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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Covid-19 updates

This page is updated on a regular basis.  Please check back here as a matter of routine, as well as keeping up to date with emails and texts sent to you from the school.

School closure: Following staff showing symptoms, Holy Family school will be closed until 20 April 2020.  Almondsbury Primary School (Sundays Hill, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4DS) have offered to take our Holy Family Children and we are sending staff from Holy Family there on a regular basis.  All pack lunches for those children from Holy Family that are entitled to Free School Meals can be collected each day until 31 March 2020 from St Chad's Primary School (Cranham Drive, Patchway, Bristol BS34 6AQ).  From 1 April 2020 we will be replacing the pack lunch offering with a voucher system (redeemable at a range of supermarkets) and we will be contacting parents/carers regarding this directly via email.  If your child is normally entitled to Free School Meals please ensure that the school has knowledge of your most recent/preferred email address.

In the meantime, here is a short child-friendly video on why the school is needing to close temporarily:

 

 

Support for key workers: There is an expectation that support for children of key workers will be provided.  Click here for the full list issued on Friday 20 March 2020.

The Prime Minister has also urged parents not to leave children in the care of grandparents or older relatives who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.

The current key government measures for COVID-19 are:

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible;
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home;
  • Follow this link for Stay at Home guidance.

The school continues to follow Government and Local Authority guidelines with regard to the current outbreak of COVID-19.  People with symptoms are urged to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online.  We have a duty of care to all the pupils and staff at the school and it is the duty of everyone to act responsibly.  Any children showing symptoms (a continuous cough or  high temperature, click  here for a short video on this) are now expected to self-isolate with the rest of the household for 14 days.  Please inform the school (admin@holyfamilyprimary.co.uk) if this is the case for your child/family.  We would not expect you to contact the school on each of the school days to report your child's absence as we will assume the absence will continue for the full isolation period, but if your child is still not feeling well after the first seven day period of self-isolation, you should contact 111 online.  

Click here to see a brief video that will help you decide if you or a member of your family has the coronavirus. 

The following is a child-friendly video explaining the coronavirus:

 

 

Remote learning: Parents should log onto the Class DoJo on a daily basis.  There have been a number of communications regarding how to do this so please refer to those with regard to access etc.  Remote learning is going very well.  Here is the dashboard report from week one (23-27 March 2020):

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about the virus related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone:  0800 046 8687
Email:    DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

For further information on COVID-19 please see the Government and NHS guidelines here which are updated on a daily basis:

Government guidelines

NHS Guidelines