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Earlsdon Primary School

26 August 2020


Dear parent/carer,
Our city’s schools will next week re-open to all pupils and we are looking forward to welcoming your child/children back and helping them to continue with their education. In Coventry we are fortunate to have wonderful schools, with excellent and dedicated teachers and staff and we believe that all children need to return to lessons, not only so they can continue their education, but also for their own mental and physical wellbeing.
This is as important for young children starting school and learning to play with others, as it is for our older students who are facing critical years where their hard work and exams will help them build the careers they want and deserve. If we all work together, we can make sure our children are able to return to a more normal way of life, continue their education and be reunited with friends in a setting that is as safe as possible.

 

Thank you all for your support so far in helping our city combat COVID-19 and for all youhave done to support our schools  during your child’s/children’s education.


These are, of course, very difficult and worrying times for us all – children, parents/carers, and our school staff – and we would like to reassure you that every measure has been taken to make sure our schools are as safe as possible and that all Government
guidance has been followed. Nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges have undertaken their own health and
safety risk assessments and have put in place increased health, safety and hygiene measures.


The arrangements each school makes will be different because no school is the same and plans will differ based on size and layout, the number of pupils, teachers etc. Schools may have staggered starts, finishes, different lunch and break time
arrangements, new hygiene routines and changes to timetables.
What they will all have in common is that they are following the latest advice and guidance to keep everyone safe.
Also, Public Health and the City Council have created clear detailed plans that cover a variety of issues, such as what to do if individual children display symptoms or if there is
an outbreak within a local community or across the city.
These plans follow DfE guidance and are designed to put the safety of children and staff at the heart of everything we do. As a parent or carer, you can also help make our education settings safe by:
Not sending your child to their nursery, childminder, school or college if they are showing coronavirus symptoms or someone within the household is showing symptoms
Arranging a test if you or your child develops symptoms and informing the nursery, childminder, school or college of the result
Ensuring children know how to wash hands, make space and minimise contact
Minimising mixing with other people/children.


Public Health Services will also be working with schools and will notify head teachers if it becomes aware of any positive test results that affect a school. We would like to reassure you that we are working closely together in the city, and with
regional and national organisations to make sure that all safety measures are in place and known by all staff.
We will continue to monitor guidance closely and make alterations where necessary, and we will keep you informed.
If you would like any more help and advice around COVID-19, there is
specific guidance for the return to school in the autumn term. If your child is anxious in any way, or if you have any concerns, we encourage you to speak to your school, which will work with you to ease those anxieties and enable your
child to return successfully. We look forward to welcoming our young people back to lessons and to another great year for our city’s schools.


Yours sincerely,

Kirston Nelson
Director of Education & Skills
Liz Gaulton
Director of Public Health and Wellbeing

 

Earlsdon Primary School Values

Respect
  • A culture is strong when people work with each other, not for themselves. Simon Sinek
Equality
  • In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
Challenge
  • Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It's too high! Come to the edge. And they came, and he pushed, and they flew. Christopher Iogne
Resilience
  • Resilience comes from the Latin word 'resalire', which means springing back.
Responsibility
  • You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
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