17th March 2020
In light of the government’s updated guidance on coronavirus, Langham School will begin to operate differently with immediate effect. For anyone who hasn’t seen the current Government guidance, here is a link:
I appreciate that some of the following measures may seem extreme, but you must understand that they are all being put in place to look after the health and well-being of our school community so that we can remain open for as long as possible to serve you and our local community.
What is the current situation?
The School remains open – this is the current official guidance we have been given
- Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell: If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home for 14 days:
- a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature
- If your child is unwell, report this by calling or emailing The School Office directly. Please do not Dojo teachers with absence information.
All trips planned for this term have been cancelled with immediate effect. This includes all sporting events, including Spotlight and Dodgeball; Swimming Lessons; Year 1’s Oakham Castle Trip and our Easter Service, that was planned for the end of term. I would ask for your patience as we investigate the possibility of refunds where possible.
Visitors and Volunteers
For the time being, we will be having no external visitors or volunteers in our school.
Our staff will not be going on any training this term.
Before and After School Procedures
Our morning procedures are going to change for the time being in order to protect our entire school community. Parents and carers are advised not to come into the school office unless deemed absolutely necessary, please email or telephone instead.
The gate will be opened at 8.40am and children will be asked to go straight into their classes (just like we would do on a rainy day).
Breakfast and After School Club
Will continue to be run as normal by Sarah-Louise and her team in the nursery building.
Communication with the School
Please communicate with the school office via telephone or email. Teachers can be contacted via school dojo for queries other than absence issues. If you need to communicate with me, please call the office or send an email.
Homework for Self-Isolated Families
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to send homework for individual children at this point. However where possible teachers are posting activities on Class Dojo which align with their classes learning objectives. Please continue to read with your children, get them to work on their times tables and spellings. We are preparing for school closures and plan to send work home from Day 2 of a closure.
What we are doing to protect and support pupils and staff?
- If anyone becomes unwell with a high temperature and/or with a new, continuous cough, during the school day, they will be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection .
- Whilst a child is awaiting collection, he/she will be moved, if possible, to a room where he/she can be isolated behind a closed door. A window will be open for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate the child, he/she will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
- If a child needs to go to the bathroom, whilst waiting to be collected, he/she will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
- If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.
- Pupils and staff are reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal following current guidance.
- Frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected during lunchtimes.
- Daily, end of day, cleaning and disinfecting continues to take place, including frequently touched objects and surfaces, using appropriate equipment, and rubbish is removed daily.
- All classrooms and toilets have soap. Hand sanitizer is available, upon entry to the school, for all visitors.
- Lessons and/or Collective Acts of Worship for pupils are being held about hygiene and how to deal with anxiety.
What we need you to do
- If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the School office as soon as possible via either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: 01572 722676
- Talk to your children about the Coronavirus. It is a ‘scary’ time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and Young Minds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
- Come and collect your child, straightaway, if we ask you to - we will contact you if your child becomes ill with either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough
- Check that your child has access to ClassDojo, from home, and let us know if there are any issues so we can make sure we are well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point
What happens if the school has to close?
We will only close if we are either officially advised to do so or we do not have enough staff to run the School.
In either case, we will:
- Post a message on the school website, ClassDojo and send out a school email.
- Please continue to check these platforms regularly for details about when the school will re-open
- During a forced closure, learning will continue for all pupils. If we are forced to close, each pupil will be given an exercise book to complete daily learning tasks in. If pupils require any other resources, so learning can be completed, such as pencils, rulers, etc, these will be made available upon request. Teachers will provide daily learning tasks using ClassDojo from Day 2 of a forced closure. From this point forward the expectation will be that all learning tasks will be completed by 4pm. Teachers will upload the next day’s learning tasks by 3pm of the previous day. Pupils, parents/carers and teachers will communicate Monday-Friday, 8.30am-6pm using ClassDojo.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS if you want to know more about the symptoms of Coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s Coronavirus helpline (0800 046 8687) if you have any questions about the Government’s response to Coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you are taking abroad should go ahead
Supporting the Vulnerable Members of our Community
Now is the time to start working together to support all of our wider community. Please contact the school office if any of the following apply to you:
- You need a specific item that is proving difficult to purchase due to shortages in shops.
- You are in the vulnerable category and would like support with your shopping.
- You are finding it difficult at this time to cope financially. This may be due to being self-employed.
- You have a role as a key professional etc.
If you can support the community by shopping for vulnerable people, please contact the school office so that we can add you to our volunteers’ list.
Once we have requests for support, we will email these out to all our families to see if anyone has specific items or is able to complete shops for others.
Thank you for all of your continued support. I am certain that with such a supportive school community, we will be able to remain calm, support each other and get through this difficult time.
We would like to reassure you that at our Rutland Learning Trust (RLT) Schools, we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government, Public Health England and Rutland County Council.
This is a tricky time and we know you are worried about the impact this might have on our community. It is important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs D Rowland