information we fear that this number may be considerably more. I have attached the guidance relating to key workers with this email.
 

The government are asking you to consider the following principles when deciding if your child should be considered to be able to attend school from Monday 23rd March:
 

1. All children must stay at home if they can be safely cared for.
 

2. Social distancing advice should be followed as closely as possible
 

3. If your work is CRITICAL to the COVID-19 response AND you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your child will be prioritised for education provision.
 

4. If your child has an EHCP or is vulnerable then your child will be prioritised for education provision.
 

Chad Vale is committed to assisting the most vulnerable children and helping in the fight against COVID-19, but we are also suffering the effects of self-isolation amongst the staff team. We will be running with a limited team of staff from next Monday and we may need to begin to prioritise which children can attend school from the groups above. At some point we may no longer be able to offer any provision at all, if it becomes unsafe to do so.
 

In light of the changes above we have made the difficult decision to close the wrap-around facility until further notice. Any offer of school places from Monday 23rd March will therefore only be between 8.45am and 3.30pm.
 

If you have already emailed me to request that we provide a place for your child from Monday we will be contacting you today to confirm whether this place is being offered.
 

If you have not already emailed me to request this and you believe that you fall under the definition of Key Worker and you CANNOT keep your child safe at home, please email me urgently at head@chadvale.bham.sch.uk by midday today. This will allow us to make suitable arrangements for staffing next week.
 

We will be contacting all parents directly today if we are able to offer you an emergency school place starting next week. If you have not received an email from us by 5pm, please keep your child at home from Monday.
 

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals you will be contacted separately regarding the arrangements in place to support you during this time. Please note that children in KS1 who receive a daily free school meal through the Universal Infant School Meal programme are not included in these arrangements.

19/03/2020

Thank-you to everyone who made it into school today and for the many kind messages of support on the gate. We talked to the children today about what was happening and what the plans are for the coming weeks. We tried to answer as many questions as we could and have asked the children to speak to their trusted adult if they are worried about anything. 

 

In the case that schools do not re-open before September, we have asked the Y6 children to bring in their shirts to sign tomorrow (or autograph books). We've also said we will do our best to arrange some sort of graduation ceremony/event in Autumn, when the situation has hopefully improved. 

We have been working hard on our plans to open the Chad Vale Care Club on Monday for those children whose parents are key workers, vulnerable or have an EHCP. Most of these parents have already been in touch- if you haven't done so already, you need to urgently contact head@chadvale.bham.sch.uk if you think you qualify for this provision. We will be contacting parents tomorrow to offer these places and would appreciate a quick response so that we can put suitable staffing in place for this. We are planning to offer this facility from 7.30am-6pm initially and we hope to continue to provide this whilst the staff remain available. We will communicate with this group of children via Schoolcomms direct. 

If your child is eligible for free school meals we have been asked to provide a packed lunch every day. We will be contacting parents of children who are eligible for this tomorrow to see whether this is an offer you will want to take. You will need to collect this packed lunch every day from school.

 

School is OPEN tomorrow Friday 20th March, but then will be closed until further notice to all children, unless you receive separate emails from school to offer a place at the Chad Vale Care Club from Monday.

Please also note that there will not be a school newsletter this week- I hope you'll understand why! 

18/03/2020 Update 2

The government have just announced that they expect all schools to 'close their gates' on Friday 'until further notice'. They also wish to put in place contingency arrangements for children in certain groups, which would mean that schools are staying open, but for a drastically reduced number of children. I am unsure this evening how this will work logistically but I am talking to other headteachers in the area about possible options. 


 

Currently, the government are suggesting that schools WILL be open on Monday 23rd March ONLY for:

  • 'Key workers including NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work'.

  • 'Vulnerable children, those who have a social worker and those with educational health and care plans'
     

We have had an increasing number of children/families decide to self-isolate this week and have been advised to authorise these absences. After Friday 20th March, the expectation is that all children will stay at home, unless they fall into the groups detailed above.


If you believe that your child falls into one of the categories above and you would want them to remain in school, can you please email me urgently on head@chadvale.bham.sch.uk so that I can begin to make plans for this to happen.


We hope that the government or local authority will soon be issuing some additional guidance on these new arrangements and I'll be able to provide more information. Until then, this is all I have!


School is OPEN tomorrow (19/03/2020) as normal, and will be OPEN as normal on Friday (20/03/2020) but please DO NOT attend if you are already self-isolating. We'll keep you updated as receive any more information.

18/03/2020

 

School is OPEN today 18/03/2020.

We've taken the difficult decision to postpone the Mother's Day event this morning. We are sorry for any disappointment caused.

We've also decided to perform the Y3 Easter Production behind closed doors, but it will be filmed and made available to you via a private link, shared direct to parents. 

For any children self-isolating we are providing learning packs for download- please click here.

17/03/2020

 

School is OPEN tomorrow (18/3/2020)

 

There are currently NO cases of confirmed COVID-19 among the staff, pupil or parent community

Please see the guidance below issued by the government:

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
 

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
     

  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of Coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
     

  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period
     

The symptoms are:
 

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

  • A new, continuous cough
     

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
 

  • Chess Clubs have now been cancelled until further notice

  • After-school sports clubs have been cancelled until further notice

  • French and Spanish clubs have been cancelled until further notice

  • The Y3 production dates/times have changed- please see letter sent separately in your child's bag

16/3/2020

Dear Parents/carers,

 

As you will be aware from the media, COVID-19 is spreading at a fast pace with more and more people being diagnosed every day. I am receiving daily emails from the Department for Education that provide the latest information and will act swiftly based on the information received.

 

As of today (16/3/20) we do not have any cases of COVID-19. We have a very small number of children self-isolating as a precaution due to living with elderly grandparents or because their parents have been advised to self-isolate.

 

At the moment the advice is for schools and educational establishments to stay open. The link to the latest advice received in school is below. Please note that the section ‘Stay At Home Guidance’ clearly lays out the rationale for 7 days of isolation and refer to specific symptoms that include a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature 37.8 degrees or above.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

As you can appreciate this may impact on how our school operates in several ways and we are actively planning for these with the aim of reducing any disruption.

 

We ask that families follow the guidelines for self-isolation and do not send children into school if they are displaying the above symptoms.

 

We are preparing for the fact that a number of staff may need to self-isolate or care for their own children and this may involve some changes to operations. This could involve:

  • combining classes (where numbers in classes have fallen),

  • supply staff (whilst agency staff are still available and budget allows) and

  • internal cover where it is possible to do so.

 

However, whilst this will be an absolute last resort, we may need to consider partial closures if staff to pupil ratios drop below safe levels. Our Business Continuity Plan includes the following options:

 

  • Option 1: School open as normal – All pupils and staff attend if well.

  • Option 2: Staffing is predicted to be low – School will be open to the majority, but some specific classes may be asked to stay at home

  • Option 3: Staffing is predicted to be critically low – school may be able to remain open for limited classes

  • Option 4: Insufficent staff for safe opening of the site (or key staff unavailable) – school will be closed to all children

  • Option 5: The school has been instructed to close by the Local Authority or by Government – the school will be closed to all children and staff

 

Should we be directed to fully close at any point, we are preparing for ways in which we can provide work for children to be completing at home. It is vitally important that we have your most up-to-date contact details. If you believe that this information may be out of date then please provide this to the school office as a matter of urgency. We have already updated our computer systems with all the forms returned today. If you still need to update your mobile phone number or email please contact l.green@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

 

Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to inform you of any developments as rapidly as we are able to via Schoolcomms email and our new COVID-19 page on the school website (www.chadvale.bham.sch.uk/latestnews).

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. P M Sansom

Headteacher

15/3/2020

  • School is expected to be open as usual

  • Swimming lessons have been cancelled until after Easter holidays

  • Tereza's Art Clubs are CANCELLED week beginning 16/3/20

  • We will be assessing the risks of the planned school trips this week and may have to postpone. Further updates will be shared via Schoolcomms, newsletter, website and Twitter

  • We are looking for 6 Y6 children to trial a solution for learning online- please get in touch with Mr. Sansom to express an interest in being part of the trial. They will need access to the internet at home and be familiar with their school email log-ins. Please email head@chadvale.bham.sch.uk to express your interest. 

  • Please ensure that we hold an up-to-date email address and mobile phone number for your child's key contacts. You can email any updates to enquiry@chadvale.bham.sch.uk. 

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