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Covid-19 Information

Updated 21 April 2021 at 1.00pm

Results from our parent survey following the full return to school after lockdown. Parents were asked for their thoughts about various aspects of communication and work provided for home learning between January - March 2021.

Updated 18 March 2021 at 12.30pm

A message from Norfolk County Council:

Earlier this month we launched our campaign to find Norfolk and Waveney’s unknown carers. We are asking for anyone who is the sole or primary carer of an older or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, parents or primary carers of children and young people who are disabled and clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, young carers (aged 16 or over) of people who are elderly or clinically vulnerable, and people caring for someone with severe mental illness to contact us between now and 31 March 2021 to register themselves as a carer.

People can register as a carer online here: apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax. Or if they are unable to register online, a 24/7 voicemail service is available for people to leave their contact details: 01603 257256.

Please share this with people you know who meet the definition of a carer above.

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Updated 18 March 2021 at 11.30am

Please read the following updated guidance from the Government below:

What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

Information for parents and carers: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated 05 March 2021 at 11.30am

Return to school Monday 8th March

Thank you to those parents who have already completed the questionnaire that went out yesterday. As this was anonymous, if there is anyone who would like to discuss any of the questions further, please contact your class teacher or myself by Dojo message or call the school office. If you do not have the information you need, please contact us as we will be able to help.

Following the information about drop off/pick up arrangements and bubbles, I provide further information about measures in place in school to keep everyone safe.

School responsibilities:

· Ensure that anyone displaying Covid symptoms does not enter the school premises.

· Ensure adults wear face coverings at drop off and pick up times and at other times when social distancing is not possible on the school premises.

· Take part and oversee hand washing more often than usual.

· Ensure they and their class follow good respiratory hygiene (catch it, kill it, bin it)

· Make sure there is enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

· Minimise contact around the school site.

· Keep inside spaces well ventilated.

· Limit equipment children bring into school (lunchboxes only)

We all have a responsibility to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

Parents’ and carers’ responsibilities:

· To ensure children attend school as this becomes mandatory from 8.3.21.

· If anyone in the household has symptoms of Covid, you must not enter the school site and should seek a test as soon as possible.

· Ensure that children understand that they will be expected to wash their hands more frequently than usual in school.

· Ensure that children understand about good respiratory hygiene.

· Ensure children understand the rules that are in place to keep everyone in safe school so that they can stay in their bubble, follow adult instruction and not put themselves or others at risk by leaving the classroom or wandering outside of their bubble.

· Ensure they and their children have a good understanding of the school’s Inclusion and Behavoiur Policy, which can be found on the school’s website or by clicking here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.

Our risk assessment summary can be found on our website or by clicking here.

The risk assessment is based on the following Government guidance for schools which can be found here.

More information for what parents need to know can be found here.

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Updated 05 March 2021 at 2.30pm

Please read this Letter from Norfolk County Council about Regular Testing of Households of School Pupils.

Updated 23 February 2021 at 11.30am

Following guidance from the Government, we are pleased to be able to welcome all children into Greenpark Academy from Monday 8th March 2021. More details regarding timings and directions will be added to Class Dojo.

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Updated 7 January 2021 at 11.30am

All remote learning will be set via Class Dojo. As we have a larger number of key worker children who will be attending school than during the first lockdown, class teachers will be teaching both online and in the classroom every day.

Your child will need their work pack from school (see below) to be able to complete the work that will be set online each day.

It may be that you may need some additional support in helping your child access their work, please make sure you message your child’s teacher on Dojo and they will be able to get back to you. Your child may also need some additional pastoral support if they are finding things difficult emotionally, again, message your child’s class teacher and we can support with this.

Lockdown is difficult for all of us, if your child, you or a member of your household need any kind or support, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do whatever we can to help or to direct you to additional help and advice.

Work Packs
• Parents will need to collect work packs for all children working from home (reception to Y6).
• Work packs can be collected from boxes at the front of Greenpark Academy (see map) on Friday 8th January between 1pm and 5pm. (Please do not come before as there is still a lot of heavy machinery about!)
• The packs will be in a separate box for each year group and will be named.

Daily On-line Lessons
• Videos and activities will be posted on Dojo every day.
• Children are expected to complete at least 3 hours of school work each day.
• You will not need a printer, work can be completed in books, on paper or a whiteboard (all provided in packs).
• A photo of completed work can be uploaded to Dojo, children and adults can ask questions to the teacher, the teacher can give feedback and ‘mark’ work.
• Please remember that the teacher is also teaching in school as well as online – please be patient.
• Your child will receive the following each day:
o Power Maths (video and tasks to complete)
o SPaG/phonics (video and tasks to complete)
o Handwriting (video and tasks to complete)
o Creative Writing
o E-reading books will be set
o Afternoon work will be independent tasks to complete

Free School Meals
• Our kitchen will remain open therefore families entitled to free school meals will be able to collect a hamper from the kitchen door (see map)
• If you are entitled to free school meals, you will receive a separate email to order your meals for next week.

Covid
• Please do not come to school (even to pick up work packs or free school meal hampers) if anyone in your household has any one of the following Covid symptoms – a high temperature, a persistent cough, loss of sense of taste or smell.
• If anyone in your household has any of the symptoms, it is the law that the whole household must isolate for 10 days and the person with symptoms should seek a test.
• To avoid the spread of Covid please wash hands regularly, practice good hygiene when coughing or sneezing, maintain a 2m distance from others and adults to wear face masks in public places.
• If you are unsure about any of the rules regarding Covid, please call school and we can help an advise.

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Updated 6 January 2021 at 07.45am

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4th January, we are now in lockdown and have been told to stay home and that children need to be taught remotely.

We are really disappointed that we cannot open our brand new school to all children next week. The Government have told us that we can only have key worker and vulnerable children in school. If you are a key worker and need a place for your child in school from Monday 11th January, please make sure that you complete the questionnaire by the end of today, if you haven’t already done so.

I will be sending out 2 different sets of information on Thursday, one set will be for the Key Worker Children, the second set for the Home Learning Children.

Mrs Graver

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Updated 5 January 2021 at 08.00am

As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, schools have been instructed to close from today until at least February half term for all children except key worker and vulnerable children. We are of course really disappointed that the children will not get to start at Greenpark Academy on 11th January as planned.

Please complete the questionnaire as soon as possible if you are a key worker and need a place in school for your child so that you can still go to work.

All other children will be taught remotely via Class Dojo. If you need help getting on Class Dojo, please email or phone the school office where someone will help you. We will send out more information about collection of work packs as soon as possible.

If your child usually has means tested free school meals, we will send out information shortly as to how meals will continue to be provided during this period.

Please be patient as we try and work things out, we found out about this at 8pm yesterday at the same time as you and our guidance came through at 11pm. We are working our hardest to get things sorted while we are surrounded by workmen still in the new school!

Mrs Graver

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