Shenton Primary School

Empowering and nurturing young minds to achieve excellence



11.9.2020 Parent letter

Dear Parents,

 

From walking around the school, we can see the children are all settling into their new routines and enjoying being back with friends. We are also getting a much clearer understanding of what children have remembered, what they may have forgotten and of course any new things they have learned. We can also really see why coming back to school after nearly 6 months is so important for their happiness and mental health.

 

Today, in my letter, I would like to give you some updates and reminders.

 

The ‘New’ Normal – Teaching Through Isolation

Whilst one of our class ‘bubbles’ had to isolate, I know that the email addresses we have given your child are ensuring that their teachers will continue to have contact and be able to teach your child. We are focusing on Reading and Mathematics for direct teaching, and will continue the wider curriculum through set tasks which teachers will monitor.

Some of you have been concerned that the children may tease other children that may end up testing positive. We are talking to all classes about COVID, and the older children have shown nothing but compassion towards each other. This is an absolute testament to you, you have helped your children to understand the situation, recognise that it isn’t anyone’s ‘fault’ and all the children really want to know is that any person involved is okay and whether they need any help.

 

Thank you to all of you for making sure your child has access to the internet and a gadget to work on. If you do not have what you need please talk to us, we may be able to help.

 

We have settled into the format of the day and our younger children have begun to come to school across Reception and Nursery this week. It is lovely to watch them as they explore their new classrooms and begin to make new friends.

 

The Current COVID Situation

The Leicester Mercury article about our school has quoted the letter that I sent you, which is on the school website. We were however not alone, across the city, approximately 10 schools were known to have had a positive COVID test outcome within their communities earlier this week. 

 

If your child was sent home by us to isolate, this means they must stay home and not play out, go to Madrassa or the shops or anywhere else whether they have symptoms or not.

If during this isolation, your child or anyone in your household develops any COVID symptoms, your whole household will now need to isolate and your child or whoever has symptoms will need to be tested.

 

If the test comes back negative everyone in the house can go shopping or back to work etc. Your child will still need to finish 14 days of isolation.

 

If the test comes back positive the whole household should not leave the home for any reason for 14 days from the test. If any of us are needed to isolate, we need to ask family and friends to get anything we need from the shops. If you need any additional help, please phone 0116 2628778 or email office@shenton.leicester.sch.uk. If your child is already isolating, we will discuss with you the date for their return to school.

 

At the moment, there has been a ‘rush’ for testing now that schools across the city have reopened so tests need to be booked online. There is also a current delay of up to 48 hours regarding results being sent through. We have all tried to be cautious as we figure out the difference between persistent coughs, hay fever, allergies and common colds. Thank you for your patience. Together, carefully, we can build more confidence around all of our safety.

It is very important for us to know the outcome of any tests as soon as possible, so please phone or email when the result comes in. Tel: 0116 2628778 or email: office@shenton.leicester.sch.uk 

 

Please be reminded that tests are only effective if we are displaying symptoms so we should not seek to be tested unless we have one or more symptom.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE

The morning routine is working well, with most of us distancing safely.

We need to do a little better at the end of the school day, so staff will be out from today to:

  • Ensure all adults / parents / teenagers 12years+ are wearing face coverings on site.

 

If you have a health condition and cannot wear a face covering please notify the office by emailing office@shenton.leicester.sch.uk We will ask you to come no earlier than 2.55pm so it is safer for you as well as other parents, as most will have left the site by then.

 If you arrive without a mask we will also ask you to wait.

 

  • Ensuring all adults safely distance as far as possible (2m or at least 1m+)

 

  • Ensuring all adults follow the one way system leaving through the top gate onto Sherrard Road or the bottom gate in the Year 1 and 2 playground.

 

Y6 Secondary School Applications

If you are able to complete your child’s secondary application on line, please follow the link below:

https://www.leicester.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-and-colleges/school-admissions/starting-secondary-school/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place/

We will make appointments for any parents who may need help filling in these forms on the 14th and 15th October, and will contact you about this nearer the time.

The deadline is 31st October, but it is not on a first come first served basis. There are clear criteria that are applied when allocating spaces, which includes your home address and distance from the chosen school, whether your child has any special requirements and also whether they have a brother or sister already in the chosen school. Therefore you don’t need to worry that the date is quite late in October.

 

Please contact us if you need any help, have any questions or concerns.

Phone 0116 2628778 or email office@shenton.leicester.sch.uk

Stay safe, stay happy.

Ms Gita