Coronavirus

We have created this page to keep parents informed about how the school is dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Our Online Learning Launcher page for children can be found at www.cbpps.uk

Friday 20 March 2020

We are reviewing whether it is possible to keep the school open for some time for children of ‘key workers’.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  That is why 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.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

Please read the document Click here for further information.

We are keen to play our part in supporting NHS staff and others to combat Covid-19.  Please email the school office info@cbppschool.co.uk by the end of today (4pm) if you need help with childcare and we will endeavour to help.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Dear Parents,

Following the announcement by the Education Secretary this afternoon to close schools from Friday, 20 March, it is with regret that I must inform you that I am closing CBPPS at 3.15pm on Thursday 19 March.

We have tried to carry on our usual school routines for as long as possible this week but, with decreasing staff numbers, we cannot continue to function safely. Your child has received a homework pack and teachers will, from Friday 20 March, start to give guidance on the work to be completed each day for different subjects until the end of term on Friday 27 March. Class Teachers will send an email at approximately 9.00am each day with details of the activities to be completed. I would encourage you to help your child maintain a regular learning routine in these challenging times.

I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work, dedication and care over the last few difficult weeks. The School has been a haven of calm and normality in these extremely troubling times.

We have also greatly appreciated the numerous messages of support from parents.

I send my very best wishes to you all.

Sally Daniell
Headmistress

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Events connected with Covid-19 are moving very quickly.

The current advice is:

Anyone living in the same household as someone with a high temperature or a new continuous cough must self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not have any symptoms themselves.

We are taking one day at a time and have therefore decided to send home a pack of work for each child today in case we have to close before the end of term.  This will contain a range of activities and login details for online resources that we use in school.  In the event of such closure, teachers will email parents with further details on how and when to complete the work.

Monday 16 March 2020

We continue to follow government advice on Covid-19 very carefully. Today this advice was changed.

Last week Public Health England advised that you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature and/or
• a new continuous cough

They now also advise that anyone living in the same household as someone with a high temperature or a new continuous cough must self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have any symptoms.

We continue to ask everyone in our school community to follow these guidelines.

Friday 13 March 2020

In light of yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the UK have moved to the ‘delay’ phase of the Coronavirus response plan, the following information is being provided to parents updating you on changes and preparations that are taking place in school.

Should my child be in school?

Firstly, the school is open as usual and pupils should continue to attend. The exception to this, as announced yesterday, is if anyone displaying mild cough / high temperature symptoms – pupils with these symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days at home. Please notify the school office on the first day of absence so we can authorise the absence for 7 days.

Useful information about the symptoms and what parents should do can be found on the BBC Website.

Changes to planned events and activities

We continue to follow the government advice on Covid-19. We are carrying on our normal routines at school but, as the UK has now progressed from the Containment Phase to the Delay Phase, we have taken the decision to postpone or cancel certain activities and events until the end of term. I know that this will cause great disappointment to all those involved but the health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents and the wider community must remain our top priority.

From Monday 16 March the following are cancelled or postponed:

  • All class trips
  • Swimming
  • Dancing at St Peter’s Church
  • Year 1 Class Assembly – postponed until next term
  • Sports fixtures
  • Piano Concert – either postponed or pupils will play in assemblies next term
  • Spring Concert – either postponed or pupils will play in assemblies next term
  • Easter Bonnet Parade – children will parade in the front playground at 9.00am on their way to Monday School assembly in the Church Hall.

It is highly likely that the School will have to close at some point, although we do not know when this will happen or for how long.  I understand that many parents are wondering how the school is planning for such an occurrence.  Please be assured that plans are in place for whatever happens, either this term, next term or both.  Teachers have prepared a pack of work/activities for each child to take home, resources have been placed on the parents’ login pages of the website and each child will have access to online learning resources (a list of these resources with login details will be included in the pack).  The Upper Years will also use Google Classroom.  Teachers will be in daily contact with the children via their parents’ email, setting tasks and answering questions.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

We continue to monitor the advice from the government very closely and are receiving updates daily.

The government announced on Monday that we remain in the ‘containment’ phase. This means that, as far as possible, we will continue all school activities as usual, until the advice changes. We will continue to go on class outings as planned, whilst taking extra precautions, such as regular hand washing, using hand gel etc.

We are continuing with regular hand-washing at school and ask you to keep your child at home if they have any flu-like symptoms, including coughs and colds Please call the School Office to let us know if your child is unwell.

If government advice changes, it may be necessary to close the school at some stage over the coming weeks or months and we are putting plans in place to continue the education of all our pupils if this situation arises.

We are also looking at the necessary information we will need to collect from all parents about their travel destinations over the Easter holidays.